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Orange County’s Great Park, in Irvine, is bringing back Snow Day, and free ice skating, on Saturday, January 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free admission, $8 parking.

Also, the Great Park Balloon will not open until 11:00 a.m. More info…Admission Price & Equipment Rentals

How much does the Great Skate cost?  Admission and skate rentals are FREE to the public.

Can I bring my own skates? es! Guests are welcome to bring their own skates and helmets.  Helmets are strongly recommended for beginners and young children; and are also available upon request at no charge.

What size skates are available? Children’s double blade skates are available in sizes 8T-12T. Ice skates are available in sizes 1-12.
(Note: Skates sizes will be 1-1½ sizes smaller than actual shoe sizes.)

Skate Session Times

11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m. 3:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m. *7:00 p.m.–7:45 p.m.
12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m. 4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m. *8:00 p.m.–8:45 p.m.
1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m. 5:00 p.m.–5:45 p.m. *9:00 p.m.–9:45 p.m.
2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m. 6:00 p.m.–6:45 p.m.

*Join us on Sunday nights for “Sounds of the Hour” skating, featuring music from the 70s at 7:00 p.m., 80s at 8:00 p.m., and 90s at 9:00 p.m.

Skating tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Skaters must be present to pick-up their own tickets. Socks are required to skate.

Do you have advance tickets available? Yes!

Where and when can I get advance tickets?  Advance tickets can be requested on-site at the ice rink ticket counter beginning Jan. 31st. A limited number of advance tickets will be made available on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m.

How many tickets can I request? Are there any restrictions?  Visitors may request up to six (6) advance tickets per household, per weekend for one skate session time only.

Advance tickets are valid for same-day skating. For example, advance tickets distributed on Friday will only be valid for Friday, Saturday for Saturday, and Sunday for Sunday. ID will be required—no exceptions. Advance ticket holders must be present 15 minutes prior to their designated skate session otherwise tickets will be void at the discretion of Great Skate staff.

About Snow Day

We’re kicking off the Great Skate with the return of Snow Day!

Join us in celebrating the opening of our winter ice skating rink, Saturday, January 30, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m (parking is $8). The park will be transformed into a winter wonderland, with sledding, snowman making, and snow play.

Other activities will include free ice skating at the Great Skate ice rink, hockey skills games, children’s crafts, refreshments for sale, an ice skating show, and entertainment.

There’s also no need to bring sleds…the Great Park has plenty to share! Just remember to grab your mittens, dress warm, and enjoy an afternoon of fun for the entire family.

About the Great Skate Ice Rink

January 30–February 28, 2010 | 11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays Only

Free Admission, Skate Rentals & Parking

More info…

$8 Parking Charge & Balloon Hours on Snow Day: Great Skate parking is free, except during Snow Day ($8 per car). Also, the Great Park Balloon will not open on January 30 until 11:00 a.m.

Click here for a map and directions.

By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

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