Skating Lessons for Kids in Hong Kong
So Vanessa wanted to learn skating. This was her request. I suspect it has to do with the fact that she is at Taikoo Shing almost EVERYDAY and sees other kids skating (happily) in the mall arena. I tried to go skating with her once, but it was a challenge both for me and my biceps (poor biceps).
The lessons cost $550 for 5 lessons of 30 minutes each lesson. You have to pay $50 for an ID card for your child, but the fees include rental of skates and other equipment they use to teach your child how to become that pro-skater and 2 guest passes into the arena or rink area. The minimum age is 3 to start any lessons and it is a group fee with 6 kids in the group. As a beginner and simply sourcing from other parents who have done-that-been-there, you should consider purchasing for your child:
- gloves (or mittens) – to protect those hands from the cold ice and potential danger to their digits
- knee pads (because they will fall and the knee is the part that absorbs the impact of the fall)
- helmet (for those younger children)
Vanessa in her gear. Notice she is sitting because it was difficult for her to walk independently on the thin blades. I think it’s something that they have to get used to, but like all eager children, falling will come second nature.
At first, I was curious about how they get the kids out there on to the ice because I don’t think throwing them on the ice will help. There simply isn’t enough friction and they don’t understand the mechanics – yet. But HAHAHA, the teachers so nicely bring the children their own escorted vehicles and then push them ALL the way to the far end of the rink where a section is roped off for learning.
The lessons are actually pretty good. The teacher is an English speaker who is pretty experienced in handling a group of 6 beginner children. 6! Who keep falling! So he’s running around picking them up, instructing them what to do and encouraging them. I was pretty impressed! The kids learn to balance themselves and then with the aid of their chairs, they stomp to a large cone to deposit a ring on top and then stomp back. There were of course, many knee bangings and slippages, but that’s part of the learning and fun right? Glad I invested in those knee pads!
And of course, 30 minutes simply flies by and the final test is that the children venture out into unknown territory to join the full-fledged skaters and they do their victory lap. Overall, a very successful and fun lesson for Vanessa. She is much looking forward to her next lesson. I think the basics are good, because at least next time maybe I will send their father to skate with them! Victoria will start her lessons once she hits 3 – she is sooo looking forward to them.Hong Kong, skating