Ice Skating Classes
In December, my daughter had two ice skating birthday parties at Lloyd Center Ice Rink on consecutive weekends. The first time, she was timid and a little nervous about being on the ice. The second time, though, she was whizzing around like a seasoned recreational skater. I even spied her skating in the center of the rink with her friends, trying to learn to spin Yamaguchi-style. Then, when we were in SF on Christmas Eve, she begged to go ice skating at a rink there. For 2-1/2 straight hours, she skated and skated. She outskated me, her daddy, her grandparents, and her uncles. We were exhausted, but she would have skated until the wee hours of the night.
Now that we're back home, she is begging us for lessons and to skate more regularly. I noticed that Portland Parks & Rec is offering Ice Skating Basics, but it isn't clear to me whether the lessons are held at Lloyd Center or ?... This email from Jess is timely:
I wanted to ask urbanMama readers if they have had any experience with ice skating. The only class my daughter has been interested in is ice skating. We had a drop-in lesson at Lloyd Center Ice Rink today. The ratio was 17:1. That's 17 preschoolers on ice skates! Needless to say children were not getting the attention or direction they need. My daughter still really wants to skate. The ice rink said that they will not add more teachers to the class and that my only other option is private lessons. These lessons are $12.50 for 15 min plus we need to rent skates for $5. Can anyone refer a private lesson for cheaper or would anyone be interested in forming a small group (3-4 kids) and paying a private instructor? Is there any other place other than Lloyd Center?