Warmer temperatures this weekend made the Devon Ice Rink at the Myriad Botanical Gardens a popular stop for families wanting to be outside and together enjoying the weather.
Dozens of children laughed through falls and tumbles as they attempted to skate across the ice, and even adults giggled as they wiped out and landed on their backsides.
“I can do it, Papa,” shouted one little girl dressed in blue snow pants as she skated and fell, got up and then spilled onto the ice again. “I like falling down.”
With ice packed in her hair and all over her clothes, she continued around the rink in the same skate-and-spill pattern.
Twin sisters Bethany and Brittan Stegmann, 9, of Edmond, came ready to skate fast and do spins on the ice. Brittan was dressed in a pink coat and earmuffs and had on black leg warmers with her own white skates. Bethany smiled with glee while she did turns on the ice as her mother snapped her picture.
“This is probably the only thing they like to do that's the same,” said their mother, Dianna Stegmann. “They're both so different.”
Dianna Stegmann said they were all impressed with the ice rink and the renovations to Myriad Gardens.
“It's like a mini New York,” Bethany said.
Vanessa Holtzberg, assistant manger at the ice rink, said the nice weather is a draw, but people will be there to skate no matter what.
On Saturday, the line for skate rentals wrapped around the building, but still moved fast. Parents strapped on skates with their kids or stood along the clear rink walls waving at their children as they skated past.
“We have a great group of people who come out in any condition and it's great,” Holtzberg said. “There are a lot of people out there having fun and it's a blast.”
It's busier on days when kids are out of school and the weather is nicer, she said. On average, about 2,000 people lace up skates and step on to the ice every day.
Even when it's cold and blustery, brave skaters are making it out.
“When you're moving you don't notice the temperature,” she said. “But that's also part of the fun of the outdoor rink is being a little bit chilly and being able to go over and have a hot chocolate to warm up.”
If you go
• The rink, part of Downtown in December, is open daily through Feb. 3.
It will have extended New Year's Eve hours 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday.
• Rates are $10 per person, including skate rental, or $7 for guests who bring their own skates.
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