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Why Ice Skating Is The Perfect Summer(!) Activity For Your Kids

July 26, 2017

Summer is in full swing, which means that the kids are home for the summer and the temperatures are climbing. But just because you put your home ice rink materials away months ago doesn't mean you have to hang up your skates for the season. Not only can you start planning ahead for your homemade ice rink installation this summer, but the entire family can still enjoy all of the benefits of skating, too. Just head to one of the 1,900 indoor ice hockey rinks all across the nation and skate the afternoon away!

3 Ways to Help Your Kids Thrive In Their Favorite Sport

July 24, 2017

In the U.S., about 36 million kids participate in organized sports. No matter what sport your kids are playing, as long as they're getting out and being active and social with their friends, they are going to have an excellent childhood. But in order to maximize your child's sporting experience, you should help them train for their particular sport in any way possible.

Missing The Ice? Why You Should Try Roller Hockey This Summer

June 23, 2017

For the avid hockey player, there is nothing worse than packing up your stick and skates at the end of the season. While you back yard ice rink may be out of commission for the summer, you don't have to trade in your love for the sport. Use the summer months to your advantage by hopping off your home ice rink and into the street through roller hockey.

Worried About a Backyard Rink Ruining Your Lawn? Here's Why You Shouldn't Be

June 16, 2017

Skating is a beloved pastime, and it's one that continues to grow in popularity with each passing year. In 2014, nearly 10.65 million people over the age of six went ice skating in arenas, on community ponds, and on homemade ice rinks in their backyards. Although backyard ice rinks can be a great way to bring people together and enjoy fun, physical activity throughout the winter, some families are concerned about whether backyard ice rink liners will ruin the appearance of their lawns for the rest of the year.

3 Social Benefits of Team Sports (And Why Your Child Should Be Playing Them)

June 01, 2017

Just because you've put your backyard ice rink brackets away until later on this year, that doesn't mean your child has to wait until winter to be active again. Spring and summer provide all kinds of opportunities for your child to participate in other team sports. These sports will not only keep them in tip-top shape for hockey season, but they'll also enjoy a number of emotional and social benefits from doing so.

3 Tips To Help You Stay in Shape For Hockey This Summer

May 26, 2017

Summer is nearly here, which means that your back yard ice rink has been long-since put away for seasonal storage. But just because you can't keep using your home ice rink, that doesn't mean there's any excuse to get out of shape this summer. According to USA Hockey, around 519,417 people registered to play during the 2013-2014 season. If you're serious about playing this sport, you can't afford to let your guard down.

Location, Location, Location: How to Choose a Spot For Your Backyard Ice Rink

April 27, 2017

A backyard ice skating rink can provide all kinds of fun during the winter months. After all, 71% of youth sports participants said they wouldn't even care if a score was kept during their games. That means that the social and emotional benefits of winter sports like ice skating and hockey are even more important than you might have thought.

5 Ways To Stay In Shape In The Off Season

April 19, 2017

While hockey season may be coming to a close, it doesn't mean that you have to trade backyard ice rinks for living room couches. Sports improve cardiovascular health and prevent heart disease, which killed almost 800,000 people in 2011 according to CDC data. The off season is a great time to reap these benefits and condition your body. Follow these tips to stay in shape after you step off your home ice rink.

How to Dismantle Your Backyard Ice Rink at the End of the Season

April 4, 2017

Spring is finally here! While many families are thrilled that warmer weather has arrived, for avid ice skaters and hockey players, it's not all good news. Your kids can continue to skate on the some-1,900 indoor ice hockey rinks that exist here in the U.S., but when temperatures start to rise, it's time to dismantle your home ice rink for the season.

3 Easy Maintenance Tips For Your Backyard Ice Rink

March 30, 2017

Spring has arrived in many parts of the country, but if you want to learn how to build a backyard ice rink to use next winter, it's the perfect time to increase your knowledge. Backyard skating rinks can provide a great way to stay active and have fun outside during the colder months. And since nearly 10.65 million people over the age of six went ice skating in 2014, it's certainly not a tradition that will fall out of favor any time soon.

Parent's Guide to Early Sports Exposure for Kids

March 6, 2017

Up to 67% of teens in America say they actually want to spend more time with their parents. What better way to get spend more time with your child than playing sports together? Sports bring people together, and exposing your child to sports at a young age has countless benefits on their physical and mental health. It's easy to sign your kid up for a sports league and sit on the sidelines, but actually getting involved can be more of a challenge. One increasingly popular method of incorporating child/parent sports interaction into your day-to-day life is to build a backyard or home ice rink.

4 Fun Ice Hockey Facts To Impress Your Friends

February 27, 2017

While the end of the winter season is approaching, in many parts of the country, you can still have a lot of fun with backyard ice rinks. As many as 36 million kids play organized sports every year, but those options become more limited during this time of year. While many sports have to take a hiatus during the colder months, playing ice hockey on a home ice rink is a great way to get exercise and have a great time in the winter.

