Skating The Haze Away
When the haze strikes and you need to get the kids out and find ways of expending their energy, I find that skating is always a good option. Whether your child is a novice or an advance skater, here are two of my favourite venues, both of which have been around awhile but often overlooked. What I like is these venues are not too big so it’s not too overwhelming for both child and parent. One venue is for rollerblading, the others for ice skating and most have adjacent cafes/eating areas that allow you to watch your kids from a safe distance while having some coffee or munchies.
1. Roller Sports World, Bangsar Shopping Center
Rarely full, except on some weekends, this roller blading rink has flooring that provides a softer landing vs. wooden floors. Downside is, the rink lacks the usual hand rails that your child can steady himself with. But with all that space, he doesn’t have to worry about bumping into people or feeling embarrassed (as kids can do) when he takes a bad tumble. Helmets are not mandatory but we always bring our biking helmets along to avoid the RM15 rental costs. There are no roller blading trainers/teachers on hand but I’ve seen the staff help out kids who have a difficult time finding their bearings on blades. Have a coffee while all this is happening at Stuff Your Face Café opposite, and you might even forget about the haze outside.
Rental Fees in photo
Safety Gear Rental: RM15
2. The Royale Chulan Damansara Hotel Ice Skating Rink, The Curve
The kids love it here, especially when we arrive in the morning before the teenagers fill up the place after school. At the expense of mentioning the obvious, dress your kids warmly. Mittens, in particular, are mandatory so bring a pair or buy some at the counter. For a minimal hourly fee, little ones who may find ice skating a bit unnerving can rent penguin skating aids to keep them steady. The skates may be a bind blunt so go carefully. Tables line one side of the rink and food can be ordered within the venue (the usual fried or fatty suspects).
Skates Rental: RM 30 unlimited
3. Sunway Lagoon
Advertised as Malaysia’s largest ice-skating rink, Sunway Lagoon’s rink is busy and in a true Sunway style, located in a middle of a shopping centre. The rink is also host to ice hockey matches, great to watch in the middle of a shopping spree.
4. Icescape at IOI City Mall, Putrajaya
Icescape skating rink is the newest of the bunch, situated in the massive IOI City Mall in Putrajaya. It is next to the District21 adventure indoor park in case you still have energy left after skating.http://happygokl.com/skating/KL LivingThings to do with kidsWhen the haze strikes and you need to get the kids out and find ways of expending their energy, I find that skating is always a good option. Whether your child is a novice or an advance skater, here are two of my favourite venues, both of which have...bubblymamaMarite Irvinemarite_puno@yahoo.comAdministratorBubbly is a double entendre as I often find myself talking way too much and rather loudly & I always accept an offer of champagne--or gin and tonic--no matter what time of day (yes, I'll have another one please). I am curious about all things human, big and small & everything in between. My somewhat domesticate, somewhat free-spirited self finds her happiness at the wheel of a minivan stuffed with car seats, driving down KL highways with music blaring and the promise of a good cup of coffee at the end of the road.Happy Go KL