Olympic Ice Pavilion (Squaw Valley, CA)
Boy, what a view! Located up in the mountains two hours east of Sacramento, this rink overlooks stunning Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley Meadow, and the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Kids get a major kick out of the tram ride to the top. For details: 1-800-403-0206.
National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC)
Widen your family’s artistic horizons at the same time as you glide, twirl, slip, and slide. The Gallery’s ice rink is surrounded by their outdoor sculpture museum, featuring works by famed artists Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein, and others.
Rideau Canal Skateway (Ottawa, Ontario)
The largest skating spot in the world! Almost five miles of frozen bliss winds through Canada’s capital, ending at magnificent Dows Lake. Concession stands, warming huts, and skate rentals are scattered along the way. Check out Winterlude, a festival on weekends in February. For details: 613-239-5234.
Hotel del Coronado (Coronado, CA)
Ice skating next to the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by palm trees and sunny skies? Yup. This outdoor rink is just steps from the sand. Sparkling white lights, holiday music, and hot chocolate add to the atmosphere. Hoteldel.com
Safety first: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children wear helmets when skating.
Laura Amann is a freelance writer specializing in parenting issues. She lives in the Chicago area with her four children, who provide a constant supply of inspiration.
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