Pro Parenting Tip: Get Your Kids to Like You

January 31, 2017

Parenting, although magical and plenty of fun, is A LOT of work. You have to worry about their health, their clothes, make sure they are well fed, keep them sheltered and safe, and teach them things as they grow. On top of all that, you have to do your best to get them to like spending time with you, which can often be the most difficult part of parenthood.

Ice Skating: So Much More Than a Fun Pastime

January 27, 2017

Ice skating at your local arena or home ice rink allows you to make treasured memories and spend quality time with family and friends during the winter months. In fact, 65% of youth sports participants say that they participate in sports in order to be with friends. If your kids have an affinity for ice hockey or ice skating, it's likely that the social aspect may be a real perk.

How a Backyard Rink Can Help Skaters Develop Their Skills

January 5, 2017

For the diehard hockey player or figure skater, a backyard ice rink is the perfect way to access a training facility at all times. While competitive teams travel to rinks near and far for games and practices, having a rink in the backyard can help many young skaters develop their skills.

5 Festive Ways to Stay Active This Holiday Season

December 16, 2016

You're bound to be surrounded by tempting food and drink this holiday season, and most of us would like to relax as much as possible. But in order to promote year-round health, it's important to find a healthy cookies-to-exercise balance.

3 Tips For Keeping Your Kids Safe This Winter

November 21, 2016

Although many of us love the events that winter brings -- hockey, ice skating, and the holidays, among others -- we need to take extra precautions when participating in wintertime activities. It's impossible to watch our children every second, but careful preparation can be key in keeping them safe in the winter.

Getting Ready For Hockey Season: the 4 'S's

November 18, 2016

Fall is about to give way to winter, which means one thing: it's time for winter sports!

And if you want to surprise the young winter-sports fans in your life, then it's time to learn how to build a backyard ice rink. Home ice rinks allow kids of all ages to get regular exercise and training while having a lot of fun. If your questions about how to build a backyard ice rink have kept you from taking the plunge, you're not alone. But the truth is, it couldn't be easier with our DIY backyard rinks.

This Winter, Celebrate With These 3 Special Skating Party Ideas

November 14, 2016

One of the main reasons we participate in sports is that they're fun and let us connect with other people. After all, 65% of kids who participate in sports say that they do so in order to spend time with their friends. So if you can find a way to combine a physical activity like ice skating with an exciting social atmosphere, it's a win/win.

Staying Safe on Your Backyard Rink: Ice Skating Dos and Don'ts

October 18, 2016

In a typical year, around 10.65 million people aged six years and older participate in ice skating. If you've decided to build a backyard ice rink, you and your family will have instant access to this beloved seasonal activity all winter long. Whether it's your first time building a home ice rink or you just want a little refresher in backyard rinks and proper skating safety, be sure to follow this simple list of dos and don'ts for backyard ice skating!

4 Backyard Ice Rink Myths: Debunked

September 22, 2016

Now that the kids are back at school, many parents and kids are thinking about their fall and winter sport participation. If your kids love playing hockey or enjoy spending time skating on the ice rink in the colder months, you may have considered installing a homemade ice rink in your backyard. However, some people have concerns about building a back yard ice rink. These concerns are largely unnecessary, but these myths are still often cited as reasons not to pursue home ice rink installation. Since these myths are so commonplace (we're asked about them all the time!), we've compiled a list of the top four back yard ice rink myths -- and we've debunked them for you, too.

3 Reasons You Should Build a Backyard Ice Rink This Winter

September 16, 2016

Whether you love ice hockey, skate competitively, or just enjoy going to the rink around the holidays, you know how fun and rewarding ice skating can be. You might very well be one of the 10.65 million ice skaters who get out on the rink in an average year. But you might not realize that you can have access to a skating rink whenever you want with a homemade ice rink right at home.

With the NHL Celebrating Its 100th Season, Popularity for the Sport Should Skyrocket

August 22, 2016

During the 2014 hockey season, there were more people playing hockey in the U.S. than ever before. Last season, according to USA Hockey, 519,417 players participated in the frozen sport.

Hockey has long played third, fourth, and sometimes even fifth fiddle to some of the major U.S. sports, but times are changing. Thanks to the popularity of the NHL and the sheer enthusiasm for the sport, hockey is growing into one of the most popular sports in the country, and one of the most fun activities to partake in.

3 Ways to Turn Your Backyard Into an Athletic Paradise

August 12, 2016
Customizing your backyard is one of the best aspects of owning a home. You can create whatever you want while remaining secluded to the privacy of your own backyard. Whether you're part of a diehard athletic family or you just want to spend some extra time with your kids, there are plenty of awesome ideas you can do to transform your backyard into your own personal athletic playground.

Can You Turn Your Pool Into an Ice Rink?

July 14, 2016
When you have the pool of your dreams right in your own backyard, life is good. At least until the winter comes. Since all that water freezes year after year, you would hardly be the first mom or dad to wonder if you can turn your pool into an ice rink.

How To Dismantle NiceRink Backyard Rinks

June 30, 2016
Across the country, you'll find 1,900 indoor ice hockey rinks and 500 more outdoor ice hockey rinks. Of course, come winter, thousands more backyard rinks go up as well, giving kids and adults alike the perfect place to create frozen memories together.

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