Kickin' it Cold School: ice skating rinks

 

It's hotter than Jason Taylor shirtless on Dancing With the Stars outside. Time to get thee to an ice skating rink.

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Time to lace up those blades of glory. Photo: Bob Eighmie
 

It's hotter than Jason Taylor shirtless on Dancing With the Stars outside already. You could stick your head in the freezer, but we've got a better idea: ice skating. Sure, if you're a native Miamian it's likely you'll probably look as graceful as a fat guy performing Swan Lake, but once your favorite jam comes on over the speakers ("Funky Cold Medina?" "Pour Some Sugar on Me?"), you'll be doing triple axels. Figuratively speaking, of course.

Kendall Ice Arena
The arena offers day and evening public sessions daily. There's a DJ on Friday and Saturday nights with skating from 8 to midnight. Thursday (7:30 to 11 p.m.) is dubbed "Cheap Skate'' night because there's no fee for skate rentals.
10355 Hammocks Blvd., Kendall; 305-386-8288; $6 admission; $3 skate rental; $11 including skates on Fri & Sat night

Scott Rakow Youth Center
If you haven't been to the center in a few years, there's a new rink about three-quarters the size of a full-size sheet. The center offers summer public skating from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Friday is teen night (under age 18) from 8 to 10 p.m., with club-style lights and hipper music. Saturday night sessions are open to all ages, also 8 to 10 p.m.
2700 Sheridan Ave, Miami Beach; 305-673-7767; $3 (including skates) for Miami Beach residents. Nonresidents under age 18 pay $6; $9 for adults; rental skates $3

Incredible Ice
The official home of the Florida Panthers offers daily public sessions. On Friday and Saturday nights, there's skating to music videos on a 16-foot video wall, plus a DJ and light show. Bonus: There's a bar upstairs.
3299 Sportsplex Dr., Coral Springs; 954-341-9956; $6-$8 per session; skate rental $3

Glacier Ice and Snow Arena
Daily public skating sessions available. A DJ spins tunes on Friday's teen night and often on Saturday's family night. A popular event here: On Sunday morning, Glacier offers a "snow day'' from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. with plenty of white stuff on the ice. A sight that would be considered insane in parts of the country that actually have snow: Kids (age 2 and up) build snowmen, take a ice sleigh ride, throw snowballs.
4601 N. Federal Hwy, Lighthouse Point; 954-943-1437; $8 admission; $3 skate rental

Pines Ice Arena
Public skating sessions daily. The arena offers family night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. There's music and disco-style lights from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For a cold one (to drink), head to the adjacent Irish pub, J.B. Mulligans.
12425 Taft St., Pembroke Pines; 954-704-8700; $7-$9; skates $3

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