The NSC Kidskate program is a fun, recreational learn-to-skate program that is designed for children ages 3 to 5. Children must be 3 years old by the end of December of the current year to be eligible.
The Kidskate program is offered on weeknights and weekends for a full season.
The Kidskate program teaches skating skills through the use of simple instruction, music, games and toys. The goal of the program is to help skaters develop balance and coordination on ice with an emphasis on having fun. Skaters can earn badges, ribbons, stickers and certificates.
Skaters are taught in colour-coded groups divided according to age. Each class runs for 30 minutes once per week. A professional coach is assigned to each group for the full 30 minutes. The Kidskate program has groups of up to six skaters per coach plus a Program Assistant (volunteer figure skater) helping with the group.
Parents are not allowed on the ice but must stay in the arena while the child is on the ice. There is a heated viewing area for parents.
Children at this level will typically learn how to stand up on skates, glide forward, and glide backward. It is expected that a five year old will progress quicker than a three year old, although this is not always the case.
CSA-approved hockey helmets are mandatory for the child to be allowed on the ice. Most children wear snowpants or splash pants to remain warm and dry. Waterproof mitts or gloves are required.
Note to parents: The Town of Newmarket offers an Adult Learn-to-Skate program.