Jamestown Savings Bank Arena is planning several themed public skate events specifically designed for those looking for an indoor, family-oriented activity.
The first event, Spooky Skate, is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m., and will include a scariest costume contest. The majority of the events have a holiday or season-based theme, and will be hosted once a month. But, December is the exception, with two days of themed public skate scheduled.
According to Randi Hietman, guest service manager for Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, while planning the event she tried to coordinate the events with upcoming holidays or themes that would interest families in the community.
Jamestown Savings Bank Arena will host several themed public skate events through June of 2013. The first event, Spooky Skate, is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m., and will include a scariest costume contest. The majority of the events have a holiday or season-based theme.
"The themes vary month to month," said Hietman. "I know that for Halloween you really only get to wear your costume for a few hours, so it's nice if you have another event that you can wear it to that is family friendly."
The other themes include Turkey Skate, Santa Skate, New Year's Eve Skate, Sweetheart Skate, St. Patty's Day Skate, Karaoke Skate, Hawaiian Skate and Beach Bash Skate. Decorations and live entertainment are planned for each event. Admission to each event is $6, and includes a pair of rental skates. Those who own their own skates are welcome to use them.
"We've teamed up with some sponsors, such as The Paper Factory. They will give us some decorations for Spooky Skate," said Hietman. "We also wanted to give back to the community, so for Turkey Skate people can bring in canned goods to donate to St. Susan's for half the admission price. Another similar event is the Santa Skate, where we will accept donations of toys for Toys for Tots for half the admission price."
Live entertainment such as DJs and karaoke will also be featured at each event. During Karaoke Skate a small floor will be put down on the ice to act as a stage.
"There will always be music playing," said Hietman. "We've had DJs in the past, and we've talked about having live bands play during public skate as well. We won't be doing the live bands this year, but we are talking about amping it up in the future."
The themed public skate events are the perfect opportunity for families to stay active during the cold winter and fall seasons, said Hietman.
"We're trying to give back to the community in a way that the actual public skate might not," said Hietman. "On top of that we're trying to give the community a fun and safe environment for families and children of all ages."
Hietman added that parents and grandparents are under no obligation to have to skate when attending the event. Both Sully's Irish Pub and the cafe will be open for adults to watch their children enjoying the ice.
A full schedule of events is available at jamestownarena.com. For more information call 484-2624 or visit facebook.com/JamestownArena.