Great Skate Glides into Great Park

January 30th Snow Day Launches Month Long Event

Jan 15, 2010, 12:36 ET from Orange County Great Park

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- It's beginning to look a lot like winter at the Orange County Great Park. The Great Skate winter series kicks off January 30 with real snow, free ice skating and more. Snow Day at the Great Park begins a month of free ice skating, but also brings more than 100 tons of snow for sledding, snowman making, ice carving demonstrations and art activities for real winter fun.

The Great Skate series starts with Snow Day, but continues through February with a temporary ice rink in historic Hangar 244, showcasing the thrill and beauty of ice skating in a nostalgic setting. Skaters can take the ice for 45 minutes sessions, with no charge for skating or skate rental.

"The Great Skate will offer fun and lasting memories for visitors of all ages," said Larry Agran, Chair Orange County Great Park Corporation.  "More than 28,000 visitors enjoyed the Great Skate last year."

The Great Park's opening Snow Day activities are from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The Great Skate continues through February 28th every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (45-minutes skate sessions start on the hour, every hour). On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the Great Skate will offer a variety of children's craft activities from noon to 3 p.m.  

On Sunday evenings, visitors can take a trip back in time while they take a trip around the rink with '70s music during the 7 o'clock hour, '80s music during the 8 o'clock hour, and '90s music during the 9 o'clock hour.

Admission to Snow Day January 30 is free, and parking is just $8. Ice skating and parking are free January 31st through February 28th.  

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SOURCE Orange County Great Park