During the March School Holidays, we went to The Rink at JCube with the cousins. If you do remember that I mentioned we had 3 days of fun when I took off from work, the first fun place I shared was Amped Trampoline and the second was canvas painting at Rush-Me-Not Art Studio. This was the third fun activity that we brought the kids to. We wanted to go to the FEO free playground at Gardens by the Bay (have not checked that out yet, but sure to go soon!), but it was raining, the second day of rain after a long drought in Singapore! So, we diverted our plans in the car and drove to the ice-skating rink. If I had more days off, I would have planned more places to go. Who ever says Singapore is boring?

The Rink
The Rink is located at JCube in Jurong East, the western part of Singapore. We expected more than usual crowd on a Monday as it was the school holiday period. It was indeed crowded. We were wary of other skaters who did stunts and those that were keen of showing off at the expense of younger skaters like our kids.

When we got there, we took the kids to observe from a huge glass wall that looked into the ice-skating rink. We bought admission tickets for 2 hours, were issued with colour bands that identify our time slots, and waited till 30 minutes before our time slot before we could bring all our 8 kids in. Usually admission is only allowed 15 minutes before, but we asked for an exception as we had many young children who would take double the time to put on the skating gear. The staff were friendly and obliged to our request. Luckily we did that, as 15 minutes before the skating time started, the queue for ice-skating skates exchange was really long!
The Rink 1
At the ticketing, we rented the “Penguin” and “Seal” skating aids. The “Penguin” was for young children as the height was lower and the “Seal was for adults with a more comfortable height to hold on to.

"Seal" Skating Aid for adult to hold on and kid to sit on

“Seal” Skating Aid for adult to hold on and kid to sit on

"Penguin" Skating Aid - lower height for kids

“Penguin” Skating Aid – lower height for kids

Most of our children could skate freely after a short usage of the skating aids. The children took turns to have fun with the aids even though they could already skate without help. The little ones sure learn fast. If you were wondering why I could skate happily and guessing where my little YT was, aha! That was because I managed to pass a sleeping baby in a sling over to my mum skilfully and thought I could steal a half hour skating session. To my surprise, he only woke up towards the end of the 2 hours fun! I skated for one and a half hours worry-free and could look after XX and YH and my other nieces and nephew.

The Rink 3The Rink 2

It’s fun to skate with many children as they always manage to surprise me with the things they do!

1. YH started to grab chipped ice from the ice floor and “transport” it via his “Penguin”. XX copied him and got allergic to the ice. She started scratching and was really upset about the red botches flaring up on her skin wherever her hands touched which included her face. XX is starting to be image conscious. Thank goodness it was only temporary.

2. There was a youngster who skated at full speed and bumped into YH without any apology. Guess what the sister and cousins do? They began to collect chipped ice to wait for the opportunity to hurl at that arrogant skater! I stopped them like what a good mother should do and explained that it was wrong to take revenge as they may end up hurting other innocent skaters or hurting themselves. But deep down I was tempted to put a foot out to teach that guy a lesson for being a bully to my boy!

There were many showoffs at the skating rink. Some performed stunts which attracted many head turns. Some skated at dangerous speed. For young children, it will be better for the parents to skate near them. Still, it was fun for everyone at The Rink.

More information on The Rink at JCUbe:

Location:

Level 3 at JCube

2, Jurong East Central 1, S(609731)

Opening hours:

Monday: 10.00 am – 9.30 pm (until the first week of Aug 2013, not too sure what this means since it’s outdated, you may like to call to ask)

Tuesday to Thursday & Sunday: 10.00 am – 9.30 pm

Friday & Saturday, eve of PH & PH: 10.00 am – 11.45 pm

Tel: +65 6684 2374/5 (hotline) or 6684 2379

Website: http://www.therink.sg/

Rates: Check it out here!

Good to know: The Rink may be closed for events like Hockey and Figure Skating, etc on some days. So, it will be good to check out the website for updates before you hit the place.

Have you ice-skated before? If you come from a country with lots of snow during winter, do you ice-skate or do you have other kind of sports during summer? Tell me more!