Even the very young can skate. Some rinks have walkers, which are placed in front of toddlers and nursery school-age children. They hold on for support and balance as they glide over the ice. It gives children a little independence and offers parents a break from guarding their offspring against perpetual falls.
Group rates are available at some rinks; some also rent their facilities for skating parties. Several area indoor rinks are open for public ice skating, costing from $2 to $6 a person. Skate rentals range from $2 to $3. However, they are not available at all rinks, and some do not carry all sizes, including those for very small children.
Public skating hours occasionally change, so be sure to call ahead. Public sessions are sometimes canceled because of special events, and hours may be added during the holidays and school vacations.
The Bolton Ice Palace
145 Hop River Road, Bolton
Champions Skating Center
6 Progress Drive, Cromwell
Connecticut Ice Arena, UConn
2095 Hillside Road, Storrs
Darien Ice Rink
55 Old Kings Highway North, Darien
Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink
101 Field Point Road, Greenwich