Temperature’s down, time to skate (inside)

If the kids are stir crazy by Sunday afternoon, there are several options for those who want to get on the ice. Locally, the Cloquet Area Recreational Center is holding a skating party from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18.

The CARC open skates are pretty low-key affairs, perfect for someone who likes a quiet skate or who wants to practice skating technique — no matter what your age.

I recommend helmets for little ones. Of course, hockey helmets are best, but any kind of head cover will help if they crash to the floor. (For information on future open skates, go to http://cloquet.pucksystems2.com/page/show/59545-open-skating.)

Hockey players take note: CARC hosts “Lunch Time Open Hockey” every Monday through Friday from Noon to 1:45.  All ages and genders welcome.  Helmets and skate required.  $5 for skater and $2 for goalie.

If you have questions, call  218.879.5400

A noisier, more festive option is the Duluth Parks and Recreation DECC Skating Party, also Sunday, Nov. 28.

The skating party will be held in the DECC Arena from 3-5 PM. This is a great event for families. Music will be provided by Shelly’s Mobile Music Machine. There will be free door prizes for the kids. DECC concessions will also be open during this time period.

All skating parties are free and open to all ages. Participants need to bring their own skates.

The remainder of the skating party dates are:

Sunday, December 26 from 3:00-5:00 PM

Sunday, January 23 from 3:00-5:00 PM in the new Amsoil Arena

Sunday, February 6 (Skate with the Bulldogs) 3:00-5:00 PM in the new Amsoil Arena

If you’re headed to Duluth, don’t forget the Duluth Heritage Sports Center. Find schedules online at http://duluthheritage.com/.

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