If you’re like us, you keep promising to take your kids ice skating but just haven’t got there! These school holidays City of Parramatta is hosting the perfect family-friendly ice skating event called Winterlight so you can finally make good on your promise!
Winterlight is back at the heritage-listed Prince Alfred Square from Friday 6th July to Sunday 22nd July and is on during the day and the evening (10am – late) so you can go at a time that suits you and your family. The event will feature not only ice skating for all, but also a dedicated kids ice rink (with kanga helpers so kids can skate independently), rides, free kids activities, food, music and so much more.
So what exactly is on offer?
Aside from the main skate rink and kids skate rink (for under 12’s only and accompanying adults must wear shoes), there are heaps of other fun activities on offer as well.
There are loads of rides including the classic carousel, and of course the jewel of the venue – the stunning illuminated Ferris wheel. Sure to please all ages, the Ferris wheel will show you a unique view of Winterlight plus the Parramatta area.
There is also the 30m ice slide that the kids will definitely want to go on! Ride are 2-4 coupons – you can buy a single coupon for $2 or 20 for $19 (buy bulk deals online).
As for food, you’ll find plenty of options from homemade soups, pizza, curries, Dutch poffertjes and handmade chocolates. Yum! To make the mood perfect, live music performances by Paramatta’s Live and Local musicians will be the perfect accompaniment to your meal during Village Sessions.
What else is on for kids?
Kid’s Creative Hub
Everyday | 11am to 6pm
The Kid’s Creative Hub is perfect for kids of all ages. Bring your little (or big) ones along and participate in a variety of free, fun and creative children’s workshops. Get ready to create kaleidoscopes, 3D paper snowflakes, sparkly snowflakes, woollen snowflakes, egg carton penguins and polar bear masks.
Special Fireflies Lantern Workshop
Fri-Sun, 13-15 July | 4pm to 6pm
Make your own luminous paper lantern with a take-home NEON LED light and over 5 different firefly designs to choose from.
Weekends 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22 July | 12pm to 4pm
Wednesdays 11 & 18 July | 12pm to 4pm
Fridays 6, 13 & 20 July | 12pm to 4pm
Learn a new party trick at this free workshop for children and adults alike! Put your circus hat on and test your skills at juggling, stilts, spinning and balancing objects.
All day, every day
Experience the thrill of vintage-style carnival rides including the carousel, Music Trip, Cars 4 Kids, Rockin Tug, and Winterlight’s coaster ride.
Single Coupon = $2 or buy in bulk and save! All rides are between 2-4 coupons per ride.
Opening night unlimited skate and ride passes
Friday, 6 July | 5pm-10pm
Grab your friends and put on your brightest colours for Winterlight’s Opening Night Party where you can enjoy unlimited skating and rides for just $35!
Riverside Theatre’s Frozen sing-a-long
Tuesday 10 July & Tuesday 17 July | 10:30am
Drop into the Riverside Theatres and watch a very special screening of Frozen Sing-a-long..
Tickets from $10 per person – Purchase your tickets here.
Parramatta Eels Activations
Monday 16 July | 1-3pm
Meet players from the Parramatta Eels and take part in some fun kids activations run by the Eels.
GWS Giants Activation
Wednesday 18 July | 2-5pm
Gather together and shoot the ball into a giant dual inflatable goal, with giveaway opportunitis across the day (think water bottles, mini footies and GIANTS player bobbleheads). Whether you like football or netball, this activation is bound to hit all the right targets. PLUS don’t miss player appearances from 4pm!
Can’t wait to go? Simply click here to buy your tickets today! Now when are the bargain sessions you ask? There are a couple of options for you:
1. Opening Night Schools Session – Friday, 6 July, 3pm-5pm
Offer for all local schools! Kick of the July school holidays by being the first to skate on the smoothfm ice rink at Winterlight. Bring your family and friends and enjoy enjoy unlimited skating and rides for just $35 from 3pm!
2. Opening Night Unlimited Skate & Rides – Friday, 6 July, 5pm-10pm
Grab your friends and wear your brightest colours for Winterlight’s Opening Night Party where you can enjoy unlimited skating and rides for just $35! All skaters must leave the rink at the end of each session.
3. 2 for 1 Tuesdays, 11am-4pm
Enjoy the magical experience of Winterlight with two for one deals on ice skating tickets, amusement rides and food. Kangas are not included (they are $10 extra).
There are a couple of parking stations within 2 blocks of Prince Alfred Square, or you can get the bus along Victoria Road, OR walk from the train or ferry wharf. Find more suggestions on how to get there here.