Last holidays I found heavily discounted tickets to an ice skating rink and my three girls absolutely loved it, so when the school holidays rolled around again, I was on the lookout for more cheap tickets. Xtreme Ice Arena in Mirrabooka often have deals on sites such as Groupon, making a morning or afternoon on the ice a very economical (and cold) affair.
There isn’t much you can do to make an ice rink stand out from the rest, so our experience at Xtreme was very similar to our day at Perth Ice Arena in Malaga (review here).
The biggest difference between the two rinks was that while the rink in Malaga had dozens of free skating aids (zimmer frames) as well as the more expensive penguin skating aids, the rink in Mirrabooka only had the option of hiring the expensive penguin aids, and at $10 a pop, when you have three kids who need one, it suddenly doubles the price of the entry price.
Xtreme Ice Arena is centrally located and seemed relatively busy on the Monday morning session we visited. There was a mix of older teens and adults as well as many families. Part of the rink had been sectioned off and there were two coaches who were available to assist new skaters or those who wanted to learn extra skills such as skating backwards. The free lessons seem to be a regular fixture for the morning sessions during school holidays, and the friendly staff not only offered their good advice to skaters, but also checked skates were fastened properly and kept an eye out for safety issues.
Normal skating sessions are timed, with a variety of groups being catered for, such as The Coffee Club for more mature skaters, Rug Rat sessions for the under 5s and DJ sessions on Friday, Saturday and Tuesday nights with disco lights and DJs spinning tunes.
During School Holidays, the sessions have a great mix of all of the above, with daytime DJ sessions and bumper cars ($5 for minutes). Check the website for details.
Unless you’re in a DJ session, the music isn’t very audible but if you’re a new skater or there with little kids, you’ll probably be concentrating on not falling over, so it’s not really an issue.
The Rug Rat sessions are a brilliant concept for carers of pre-schoolers. The sessions run during school terms (Wednesdays and Fridays 10am-12noon) and during holidays as well, and are cheaper than normal at $10 for kids and $5 for adults. The $5 ticket for adults not only includes skate hire (if you want) but a coffee as well. This is the only session where people are allowed to wear shoes on the ice, so if you don’t want to skate, you are allowed to walk next to your children. There is always a coach available during the sessions, and a variety of toys and cars that the kids can play with on the ice.
As with most similar places, you are not meant to bring outside food in, and are restricted to their café food – the usual suspects of ice-creams and hot food. The chips were very good even if they forgot about us and we had to remind them we were waiting.
There is a corner with arcade games and air hockey, so if you’re needing a break from skating you can amuse yourself off the ice.
Lockers are available to hire for your bags and valuables, but unless it was particularly busy, I probably wouldn’t bother.
If you’re taking children, I would also recommend dressing them in layers, bringing a spare pair of pants (in case they get wet from sitting on the ice), gloves (which you can buy from reception if you forget) and a plastic bag for used socks (they will get quite stinky from the boots).
Entry costs $22 for anyone over 5 years and includes skate hire. If you bring your own skates, entry is $16.
You can also book birthday parties with a choice of food and a dedicated party room.