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Ice skating

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Did you know ice skating was a thing in Singapore? It’s possibly not the first activity that springs to mind when you think of the tropics, but it’s a great way to cool down.

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Singapore has three ice-skating rinks. Three. And a fake ski slope too, but we think that’s maybe going too far. Two rinks are the regular frozen water variety, and the third is plastic pseudo-ice. We recommend wearing long pants to protect yourself if you fall. For the real ice rinks you’ll need a light jacket, too.

The Rink

The cute rink aids at The Rink. Photo taken in or around Ice skating, Downtown Singapore, Singapore by Sally Arnold.

The cute rink aids at The Rink. Photo: Sally Arnold

The most popular of the three rinks we visited is The Rink at JCube mall in East Jurong. The Rink, in the middle of a shopping mall, is an Olympic-size (real) ice-skating rink surrounded by two levels of shops and restaurants, with a dedicated viewing platform. Two-hour set session times that include admission, boots, gloves and socks will set you back S$21.50 for adults and S$19.50 for kids under 12 (prices go up on holidays). You’ll save S$4 off these prices if you bring your own socks and gloves.

For beginners, cute skating aids are available — penguins and snowmen for kids at S$10 for two hours, and seals for adults at S$15 for two hours. The Rink hosts a popular disco on ice on Fridays and Saturdays 21:45–23:45 and bumper cars on ice (S$8 for 10 minutes) Saturdays 17:15–22:15. Admission to the viewing gallery is S$3.50, but you can see just as well from outside (and there are seats too). If you are with little kids you’ll probably want to be inside. Lockers are available for S$2. Ice resurfacing happens between session ... Travelfish members only (Around 900 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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