Cold Stone

Written by Zac Wood Category: Health & Fitness Issue: July 2014

Arcadia Ice Arena
3853 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix
This longtime family favorite focuses on the fun side, with a lot of public skate time, group events, pick-up hockey games and even broomball (like hockey without skates). They offer private and group lessons on basic ice skating or even Olympic-style figure skating. Open skating costs less than $10 per person including skates; pick-up hockey is $15 per person; and eight-week skating classes are quoted at $120 each.

Ice Den
9375 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale
The practice home of the Phoenix Coyotes, the Ice Den offers hockey leagues, lessons and public skating for less than $15 (including skates). Their most popular program is probably their Family Nights, when kids younger than age 5 skate for just $5, and everyone else gets in for $9 (on Fridays) or $8 (on Saturdays), including skate rentals. These nights feature pop music, disco lights, lasers and even prizes.

Oceanside Arena
1520 N. McClintock Dr., Tempe
Most rinks offer a variety of things, but Oceanside specializes in hockey. They host the ASU Sun Devils and many local leagues. Come out to watch a practice or a game, or even join one of the many amateur leagues. They also host group and team-building events, like hockey, broomball and skating ($250 per hour and up, depending on how much equipment you need).