As much as we love ice skating outside, sometimes it's just too cold, hot, or rainy for New York City's seasonal outdoor rinks. Indoor ice skating rinks let NYC kids skate year-round. Some in-the-know parents with young skate enthusiasts say they prefer indoor ice skating rinks because the ice's quality is better, making for a smoother glide, which is especially helpful for newbies.
Here are six NYC indoor ice skating rinks to check out. While public skating sessions are extremely limited due to the pandemic, kids can get ice time with learn-to-skate classes or by joining a hockey team.
Sun Jan 31, 2021
The livestream of the Festival begins on Facebook at 11am Pacific, 1pm Central, 2pm Eastern.
Check the website for the current line-up. Family-friendly films include:
Labyrinth (PG), January 22, 5:30pm
Ratatouille (PG), January 23, 5:30pm
Annie (PG), January 24, 5:30pm
The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13), January 24, 9pm
Jumanji, Welcome to the Jungle (PG-13), January 29, 5:30pm
Spider-Man: Far from Home (PG-13), January 29, 9pm
Inside Out (PG), January 30, 5:30pm
Jurassic World (PG-13), January 30, 9pm
Enchanted (PG), January 31, 5:30pm
By Anna Fader MommyPoppins
Children's Museums, Zoos, and Gardens With Free Times
Museums With Suggested Admission
Museums That Are Always Free
Grown-Up Museums With Free Hours
Returning to The Met for the 13th consecutive year, the P.S. Art: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids exhibition features works of art in a variety of media, created by public school students in New York City.
Museum hours are
Thursday and Friday: 12pm–7pm
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
All Ages: Until Feb 14
By Anna Fader MommyPoppins
1. Best All-Around: Mountain Creek – Vernon, New Jersey
2021 update: You have to buy your tickets (for skiing and snow tubing), lessons, and book rental equipment ahead of time online; there will be no tickets sold at the mountain. Other safety precautions include mask requirements, putting on your gear in the parking lot, and maintaining six feet of distance on lifts.
2. Closest to NYC: Campgaw Mountain – Mahwah, New Jersey
2021 update: A health form—which can be printed on its website—has to be filled out before you can enter. All guests must have their temperature taken. Tickets can also be purchased online ahead of time.
3. Best Ski School: Windham Mountain – Windham, New York
2021 update: Group lessons are being held for kids ages 7-12, while younger children must go the private lesson route—and reservations must be made online ahead of time. There is no daycare program this year. Other safety precautions include social distancing and mask requirements. Lodge capacity has been cut in half.
4. Best for Beginners: Mount Peter – Warwick, New York
2021 update: Tickets must be purchased ahead of time, and there are mask and other COVID-19 requirements in place. Its ski team program is substantially limited this season.
5. Best Bargain: Belleayre – Highmount, New York
2021 update: Like other places, tickets, lessons, and rentals have to be bought and/or booked online before you head to the mountain—and currently, only weekdays are available. Masks are required, and there is no childcare this year.
6. Best All-Inclusive: Rocking Horse Ranch – Highland, New York
2021 update: The kid’s program and childcare are currently closed. Other safety protocols, like mask requirements and social distancing, are in place. The resort also recently installed a new air purification system.
7. Best for Non-Skiers: Camelback Mountain – Tannersville, Pennsylvania
2021 update: For skiing, tickets and rentals have to be purchased in advance. Other precautions are in place, like mask wearing, additional sanitizing, and social distancing.
8. Best for a Weekend Escape: Split Rock Resort – Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania
2021 update: The hotel’s water park reopens on January 15, but the nearby Jack Frost/Big Boulder ski resort is currently open, and lift tickets should be booked in advance.
9. Best via Public Transportation: Thunder Ridge – Patterson, New York
2021 update: The shuttle will not be in operation this season because of COVID-19 restrictions. But you can catch Metro-North to the Patterson station, then take a cab or Uber to the resort.
As a teenager, a job can be a source of income and also help you gain more independence and experience. In your first jobs, you’ll likely learn valuable professional skills to build a foundation for your career. There are several jobs for 14- and 15-year-olds in a variety of industries. In this article, we list several jobs for teenagers as well as helpful information about employment for teenagers so you can find the position that best suits your interests.
By Katie Nava MommyPoppins
1. The Rink at Bank of America Winter Village – Bryant Park
Open through March 7, 2021
FREE admission; skate rental and hours vary; skate reservations must be booked online in advance
If you own your skates, Bryant Park's FREE admission rink is one of NYC's best deals. However, the skate rental fees are at least what you'll pay to skate and rent at other rinks in the city and even higher on peak dates. For a contactless experience, lockers have been removed, but skaters will now wear a “shoe bag” onto the ice: a small drawstring-style backpack intended to hold the pair of shoes you arrived in. If you bring your own skates, you can bring your own drawstring bag or purchase one on-site. Penguin- and snowman-shaped skate supports are available for skaters needing extra help. Advance online booking is now required for all skaters.
2. Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center – Midtown East
Opens Saturday, November 21 through Sunday, January 17
This popular tourist destination opens for the season in late November, and tickets go on sale Thursday, November 12. Act fast: Not only is this a hot spot for tourists, but its season is significantly abbreviated this winter to accommodate a renovation of the concourse level at Rockefeller Center that will reportedly give visitors a better view of the iconic rink in future seasons.
3. Wollman Rink – Central Park
Opens Saturday, November 14 through April 2021
We couldn't do this roundup without mentioning this iconic NYC skate spot in Central Park. Pre-COVID, this spot was perpetually crowded, but every family should skate here at least once. Try to arrive at the start of the first session or right after school to get a few spins in before the hordes arrive. A moonlit, post-dinner skate is always fun, too. You'll be rewarded with one of the most famous views of Midtown, not to mention a perimeter of pretty, possibly snow-dusted trees—as well as tired kids, ready for bed. Lockers are available for a fee. Note: It's cash-only.
4. Riverbank State Park – Harlem
Opens late November through March 2021
Riverbank State Park is a hidden gem in New York City. It's rarely crowded and one of the least expensive rinks for public skating. Riverbank also offers an inexpensive hockey program and skating lessons, and season passes are also available. After you skate, check out the park's other attractions, including sports fields and amazing views. There's a snack bar adjacent to the rink, as well as the restaurant Sofrito NY near the entrance of the park.
5. Lasker Rink – Harlem
Friday, November 20 through March 2021
This gem of a rink is easy to get to, inexpensive, and not as crowded as most others. In past seasons, school groups dominated the weekday sessions, and locals flock to the spot in the evenings and on weekends. Hockey and skating lessons are available. Afterward, stick around and explore this lovely part of northern Central Park, including the East 110th Street Playground. Note: It's cash-only.
6. LeFrak Center at Lakeside – Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Expected opening date is Saturday, November 21, 2020; please see the website for updates. The rink is generally open through March.
Built on the old Wollman Rink site, this Prospect Park complex features 32,000 square feet of skating surface on two rinks: one open-air, the other covered. Skating lessons for beginners and experienced skaters, hockey leagues for kids and adults, and birthday party packages are offered. Beginner skaters can get some help from a limited number of penguin-shaped ice skating supports (distributed on a first-come, first-served basis). The Bluestone Cafe on-site offers sandwiches, salads, and snacks as well as coffee and hot chocolate. In summer, the ice rinks transform into a roller rink and water play area. Read our full review of Lakeside.
7. WWII Veterans War Memorial Ice Skating Rink – Staten Island
Opening Thanksgiving week; exact date TBD
Located in the gorgeous Clove Lakes Park, this is the only outdoor skating rink on Staten Island and is very popular with borough families.
8. The Rink at Brookfield Place – Battery Park City
Opening date TBD; the staff is working on getting the rink open as soon as possible while meeting necessary safety protocols.
Enjoy stunning views of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty while skating around this rink, which returns for its sixth season. The ice is cleaned at the end of every 90-minute session, so don't dawdle getting out there. Visitors are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. At 7,350 square feet, it beats the Rock Center rink for space. Prices, however, are steeper than at some other rinks. Parent-and-child skate lessons and hockey classes are offered. Afterward, you'll find plenty more to do in the family-friendly Battery Park City neighborhood. Adjacent Brookfield Place has hot cocoa, snacks, and plenty of rotating art exhibits, and indoor fun.
The rooftop rink at The William Vale plans to open a bit later in the season; stay tuned for details, as we'll update this post when we have them.
The rinks at Pier 17 in the South Street Seaport and TWA Hotel at JFK are not planning to reopen for the 2020-21 season at this point.
Make-Ahead Thanksgiving: How to Plan and Prep for Thanksgiving to Save You Time (and Save Your Sanity)
Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 2 - 3 p.m.
End times are approximate. Events may end early or late.
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How to register: Online
Thanksgiving is right around the corner...Do you know fun facts and history about the Thanksgiving holiday? Join NYPL for a fun trivia game! Gobble Gobble! This event will take place on Tuesday, November 24 at 2 PM, via Google Meet.
You must register with your email address in order to receive the link to participate. The link will be sent to you by email approximately one day before the discussion. You will need a device with audio and/or video and an internet connection to join.
By NBC New York
Although we are used to seeing the masses come together to see the grandiose balloons making their way down the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route, this year the celebration will be a bit different.
The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade will air nationwide as a television-only event with no audience on NBC and Telemundo on Thursday, Nov. 26 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., in all time zones.
While there will be no parade marching down amid a sea of cheering crowds, a number of theatrical and musical performances are scheduled to participate in this year's event. While performers are subject to change, here are all that are scheduled to participate:
Magic of Lights – Jones Beach
1 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh, NY 11793
Nov 13 – Jan 2
Sun – Thurs 5 – 10pm, Fri – Sat 5 – 11pm