What age to take kids ice skating for the first time?

(5 Posts)
carolinecordery Sat 11-May-13 19:42:15

Hi, not sure if this is the right place to post but what age is best (minimum age really) for kids to get something out of ice skating and do you have any tips on what to take?

I haven't been since I was 13. My DC are 4.10 years and 25 months. They haven't done rollerskating yet either.

The local rink hires out these 'penguin' helpers for toddlers but I don't know what they consist of, and actually does an under 5s session, but it does seem a bit hard to manage in my imagination. What size do the hire skates start from?

Could it just be a miserable experience at this age for them or could they really enjoy it AT ALL? Thanks

Earthworms Sat 11-May-13 19:43:37

We took dd at age 2, it was worthwhile, if a but of a short session.

meditrina Sat 11-May-13 19:44:02

The nearly 5 year old might - if generally well co-ordinated and have a good sense of balance.

lljkk Sat 18-May-13 20:24:37

Agree try it alone with the nearly 5yo. You'll be amazed at how little skating he actually does.

EauRouge Sat 18-May-13 21:52:16

DD1 started going to a pre-schooler session a few months back, it is from age 18 months upwards. They have loads of toys on the ice, most of the children have bob skates (they have two blades for stability and strap on to shoes), a few have hockey skates and some just run around with their shoes. There are a couple of coaches on hand to help but mostly the children just run around and have fun.

DD1 is 4.7yo and has just started one to one lessons. She really enjoys it and the coach is brilliant with children. I think a lot depends on the child but play sessions are good for building confidence and just getting them used to being at the rink.

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