Awesome Ice Skating Rinks

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Even though the holidays are now over and schools are getting back in session there are still many ways to keep the holiday fun going like with a day of ice skating. It is one of my daughters favorite holiday activities. There are many outdoor ice rinks that will still be up into the better part of February. And there are also numerous indoors rinks as well. It may not always feel like a typical winter here in Southern California but a few times around on the ice can make up for that. What’s great is how many ice rinks have made ways for even little ones to enjoy the fun. Below are some fun indoor and outdoor ice rinks to check out for yourselves.

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With the help of special “seals” beginning skaters and little ones can either ride on them around the ice or use them as a balance by pushing them whole they skate. So get the whole family out on the ice for some fun!

San Diego County

  • UTC Ice Sports Center
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    Image from utcice.com

    4545 La Jolla Village Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92122

    Located in the heart of the food court at the Westfield UTC Mall in La Jolla. Mostly know for it use for youth hockey teams, this rink also offers Public Skate as well as lessons. UTC Ice is a fun little spot to take a break from your shopping at. Public skate hours and dates do vary due to game and practice schedules. To verify public skate times be sure to check UTC Ices calendar here.

  • Carlsbad Icetown
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    2283 Cosmos Court
    Carlsbad, CA 92011

    Icetown Sports Center is new to the San Diego area. Offering lessons in both figure skating and hockey. As well as a space for teams to practice and play at. And for those looking for a place to go ice skating for fun Icetown also offers public skate! Click here to view the open skating schedule.

  • Ice-Plex Escondido
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    555 North Tulip
    Escondido, CA 92025

    This large indoor ice skating rink in Escondido is a favorite spot for many in North County. Ice-Plex offers the same as many indoor ice rinks- hockey, figure skating, lessons and open skating. Click here for all information pertaining to public skating.

Orange County

  • Irvine Spectrum Outdoor Ice Rinkimage

    670 Spectrum Center Drive
    Irvine, CA 92618

    Presented by the Anaheim Ducks the Irvine Spectrum’s Ice Rink is a fun little rink located beside the Ferris wheel at this outdoor shopping mall. At night the rink is lively with music and lights. The rink offers skating aids and special ice skates for toddlers. This beautiful outdoor rink will still be up until February 16th so there is still time to take the whole family out for a skate!

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    1545 Disneyland Dr.
    Downtown Disney
    CA 92802

    This very fun outdoor rink is located next to the Happiest Place on Earth in Downtown Disney. Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink is apart of Disney’s Holiday time. Surrounded by the Winter Village, small snow-caped cottages carrying souvenirs and speciality items. Olaf’s rink just adds to the fun and magic of Downtown Disney. The ice rink will be sticking around until February 22nd!

  • The Rinks Anaheim Ice
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    300 West Lincoln Ave
    Anaheim, CA 92805

    Come and skate like the Ducks at The Rinks Anaheim Ice. Offering lessons in both hockey and figure skating as well as public skate times. This is a must for any Ducks fan. Click here to see The Rinks public skating schedule.

Riverside County

  • Icetown Riverside
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    Image from icetownriverside.com

    10540 Magnolia Avenue
    Riverside, CA 92505

    A perfect place for any LA Kings fans is Icetown Riverside. Offering lessons for both hockey or ice skating as well as public skating times. To view the open skating schedule click here.

There are plenty of options so get out there and have a great family ice skating session!

Cruzin Mama

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Disney Holiday Fun Outside the Parks

Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink Downtown Disney

I love to visit Disneyland during Halloween or Holiday time. The decorations inside the parks are so festive and very in tune to Disney’s family fun style. I also love how some of the rides are completely transformed. Unfortunately I can’t always afford to visit the parks during this time, so the next best thing is Disney fun outside the Parks! There are quite a few ways to enjoy a little Disney Magic outside the parks. So I just wanted to share some Disney fun my kids had a blast seeing and I recommend checking these out before the Magic fades away.

Visit Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney Holiday Lights

One of the closet ways to enjoy Dinseyland without actually going into the Parks is to go to Downtown Disney. Downtown Disney features many shops, restaurants and entertainment. And there is decorations and special fun just for the holidays there. Be sure to take advantage of the FREE parking offered for Downtown Disney. You will be able to receive 3 hours of FREE parking and with certain validations up to 5 hours FREE!

Disney Treats

Visit Marceline’s Confectionery for some delicious treats that are also found inside the parks.

Olaf's Frozen Ice Rink

Go for a skate at Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink and visit the Winter Village. Olaf brought some of Elsa’s magic from Arendelle to Downtown Disney with his holiday ice rink. Set up in between ESPN Zone and the AMC Theater is a fun skating opportunity that is surrounded by Downtowns Winter Village, which are snow-caped cottages featuring special holiday gifts and souvenirs. The ice rink and village will be in Downtown until February 22nd.

See The Grand Californian’s Gingerbread House

Grand Californian's Gingerbread House

Grand Californian’s Gingerbread House

While visiting Downtown Disney be sure to make a stop into the Grand Californian Hotel. Inside the lobby is a gorgeous 500lb Gingerbread House modeled after the hotel. It stands at 7 1/2 ft tall and is 12 ft wide and is the work of 1 Dreamer, 6 Craftsmen and 25 Team Members. It is truly a delicious sight! As with all things Disney be on the look out for 7 Hidden Mickeys. Try and take a minute to just enjoy the Hotels lobby while there. The lobby is beautifully set up and creates such a nice relaxing atmosphere.

Gingerbread Grand Californian Entrance

Gingerbread Grand Californian Entrance

The details of the Gingerbread Hotel are just so amazing! My daughter kept telling me how much she wished she could just take one bite, haha. The Gingerbread Hotel will be checking out January 6th so hurry to catch a glimpse of it!

Irvine Spectrum Disney Holiday Light Show

Irvine Spectrum's Disney Magical Holiday Lights

Every night until January 4th the Edwards Courtyard located at the Irvine Spectrum comes to life with Disney Magic. A special holiday light show from Disneyland Resort is on display here and has nightly showings. The showing are a brief glimpse of what the Holiday Magic inside the Parks is like. The shows begin at 5:30pm and happens every hour after until closing. This is such a fun little show to catch if you happen to be in the area. Also Fashion Island features a similar Tree Lighting set to Disney Holiday music.

Mickey striking up the band.

Mickey striking up the band.

So go enjoy some Disney fun outside the Parks!

Cruzin Mama