School is back in session for Jacksonville, Florida and somehow, the kids are still full of energy! Ice skating is the perfect extracurricular activity for your child! Whether they’re interested in hockey or figure skating, we have the ideal after-school program available at Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex. And now for a limited time, for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade, when you sign up your child or children for our First Coast Fall Initiative, you get two months of skating for free! Here are a few reasons why ice skating is the ultimate after school activity.
Focus, Focus, Focus!
Learning to focus can often be hard for young and energetic kids. Ice skating allows them to take that energy and channel it into intense and athletic focus on the ice. This type of focus allows skaters to forget about their day for an hour and let their body take over as they practice on their skills.
Ice Skating is Weather Proof
Nothing is more frustrating than racing to pick up the kids from school and getting them ready for soccer practice only to have the practice rained out after the first ten minutes. At Jacksonville Ice, we have practice no matter the weather, leaving you stress-free and in a climate-controlled facility.
Ice Skating is a Lifelong Hobby
Unlike a lot of sports, ice skating can be a sport that is continued throughout the skater’s life. Whether they use it as a form of exercise or decide to compete as an adult, they can continue skating as long as they want. In our Learn to Skate programs, we teach a national curriculum that builds a solid foundation to ensure skating success! Sign your child up today and you can find a life-long passion! Even as an adult, it’s easy to learn! We also have an Adult Academy that teaches you the fundamentals of skating and improves your current skills. Skating is an enjoyable way to increase your fitness levels and add a new and unique hobby to your life. We welcome all levels of interest and skills, so be sure to sign up today!
Spots for our fall Learn to Skate classes are filling up quickly, so be sure to register today. You can register here or call (904)-399-3223. We can’t wait to meet you!
Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex is looking forward to Christmas in July on Sunday, July 28th from 12 pm – 3 pm. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for the patients at Nemours and Wolfson Children’s Hospital and get half off public skating admission! That is only $6 per person and includes skate rental. Santa will be visiting and ready to take pictures. We are even hosting an ugly Christmas sweater contest! And as always, snow will fall during the public session!
Being hospitalized can be scary for anyone – especially for children and their families. Providing a hospitalized child with a new toy will provide extra comfort and will help them be able to cope with the entire experience.
For participating in our Christmas in July event, make sure that they toys are new, in the original packaging, and unwrapped so the organizations can give the kids age-appropriate gifts. Please do not bring any stuffed animals. Some toys the hospitals have requested include:
Little People sets
Action figures/dolls (Superheroes, Transformers, Ninja Turtles, Barbie, Monster High, Elsa & Ana etc)
Balls (Nerf type footballs, soccer, etc)
Matchbox/Little Tyke cars/trucks
Books (Easy Reader and Chapter Books)
Animal Sets (horses, dinosaurs, farm, etc.)
Model Kits: Cars and Planes
Hair barrettes and accessories
Art Sets (colored pencils, markers, sketchpads, watercolors, stretched canvas, canvas boards)
Themed Toys (Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig, Princess, My Little Pony, Thomas the Train,
Mickey/Minnie, Elmo, Sophia the First, Sponge Bob Square Pants, Inside Out, Minions, Hello
Card Games (i.e. H2O Uno) & playing cards
Jacksonville Ice is proud to be part of this community, and we want to try and help local facilities doing a lot of good for families in the area.
Nemours is a nonprofit pediatric health system dedicated to life changing medical care and research, helping kids grow up healthy, advocating for kids nationally and training tomorrow’s pediatric experts.
Wolfson Children’s Hospitals mission is to provide optimal health for the region’s children by providing patient- and family-centered care, education, research and child advocacy. Recognized year after year as one of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, Wolfson Children’s Hospital of Jacksonville, Florida is the only full-service tertiary hospital for children in the region, serving North Florida, South Georgia and beyond.
We hope to see you all at Jacksonville Ice on Sunday, July 28th in a giving spirit and ready to have fun!
Jacksonville Ice has revamped their birthday party packages to make it easy to beat the heat and create a unique party for your child at Jacksonville’s coolest birthday party venue! We offer three party packages for all ages. Each package offers exciting and inviting activities and extra add-ons to make your birthday the highlight of the summer.
And now for a limited time, Jacksonville Ice is offering $50 off any party package! The discount is taken at time of booking. Here’s some details about our birthday party packages:
The Birthday VIP package is our most popular birthday party package and is perfect for ages 4 – 11. This package provides one hour of skating and one hour in a private party room. A Team Fun Party Host will assist with serving food and keeping the fun going. This package also includes pizza and bottomless drinks, a cupcake celebration, party favors for guests and personalized birthday VIP gifts.
