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What Age Can I Take My Children Ice Skating?

23 November 2022

It's that time of year again. The holidays are coming and, with them, the opportunity to take your children ice skating. But what age can they go? How do you know if they're ready? Here are 5 points to consider before your kids strap on those skates.

Physical development

The first thing you need to consider is your child's physical development. Can they walk well on their own? Are they coordinated enough to stand up on skates? If not, it might be best to wait a little while longer. They must have the strength and coordination to stay upright on the ice. Otherwise, they'll become frustrated and might not want to go skating again.


Temperament is also important. Is your child the type to get upset easily? Do they give up easily? If so, ice skating might not be the activity for them, at least not yet. It takes a lot of practice to get good at skating, and you'll still fall down from time to time. You must be prepared for that if you're skating with your children. Otherwise, it'll just be a frustrating experience for everyone involved.

Mental development

You also need to consider your child's mental development. Are they able to understand and follow instructions? Can they pay attention for more than a few minutes at a time? If not, ice skating might not be the best activity for them. There's a lot of coordination involved in skating; if your child can't focus, they're likely to get frustrated and give up.


Skating takes a lot of practice, and even then, they will fall from time to time. Your child must have the patience to keep trying, even when things are tough. Otherwise, they'll never improve and might even get discouraged. Getting up after a fall is part of the fun of skating, and your child will develop resilience if they can learn to dust themselves off and keep going. You can help them by remaining positive and encouraging them to keep going.


One of the most important things to consider before taking your children ice skating is whether or not they should take lessons. If this is their first time going ice skating, then chances are they will need some lessons first to learn how to skate properly and safely. Private lessons are usually best since the instructor can give your child one-on-one attention and tailor the lesson specifically for them based on their skill level. However, group lessons can also be beneficial since your child will have the opportunity to make friends who enjoy doing the same thing as them.

Taking your children ice skating can be a fun experience for everyone involved, but you must consider certain things before deciding if they are ready for the ice. Physical development, temperament, and patience are all important factors you must consider before taking your children out onto the rink. Keep all of these things in mind, and you're sure to have a great experience ice skating with your children this holiday season.

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