Ice Skating Rinks In and Around Jersey City

ICE SKATING RINKS IN AND AROUND JERSEY CITY

When it comes to looking for a cold weather activity that will suit the whole family, you might sometimes feel like you’re on thin ice. However, ice skating is a great way to get active and to bond with your family during the winter! We put together a list of Ice Skating Rinks in and Around Jersey City just for you!

New Jersey

Newport Skates

95 River Drive, Jersey City

Phone: (201) 626-7465

This rink is very close to Newport mall and it definitely one of the best Ice Skating Rinks in Jersey City. Admission is $7 and skate rentals are $6. Newport Residents and tenants get a discount of half price daily admission with proof of residential or employee ID card! Once you pay, you can skate all day, which is nice if you live locally or have kids that need a lot of time on the ice!

Pershing Field Ice Rink

807 Summit Avenue, Jersey City

Phone: (201) 547-4392

Pershing Field Ice Rink is a local favorite and is located in Jersey City Heights. They have a special admission fee of for Jersey City residents! $3 for adults, $2 for kids and $1 for senior citizens. If you don’t live in Jersey City it will be $5 for adults, $3 for children and $2 for senior citizens. They offer two types of skates, figure skates and hockey skates.

Korpi Ice Rink

669 Avenue A, Bayonne

Phone: (201) 858-5850

Located on the campus of Bayonne High School and the shores of the Newark Bay,  the Richard Korpi Ice Rink is a state of the art facility rivaling any multipurpose athletic complex in the area. The cost for non-residents is $10 per session and includes skate rental. Bayonne Residents are $3 for kids, $5 for adults and $4 for skate rentals. There is limited free public parking offered.

Richard J. Codey Arena at South Mountain

560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange

Phone: (973) 731-3828

This fantastic, recently renovated, indoor rink is only about a 30 minutes drive from downtown Jersey City. It boats two rinks, a skate rental area, food concession area, locker rooms and more! It is located not far from the Turtle Back Zoo. Public skating session hours vary, so be sure to check the calendar here. Rates are $9 for adults and $7 for children 16 and under. Skate rentals are $4. They offer skating lessons, hockey lessons and various programs, check their website for details. On-site parking is available.

The Town of Secaucus’ Ice Rink on Plaza Center Road

Buchmuller Park: 150 Plaza Center, Secaucus

Phone: (201) 330-0273

The Town of Secaucus’ Ice Rink on Plaza Center Road provides skating opportunities during open sessions, rentals, and for hockey leagues. The rink is typically open from October to April. The rink is also used for other activities in the off-season. Admission is $3 and skate rental is $2! Regular hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Saturday from 1:30 PM – 3:30 & 7:30 – 9:30 PM and Sundays 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM & 7:30 – 9:30 PM! Times are subject to change so just give them a call before you go!

Warinanco Sports Center

One Park Drive, Roselle

Phone: (908) 298-7849

The newly renovated Warinanco Sports Center, formally the seasonal skating rink, has expanded to a beautiful 11,000 square foot facility open to the public year round! The Center is located about 25 minutes from Jersey City and features brand-new event and meeting spaces, a pro shop, and is home to the Warinanco Café! In winter months, the skating rinks hosts nearly 50,000 guests and is perfect for date night, skating lessons, or to attend local high school hockey games. Children and seniors over 62 can skate for $5 while adults skate for $6. Rentals are $5!

New York

The Rink at Winter Village

Bryant Park, NYC

Phone: (212) 768-4242

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is Manhattan’s winter wonderland. Enjoy the Holiday Shops, The Lodge by Urbanspace, and The Rink, the centerpiece of Winter Village and New York City’s only free admission ice skating rink. The Rink and The Lodge are open 8 AM-10 PM daily through March 3, 2019. This 17,000 square foot rink features free admission ice skating, high quality rental skates, and free skating shows, special events, and activities. Admission is free and skate rentals are $20! Getting there is easy just take the Path to 33rd street and hop on the B, D, F, M, 7 Subway to 42nd Street.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

600 5th Ave, New York

Phone: (212) 332-7654

Of course we had to add one of the most famous ice skating locations in NYC, this outdoor rink is visited by people from all around the globe each winter. In the heart of Midtown, steps from Times Square and the Theater District, The Rink at Rockefeller Center is a New York City tradition that everyone can enjoy. The rink is open daily with 8 sessions from 8:30am through midnight. The rates varied from $25 to $32 depending on standard, holiday or peak time, and $15 per child under 11 years of age. Skate rentals are $12.50.

