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Ice Skating – First Steps

Children's activities

Give it a go

What is it?

Glide into the exciting world of ice skating where children under the age of five skate for free. Skating enables pre-schoolers to develop self-confidence and improve their balance and coordination skills. It’s also a great way for children to stay active and healthy. On Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday sessions we open our tots zone, an area in the centre of the ice dedicated to under 5s and their parents.

What do I need?

Dress your child in layers of warm clothes, long socks, a hat and gloves so they don’t get cold. Gloves and hats can be purchased at skate hire. There are hundreds of different skates in all sizes and styles, our smallest skate size is a child’s 5.

Is it for me?

If you’re new to skating, the friendly staff will teach you all you need to get started in the Warm Up Zone before you hit the ice. There are lots of different items of ice equipment that can help young ones with skating – snowmen, penguins, seals, etc. There is also a dedicated Tots Zone on the ice during Friday afternoon family sessions (5:30pm-7pm), weekend and half-term sessions. On ice equipment is free to use in the Tots Zone or can be hired for £4.00 for the whole rink. Baby changing and feeding facilities to warm up bottles are available and we can store your pushchair too. There’s a great selection of food and drink in our Sub Zero café located alongside the ice rink where there are highchairs.

Find and book this class

For more information or to pre-book your skating session online, please visit the National Ice Centre’s website. Don’t forget, under 5s skate for free and there are six-week skating lessons and intensive skating lessons available throughout the year if you want to be taught by the pros!


Want to bring your friends? The National Ice Centre also host birthday parties and 2 adults can skate for free per child attending. The parties include a one-house skating session, dedicated party menu, ice equipment and 2-4-1 vouchers to use in the future!

How much is it?

This is a free session for your little ones, but if you adults want to join in, you can either pay for activities on a pay-as-you-go basis or pay as an Active Nottingham or concessionary member for great discounts. For unlimited access to all fitness classes, you may want to explore our membership options.

For more information on pricing and discounts for students, seniors and more, click here.

Full Price Active Nottingham Member Concession
£9.00 £5.00 £5.00