Best places to go Ice Skating in Indianapolis

As the temperatures drop, activities start to move from outdoors to indoors. Just because you are indoors, doesn’t mean you can’t be having fun and getting some exercise too. What can you and your family do to stay fit while having a blast? Ice skating, of course! It’s time to kick off your shoes, lace up those skates and hit the ice! Gather your family together and check out these locations where fun and exercise go hand-in-hand. We’ve found lots of options included in our Best Places To Go Ice Skating in Indianapolis Guide that offer family-friendly times and skate rentals. Don’t be afraid if you have never ice skated before, some rinks even offer instruction.

Keep your eyes peeled for great deals too. With any visit you make, remember to dress warmly and in comfortable layers! {As always, skate times are subject to change so we recommend contacting the venue to confirm.}


OnThe Northside

Fuel Tank at Fishers

9022 East 126th Street, Fishers    {317} 849-9930

Formerly the FORUM at Fishers. All-week public skate times available: Monday-Thursday 12:00-2:00 pm, Fridays 12:00-2:00 pm with a Cosmic Rock N Skate from 7:30-10:30 pm, Saturday 1:30-3:30 pm and 7:00-9:00 pm and Sunday 2:00-4:00 pm. Holiday skate times are also available. Thinking about taking lessons? The Fuel Tank hosts USFS Basic Skills program. Students are assigned to class based on skill level. Classes are offered year-round for ages three and up at all skill levels. Skaters will learn proper skating techniques to enjoy skating in any on-ice situation.

Admission $12 for Friday Night, Cosmic Rock N Skate; $9 for Saturday and Sunday afternoons; $9 for holiday skates; $6 for Monday through Friday afternoons. Skate rental: $3.

Carmel Ice Skadium

1040 3rd Avenue SW, Carmel  {317} 844-8888

The Zotec Partners Carmel Ice Skadium is a two-sheet, ice rink facility in Carmel, Indiana. Founded in 1974, the building has been serving generations of figure and recreational skaters, along with our city’s hockey community for over 40 years. The Zotec Partners Carmel Ice Skadium is home to two, NHL-sized rinks, along with a fully-stocked snack bar, party rooms and a pro shop. Public skate times offered daily. Do you like hockey and want to work on your skills? Then be sure to stop by during their weekly stick and puck hours. Helmet, stick and gloves are required. Adult open hockey is also available for those 18 and older who would like to participate in a friendly no-check pick-up game without the commitment of a league. A cosmic skate is offered every Saturday evening. Times are subject to change. Check out their calendar for public skate times.

Admission $8 during public skate {$6.75 for kids 10 and under}; $10 for cosmic skate; $9 for stick and puck; $10 for adult open hockey. Skate rental: $3. Group rates available. Also offering 4 for $40 deal during public skate times Monday through Thursday (not valid for cosmic skate or stick and puck.) Includes admission for four, skate rentals and four churros or one large popcorn.

Arctic Zone Iceplex Westfield

16616 Southpark Drive, Westfield  {317} 896-2155

Arctic Zone has a lot to offer guests including public skating, lessons, stick and puck hours, Birthday parties, hockey clinics and camps and a High School hockey high-intensity weight training program. Check out Cheap Skate Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:15. Just $6 includes admission, skate rental, a hot dog and a 12 ounce drink. Public skate times vary, so be sure to check out their calendar for times. Cosmic skate open Friday-Saturday at 7:30 pm.

Admission $8 during public skate {$6.75 for kids 10 and under}; $10 for cosmic skate. Skate rental: $3. Group rates are available. Also offering 4 for $40 Deal during public skate on Fridays (not valid for cosmic skate or stick and puck.) Includes admission for four, skate rentals and four churros or one large popcorn.

 Northeast – NEW!

Pendleton-Falls Park

299 Falls Park Drive, Pendleton {765- 778-2222

Want to try ice skating outdoors? The bundle up and check out this FREE outdoor rink located in the Pendleton-Falls Park between the circle and the creek. Visitors are required to bring their own skates. Keep in mind there are no park attendants onsite so patrons are asked to keep everyone’s safety in mind during their visit.

