By: Cherylene Chan
When you need a bite-sized break from the heat outside, ice skating makes for a funny afternoon for the whole brood. Our sunny little isle has two top-notch spots for busting a move on the ice right now, with a third rink at Kallang Leisure Park closed for renovations until further notice (stay tuned for an update!). We checked out both for this handy little guide to ‘chilling out’ (sorry, tenuous pun) in Singapore.
Level 3, JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1 | 6684 2374
Spanning 1,800 square metres, Singapore’s first Olympic-sized rink offers more than just a casual spin on the ice. Whether you’re a wobbly first-timer or a seasoned skater ready for some impressive tricks, they have lessons to meet each skill level. If watching ice sports gives you a rush, they also regularly host tournaments for hockey, broomball, speed skating and ice curling. Our favourite activity here? Two words: DISCO SKATING. The rink heats up with a skate party every Friday and Saturday night, where you can glide to flashing lights and groovy tunes.
What to bring: Pad up with warm, but breathable clothing, thick calf-length socks and gloves. If you own ice skates and prefer them to rented ones, pack them too. Otherwise, you can rent everything you need from The Rink, from sturdy Italian skate boots in all sizes, to adorable penguin and seal skating aids for beginners young and old.
Price: $19.50 (child) and $21.50 (adult) for a 2-hour session, including rental of skates, gloves and socks.
Marina Bay Sands Skating Rink
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave | 6688 8868
No need to worry about catching a chill here! Made of a slippery, cutting-edge plastic that mimics real ice, the 600-metre indoor rink is about as big as New York City’s iconic Rockefeller Center. As it’s next to a busy food court, a good number of folks shy away from the idea of falling in front of a crowd, so it’s often pretty roomy for a zip around.
What to bring: Bringing your own skates isn’t allowed, but do remember to wear cushion-y socks – renting a pair costs $6 (almost as much as admission!).
Price: $5 (child) and ($7) for the first hour; $3 for each extra hour. $3 for renting skates.
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