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Ice is nice: skate downtown

Deb Dormody sends along word about the Bank of America City Skating Center:

Skating rink opens to the public on Friday, November 21 at 6pm with admission & rental prices at the same rate for the last four years

PROVIDENCE  - The cocoa is hot and the skates are sharp at the Bank of America City Center skating rink - one of New England's most popular destinations for winter fun. As the rink prepares to open for the new season, it offers 2004 prices in the 2008 economy for families looking for fun without breaking the bank.

The 14,000-square-foot facility, which is twice the size of Rockefeller Plaza's ice rink in New York City, will offer a variety of programs this season, including an invitation for City of Providence residents, with valid identification, to skate for free on the first Saturday of each month with a $2 charge for skate rental. 

General admission is $6 for adults and $3 for seniors and children (under 12).  Skates can be rented for $4.   The Bank of America City Center offers discounted prices for school groups.  The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.  The skating rink is open on all winter holidays.

The following are just some of the scheduled events at the Bank of America City Center for the 2008-2009 season:

-- Downtown Holiday Celebration with a professional figure skating demonstration on December 6th following the Mayor's tree lighting at City Hall.
-- Learn-To-Skate four-week session begins December 6th.
-- Skate with Santa, Sunday, December 14th and Sunday, December 21st from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
-- Disney on Ice (mini performance) followed by an opportunity to skate with Disney characters, Friday, December 26th 10 a.m.
-- Providence Bruins practice, Saturday, December 27th 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
-- Bright Night, December 31st. Check our website for special deals and performances.
-- College Night, every Wednesday from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.  Admission for college students is $3 with a valid college photo ID.
-- Lunchtime Special, every weekday from noon until 2 p.m.  Admission is $3 and skate rentals are $3.
-- Afterwork Special, every weekday from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.  Admission is $3 and skate rentals are $3. 
For more information about the skating rink, including birthday parties and group rates, visit the Bank of America City Center website at or call (401) 331-5544.

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