by Jill P

It’s finally time to go ice skating! Grab your gloves and welcome the winter season with frozen fun in Kalamazoo and Portage!

We suggest that you call ahead or confirm skate times before you head out. Many of the outdoor locations are weather permitting and some of the indoor locations hours are subject to change.

The Ice Rink at Millennium Park

Located at 280 Romence Road, Portage, MI. This outdoor rink which is operated by the Portage Recreation Department is one of our favorite places to go ice skating. It is conveniently located in Portage and offers the whole family a fun place to skate outdoors. Call (269) 324-9200 for more information and also check for potential closures. 

The Ice Rink at Millennium Park will open for the 16th season on Thursday, December 10, 2015 and will remain open through March 6, 2016, weather permitting. This large outdoor refrigerated rink features skate rental, skate sharpening, snack concessions, restrooms, warming house, lockers and an excellent skating surface!

(Note: On February 14, the rink will be reserved from 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm for the Valentine’s Skate Date event).
Open Skating Hours

December 10 – 18 & January 3 – March 6

  • Sunday – 12:00 pm- 9:00 pm
  • Monday – Wednesday- Closed
  • Thursday – 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Friday- 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Saturday – 11:00 am – 10:00 pm


School Holidays

January 29 & February 26 – 2:00 pm- 10:00 pm


  • Open skating – $4
  • Skate rental – $3
  • Skate sharpening – $3
  • 10-Skate Punch Card* – $25

Special Events at the Ice Rink this season:

Valentine’s Skate Date – Sunday, February 14 at 4:30 pm

  • $16 / Person
  • Reservations due by February 11 at the Ice Rink

Twilight Skate – Thursday, February 25 from 8:00 to 11:00 pm

  • $3 to $5


Wings West

Public skate occurs daily at Wings West located at 5076 Sports Drive in Kalamazoo.
Skate Times

Tuesday thru Friday – 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Saturday – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sunday – 2:15pm – 4:00pm


  • Admission is $6 and skate rental is $3. Tots (age 4 and under are FREE of admission).


Drop-In Hockey

Tuesday thru Friday – 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

  • $8 Admission. Goalies are FREE. (Limited to 26 skaters and 4 goalies)

Open Skate at the Lawson Ice Arena

Open Skate sessions are great opportunities for you to relax, exercise and socialize. Located at 2009 Howard St, Kalamazoo. All children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Unsupervised children will not be permitted into the facilities. Call the 24 hour number (269) 387-3046 for updated times, dates or cancellations.

Hours of Operation

Noon skate

Monday–Thursday, noon–12:50 pm


  • Admission: $1
  • Skate rental: $1


Weekend skate

Saturday – 2:00 pm –3:00 pm
Sunday – 2:00 pm -3:00 pm


  • Admission: $3
  • Skate rental: $1


Echo Valley in Kalamazoo

This 43,000-square-foot rink provides plenty of room. Skating is $7 (no additional charge for rentals) or you can purchase an unlimited skating pass for $25. Located at 8495 E H Ave, Kalamazoo Township. Weather permitting. Call 269-349-3291 for more information.



Let us know if we’ve missed any of your favorite places to ice skate in the comments below. Thanks!





By | 2016-01-07T09:10:52+00:00 January 7th, 2015|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Guides, Newly Published, PLAY|Comments Off on Kalamazoo Area Ice Skating Guide

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Jill is a mom of a busy 9 year old son. When not working the website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.