BJ has done wheelchair accessible ice skating before but he has always been a part of an organised group. I didn’t realise that individuals can also give it a go. For years BJ watched AJ take ice skating lessons twice a week at our local ice rink but no wheelchairs were allowed during general sessions.
Our lovely carer who was helping out in the holidays suggested she take him ice skating. It was going to be a particularly hot day and seemed like a great idea. I made enquiries and found that at Sydney Ice Arena they would allow wheelchairs on the ice. I was thrilled, and as you can see from the smile on BJ’s face he had an absolutely awesome time.
It was also lovely to hear that they weren’t short on company that day. I got an sms saying, “he made friends that wanted to have us join in on the games and kept giving him high fives on the way around.” Not only did BJ have a great time with our fabulous carer but it was social too. My idea of a perfect day for him.
Limbo in a wheelchair ………………..no problem! Just close your eyes and hope to make it through seems to be BJ’s method.
Wheelchairs are allowed at general sessions but there are restrictions regarding discos where wheelchairs are not permitted. I would advise double check by phoning the Sydney Ice Arena to avoid any disappointment. Contact details can be found here.
This ice rink is in Sydney but why not ask at your local rink? You never know until you ask. If you know about other rinks which will allow wheelchairs on the ice please leave their name in the comments below as I am sure it will help many families.
Remember anti-tips for your wheelchair.
Sydney Ice Arena is located at Bella Vista (only down the road from the Sand Sculptures so you could do both in one day – see my blog on that here).
A person using a wheelchair pays for the session but their carer only pays $5. Once again I advise checking this prior to the session.
Disabled parking spaces are available under the building and there is a lift to the rink and the upper level cafe.
Cakes, lollies, hot chips and drinks can be purchased at the cafe.
There is seating inside the rink at the cafe or there is a ramp outside which leads to a grassed area in front of the lake for a picnic.
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