On Friday nights, one of the coolest places in town is the ice rink at the . On Friday Sept. 21, Cosmic Skating returns to the rink from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m., featuring specialty lighting and a professional DJ.
"We are known as a Friday night hangout," says Ann Marie Shipstad, Leisure Services Supervisor at the Sports Center. “Most of the skaters are junior high school students, and being on the ice gives them a sense of freedom. Parents of the skaters also are thrilled with the program. They know us and know that their kids will be safe and have a place to be with friends, doing something they enjoy for two hours.”
Open to anyone in 6th grade or older, Cosmic Skating uses sophisticated lighting that responds to the music, purchased for the annual ice show.
“It’s like a party every Friday night for these kids,” Shipstad adds. “They like spending time with friends and others their age, and they get to listen to fun music while skating. Some families even schedule birthday parties during Cosmic Skate, because the DJ and lights make a party really special.”
Junior high students are not the only ones who can start the weekend on the ice. The last Friday of each month (except for December) is set aside for Community Skating.
“We want to encourage everyone to come out and skate — from families to seniors to students,” Shipstad explains. “It’s a fun, safe Friday night for everyone.”
On Friday Dec. 28, the Sports Center will host a New Year’s Cosmic Skate from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m., which will include enjoy DJ music, a countdown video screen, food, party favors and games.
For more information, visit nbparks.org or call (847) 291-2993.