Our Holiday on Brentwood Ice
A first timers' experience
One fine, chilly evening in late November, my friends and I, together with our eager kids, mustered enough confidence to go ice skating for the very first time. It was the tail-end of the kids' week-long Thanksgiving Break and we wanted them to have some fun before they go back to their daily grind. And what could be better than giving them something they had been asking for all week - a trip to the Brentwood Holiday on Ice skating rink at the Streets of Brentwood!
We met at the venue at 5:30 p.m. -
2 moms, 2 dads, and 3 kids aged 4-6 years old. Our timing was perfect - not too crowded, but with just enough skaters to make the atmosphere festive. We had no idea where to start or how easy or difficult this was going to be. It was great to be able to watch the really good ones display grace and confidence, and the novice to remind us that we are not the only first-timers.
Lynn Roberts, the inspiration behind this wonderful event, was there to greet us as we were buying our tickets. It was great to see a friendly face willing to answer our anxious questions (e.g. "Is it okay for our kids to wear a helmet?") as well as our kids' enthusiastic inquiries (e.g. "Is this going to be a contest?") Uh-oh.
We had 2 hours to use the $15 ticket, which already includes the skate rental. Not bad at all!
After putting on our skates (Friendly reminder to put on long socks - though if you forget, you can buy a nice pair at the reception for $6) we were off to our first ever venture onto the ice skating rink.
Our first round on the rink was a mixture of funny and embarrassing moments. We, the two moms, were so scared you could probably just as well glue our hands on the rails. It was so funny when, by the middle of our first trip around the rink, this little girl, maybe 7 or 8 who was probably also ice skating for the first time, had to pass us for what had been already the third time. By then, she was ready to just flat out laugh at us.
Of course it was a different story with our kids. I swear if we had half our kids' confidence we'd at least be the one passing that 7-year old girl! The kids were a lot more willing to let go of the rails and risk falling on their behinds! And that they did, quite a few times, and each time, they got up and were even more determined to go at it again. These kids can certainly teach us a lesson or two!
We took a 15-minute coffee break in between our first and second skate around the rink. It was quite chilly that coffee and hot chocolate from Code Brew tasted even better than it usually does. The best part? Code Brew has a mobile coffee station right there at the venue!
Each round of skating around the rink gave us an additional dose of confidence. By the third round, the two moms were feeling quite confident and were starting to contemplate how we'll be a lot better on our next trip there! And that maybe we should just make it a girls' night out next time so we can concentrate on our moves. Of course, that will be a secret trip that the kids won't know about.
We all had a lot of fun. The kids could not stop talking about it, and are already strategizing how they can get us to take them again next week and how they can get their other friends to go. Maybe we'll go for a Saturday morning ice skating lesson next time.
Brentwood Holiday on Ice Season III is open from November 20, 2010 - January 16, 2011 at the Streets of Brentwood. They are open on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 2:30 - 9:00 p.m., Wednesdays and Sundays, 12:30 - 9:00 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 12:30 - 10:30 p.m. For more information, including Holiday and special hours, check out their website at http://www.brentwoodholidayonice.com.