For the second year, the “ICE at Santa Monica” outdoor winter skating rink is returning to the community. It will open Friday, November 7th, and be open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through January 19th. Admission is $10, including skate rental.
The ice skating rink is hosted by the Bayside District Corporation, which manages downtown Santa Monica, and is presented by title sponsor Starbucks Coffee Company.
This season Starbucks is offering a complimentary hot beverage of their choice to anyone who brings an admission bracelet from ICE at Santa Monica to a participating Los Angeles or Orange County Starbucks.
“We are so thrilled to welcome Starbucks Coffee Company back as sponsor of the ICE at Santa Monica rink this year,” said Kathleen Rawson, executive director of the Bayside District Corporation. “They were such a wonderful partner last year, helping us stage exciting events and supporting all of our efforts on behalf of the Santa Monica community.
“We look forward to another outstanding holiday season, and are delighted to be working with Starbucks again.”
Skaters of all ages can bring back childhood memories — and create new ones — as they slide, glide, spin and dance on the ice in a festive atmosphere filled with holiday cheer, Bayside District officials said.
Located less than two blocks from the Third Street Promenade, at Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue, ICE at Santa Monica is “an affordable, fun, healthy outdoor activity for the entire family to enjoy,” said Rawson.
Skaters will have 8,000 square feet of real ice to enjoy, an increase of 2,000 square feet in area over last year.
Besides offering a larger skating area, there are several other changes this season. The dÈcor has been enhanced to include more holiday lights and the rink will use renewable energy sources in an effort to minimize the impact on the environment.
The area outside the rink will also have a new attraction for youngsters to enjoy — the HomeAid Project Playhouse Village. HomeAid is a national nonprofit provider that builds and renovates housing for the homeless. Every year the organization hosts “Project Playhouse,” an event in which builder teams donate their time, talent and resources to construct fantasy play cottages.
The playhouses contain working electrical systems and include such amenities as flat screen TVs, custom dÈcor, entertainment systems and video game players. This year Bayside is partnering with the HomeAid Los Angeles/Ventura chapter to bring three playhouses, “Firehouse 10,” “Nikki’s Colorado Ranch House” and “King of the Crib Gym” to be on display in a landscaped village setting.
Tickets will be available for $2 at ICE and will provide a chance for a visitor to win one of the playhouses at the end of the season.
Information, www.downtownsm .com/ or (310) 393-8355.