Did you ice skate as a kid? You know I’m a Charlotte girl – I’ve lived here all my life – so ice-skating wasn’t something we did very often. It was a very special treat. My dad would haul my sister and I over to Eastland Mall maybe once or twice a year where we’d be absolutely giddy as we’d lace up those rental skates. Our visions of perfect figure eights were quickly squashed the minute those blades (and our rear ends) hit the ice, but we didn’t care. Those were some of my favorite memories as a kid – ask any other native and I bet they’ll say the same thing.
I know a lot of you aren’t from the South. I bet lots of you grew up ice-skating on ponds (that seems like an urban legend to me, but whatever you say). Your childhood memories are probably overflowing with days spent on the ice, and you’re probably a little scared that your kids won’t have the same memories because I can guarantee you, you DO NOT want to ice skate on any of our ponds.
Well, you’re in luck. Eastland is gone, but now Charlotte’s got something so much better: Extreme Ice Center. And I can’t think of a better time than the holiday season to get the whole family bundled up and on the ice. Newcomers and natives alike will love this experience.