By DENNIS D. CRUZ
While ‘winter wonderland’ doesn’t describe most of the 209, residents don’t have to travel far to enjoy one of the season’s most iconic activities — ice skating.
Modesto On Ice
Modesto On Ice offers up fun for all ages. In its third year of existence, Modesto On Ice opened to the public on Nov. 18 and runs through Jan. 21, 2018. This family-fun environment is also inexpensive as skaters 3- to 12-years-old skate for $12 and prices for 13 and up are $15. The large facility can accommodate up to 160 skaters and offers private parties, group parties, early skate options to have the rink to yourself and other attractions to make your winter memorable. Birthday parties start as low as $160 and can be themed. Themes include Star Wars and Princesses. Modesto On Ice is owned and operated by Jerome and Andrea Murray. The couple have lived in Modesto for nearly two decades and decided to open the rink to fill what they saw as a void.
“We raised our family here and realized that there was not a lot of family fun things to do. So, we decided to open Modesto On Ice. I am in charge of the hiring, marketing and operations. My husband deals with maintenance and driving the Zamboni,” Andrea Murray said.
On the weekends Modesto On Ice has live disc jockeys come in and play music. The rink is lit up with LED lighting that is imbedded into the ice. Modesto On Ice is located at 1131 11th St., Modesto. For more information, visit modestoonice.com.
Oak Park Ice Arena
Oak Park Ice Arena in Stockton has been a staple in the 209 since opening its doors in 1970. The 85-foot by 200-foot rink offers up fun for all ages and skating abilities. Oak Park Ice Arena also offers a full service pro-shop that gets you ready for the season. They offer skating lessons and have special birthday party rooms Friday through Sunday. Oak Park Ice Arena is the home of the Stockton Colts Hockey Club and Stockton Figure Skating Club. The arena is located at 3545 Alvarado Ave., Stockton. For more information, visit oakpark.frontline-connect.com.
Holidays on the Farm
From Dec. 16 to Jan. 6, 2018 families will gather at Dell’Osso Family Farm in Lathrop for Holidays on the Farm. Along with ice skating, you can go snow tubing, zip lining, ride the Dell’Osso Express Train, make s’mores, visit the Country Store Bakery and have photos taken with Santa himself. Ice skating is available seven days a week. You can bring your own skates or rent them from the facility. Dell’Osso Family Farm is at 501 S. Manthey Rd., Lathrop. For more information, visit dellossofarm.com.
Long Barn Lodge
Long Barn Lodge Ice Skating Rink and Event Center is entering its 47th year. Built by Warren Beal in 1925, the foothills destination is between Sonora and Strawberry. The historic ice rink is open from November to March and has a cozy feel to it. Once you are done skating on the rink you can relax in the cabins that are available. Pricing for Long Barn skating is $8.50 with a $2.50 charge for skate rental. Parties are also available for $300 for up to 50 skaters. For more information visit longbarnlodge.net. They can also be reached at (209) 586-3533.
Fields of Ice
For those in Turlock, the fun is in your own backyard. Turlock Fields of Ice is located at 716 N. Daubenberger Rd. Open from mid-November to Jan. 15, 2018, the affordable family fun starts as low as $9. Fields of Ice gives Stanislaus County the winter feel without the snow. Open on all major holidays this season, families will be able to make endless memories. Skaters can celebrate their birthday parties at Fields of Ice. Along with ice skating, you can pick out your family Christmas tree at Ron’s Amazing Trees. These trees are delivered from Willamette Valley, Oregon. For more information, visit turlockfieldsofice.com.