Free pop-up ice skating rink in Clarkson these school holidays

Children in the northern suburbs can go ice skating close to home.
Children in the northern suburbs can go ice skating close to home.

NORTH coast children could enjoy a frosty start to the spring school holidays at a pop-up skating rink in Clarkson.

Ocean Keys Shopping Centre will house a synthetic ice skating rink made from tiles, that will mimic the feel of ice, from September 29 to October 10.

“This is the first time we’ve brought skating to Ocean Keys Shopping Centre and we’re expecting it to be very popular,” shopping centre marketing manager Victoria Hansen said.

“A lot of the time school holiday activities are located in the CBD, which can end up a very long and often expensive day out for families.

“We wanted to bring a fun, free activity program to the north, so parents this way don’t have to venture far.”

Continuing the winter theme, Guildford’s Museum of Natural History will display snow-dwelling animals, including deer, foxes, squirrels and a badger, in the centre.

There will also be a treasure hunt to find snowmen hidden in stores, and roaming animal characters will be in the centre on some days.

The rink will be open to children aged five to 12 from 11am to 1.30pm daily, excluding October 4, and hosts will show them what to do on the synthetic ice.