We have always encouraged our kids to step out of their comfort zone. While it’s not always easy, we have only ever asked that they give something a try at least once, before completely writing it off. Whether it is an instrument, hobby, sport, etc; it makes no difference.
This past weekend we headed to the Smoky Mountains to Wilderness at the Smokies for a quick getaway and to take the kids ice skating. From November 15th-January 5th, families can enjoy the 3,200 square foot ice rink, which doubles as the resort’s outdoor wave pool in summer, will be available for hotel guests and the public to enjoy.
Skate for a Cause
On Saturday, November 23 from 10 am to 10 pm the resort will be hosting a special fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee where 100 percent of the public ice skating admissions will directly benefit the agency.
First-time family experience
Since there are no ice skating rinks where we live, we thought this would have been the perfect opportunity to introduce our kids to an activity that they have never experienced (or seen).
With my husband being from Chicago, I followed his lead on what to do in regards to ice skating; what to wear and what not to wear, as well as what to do (even though he admittedly is not that great at ice skating himself).
The right clothes
One of the biggest things is making sure that your kids are wearing the correct clothing. Of course, it is cold and they may need to layer, but there is no need for extra socks because it will cut off their circulation. Just lightweight warm clothing will work just fine!
Getting the right skates
It’s very important to make sure that their ice skates are snug, but not tight. If it is too loose, it will make it difficult for them to balance on the blade, which in turn could lead to injury.
Follow the rules
Children (and adults) can become seriously injured on the ice if they aren’t careful. If you and your children are beginners it’s important to make sure to follow all posted rules (like no carrying children on the ice, nor walking on ice in street shoes).
Teach them that they may fall, but that it’s okay
Everyone falls at least once. Likewise, not everyone gets everything right the first time around. Kids can become easily frustrated if they feel they are failing at something. Preparing them ahead of time and encouraging them not to give up, if they fall is a great way to mentally to prepare them in case they do.
Don’t push too hard
At the end of the day if they aren’t having fun then it’s time to call it quits. You can take a break and come back to it later if they want to. The overall goal is to have fun, taking a little bit of time away and exploring the rest that the resort has to offer may be what is needed to get them excited about it again.
We were hosted by Wilderness at the Smokies in order to facilitate this review. However, all opinions are my own.
Love of impromptu dance parties, 80’s cartoons, and horizontal life pauses (aka naps); Natasha Brown is a stay at home mom of 4 kids, and wife to one lucky guy! In her spare time, she is co-editor of Grits & Grace, as well as editor for The Mother Hustler Blog and Creative Director for the Mother Hustler podcast.