When there’s a chill in the air, your first instinct may not be to partake of an icy activity. But with baseball, football and swimming out of season, what better way to keep the kids active than by strapping on a pair of ice skates? Stop by the rink at the America’s Ice Garden in Dallas (214/720-8080; americasicegarden.com), where kids can sign up for a semester of lessons ($100 for eight weeks, prorated if you join late) or just show up any time for free skate ($10 per person). And get them started early. According to Skating Director John Kanicka, “Kids actually take to it pretty quick and easy; [whereas] older people tend to be more cautious.”
If your little one dreams of being the next Kristi Yamaguchi, hit the ice at the Dr Pepper StarCenter in Farmers Branch (214/432-3131; drpepperstarcenter.com). This rink is home to the Stars Figure Skating Club of Texas and keeps a well-trained staff of professional skate teachers, perfect for those looking to go the competitive route.