Opening of the Discovery Green rink in November with COVID-19 protocols

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – We know it’s been a long and difficult year. But you can still have fun ice skating at Discovery Green.

The winter pastime is back in green space in downtown Houston until January 31, 2021.

To add to the fun, figure skater Nancy Kerrigan even shared a message with Houstonians regarding the opening of the rink. You can see it in the video above.

But because we’re still living in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Discovery Green says it’s added safety protocols and changed ticket purchasing procedures.

  • A reduced number of tickets will be sold to maintain social distancing. Tickets for a specific time must be purchased in advance online to ensure contactless purchase and minimize crowding. Tickets went on sale October 28.
  • Skaters will be required to sign a waiver online after purchasing tickets. E-tickets will not be dispatched until the waiver has been completed.
  • All skaters must have a pre-purchased ticket to enter. Guests under 12 may be accompanied by a parent or guardian. But the person will be asked to stay in a public viewing area while the minor skates.
  • Staff and skaters must wear a mask at all times inside the site. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided.
  • Expanded seating to allow for social distancing while changing shoes and skates.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available. Equipment and contact points will be disinfected at regular intervals.

When can I go skating?

We’re glad you asked! See opening hours below.

  • Monday – Friday: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Friday open until 11:00 p.m.)
  • Saturday and HISD school holidays: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
    Christmas & New Year: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Christmas & New Year’s Day: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    HISD school holidays include: 23 – 27 November; from December 21 to 31; Jan 1-3; January 18

    How much does it cost to ice skate at Discovery Green?

    $15 admission, skate rental included
    Cheap Skate Mondays: $8, skate rental included

    Check the Discovery Green website for additional discounts, theme nights and other special events.

    The rink may be closed or delayed at times due to weather conditions. Call 713.434.RINK (7465) for updates and check for closures and other delays.

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