 In Central Indy

Pop Weaver Youth Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center

1202 East 38th Street Indianapolis, IN 46205  {317} 927-7622

Located at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, the Pop Weaver Youth Pavilion and Cheri Daniels Arena is now managed by the Fuel Tank staff. Customers will continue to enjoy skating activities from September through March. Skate times available: Fridays 7:30-9:30 pm; Saturdays at 1:30-3:30 pm and 7:00-9:00 pm; Sundays at 1:00-3:00 pm. Holiday skate times are also available.

Admission $9 for public and holiday skate. Skate rental: $3. NOTE: A $5 parking fee is enforced.

On the Southside

Perry Park

451 E. Stop 11 Road, Indianapolis, IN 46227   {317} 888-0070

Weekend public skate times available: Tuesday through Thursday 3:00-5:00 pm; Friday 12:00-2:00 pm, 3:00-5:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm; Saturdays 2:00-4:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm; Sundays 3:00-5:00 pm. Freestyle figure skating time is available on Mondays from 3:45-5:15 pm. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for kids. Perry Park also offers pick-up hockey for adults 18 and over on Wednesdays from 9:45-11:15 pm. The cost is $12 and full equipment is required. Goalies skate for free.

Admission $6 {$5 ages 17 and under}. Skate rental: $3. With a group of 15 or more who pay together, skate rental fee is waived.

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

Servings: 1



      • 1/2 Cup(s) Oats
      • 1/2 Cup(s) Low-fat milk
      • 1/4 Cup(s) low-fat yogurt
      • 1/2 Cup(s) Apple, chopped
      • 1/8 Teaspoon(s) Cinnamon
      • 1 Teaspoon(s) Honey
      • 1 Teaspoon(s) Chia seeds


Add oats to your container of choice and pour in milk and low-fat yogurt. Add in a layer of chopped apples, and top off with cinnamon, drizzle of honey, and chia seeds. Place in fridge and enjoy in the morning or a few hours later!

Low Carb Snacks

Below are a few snack ideas listed by how much carbohydrate they contain.

Snacks with Less Than 5 Grams of Carbohydrate

  • 15 almonds
  • 3 celery sticks + 1 Tablespoon of peanut butter
  • 5 baby carrots
  • 5 cherry tomatoes + 1 Tablespoon ranch dressing
  • 1 hard-boiled egg
  • 1 cup cucumber slices + 1 Tablespoon ranch dressing
  • ¼ cup of fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup of salad greens + 1/2 cup of diced cucumber + drizzle of vinegar and oil
  • 1 frozen sugar-free popsicle
  • 1 cup of light popcorn
  • 2 saltine crackers
  • 10 gold-fish crackers
  • ½ cup sugar-free gelatin
  • 1 piece of string cheese stick
  • 8 green olives
  • 2 Tablespoons pumpkin or sesame seeds
  • ¼ of a whole avocado (~4 g.)


About 10-20 Grams of Carbohydrate

  • ¼ cup dried fruit and nut mix
  • 1 cup chicken noodle soup, tomato soup (made with water),  or vegetable soup
  • 1 small apple or orange
  • 3 cups light popcorn
  • 1/3 cup hummus + 1 cup raw fresh cut veggies (green peppers, carrots, broccoli, cucumber, celery, cauliflower or a combination of these)
  • ¼ cup cottage cheese + ½ cup canned or fresh fruit
  • 1 cheese quesadilla (made with one 6-inch corn or whole wheat tortilla + 1 oz shredded cheese) + ¼ cup salsa
  • 2 rice cakes (with a 4-inch diameter) + 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
  • 5 whole wheat crackers (or ¾ oz) + 1 piece of string cheese
  • ½ turkey sandwich (1 slice whole wheat bread + 2 oz turkey + mustard)
  • ½ cup tuna salad + 4 saltines

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Active Family Fun Through the Holidays


The holidays are full of delicious feasts, turkey dinners, and tantalizing sweets left and right. Add on top of that the inherent sense of laziness that comes with vacation, and finding a chance to exercise feels impossible and nearly useless.