Sky Rink

61 Chelsea Piers, New York

Phone: (212) 336.6100

Sky Rink is a year-round indoor ice rink since that has been around since 1969. This twin-rink facility, located on Pier 61 at Chelsea Piers, operates seven days a week, welcoming skaters of all ages and ability levels for general skating sessions, figure skating, ice hockey, league play, birthday parties, special events and more. Everyone can skate for $12 per person and skate rentals are $6! They also offer helmet rentals for $6!

 

The Rink at Brookfield Place

Three World Financial Center, 230 Vesey St, NYC

Phone: (347) 843-9503

Located on the Hudson River Waterfront, it is open from Monday – Friday from 1:00 PM to 8:30 PM, and on the weekends from from 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM. The rink offers programs such as Learn to Skate, Mommy/ Daddy & Me, Kick Ice Hockey Fitness and Corporate Skating Events. Single sessions of 90 minutes are $15 and skate rentals are $5.

Looking for more exciting winter-themed fun for  you and your family? We have so many options for you to choose from!

New Year’s Events for Kids and Families


You may already have a babysitter booked for a night on the town with your significant other. But, if you don’t…here are some great events and activities in and around our area that will guarantee a fantastic New Year’s for the whole family!

12 Days of Science

Liberty Science Center, Jersey City

December 20 – January 1 (closed 12/25)

The LSC will be open both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, so it’s the perfect place to get out of the cold and get the kids active! This holiday celebration includes the new Infinity Climber, building and displaying a huge snowflake, meeting a penguin, tasting ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, special live shows and more. Special holiday hours are 9am – 6pm except for Christmas Eve (9am – 4pm). They are closed on Christmas Day.

lf: The Musical 

Various Dates and Times

Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn

Looking for something fun and different to do on New Year’s? Take the kids to see Elf: The Musical! The Paper Mill Playhouse, located in Millburn, is only about a 20 minute drive from downtown Jersey City. There is a 1:30pm showing on New Year’s Eve and a 7pm showing on New Year’s Day. Tickets range from $36 – $91.

Holiday Lights

Now – January 4, 2015

Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange

You still have time to check out Holiday Lights if you haven’t already done so this season. Holiday Lights will be open on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 5pm – 9pm through January 4. The zoo will not have Holiday Lights on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. However, Holiday Lights will be open on New Year’s Day, although the zoo won’t be open during the day. The event is free to the public, though donations of canned goods, toys and pet food are encouraged.

Disney on Ice: Princesses and Heroes 

January 1 – 4, 2015

Izod Center, East Rutherford

See a showing on New Year’s Day at 1pm and explore a world of wonder where heroes and hearts prevail! Tickets start at $25 and parking is $15/car.

Winter Wonderland Camp 

December 29 – 31, 2014 from 11am – 1:30pm

Need a daytime activity for the little ones? Try Winter Wonderland Camp. Children ages 3.5 – 7 years will enjoy making sculptures, drawings, paintings, 3D objects and more. You can book an individual day for $50 per day or all three days for $135.

New Year’s Eve Family Cruise 

December 31, 2014

Pier 16, South Street Seaport, NYC

Take the whole family along for a night of New Year’s Eve fun on the New York Harbor! Kids and parents can dance the night away, play Wii games, enjoy treats, party favors and more. This event is best suited for older children, as the cruise boards at 9:05pm and sails until 12:20am. Tickets are $125 per child ages 3 – 12 and $200 per adult. Family packs are available for $600 (2 adults and 2 children).

Newport Skates 

Newport, Jersey City

Take the family skating for the day at Newport Skates! They will be open both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 11am – 9pm. Admission is $7/person and skate rentals are $6.

New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace

December 31, 2014 from 7pm – 9pm

St. John the Divine, NYC

Enjoy an evening of music at a beautiful location. This year’s concert is hosted by Harry Smith and features Judy Collins and Jason Robert Brown. General admission is free and open to the public and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center, NYC

If you are in the mood for ice skating and don’t mind crowds, take the family to this iconic ice skating rink in NYC. Skate together under the infamous Christmas tree. They have various hours daily, including New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Peak rates are $30/adult and $15/child (under 11) and skate rentals are $12.

Central Park Fireworks and NYRR Midnight Run 

December 31, 2014 at 10pm

Central Park, NYC

Celebrate with dancing, live performances and a firework show then countdown to midnight and partake in the 4 mile unscored midnight fun run. This event is free.

New Year’s Day Brunch Family Bowl 

January 1, 2015 at noon

Brooklyn Bowl, NYC

Start the New Year off with a strike! Enjoy bowling and brunch starting at noon. All ages until 6pm. There will be no cover charge.

