Jacksonville Ice joined ice rinks across the country to celebrate Hockey Week Across America from February 17-24. The week-long celebration was created by USA Hockey to engage the hockey community in celebrating hockey at all levels and exposing the sport to new audiences.
As Northeast Florida’s only ice rink to offer year-round skating opportunities, it is always hockey season at Jacksonville Ice! During Hockey Week Across America, we watched Floridians lace up a pair of skates and head out onto the ice and spectate from the stands.
During the week we had giveaways, discounts and events centered around hockey and our communities love for the sport.
On February 23rd, we hosted a free Try Hockey clinic. This event was designed to provide kids, between the ages of 4 to 9, a completely free experience to try youth hockey. Brian Ferlin, a former Boston Bruins NHL player who used to play at Jax Ice as a child, made an appearance! We appreciate everyone who came out to the event and to the coaches and volunteers who made the event possible! We had a great week and can’t wait for next year!
Jacksonville Ice is joining ice rinks across the country to celebrate Hockey Week Across America from February 17-24. The week-long celebration was created by USA Hockey to engage the hockey community in celebrating hockey at all levels and exposing the sport to new audiences.
As Northeast Florida’s only ice rink to offer year-round skating opportunities, it is always hockey season at Jacksonville Ice! During Hockey Week Across America, there will be plenty of opportunities for Floridians to lace up a pair of skates and head out onto the ice or spectate from the stands.
Sun. Feb 17 – Hockey Day in America: Score free tickets to the Jax Icemen by entering Jacksonville Ice’s Facebook giveaway.
Mon. Feb 18 – Salute to Players: Most kids are out of school, so rally up the team and enjoy extended ice-skating hours on President’s Day from 10 a.m. – Noon and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The regular $6 discounted admission price for Jax Ice’s youth and adult hockey players will still be honored.
Fri. Feb 22 – Wear Your Favorite Jersey Day: Throw on your favorite hockey jersey and receive $2 off admission.
Sat. Feb 23 – Try Hockey Day: This event is designed to provide kids, between the ages of 4 to 9, a completely free experience to try youth hockey. “Our top coaches will be on the ice to assist your child in learning the basics,” said Jeff Bloomer, Director of Operations for Jacksonville Ice. “Your son or daughter does not need any previous skating or hockey experience.” A limited amount of equipment, helmets and sticks, are available to borrow. Please bring a helmet (bike, skateboard, etc.) and gloves – hockey, winter, or mittens. Skates will be provided, if needed.
Brian Ferlin, a former Boston Bruins NHL player who used to play at Jax Ice as a child, will also be making an appearance! Registration is required online. We can’t wait to meet the future of this amazing sport!
“Two years ago, we commemorated the 10th anniversary of Hockey Weekend Across America with a week-long format that was received extremely well and having an entire week provides further opportunity to do some fun and creative things to celebrate and advance the sport,” says Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey.
Finding ways to get your kids off the couch is a constant struggle for parents. When you’re living in Florida, ice skating is not the first activity you think of. Parents are often worried about injuries and their children’s lack of skill. But, have no fear! Ice skating is an exciting and safe form of exercise that is perfect for all ages! Here are 5 reasons to get your kids on the ice at Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex.
Ice Skating Facilitates Focus
During skating lessons, your child will learn how to focus on a single task at a time. They will be taught how to fall correctly and focus on their coach’s instructions. Any figure skater will tell you getting on the ice is a form of meditation for them. Great focus is required to become a successful skater. Your child will learn how to focus and concentrate and have fun while doing it.
Rain or Shine, the Skating Rink is Open
Is the Florida heat getting to you? Do you need a place to escape the rain? Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex is cool and calm no matter what the weather looks like outside. You never have to worry about your skating lesson getting rained out or packing extra ice to beat the heat, we have plenty. We will be here, rain or shine.
Skating Creates Confidence
When a child puts effort and concentration into a skill, the smallest wins can create confidence. During every lesson, your kid will feel excited and proud of the skills they have mastered. Even if they’re proud for staying on their feet, they’re building confidence every time they step on the ice. The longer they skate, the prouder they will become of themselves and the work they’ve put into the sport.
