Giant sparkly stars hanging above. Music piped through the speakers. Squeals and giggles of children and adults as they try to catch their balance. This is the Avalon On Ice, the outdoor ice rink at The Avalon, in Alpharetta.
What Kids Will Love: The easy buckle-up skates are comfortable and a cinch to get on and off. Natalie, 9, and Kate, 6, particularly loved the unlimited hot chocolate available. It was a great way to encourage taking breaks throughout our visit. After you’re finished spinning around the rink, you can continue the fun by jumping on the train that rides around the Avalon ($5 per child) or stopping by Fuzziwigs Candy Factory for a sweet treat.
What Parents Need to Know: The parking deck is not far away, but you also have a valet parking option for $7. If you forget socks, you can purchase a pair for $3. Some smaller children had helmets on, which is a great idea for those first-timer daredevils. You may consider bringing an extra set of pants in case your little one falls and gets wet.
Other notes: Ticket prices are the same, whether you bring your own skates or not. There are no lockers available on site. Bathrooms are near by.
– Jennifer Joyner
Avalon On Ice
The Avalon, 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. 770-765-1000; experienceavalon.com.
Admission: $16 per person (includes skates), for 1½ hours of skating in the outdoor rink in the plaza of the The Avalon complex. Skate School for new or novice skaters, $25 per skater.
Hours: Through Feb. 28, Mon.-Fri. 3:30-10 p.m., Sat. and school holidays 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. noon-8 p.m. Skate School, Sat. 9-9:45 a.m., and Sun. 11-11:45 a.m.