Iskate

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You will feel a sud­den dip in tem­per­a­ture as soon as you en­ter this ice skat­ing arena. Lo­cated inside Gur­gaon’s Am­bi­ence mall, Iskate recre­ates the magic of skat­ing on a frozen lake. Spread across 15,000 square feet, the floor is made of real ice and its tem­per­a­ture is main­tained by a cool­ing ma­chine that’s placed be­neath it. Each skat­ing ses­sion lasts for about an hour and a half, be­fore which one is given ba­sic tips on ice skat­ing. One usu­ally starts off by hold­ing onto the side rail­ing, get­ting ac­cus­tomed to the floor and then slowly skat­ing on their own ( be pre­pared for a few falls!). A num­ber of in­struc­tors skate along to help am­a­teurs, whereas chil­dren can learn to slide with the help of pen­guin bud­dies— two feet tall pen­guins, which have rollers placed un­der­neath them and act as a bal­anc­ing tool to hold onto and skate. There’s a DJ who gets groov­ing as soon as peo­ple get onto the rink, and the tempo of the mu­sic changes as skaters pick up pace. This skat­ing arena en­com­passes a visi­tor’s gallery, where one can sit and watch skaters or en­joy some grub from the food sta­tion here. Tim­ings 10 am to 10 pm Cost Rs 300 on­wards for a one and a half hour ses­sion Where Am­bi­ence Mall, Gur­gaon Tel 0124 4610606

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