This party package is perfect for teens and tweens and is available on Friday and Saturday nights. This package includes 3 hours of ice skating, glow products for all guests and exclusive access to the Teen Only lounge with a Teen Lounge concierge to serve the guests. Your guests will be treated to a pizza buffet, snacks, a drink station and a cupcake celebration while they sing karaoke and play in the game zone. Your teen will be beaming with excitement during their Teen Bash at Jacksonville Ice!
This party package is not only great for parties, but any gathering of a big group. This package is available during any public skating sessions. This package includes ice skating for the entire public skating session, a private space for your group, pizza and a drink for each guest. There will be a hangout concierge present to serve the guests so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the party!
We offer add-ons, including glow products, ice walkers, a Learn to Skate USA coach and more to create a unique experience for your guests. And don’t forget, book your party before July 31st and save $50 off any package! You can book the party for any time of the year, but you have to book by July 31st to get the $50 savings. We hope to see you soon – your child won’t thank you enough for having the best birthday party ever at Jacksonville Ice!
The zoo is coming to Jacksonville Ice on June 15th and things are sure to get wild! During our Penguins & Pals event, we are joining forces with the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens to benefit the Jacksonville Zoo Penguin Project. For just $15, you can meet Jax Cool and Salsa, Jacksonville Zoo’s mascot, ice skate, play games and participate in Lotsa Give-A-Ways!
Have you ever wanted to feed a penguin? Or visit the zoo at night? During this event you can win a Penguin Feeding at the Jacksonville Zoo, zoo general admission, family fun packs at Jacksonville Ice and Night at the Zoo tickets! With your admission, you get one penguin rubber ducky. Additional penguins are available for a $3 donation. The more rubber penguins you have, the more likely you are to win one of our fantastic prizes.
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens first brought Magellanic penguins to Tuxedo Coast in 2010. The Zoo welcomed two penguin chicks in June of last year. These penguins are currently classified as a “threatened” species due to oil spills. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens are working hard to save these fuzzy, artic friends. When you attend our Penguins & Pals events, you’re supporting Jacksonville’s favorite penguins.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens opened their doors in 1914 with their first animal, a red deer fawn. In 1924 the zoo moved the animals and relocated to it’s current address. Today, the zoo covers more than 120 acres and has been recognizes as a top 20 zoo across the nation. Today, more than 800,000 people visit the zoo annually and a staff of 250 runs the operation. As a public-private partnership, 600 volunteers assist at the zoo. Support one of Jacksonville’s longest-standing destinations when you attend our Penguin and Pals event on June 15th.
Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex is ready for a summer of fun with unforgettable events, ice skating classes and money-saving deals. Beat the heat this summer and get the kids out of the house with a family trip to Jax Ice!
Ice skating can be a scary skill to tackle, especially if you grew up in Florida. While ice skating might seem scary at first, it’s easy to conquer with a little determination, patience and excitement. Jacksonville Ice strives to make it easy for everyone to learn to skate. Here are five tips for ice skating beginners.
Dress for Success
Before you even step on the ice, it’s important to wear a warm outfit. Fitted clothing is your best bet because it allows for freedom of motion. Socks and skating tights are a must to keep your toes warm and to prevent blisters. If possible, wear thin microfiber socks. These socks will be less bulky and less likely to absorb moisture. Skate rentals are available at Jacksonville Ice.
Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously
When you’re learning to skate, you will fall. It’s impossible not to. What’s important is you get back up, and you’re able to laugh about it! Don’t be too hard on yourself when you’re learning. Remember that learning a new skill and improving yourself is fun!
Warm Up Slowly
It takes a lot of hard work to learn how to do a triple axel. No one got on the ice for the first time and won a gold medal. It’s important to start slow when learning to ice skate. Creating a solid foundation for your skating is key to learning harder skills. It’s important to warm up slow and create a base of skills for your future ice-skating career.
Know How to Fall and Always Get Back Up
Even the best skaters fall, what’s important is getting up! Practice falling to one side off the ice a couple of times before trying on the ice. Lower your center of gravity, slide onto one hip and relax down to the ice. To get back up, roll onto your hands and knees, place one foot on the ice between your hands. Keep your knees bent as you put the other foot on the ice and slowly rise to a standing position.
Glide In To Success
Establishing proper control and balance sets up a solid foundation for skating. When skating forward, use a marching action with your toes slightly turned out. Take little steps in the beginning, then slowly transition into a two-foot glide. Slowly practice, pushing harder with each step. Eventually, you’ll build your confidence and speed.
If you’ve caught the ice-skating bug, Jacksonville Ice has the cure. We have Learn To Skate programs for all ages! To enroll call the office at 904-399-3223. We can’t wait to see you on the ice!