Skaters Are Always Taught to Get Up When They Fall
A tough lesson for kids to learn is the idea of never giving up. It’s easy for them to quit after the first fall during a skating lesson. They’ll soon realize how important it is to get back up. The more they fall the more they’ll see that the fall isn’t what matters. What matters is what you do after the fall.
Making Friends is Easy
By taking skating lessons, your child will learn a new skill with other kids their own age. These kids will learn together, fall together and help each other get back up. If your child falls in love with the sport, they’ll be around their new friends for years to come. Ice skating is a great way to get your child to step out of their comfort zone and learn a new skill with new people. The parents become friends as well, meeting up for lessons every week.
Skating provides more than physical activity. It shows your kids how to work towards a goal, build confidence and make new friends! Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex is the perfect place to learn to skate. We can’t wait to see you!
When it comes to birthday party venues, Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex has the “coolest” parties in Northeast Florida! There’s no other year-round ice-skating rink within 90 miles, making our venue a unique and fun experience that kids won’t soon forget.
We offer three different party packages to choose from that appeal to the younger kids as well as teenagers for your sweet sixteen! Our parties take the stress out of planning and take care of everything from food and dessert to the activities and party favors. We can’t wait to celebrate you and your child!
Our most popular party package is the Birthday VIP package recommended for ages 4-10 years old. This package includes one-hour private room for party fun including a cupcake celebration, personalized gifts for the Birthday VIP, pizza and bottomless fountain soda, goodie bags for party guests, a special birthday VIP surprise, a visit from Jax Cool and a Team Fun Concierge to host the entire party. You get to choose from ice skating, basketball, volleyball, dodgeball and soccer for three hours. All necessary equipment is included. This package includes up to ten guests! Just book your party with the best, we’ll take care of the rest.
Our Teen Bash package is perfect for a teen birthday celebration and is available on Friday and Saturday nights from 7:00 pm- 10:00 pm. This package includes exclusive access to the Teen Only Lounge, a pizza buffet, snack and drink station, a cupcake bar, karaoke, the game zone and a Team Fun Concierge to host it all! Glow products are given to all party guests and the Teen of Honor gets personalized gifts. Get three hours of your chosen activity with all the necessary equipment.
The Gathering package is great for large groups, office parties, family reunions or just a reason to get together! This package is available during any public session and includes a private room, a pizza buffet, a snack and drink station, cupcake bar, your choice of an activity, an appearance from Jax Cool and a Team Fun Concierge to serve the party room.
Add more fun to the party with add-ons like glow products, an additional Birthday VIP, a Learn to Skate USA coach or an ice walker package to keep everyone on their feet.
Keep it cool at your next birthday party with one of these unique, all-inclusive packages at Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex. They are perfect in the summer when it is too hot outside, and you never have to worry about your party getting rained out at Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex!
Celebrating you is what we love to do. To book over the phone call 904-399-3223, or you can book online by clicking here.
Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Get into the holiday spirit with Snow Days public ice skating at Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex. This festive winter event begins on December 21st and gives everyone a chance to experience a winter wonderland! It might not snow outside in Florida, so we’re making it snow on the ice rink!
There are multiple public skating sessions each day, snowfall on the ice rink and visits from Santa and Jax Cool, the Jacksonville Ice mascot. We are even open on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day with a BOGO offer! During both of those days, get a free admission with the purchase of an admission at regular price!
Santa and Jax Cool are excited to celebrate the holidays with all of you! Click here for the specific times for public skating each day. This is the perfect way to spend the day with the entire family. There are ice walkers available to rent to help the little ones! Everyone has the chance to experience a white winter, even in Florida.
Admission is only $12 and includes skate rental and all taxes. Those who have their own skates must love ice skating as much as we do, and we are offering a $2 discount for those who bring their own skates. The Snack Shack is open during public skating hours. Grab a hot chocolate and some snacks before you hit the ice with your family and friends!
If you fall in love with skating, be sure to check out our Learn to Skate classes. These classes focus on teaching the fundamentals of skating and prepares you for a successful transition into figure skating or hockey. Each class is led by a certified skating instructor. We strive to make each student the best skater they can be.
Our First Coast First Grade Skating Initiative is a new program that provides one free eight week Lean to Skate session for first graders. Space is limited! Be sure to call our office today to see if there are spots still available for this new program.
Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex can’t wait to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year with you and your family. Happy Holidays!