The National Gallery of Art Ice Rink will be closed when it rains or when the temperature dips below 20°F. For the current status, please call (202) 216-9397.
This season, Guest Services offers an exciting new program and broad range of skating lessons for all ages, taught by Emme Porter, Bruce Porter, and their team of instructors, who together have more than 25 years of teaching experience, in addition to their backgrounds spanning figure skating, ice dancing, choreography, hockey, and more, on local, national, and international levels.
The ice-skating rink will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve. The Gallery and Sculpture Garden are closed on December 25 and January 1
Group and Private Lessons
Classes will be offered for different ages and abilities through the US Figure Skating Basic Skills Program. Classes are separated into age-appropriate categories and consist of a comprehensive lesson and evaluation structure that is exciting, rewarding, safe, and fun.
Snowplow Sam: Classes introduce children aged three to six to the basics of skating through interactive on-ice games. Skaters will learn the basics of balance, marching, and gliding.
Basic Skills 1-8: Classes teach the fundamentals of skating and the basic skills. They are designed to help children master fundamental moves, such as skating forward and backward, as well more complicated maneuvers, including crossovers, turns, beginning spins, and hops. There are a total of eight levels that lay a strong foundation for more specialized areas of skating, such as freestyle, ice dancing, and hockey.
Free Skate: Each Free Skate level is divided into four sections: moves in the field, spins, dance/footwork sequence, and jumps. The Free Skate levels are designed to give skaters a strong foundation on which to build their skills. This is the point where the skater can choose whether to pursue a recreational or competitive approach to the sport of figure skating.
Adult: Four adult levels are condensed versions of the Basic Skills classes, allowing adults to progress in their choice of skating discipline.
Hockey: This introductory class is designed especially for beginning players. Skaters will work on all the basic skills necessary to become a competent hockey player.
Skaters seeking one-on-one attention may schedule a private lesson. Special group rates are also available for children's birthday parties and group lessons.
Session 1: November 15–December 21, 2014
Session 2: January 3–February 4, 2015
Session 3: February 7–March 11, 2015
Registration for group classes will be held at the entrance to the Pavilion Café on November 14, 4:00–7:00 p.m. (session 1); December 20, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (session 2); and February 7, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (session 3). Skaters may also register 15 minutes prior to an ongoing group lesson as long as space is available. To reserve a space, please contact Guest Services, Inc. at (202) 216-9397 or firstname.lastname@example.org or instructor Emme Porter at (202) 436-5114 or email@example.com. Weekend group lessons have a five-skater minimum. Weekday group lessons have an eight-skater minimum.
For more information, including class fees and schedules, visit www.pavilioncafe.com/SkatingSchool.html.
Tips for Visitors to the Ice Rink
Layered, warm clothing that does not restrict movement, gloves, and helmets (for beginners) are recommended.
Free parking is available on Madison Drive on Saturdays and Sundays, with a three-hour limit on weekdays. Meters are located on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street surrounding the rink.
The nearest Metrorail stops are Judiciary Square on the Red Line, Archives–Penn Quarter–Navy Memorial on the Yellow/Green Lines, and Smithsonian on the Blue/Orange Lines. Metrobus stops are located on 4th Street and 7th Street NW.
Location and Access
The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink is located on the National Mall at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. During the evening, when the Gallery and Sculpture Garden are closed to the public, access to the ice rink and Pavilion Café is restricted to the entrances at Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive near 9th Street.
With a panoramic view of the Sculpture Garden, the Pavilion Café serves freshly made wraps, sandwiches, gourmet pizzas, and salads. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, wine, and beer are also available.
Pavilion Café Hours
Monday–Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Please note: During the evening ice-skating hours, when the National Gallery of Art is closed to the public, the surrounding Sculpture Garden is also closed. Access to the ice-skating rink and Pavilion Café during these times is restricted to the Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive entrances at 9th Street.
For questions or comments about the ice rink or Pavilion Café, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 216-9397.
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The National Gallery of Art is located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets NW along Constitution Avenue NW.
Monday–Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
December 25 and January 1
6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC
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