With February half-term here, we’ve sought out the best child-friendly ice skating rinks across Yorkshire. Perfect for complete beginners or younger children, these ice rinks have dedicated family sessions and ice skating aids.

We won’t judge if you use them yourself – nobody wants to do a Gemma Collins in front of their five-year-old.

Gemma Collins Ice Skating


Ice Cube, Leeds

Leeds Ice Cube - Ice Skating

It’s back! Located on Millennium Square, the Ice Cube is one of Leeds’ best winter attractions. Open from the 1st – 24th February it’s the perfect way to keep the kids entertained over half-term.

The covered ice rink means you can enjoy outdoor skating whatever the weather and the ice rink welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities, including wheelchair users.

The Penguin Club will be running every Saturday and Sunday morning, offering parents and under 9’s a chance to skate in a safe and fun environment.

As well as ice skating, there are other winter-themed attractions including an Ice Slide and Ice Jet ride.

The Ice Cube is often super busy, so pre-booking is definitely recommended.

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Bradford Ice Arena

Bradford Ice Arena - Ice Skating

Open all-year round, this indoor ice rink is the perfect place for child-friendly ice skating. Their family sessions are reserved for beginner skaters and families, meaning only supervised youngsters are on the ice (no scary teenagers here). These sessions are perfect for newbies and younger children who may be a little nervous about giving the ice a go.

Skating aids (penguins and snowmen!) are available during the family and general sessions for some extra stability.

If you’re ready to up your ice-skating game, then why not check out their disco sessions? With atmospheric lighting and music, the ice rink is transformed into a skating disco. Any age and ability is welcome to attend the disco skating, but maybe grow your confidence with the family sessions first.

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iceSheffield - Ice Skating

iceSheffield boasts two Olympic ice pads – this place is pretty snazzy. But you don’t need to be Torvill and Dean to skate here, this Sheffield ice rink also offers recreational skating to visitors of all ages and abilities.

This February half-term they have extra family sessions on, including a special Princess Vs. Superheroes themed event running Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th February.

There’ll be plenty of activities off-ice to get involved with too, including a bouncy castle, face painting and colouring for the kids.

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The Dome, Doncaster

Doncaster Dome - Ice Skating

Home to the UK’s only split level ice rink, The Dome offers families a truly unique skating experience. They have a huge range of skating sessions including a Friday night Family Disco, Neon, Easy Skate and Blizzard.

If you’re wanting to make a day of it, why not buy a Swim & Skate ticket and visit the multi-pool water wonderland of geysers, fountains, jets, slides and airbeds?

Swim & Skate tickets are just £7 for ages 5-16 or get a family ticket for £30.

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Hull Arena

For those in East Yorkshire wanting to try their hand at skating, check out the Hull Arena. Home to an Olympic size ice rink, Hull Ice Arena offers a comprehensive skating programme and plays host to semi-professional ice hockey.

For those not-quite-professional-yet, there are plenty of family friendly skate sessions available including Friday and Saturday evening ‘Disco Skate’ and special ‘Animal Sessions for under 7’s’.

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