Some Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the Basic Skills/Learn To Skate dates for 2017–2018?
A: The full schedule and details for the Basic Skills Program can be viewed here.
The cost of the classes is $245 for members ($290 for non-members). Membership in the Weston Skating Club is offered to Weston residents and Weston Town employees and they must be members to join a skating program.
Q: When does Family Skating start?
A: Family skating will be held on Sundays from 4 – 6 pm beginning November 19, 2017 and ending March 4, 2018. Cost is free to members, while guests of members (up to 3 per family) will be $5.00 per guest. Membership is required for Weston residents and Weston Town employees.
Q: How do I register?
A: You can register with the online form provided on each program's page (by selecting the Register button).We are no longer accepting paper registrations - all registrations mus be completed online.
Q: Can I rent skates at Rivers Ice Rink?
A: No, the ice rink does not have skates or any skating equipment for rent. As registered skaters with the Weston Skating Club, The Ice House in Wellesley will give a 10% discount on new blades and boots. Please see the Director of the program you are enrolled in for more details. Other stores who sell skates are the Natick Outdoor Store and Tricon Sports.
Q: Does it matter whether my child has figure skates or hockey skates?
A: Figure skates are highly recommended; hockey skates are harder to learn on.
Q: Do my children or I need to wear a helmet during skating lessons?
A: Skating safety equipment is recommended. This includes safety equipment designed for ice skating. During the Family Skating sessions, helmets are mandatory for children 16 years of age and under.
Q: What other clothes are recommended?
A: Mittens or gloves are very important since many kids spend time on the ice itself. For that reason, snow pants are also recommended so the skater’s clothes don’t get wet and therefore uncomfortable.
Q: During skating lessons, are non-registered siblings, friends or parents/guardians allowed on the ice?
A: No, only registered class participants, teachers and assistants are allowed on the ice during classes.
Q: What number do I call in the event of inclement weather to see if a skating program has been cancelled?
A: Call the Weston Recreation Deparment’s 24-hour answering service at 781-786-6260.
Q:: What age can a child take lessons?
A: Age 4 1/2 and up are welcome.
Q: Are skate guides available for everyone?
A: Skate guides are meant for kids who need support to stand or begin taking steps on their skates. Once the skater can skate a number of steps by themselves, the skate guides are unnecessary and may prohibit them from progressing on their own. No aggressive behavior on the skate guides will be tolerated.
Q: Are the registered skaters insured?
A: Yes, each registered skater with the Weston Skating Club is insured through the United Figure Skating Association (USFSA) for the season at the Rivers Rink.
Q: Where is Rivers Ice Rink located?
A: The ice rink is located at The Rivers School MacDowell Arena at 333 Winter Street, Weston. When you drive into the school, the doors to enter the MacDowell Arena are the first set you see as you pull into the driveway. Please drive safely through the neighborhoods surrounding the school as you come to the ice rink and park. Please obey all posted speed limits and note the entrance into the facility is one way so when you leave you will follow the driveway around the building and exit where noted.