It only takes my family a few weeks of cold weather and we start getting wiggly and cranky. We start looking for ways to stretch our legs, and there are some great indoor and outdoor options in our community.
We have spent time at the Helium Trampoline Park, Family Museum, Putnam Museum, Chuck E. Cheese, swimming at the YMCA, and more, and we have spent a significant amount of money. (And we didn’t mind spending this money because these are some great places!). We have also spent a lot of time and no money at the library, John Deere Pavilion, driving to look at eagles on the Mississippi River, playing outside catching snowflakes and digging in the mud (depending on our Midwest weather).
Recently, like many Januarys before, the wiggles had set in, and we really wanted to get outside. We discovered Frozen Landing (which is the parking lot of Splash Landing on Middle Road, Bettendorf). You can enjoy ice skating for free if you have your own ice skates or you can rent ice skates for $2. We loaded ourselves up with multiple layers of clothing (for padding, not warmth) and took in our first experience ice skating.
I was a bit nervous taking two kids (ages 7 and 5) by myself for their first experience on skates, but I was presently surprised. The skating rink is the perfect size to manage children and there were tools to assist children learning to skate. After about 20 minutes, I found myself skating leisurely without kids pulling me down to the ice because they wanted to do it by themselves (parenting win!).
My seven-year-old picked up speed using the walker and my youngest preferred using the wall for support. It was great to see them ditch their supports and venture out for 20-second intervals before falling and laughing. I was impressed that they got right back up and tried again.
The hardest part of this outdoor adventure was putting on the skates. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we have returned to try it again.
Here are the details on Frozen Landing:
Monday – Thursday, 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. -10:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Hours may change depending on the weather.
Cost: Free if you have ice or hockey skates, $2 for skate rental