Winter sports intern Chris took to the ice to bring you some options for winter fun ideas Hamilton County!

It's the middle of winter and you find yourself rather bored with your entertainment and exercise options. You may want to exercise with your family or watch an exciting athletic event, but you could spend a lot of money going to a gym or paying big bucks to watch a professional sporting event. Why not try something new? Head to one of the convenient skating rinks scattered throughout Hamilton County: The Arctic Zone of Westfield, The Carmel Ice Skadium, and The Forum at Fishers. They are all great places to go in these cold winter months!

Carmel Ice Skadium


If you want some exercise, learn how to skate or play hockey, the Arctic Zone and Ice Skadium teach group classes that meet once a week at a variety of times. Rated members of the Professional Skaters Association skating classes as well as great coaches teach people of all ages how to play hockey. The Forum has the same deal; the only difference is that Elite Skating LLC teaches their skate lessons. These classes are very convenient for all calendars so there will generally be a time that you can make it to a lesson. The lessons are very fun and kind to your wallet, as well.

The Forum at Fishers


Once you have taken some lessons and feel ready to go out and skate on your own, every rink has open skating times to show off your new skills at a very reasonable price. Check each rink's calendar to see the times of open skate, but it is generally open every three or four hours. Carmel Ice Skadium and the Arctic Zone both have cosmic skating at 7:30pm on the weekends, and the Forum has the same deal on weekends and some weekdays. Prices vary from rink to rink and from time to time, but it probably should not cost over $12 anywhere you go. These open skates are a great way to get exercise and have fun with friends!

The Arctic


If you are not the greatest athlete but want to watch some great athletes, a hockey game might be a good option. All locations are the homes rinks of some fantastic hockey teams and some even host college club teams. The Forum is the home of the Central Indiana Knights, a combination team of players all over Hamilton Country, the Lawrence Bearcats, another combination team featuring players from all over central Indiana, and HSE. The Forum is also the home to youth hockey leagues, a curling league, and Ball State's club team. The Skadium and Arctic Zone are the homes of Brebeuf Jesuit, Carmel, and Zionsville High Schools hockey teams. These events are usually free to all but be prepared to pay a small amount just in case. The games are generally on the weekend but every once in a while there might be a weekend game.

The hockey rinks in Hamilton County are great options for cheap entertainment or exercise. These are high-quality facilities and are full of fun for the entire family!