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Click to enlarge The Fountain Square Ice Rink will be open until February 20.  - Photo: provided by 3CDC

Photo: Provided by 3CDC

The Fountain Square Ice Rink is open through February 20.

Ice skating has been a quintessential winter activity ever since humans discovered that gliding on frozen water was both an efficient means of movement and fun.

Based on some light googling, ice skating appears to have originated in Finland around 4000 years ago (they have a lot of ice) and began to resemble its current iteration of blades in metal boots somewhere in the Netherlands in the 13th century. .

Ice skating back then actually looked a lot like it does today, and this wholesome, family-friendly activity can be found at a handful of seasonal pop-up rinks around the city.

Here are three that offer a place to slide, as well as skate rentals and hot and/or alcoholic beverages.

Fifty West Brewing Co.

Fifty West Brewing Company has added a picturesque winter attraction to its ever-growing list of things to do at its Production Works brewery: an ice rink. He pitched the idea in 2020, and because it was so successful, he’s brought it back for the third year in a row.

The family rink is 80 feet by 40 feet and tickets ($10) include skate rental and an hour on the ice. Only a small number of people are allowed on the track at one time, so Fifty West is using a timed reservation system at fivewestbrew.com, with select in-person purchase options if crowds are thin. Children under 4 years old can skate for free.

The brewery has also asked Santa to visit for pictures from 6 to 8 pm on November 26 and December 10; and from 5 to 7 pm on December 4 and 18. Tickets to see the man in red include a digital and physical photo of the parties and free children’s hot chocolate. Until February 27th. $10 (includes skate rental). 7605 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township, fivewestbrew.com.

fountain square

The Fountain Square Ice Rink is back this year and will be open until February 20. In addition to skate rentals, Fountain Square is bringing back its super popular bumper cars, which will share the rink with traditional ice skating. Clients can choose between two types of sessions: a split rink, where half is dedicated to ice skating while the other half is occupied by bumper cars, or just skating.

Reserve a preferred time slot online ($15 for split session and $10 for ice skating only). Bumper car drivers can use the cars as many times as they like during their 90-minute session (a line will form to get on the ride). If you opt for a split track session, you can go between the cars and skate, but you can’t use ice skates in the vehicle; All bumper car drivers must wear flat, closed-toe shoes. Discounts will be available and a trackside warm-up tent will offer snacks and beverages, including alcoholic beverages.Until February 20. $10 skating; $15 bumper cars and roller skating. 520 Vine St., Downtown, myfountainsquare.com.

summit park

Located under the colorful glass canopy at Summit Park, Warm 98.5 Ice Rink offers two-hour skating sessions for $7 (skate rental included). Four on-site restaurants will serve meals, hot chocolate, and DORA beverages. And skating aids (those gizmos that look like a street block) will be available to use for free. The rink is open until January 8 and is closed for holidays on December 25 and January 1. 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash, Summitparkblueash.com.

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