If you can’t afford to hit the ski slopes this winter, chuck on a pair of skates instead at one of two ice-skating rinks popping up in Southbank and St Kilda over June and July.

The Skating At Festival – featuring a line-up of food, drinks and family-friendly entertainment – is returning to Melbourne and bringing open-air skating rinks to Southbank’s Crown Riverwalk, along the Yarra Promenade, and the corner of Acland and Barkly streets in St Kilda.

Put your balance to the test under the fairy lights, and listen to chill tunes as you try not fall over on the ice. Kids can grab onto a world-first “kanga” skate aid too, for some extra support, and knee and elbow pads are available for hire.

Parents can warm up with drinks at the Alpine Bar, and the Winter Night Market will have local stalls for dinner and dessert after dark.

Other night-time events include a ’90s disco-themed skate session – for the big kids.

Entry to the rinks is free, but the 45-minute skating sessions are ticketed; an adult skate at Southbank will cost you $28, children skate for $20 and the whole family can hit the ice for $89.

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St Kilda is slightly cheaper and will cost you $22, $16 and $57 a session, respectively, and all tickets include the cost of rental skates. The rinks are also available to book for kids’ parties or corporate event.

If you’re heading out of town for the school holidays and don’t want to miss the fun, the peninsula will be getting a rink of its own on the Sorrento foreshore.

Skating At Festival will be at nine different locations across Australia from June 22 to July 18.

Purchase Southbank tickets here and St Kilda tickets here.

melbourne.skatingat.com.au/