Newport Skating Center

Newport Waterfront Events is not looking towards spring just yet!  Activities, discounts and a charity benefit are all being featured at the Newport Skating Center Presented by ALEX AND ANI over the final weeks of the skating season.
Upcoming events at the Center include:

  • Salve Regina University Student Discount Night on Thursday, February 25th, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. when students simply show their student ID and receive $3 savings on full price admission, $2 discount on full price rentals and 20% off items from the Haven Brothers Concessions Food Truck;
  • Disco Night on the Ice on Friday, February 26th, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at which the rink will feature a mirror ball and 1970s dance grooves and skaters are encouraged to come decked out in vintage attire and ready to show off their go-to disco dance moves;
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island Member Day on Saturday, February 27th, 2016 where the first 50 adult skaters who show their BCBSRI card and picture ID will receive free skating admission. Skaters 17-years-old and under must be accompanied by an adult with a BCBSRI card.
  • Lastly, for a 2 for 1 admission to the rink, skaters are being asked to bring birthday items like colored plates, cups, napkins and straws, packages of crayons, sticker sheets, adult scissors and scotch tape to support the Confetti Foundation Party Supply Drive which runs through Monday, February 29th, 2016. The Foundation supplies birthday party kits to children who are spending their birthdays in the hospital.

[contextly_auto_sidebar]“Even with the mild winter we have all been experiencing, this season at the Newport Skating Center has been full of fun for all ages and has gone even better than we had ever anticipated thanks to the local community, the City of Newport and all our corporate and community sponsors,” said Michele Maker Palmieri, President and CEO of Waterfront Productions, the parent company of Newport Waterfront Events.  “Stop by for a few more laps around the rink before we close for the season on Monday, February 29th.  If you donate a few items to the Confetti Foundation Party Supply Drive you’ll receive 2 for 1 admission and help children who are spending their birthdays in the hospital celebrate and honor their special day.  Thanks to all who supported our community through the rink’s Coat Drive in January which generated close to 200 winter jackets that were distributed to those in need by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center and our Potter League Pet Supply Drive which was a great success as well.”
In addition to the previously mentioned activity, nightly specials at the rink include: Free Skate Nights on Mondays courtesy of ALEX AND ANI and Wednesdays thanks to Cox Communications (not offered during the holidays or during school vacation); Stop & Shop Night on Tuesdays sponsored by Stop & Shop when skaters receive 2-for-1 admission with a Stop & Shop card; and People’s Credit Union Family Fun Night on Thursdays with discounted admission.
The skating center’s season schedule is Monday – Thursday from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Friday from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. with an Adult Skate session from 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.; and Sunday from noon – 5:00 p.m.  General three-hour skate admission passes are just $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and children between 3-11 years of age.  Children under 3 are free with an adult.  Passes for Adult Skate hours are $5 each. Skate rentals are also available on site from $3 -$5, as is skate sharpening for $5.
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