Ice skate under the sky this winter at The ICE at Discovery Green

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Photo courtesy of BigKidSmallCity

Strap on those ice skates and head out onto the largest outdoor ice skating rink in the Southwest at The ICE at Discovery Green, open daily in Downtown through Sunday, January 27, 2018.

At 7,716 square feet, the ICE at Discovery Green clocks in as the largest outdoor skating rink in the Southwest. Made from water recycled from the park’s Kinder Lake, the rink is the de facto headquarters for outdoor winter fun in Houston, presenting a wide variety of seasonal programming for skaters and spectators alike.

Throughout the course of the season, and most given weeks, you can expect to skate along to outdoor movies, live music and DJs, and (up until Christmas) with Santa Claus himself.

Musical theme nights focus on jazz, country, and pop hits. Adding to the festive holiday mix will be special ice carvings and art installations.

Off to the side, you’ll also find a dedicated, toddler-friendly rink known as the Ice Box for kids under 45 inches tall and below the age of 4.

The ICE at Discovery Green is powered by Green Mountain Energy.

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Photo: 365 Houston

Weekly Theme Events at The ICE on Discovery Green

  • Cheap Skate Night | Select Mondays – Enjoy skating for just $8 per person on select Mondays from 5pm to 10pm. Cheap Skate Night is not held on Houston ISD vacation days. Click here for more details.
  • Game Day on ICE | Select Tuesdays – Sign up to play a variety of game in the middle of the rink during a 15-minute intermission. Games vary from week to week and include hockey, broom ball, and more. Weekly (except Christmas, Tuesday, December 25) through Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
  • Break The ICE Date Nights | Select Wednesdays – Enjoy a couple skate, or just skas with friends. Enjoy the smooth tunes of Houston’s own jazzman Jawad on select Break the ICE Date Nights. through Wednesday, January 16, 2019. The music is free to enjoy. 7pm to 9pm. Click here for more details.
  • Screen on the Green Movie Screenings | Thursdays | FREE – Take in free holiday and family films over The ICE. You can bring chairs and a blanket and find a spot on the hill, or lace up and skate while you listen to the flick. The movies are free if you don’t plan to skate. 7pm. Click here for more details.
  • Funfetti Fridays | Select Fridays – Mix and mingle to the latest pop music and other popular jams on the ICE at Discovery Green on most Friday nights through Friday, January 25, 2019. 7pm to 9pm. Click here for more details.
  • Skate with Santa | Select Saturdays – Join Santa Claus for an afternoon skate session. Bring your camera if you’re hoping to pose for a photo with St. Nick. Click here for more details.
  • Skating with the Stars | Select Sundays – Join professional ice skates on the rinks on Sunday evenings. Click here for more information.

Click here to check for upcoming events at the Ice and Discovery Green. On weekends and school holidays, skating time is limited to 90 minutes.

Wheelchair Accessibility

People in non-motorized wheelchairs are welcome to enjoy the rink in their chairs, when accompanied by a responsible adult at all times while on the ice rink. Access is free for wheelchair visitors. The accompanying adult must pay the $14 skating fee.

Weather Impacts on The ICE on Discovery Green Operations

Note that the ice rink may be closed unexpectedly due to weather conditions including heat, lighting or rain. On very warm days, the rink may open late so that the ice may be covered until 3:30pm.

If the weather is unusual, check Discovery Green’s website or call 713-434-7465 for weather updates.

The ICE at Discovery Green

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The Ice at Discovery Green | Photo courtesy of Discovery Green

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