Park Royal hosts free Spring Skate, today – March 18

Keep your ice skates out, Vancouverites. Cherry blossoms are starting to appear and Robson Square’s winter ice rink has closed for the season, but there’s a new, free, family-friendly skate option in town: the Spring Skate rink at Park Royal March 9 – 18.

In order to host this slick March Break activity, Park Royal added 4,000 sq. ft. of synthetic “ice” to the outdoor area behind Osaka and Staples, overlooking the Spirit Trail and the ocean. For a full round up of the top ten Spring Break activities for kids, check out Dana’s post here.

Synthetic ice works rain or shine, warm or cold, so there’s no need to worry about weather. Find out more about the packed schedule of free family entertainment taking place at Spring Skate, today through March 18, after the jump.

The synthetic rink at Spring Skate is open daily from 12pm to 6pm with extended opening hours on special event days. The #1 free activity to try at the rink is skating. If you don’t own a pair of ice skates or recently outgrew them, skates are available to rent by donation with proceeds going to local charities.

Friday, March 9 Spring Skate gets underway with lively tunes for aspiring ice dancers. Sunday, March 11 Spring Skate is holding a Hollyburn Hockey Heroes Shootout. Hockey legends Darcy Rota and Jack McIlhargey plus youth will compete for the shootout cup from 12pm-2pm.

Tuesday, March 13 is Toddler Day at Spring Skate, with a craft fair and face painting for the little ones. Friday, March 16 duo Noah Nine brings live music to the rink from 5pm to 9pm. Parents have the option of enjoying happy hour in the Spring Skate beer garden during the concert.

Spring Skate festivities crescendo St. Patrick’s Day, 5pm to 10pm.  Skaters get to see the Canucks live on the big screen. Expect a full blown green-themed party + beer garden and skating.

Spring Skate runs March 9-18 at Park Royal from 12pm-6pm daily, with extended hours for special events.

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