Kareela Village opens free ice rink for the winter school holidays

Kareela has frozen over.

Just in time for the winter school holidays, the village shopping centre has for the first time, installed an ice rink.

The 90 square metre rink, roughly one third the size of a tennis court, is set to be a highlight for kids big and small. It can fit up to 40 people at a time.

Suitable for toddlers to ages 13, there are attachable skates that can be put onto the bottom of regular shoes, so skating has never been easier.

Best of all it's free to take a glide.

The rink makes use of some ground floor space that was previously been closed off. Just for the school holidays, it has been painted and decorated to resemble a white, magical space.

The synthetic ice is part of Kareela Village's winter wonderland program, which also includes a whole lot of fun activities.

There will be winter craft, fashion and pop-up stalls, hair braiding, essential oils workshops, cupcake decorating, scarf making, face painting, characters from Frozen and more.

Since promoting the rink on its Facebook page, the village was swamped with 'likes' and shares - making the post the biggest one yet for the village.

"The centre manager, Marketa Lines, has a European background and wanted the community to experience the excitement of a white winter, " a village spokeswoman said.

"We will also have a snow machine and will make it snow every half hour, every day."


Thursday, July 11

Ice rink 9am-8pm

Cupcake decorating, hair braiding, kids' fashion pop-up stall.

Friday, July 12

Ice rink 9am-5pm

Face painting, scarf knitting, hair braiding ($15), winter essentials oils workshop ($15 and bookings essential), kids' fashion pop-up stall.

Saturday, July 13

Ice rink 9am-5pm

Winter essential oils workshop, hair braiding, kids' fashion pop-up stall.

Sunday, July 14

Ice rink 9am-5pm

Hair braiding (free), winter essential oils workshop.

Monday, July 15

ice rink 9am-5pm

Face painting, hair braiding, winter essential oils workshop.

Tuesday, July 16

Ice rink 9am-5pm

Characters from Frozen (free) 12-1pm, hair braiding.

Wednesday, July 17

Ice rink (final day) 9am-3pm

Winter craft (free), hair braiding.

Thursday, July 18

Winter essential oils workshop ($15, bookings essential).

Friday, July 19

Sand art craft and make a velvet bookmark (free), winter essential oils workshop ($15, bookings essential).