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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

December 16, 2009 at 4:43 PM

Old-fashioned Christmas feeling at Seattle Center’s ice rink

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11:15 a.m. [Click on sketch to view larger]
When I came to the Seattle Center last week I sketched a school choir and the winter village and train. There’s so much fun stuff going on at the Center during the holiday season that I had to come back.
Today I stopped by the ice rink. Among the skaters were a group of first graders and kindergarteners from Giddens School. Teachers and parents were helping some out. Others were zooming and crashing with their walkers. “Whether they fall or they’re going 20 miles an hour, they’re all having fun,” said Adrian Shields, one of the teachers from the independent school in the Central District.
Shields said they bring their students to skate here once a year. “Seattle kids don’t usually do it. It’s a nice change of pace. You put on gloves and a scarf and you get the feel of the old-fashioned Christmas. It’s like skating on a frozen pond,” he said.
Kim Jan-Ai Ryden, with Highland Skating Club, which operates the city-owned rink, said this is the only one in Seattle and it’s cheaper than the closer ones in Shoreline or the East side ($5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 – 12. Skate rental: $2. Cash only.) They have skates from 6 size for kids to size 14 for men. They also provide the walkers for the young people. “It’s family-oriented entertainment,” she said.
My kids are going to be jealous again when I tell them where I was today.

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