Magical Pumpkin Wands | Time to Create with Lady Lucas

I know it’s September, but I’m already thinking about Halloween non-stop! It’s never too early to start putting out some harvest pumpkin decorations in the fall, so here’s a craft that is sure to please as a centerpiece on your table, party favor for kids or even as a colorful gift!

Materials you will need:

  • Foam or cardboard pumpkin cut-outs

  • Permanent markers

  • Colorful paper straws

  • Strong craft glue or hot glue

  • Ribbons, Halloween findings

  • Blush or red marker {optional}

 

*Paper straws are readily available at Target and party stores. Pumpkin cut-outs can be found this time of year at the dollar store, Target or A.C. Moore. Michael’s should also have them in stock.

 

 

Step 1 Decide how many magical pumpkin wands you’d like to make. Take out as many pumpkin cut-outs and paper straws as you will need.

 

Step 2 Decorate the pumpkin cut-outs with a permanent marker. Create cute and scary jack-o-lantern faces. This part is appropriate for even the smallest child. Get creative and give one pumpkin some reading glasses! If you’d like rosy cheeks, you can use a red marker or real makeup blush on a dry paintbrush.

 

 

Step 3 Tie festive ribbons around the top of the paper straws about one inch down from the top. Add Halloween findings if you have them. I had these cute foam candy corns on wires so I added them to my wands as well.

 

Step 4 Glue the pumpkin ‘head’ on the top of the wand using a strong craft glue and let it dry for a few hours. Hot glue is instant, so I prefer that method if you have a hot glue gun handy. For very small children you could even use clear tape, but keep in mind your wands won’t last too long, especially after playing with them for a few hours.

 

Step 5 Display your pumpkin wands creatively throughout the house in vases, planters or at mealtime. The kids can spend hours playing with them this October!

Ashley Lucas {aka Lady Lucas} is a local Jersey City illustrator and arts instructor. She has written and illustrated various children’s books, and is releasing her second picture book this fall. She teaches private art lessons to children in the Jersey City area and loves the magical artwork that kids create!

Don’t forget to stop by Ashley’s blog on JCFamilies. Visit every month to see a new crafting idea for your child and please Like, Share or Comment on this craft if you enjoy it!

Crafty Valentine Decorating Ideas | Time to Create with Lady Lucas

It’s hard to believe that the holidays are over, and Valentine’s Day is already around the corner! I have already decorated my home for one of my favorite holidays, and wanted to share some easy and fun crafty decorating ideas with you. Enjoy these tips, and if you have any tips of your own, please add them to the comment section for other moms to enjoy below!

Valentine Tree

Not so fast putting the Christmas decorations away- half of your ornaments might look great on a Valentine tree! I just happened to have this pink tree up in my studio during the holidays, but you could probably find a red one on sale {left over from the holidays} at Target or the dollar store. If you don’t have a small tree, a fancy tree branch or group of twigs from the floral shop would also work well.


Decorate your Valentine tree with mostly white, pink and red ornaments. Any animal ornaments work great too. A quick way to add a little love, is to punch a hole in the center of red and pink paper hearts such as the ones pictured above. Push these hearts on the tips of your tree branches or twigs for a lovely touch.

 

Window Love

Have the kids cut out some hearts out of red and pink construction paper and hang them in all your windows using wall putty. Wall putty can be found in the stationary isle of Shop Rite or at any office store. Cute red cupids such as the one above can be found at a party store. Cupids are quite tricky to cut out, so I would recommend buying them and making the hearts at home! Some other fun ideas for cut paper shapes are; cupcakes, red birds and ladybugs.

Fun with Cake Picks

Remember the terrarium craft I shared within my blog post a few months ago? Well, my tiny little garden is still growing and I like to change the theme from month to month. If your terrarium at home is still living, or you’d like to learn to make one, a really simple way to make it festive is by adding plastic cake picks into the soil. This cupid pick was the perfect addition to mine, but you could use pretty much any pink or red little fellow to add some Valentine fun. Cake picks also make a great addition to Valentine cupcakes, or as a decoration on the top of a Valentine heart. They are sold at all major party stores as well as in the baking isle of fine food stores.

Click to Download and Print a PDF of this Craft

 

Ashley Lucas {aka Lady Lucas} is a local Jersey City illustrator and arts instructor. She has written and illustrated various children’s books, and is currently working on a compilation of her most popular crafting ideas. She offers private art lessons to the Newport community for children ages 4 – 8 years old and loves seeing the magical creations children come up with!


Don’t forget to stop by Ashley’s blog on JCFamilies. Stop by every month to see a new crafting idea for your child and please Like, Share or Comment on this craft if you enjoy it!