Ice skating, fake and real in Singapore

Really!

What we say: 3.5 stars

Ice skating certainly isn’t the first activity that springs to mind when thinking of how to fill your days in Singapore, but the city actually has two skating rinks.

Even better than the real thing?

The newest place to strap on some skates is the 600 square-metre rink in the middle of high-end mall The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. While I haven’t skated here I have watched the Zamboni clean the surface, so I was surprised to learn that the ice is fake! Though it looks just like the real thing and you wear the same type of skates, the surface of the Marina Bay Sands Skating Rink is actually a high-tech plastic. The benefit must be that the rink isn’t any colder than the rest of the mall, but my friends who’ve tried it complained the pseudo-ice is much slipperier than the real thing.

The first hour of skating costs S$7 for adults and S$5 for children plus S$3 to rent skates. Though one will probably be enough, extra hours are discounted to S$3. Remember to bring your own socks otherwise it’ll be another S$6!

The real deal at Kallang Leisure Park.

For an old-fashioned skating experience on frozen water, head to Kallang Leisure Park in eastern Singapore. In addition to a movie theatre and bowling alley, this family-friendly entertainment complex is the home of “Ice World” – Singapore’s only real ice skating rink and one of the few places where you’ll want to wear pants and a sweater. Two hours of ice time will set you back S$14 for adults and S$12 for kids. At the equipment rental shop you have the choice of figure skates for S$3.50 or hockey skates for S$5.50 and another S$2 for gloves (since it’s unlikely you packed your own!)

Marina Bay Sands Skating Rink
10 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands
T: (65) 6688 8868
Open 10:00–22:00 daily

Ice World @ Kallang Leisure Centre
5 Stadium Walk
T: (65) 63481123
Open Sunday–Thursday 10:00–22:00, Friday–Saturday 10:00–00:00

Last updated: 15th November, 2014

About the author:
Tanya Procyshyn is a Singapore-based freelance writer and photographer. With a passion for unusual destinations, she has camped alongside Komodo dragons and shook hands with soldiers in North Korea. She blogs at www.idreamofdurian.com.
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