Come winter, Kansas City temps frequently dip below freezing, keeping the region's small-but-adequate number of ice skating rinks optimally chilly and ready for wintry family outings. Settings range from smack dab in the city center to parks and indoor arenas, so you can strap into a pair of blade-bottomed boots before whichever background you please. Rest assured, most keep the hot cocoa flowing and holiday cheer coming throughout the season.
Keep in mind that during the 2020-2021 season, public skating has in some cases been suspended. Check the websites of organizers for updated health and safety measures before attending.
Crown Center Ice Terrace
The Crown Center Ice Terrace has been around for as long as most Kansas Citians can remember, so it holds a bit of nostalgia for people who've grown up in the area. The outdoor terrace, sheltered by a fairytale-like white tent, overlooks the massive and impeccably decorated Mayor's Christmas Tree. It's open all winter long, from November 6, 2020, through March 7, 2021, including all holidays except Christmas Day. Entry is $7 per person and skate rentals cost $4 each. Season passes will not be available for the 2020-2021 season and reservations are required.
The Ice at Park Place
The Ice at Park Place is a small, open-air rink at Park Place shopping center. The only outdoor ice rink in southern Johnson County, it's a cold-weather facility only—open from November 22, 2020, to February 28, 2021, including all holidays. What makes The Ice extra fun is that it's surrounded by seasonal activities: restaurants with warm food and drink options, interesting shops, and more.
The facility, open seasonally since 2008, is available for groups, birthday parties, field trips, and events with large group discounts and charitable fundraising opportunities. It usually hosts special events like Skate with Santa days in December and a Valentine's Day Skate in February. Skate sessions are $11 per person, plus $4 for skate rentals. Check The Ice's Facebook page for weather updates; if it's too warm outside, the rink won't open.
Line Creek Community Center and Ice Arena
Line Creek Community Center and Ice Arena, run by the City of Kansas City Missouri Parks & Recreation Department, is 34,000 square feet of recreation opportunities surrounded by Frank Vaydik Park and bordered by Line Creek. The Ice Arena is an indoor facility that offers public skating, figure skating lessons, hockey lessons and clinics, and more. Various skating clubs, from curling to figure skating, use the facility, too. One of the venue's standout features, however, is its low prices. A day pass costs a budget-friendly $6 and skate rentals cost only $2.
During winter, the pickleball courts at Lea McKeighan North Park in Lee's Summit, about 25 minutes outside of the city, are blanketed by a thick layer of skateable ice. The scene is incredibly festive and charming, with Christmas lights twinkling overhead and fire pits blazing. The alfresco rink opens every day from November 12, 2020, to February 28, 2021, weather permitting. Just $8 will get you an hour, 50-minute session and skate rentals cost $3. Only 50 spots per session will be allowed, so guests are encouraged to make reservations online ahead of time.
Kansas City Ice Center
The Kansas City Ice Center is a large indoor rink that offers year-round public skating—both of the ice and roller variety. It's a hub for figure skating, adult and kids' ice hockey, and broomball, and the home base of several specialized, skating-related clubs. During the coldest months, the center's walls are removed and only the roof and struts remain for a lovely winter wonderland atmosphere. You can count on holiday decorations galore and frequent visits from Santa (also on skates). During the 2020-2021 season, public skate sessions will be suspended until March.