Just 30 minutes of activity each day can keep your weight gain under control. Exercise also relieves stress, which you might be experiencing a lot of during the holidays, and makes you feel better about yourself. But exercise doesn’t have to be something exhausting or strenuous, and there are plenty of fun ways to keep yourself and the kids active during the holidays.

Making Time

During the holidays, it’s easy to find your schedule full of activities. For those with busy schedules, the best plan of action is to make exercise the first thing on your agenda. Working out first thing in the morning helps make exercise a priority. Working out in the evening can prove difficult because you have places to go and people to see—and plenty of time throughout the day to come up with excuses for why you can’t exercise.
Remember, just 30 minutes a day is enough to keep in shape. If you have trouble finding time, try to spread those 30 minutes into three 10-minute workouts over the course of the day. Ten minutes is enough for a simple workout routine that includes jogging, jumping jacks, jump rope, or weights.

Out for a Walk

Walking is a low-impact activity that offers limited strain, making it great for everyone in the family. The great thing about walking is that it can be done just about anywhere: the mall, the local high school track, a parking lot, or just around the block. During those holiday shopping trips, park a little further away to extend the amount of walking you have to do (and avoid fighting over parking with other holiday shoppers).

Get creative and include your family. Take a nature walk during the day and explore the natural beauty around you. If the area is familiar enough, you can set up a scavenger hunt for the little ones. After an especially filling dinner, take a walk around the block with the family. You can stay active while taking a look at all of the holiday decorations in the neighborhood.

Incorporating Chores

We have all experienced the tiring effects of doing chores around the house. As strange as it might seem, doing those tedious chores is also a great way to burn some calories. Grab a shovel and clear that snow in your driveway, or rake those leaves scattered across the front yard.

Just walking around your house can be considered a physical activity:

  • Walk up and down the steps
  • Carry your laundry
  • Sweep the floor
  • Clean those windows (yes—even the top corners!)

Aside from burning some calories, these activities will help your home look clean and tidy and leave you more room for holiday fun.

Holiday Activities

While some people assume “physical activity” means sweating it out at the gym, many of the fun holiday activities you do with your family could quite easily be exercise.

Spending an evening out ice skating is sure to get your heart pumping, but you might not even notice with all the fun you’re having (or the falling you might be doing). The same could be said of skiing and snowboarding, both of which are great workouts for your legs and heart.

Even more unconventional holiday activities could help you burn some calories. Going out for an evening of caroling is a classic way to spread the holiday cheer while getting your butt off the couch. A holiday dance party will keep everyone happy, moving, and grooving for hours on end.

Playing in the Snow

Snow doesn’t fall in all parts of the United States, but it can make for some fun physical activities if you find yourself in a winter wonderland.

  • Making a snowman (or snowwoman) takes a lot of work, exercising your muscles and your heart perfectly.
  • Gather your family and friends for a good old-fashioned snow ball fight. All of that running, ducking, and throwing burns several hundred calories per hour. Keep it safe—no hard-packed snowballs, no ice, and faces are off limits.
  • Even making snow angels works out your upper and lower body.
  • Sledding is great because in order to enjoy the fun of flying down the hill, you have to walk up first—and everyone will want several turns. Add challenge by making your own trail up the hill. The resistance of walking through untouched snow offers a great workout!

Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself

As important as working out is, understand that the holidays are here, and that means spending time with your family and friends. When it comes to your well-being, it’s important to keep a proper balance between your social activities and your physical care. Be sure to squeeze in some fun physical activity, but make sure you enjoy every moment of the holiday season, too.

photo courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt

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Lentil and Five Vegetable Stew


 fat-free stew loaded with flavor.

  • 1 large leek stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 2 cups water
  • 1-½ cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup yellow corn kernels
  • ½ cup broccoli
  • florets, lightly steamed
  • 1 cup pre-cooked lentils
  • 1 Tablespoon dried red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a stew pot, boil well-cleaned chopped leek and shredded carrot in water until tender. Drain well and add remaining ingredients. Cook until well heated. You may want to add a bit of pre-cooked brown rice or your favorite herb seasoning.


Total Calories Per Serving: 168
Fat: 1 gram