Slip, Slide, Glide

Kids’ Skating Programs
Slip, Slide, Glide

Skating can be a fun, affordable and accessible winter family sport, but teaching a toddler to skate requires the patience of a saint and a strong back. We’ve got some tips to ensure your family starts this oh-so-Canadian winter tradition off on the right foot (pun intended).

Take a Lesson
Top of our list for lessons is UBC’s Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sport Centre’s Arena with its Learn to Skate program that starts at three years of age. For children with a little bit of skating experience, they offer Ice Mice lessons that are sure to spark a love for the game of hockey in your little one. Online registration is now available for their spring programs (starting March 1). 

Burnaby 8 Rinks also offers learn-to-skate programs through Canlan Ice Sports. Group lessons start at age four, and of note are their popular parent and tot lessons for two to five year-olds. 

Eight of Vancouver’s community centres boast ice rinks. The prices vary by centre and membership may be required, but all have group lessons for those aged three and up, and some offer private lessons for preschoolers. For many current lessons, registration is still open, and spring registration starts at the beginning of March.


For a day-trip, Grouse Mountain’s outdoor rink is a great wintery choice, but since the gondola ride is about $40 for an adult (children under four are free), plan to take in a few different activities (perhaps a sleigh ride and Theatre in the Sky) while there.

So, what’s your wait? This winter, enjoy a family skate.

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First published 2011.02.03

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