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Stroller skating starts at Raleigh's Winterfest

Posted December 9, 2010
Updated January 4

NOTE: This post is from 2010.

Weekly stroller skating at downtown Raleigh's ice rink started on Thursday. And I'll admit to being a little bit fearful as I made plans to go.

I am not a strong skater. The last time I went ice skating was with my then four-year-old daughter where we both held tightly to the wall as we slowly made our way around the rink. One time. And then we were done.

I was pleasantly surprised Thursday morning. While I'm sure more than one person lapped me as I slowly plodded around the rink, I didn't fall down and rarely grabbed for the wall. In fact, I had a good time and a nice little workout too. Stroller skating Stroller skating starts at Raleigh's Winterfest

Stroller skating is a little easier than just skating on your own. As I say in the video, where I also make a fool of myself, the stroller is kind of like a walker and helps to support you. I think my one-year-old was bewildered by the whole thing. But there were no tears. So I'll chalk that up to a good time for her too.

Brandi Barnhart, public space and events manager for the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, which is running Winterfest, tells me that she got the idea for stroller skating from an outdoor rink in California. She started it here in Raleigh during the middle of the season last year and it grew in popularity. In fact, several moms asked if they would bring it back this year so they did.

One of those moms is somebody you may have met before here on Go Ask Mom. She's Jen Kedrowski of Stroller Strides - Raleigh. She brought a big group to stroller skating on the inaugural morning Thursday.

Stroller skating is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Thursday through the end of January.The usual admission fee of $8 applies and that includes your skate rental. Strollers are not allowed on the ice at other times because of crowd control. You can bring your stroller-riding kids and older kids to skate during stroller skating, for instance when school is out during winter break, Barnhart tells me.

And if you have a wide double stroller, there is a wider door at the end opposite to the front entrance to the rink. Just ask if you need help.


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  • brandibarnhart Dec 14, 2010

    We have changed the Stroller Skate from Thursday to Wednesday for this week only because of weather! Come out and join us for Stroller Skate tomorrow morning from 10-11 am.
    We have children's skates starting at youth size 9.

  • shall6 Dec 10, 2010

    It was so fun. I'm definitely going back. And kittiboo ... looks like the sizes might not be small enough for her.

    From Winterfest's FAQ page: Skates are available from child size 9 up to adult size 14. Socks are required to skate.


  • Kira Dec 9, 2010

    This is amazing! I'm so there!

  • kittiboo Dec 9, 2010

    How cool is that! I can't wait to track out so I can try it with my daughter. She'll probably want to get on skates, though. I wonder what's the smallest skates they rent?