Spring will be here before we know it – so it might be a good idea to enjoy the winter weather while it lasts. Glide over to The Healthy Zone Rink in East Aurora for some ice time. We had a blast – and can’t wait to go back.
We went on a Saturday afternoon. It was chilly so we were surely grateful for the warming lodge. It’s nice to have a place to warm up every so often before heading back out. The lodge is a neat, timber-framed building that sort of has the feel of a ski lodge or chalet. There is a snack bar where you can buy hot chocolate and some goodies like nachos ($3) and candy. The restrooms are also in here and there is a second story viewing area where you can see the entire rink – which is nice for parents.
The ice was smooth, there is plenty of seating available – think team benches and penalty boxes. It’s neat to think it is the very ice that the Winter Classic was played on at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Remember that? It was such a huge deal – the very first Winter Classic game – Jan. 1, 2008.
The Buffalo Sabres made history in that game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was an awful lot of fun. Sure, the Sabres lost, but we all won. We have that rink available at our feet. Just head on over to East Aurora.
Our 4-year-old, Emma, is a little peanut so she got frustrated trying to learn to skate. She said the ice was “too slippery.” I get it. It was a pretty busy day and there were plenty of people whizzing around her. It’s not easy to learn to skate when the ice is bustling with wanna-be speed skaters.
We did see plenty of families having fun and just enjoying time together. It was safe – and exciting. And good exercise. There were kids of all ages, as well as teens and adults, all enjoying the ice. You know, that same ice where Sidney Crosby scored that game-winning goal against Ryan Miller in that very first Winter Classic game.
Healthy Zone Ice Rink
41 Riley St., East Aurora
Cost: $5 per person. Children under age 4 are free. (Receive $1 off admission by showing your Blue Cross Blue Shield card.) Skate Rental: $3. (Note: Credit cards are not accepted.)
Hours: Open skate is 7 to 8:45 p.m. Friday; 1 to 2 p.m. and 7 to 8:45 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday.