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Centennial Ice Arena

 

3100 Trail Way
Highland Park, IL 60035
847.432.4790
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Centennial is a premier regional teaching center for both ice skating and gymnastics, with a highly qualified staff and progressive programming. The facility features an indoor ice rink and a fully-equipped gymnastics studio. We offer public skating as well as Learn to Skate, hockey, Freestyle, and gymnastics lessons for all skill levels. Centennial is a member of the United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA) and USA Gymnastics.

 

Front Desk Hours

Summer Hours: June 11-Aug 10

Mon-Thu: 2pm-6pm

 

Learn to Skate USA

Centennial is proud to offer the Learn to Skate USA program curriculum providing a fun and positive experience that will instill a lifelong love of skating. Something happens the moment your kid’s skates touch the ice. It’s surreal. Empowering. It’s the experience where kids learn much about skating, and themselves. Your child learns glides, swizzles, edges and crossovers. Your child learns positivity, confidence and personal strength.

Learn to Skate USA programs make skating fun and safe for all as they grow an everlasting love for this sport. Through our updated curriculum and our certified, passionate instructors, we build solid skill progression to grow self-esteem in both kids and adults while providing them the resources to reach their hopes and dreams. For more information on the program, click here.

Hockey Organizations and Leagues

Centennial Ice Arena is proud to be affiliated with the following local and metro Chicago hockey organizations.

Falcons Hockey Association
Highland Park Giants
Chicago Blackhawks
Chicago Wolves

Contact

Chris Maliszewski, Manager
847.579.4102
cmaliszewski@pdhp.org

Carol Sassorossi, Recreation Supervisor
847.579.4103
csassorossi@pdhp.org

Tori Ziegler, Office Coordinator
847.579.4108
vziegler@pdhp.org

 

Public Skating has ended for the season. Please check back in August for our Fall Public Skating schedule.

 

 

 

Comprehensive ice skating and hockey lessons are taught by ice arena and affiliate organization professionals. The United States Figure Skating Association Basic Skills sanctions our Learn to Skate Program. League hockey is played through the Falcons Hockey Organization, as well as a variety of clinics and camps to improve hockey skills. *Please note: Skate rental is not included in the class fee. Class skate rental is $2.00 per class per person, or $18.00 for a 10-punch pass.

Below classes are for the Summer Session.

Learn to Skate and Hockey Lessons

Class NameAgeDescriptionPlayer Abilities
Toddlers3½-4BeginnerBasics for beginner skater.
Parent & Tot3½-6BeginnerFor the timid skater who would like an adult in class for support.
Tot 14-6BeginnerBasics for beginner skater.
Tot 24-6IntermediateIntroduction to forward swizzles, backward skating, and snow plow stop.
Tot 34-6Intermediate-Advanced Beginning stroking, skate on one foot, edges and curves.
Tot 44-6AdvancedBeginning crossovers, forward stroking, and backward swizzles.
Tutu Tots4-6Prerequisite Tot 1 Connect skating skills to music and performance.
FUNdamental Skating Skills
Basic 16-12BeginnerBasics for beginner skater.
Basic 26-12Prerequisite Basic 1One foot skating, turning front to back, back swizzles.
Basic 36-12Prerequisite Basic 2Stroking, two foot spin, on foot glides, beginner forward crossovers, and edges
Basic 46-12Prerequisite Basic 3Backward stroking, edges, advanced forward crossovers, beginning back crossovers.
Basic 56-12Prerequisite Basic 4Back edges, back crossovers, beginning one foot spin.
Basic 66-12Prerequisite Basic 53-turns, T-stops, Spirals, Lunges, back 2 foot turns.
Pre-Freeskate Silver6-12Prerequisite Basic 6Mohawks, edges, advanced turns. Intro to jumps and spin preparations, footwork.
Freeskate & Specialty Skating Classes
Pre-Freeskate Gold6 & UpPrerequisite Pre-Freeskate SilverMohawks, edges, advanced turns. Intro to jumps and spins, jump and spin preparation, and footwork.
Freeskate 1-66 & UpPrerequisite Pre-Freeskate GoldJumps, spins, and footwork.
Freeskate 6 Plus6 & UpPrerequisite Freeskate 6Skills included those needed to earn a solo in the annual ice show. Axel, double jumps, flying, and combination spins and footwork.
High Freeskate6 & UpPrerequisite Freeskate 6 PlusAdvanced skating skills, jumps, and spins.
PowerPre-FS & UpPre FS-High FSDevelop endurance, speed, and strength.
Axel Class6 & UpAdvanced FS 5 & UpOn ice and off ice Axel jump technique. Skaters must land an Axel from moving to pass this class.
Patterns & Edges6 & UpFS 1 & UpDevelopment of turns and edges in different patterns.
Showcase Team6 & UpFs 1-6Competitive performance team. Group skating skills to music for the purpose of competing.

Commitment to 3 competitions and 2 performances required.
Low Moves in the Field6 & UpPrerequisite Pre-Freeskate SilverUS Figure Skating. Pre-preliminary Moves in the Field.
Showcase Team Jr.6 & UpBasic 4-PreFS GoldSame as Showcase Team.
ABC6 & UpPreFS Silver & UpOff ice class focus on agility, balance, & coordination.
Total Package at HPI6 & UpPreFS Silver & UpOff Ice - girls only class at Health Performance Institute, 1919 Skokie Valley Road HP. HPI Trainers will provide sport specific strength, flexibility, power and injury prevention training. Focus will be on proper movement and form while getting stronger and having fun!
Learn to Skate USA Adult Lessons
Adult 1-416 & UpBeginner-AdvancedLearn standing and balance, forward and backward skating.

Class is broken into levels advanced moves, edges, and turns.
Women's Workshop16 & UpAdult AdvancedArtistic edges and flow to a variety of music on ice.
Figures14 & UpAdvancedCreating the figure eight and other patterns through body alignment, control, and technique.
Adult Freeskate16 & UpAdvancedIntroduction to jumps, spins, footwork, and gliding maneuvers.
Teen12-16Beginnger-AdvancedLearn balance, forward and backward skating. Class broken into levels.
Falcons Hockey AssociationThe Park District of Highland Park is proud to partner with the Falcons Hockey Association which enables FHA to coach and run all hockey class, with a full sheet of ice dedicated to hockey developmental classes. Prior to registering for any Falcons Hockey class, participants are required to have successfully passed Mini-Mites, Tot 1 or Basic 1 skating offered by PDHP Learn to Skate program. If you are looking for a beginning hockey class and still need to learn to skate, please refer to our Learn to Skate classes. Falcons Hockey Coaches are highly qualified and trained. Falcons coaches will evaluate and divide the skaters into appropriate skill levels on the ice.
Little Falcons4 & UpPrerequisite Mini-Mites, Tot 1, or Basic 1Developmental program to give skaters a solid foundation of skating, stick handling, shooting and passing. Hockey skates, hockey helmet with mask, shin & elbow pad, hockey gloves and hockey stick are required.

Satellite Skating Class for Homeschoolers- Revolving around your Homeschool, or private groups’ schedule, Centennial offers learn to skate classes to suit your needs. Registration must be done in person. To schedule a class for your group, call Inga Fedorova at 847.579.4104.

Skating Tips and Information

When skating indoors dress to stay warm, but do not overdress. Sweatpants and a jacket are ideal. Remember gloves and a hat. Be sure to have hair secured neatly off the face. Helmets are required for hockey skates, and recommended for all other skaters. Bicycle helmets are acceptable for beginners.

Please arrive 10-15 minutes early for classes and lessons. If renting skates for lessons, please write down the type and size of skate after the first class so you will have the information each week when renting.

Skates should fit snugly but be comfortable. Skates which are too big or too loosely tied will not offer the proper support and will make skating more difficult. If you have questions about proper fit, you may request help from a skating professional at the front desk.

Contacts:

Sheila Lonergan
Skating Coordinator
slonergan@pdhp.org

Inga Fedorova
Head Pro
ifedorova@pdhp.org
847.579.4104

Freestyle, Moves & Ice Dance Practice Time

Summer Ice Schedule: June 11-August 4

All ice time fees must be paid before going on ice.
Monday
2:50-4:20pm
4:30-6pm
Thursday
3:40-4:10pm
Tuesday
2:40-4:10pm
Wednesday
2:50-3:50pm
Fees
30 Mins: $6
60 Mins: $10
90 Mins: $14

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the Park District of Highland Park Gymnastics Program! Centennial Ice Arena houses PDHP’s Gymnastics Studio and offers levels for all ages 1 ½ – 13. Gymnastics improves strength, balance, and flexibility while building self-confidence and new skills along the way.

Gymnastics Lessons

Below classes are for the Fall Session.

Class NameAgeDescription
Itsy Bitsy Tumblers | Parent Tot1½-2Develop large motor skills, get an intro to gym equipment, and learn spatial awareness.
Tumble Tots | Parent Tot2-3Develop large motor skills and basic gymnastics using equipment in an obstacle course format.
Little Pros3-4An independent learning opportunity to build self-confidence, strength, coordination, balance and flexibility. Focuses on enhancing basic body movement, tumbling skills, and using equipment.

Children must be potty trained.
Superstars4-5
(not yet in kindergarten)
An advanced class which builds a strong foundation for skill comprehension.
Family Fun TimesAdult/Child: Ages 2-6Children benefit by example from their siblings or parents to learn basic gymnastics skills.
Kindergym5-6
(MUST be in kindergarten)
Improve on skills previously learned, practice new skills, and gain confidence. Focuses on independent movement, muscle control and body awareness.
Gymnastics Club4-6Have fun learning gymnastics, playing games, storytelling, and making crafts.
Gymnastics | Recreational Gymnastics Program
Beginner 16-12No previous formal gymnastics exposure required. Learn basic gymnastic body positions, skills, and build coordination and strength.
No experience needed.
Beginner 26-12An continuing class which focuses on improving and learning more advanced skills.

Prerequisites: Beginner 1 level class or evaluation by an instructor.
Advanced Beginner6-12Progressively harder gymnastics skills will be taught while focusing on proper form and technique on all equipment.
Prerequisites: Beginner 2 level class and instructor evaluation and permission.
Tumbling8-13Tumbling class is geared to introduce technique and progression of tumbling skills.
Intermediate6-13A higher level class geared towards gymnasts who prefer not to be on a competitive team. Strength and conditioning as well as proper technique will be emphasized.
Prerequisites: Advanced Beginner level classes and instructor evaluation and permission.
Pre-Team and Competitive Team | Pre-Team and Competitive Team programs are invitation only or must have evaluation from Team Coach, Gymnastics Coordinator or Recreation Supervisor.
Pre Team6-13For gymnasts showing potential for competitive team. Focus on skill development, form, technique, strength, conditioning and flexibility. Must have approval from Team Coach or Coordinator.
Competitive Team6-13Competitive Team follows USAG guidelines and compete in AAU and GIJO League. Must have Team Coach or Coordinator approval.
Total Package at HPI6-13Girls only class off-site at Health Performance Institute. HPI trainers will provide sport specific strength, flexibility, power and injury prevention training,

General Information and Policies

  • For the safety of all concerned, anyone who is not participating in a class (siblings, friends, parents, or caretakers) is not allowed in the gym. Non-participants will be asked to wait in the lobby or Activity Room A where they may view class through a window.
  • For safety and comfort, proper athletic attire is mandatory for all gymnasts.
    • Girls: gymnastics leotard or leggings/shorts and a t-shirt or tank top. Please no baggy shirts.
    • Boys: Shorts or sweatpants and a t-shirt.
  • Any clothing with buttons, zippers and/or snaps is unacceptable. No shoes or socks are permitted in the gym, bare feet are best!
  • Long hair MUST be tied back into a pony-tail. Short hair or bangs should be pulled away from the face with a clip or headband.
  • There is no food, gum/candy, or drinks other than water permitted in the gymnastics gym.
  • Make up Class Policy:
    • Centennial Gymnastics only offers a make-up class when the absence was due to illness or injury. No scheduling conflicts, previous engagements, or out of town missed classes will be allowed to be made up.
    • In an effort to provide quality instruction while maintaining appropriate class ratios, make-up classes in sections with a full roster will not be permitted. Please contact Carol Sassorossi at 847-579-4103 for a list of available classes.
    • Make-ups are limited to 2 per session and must be made up during the same session as the class(es) missed.
  • Participants must remain off the equipment and floor until it is their class time and they are called to class by their instructor.
  • Our gymnastics staff reserves the right to move students to the appropriate level if needed.

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Centennial Gymnastics also offers a Parent and Child open gym time weekly for ages 1 1/2 -6.  Open gym sessions are also offered during winter and spring break. Parent supervision is required. $6 per child/per hour.

Summer Open Gymnastics Schedule: June 11-Aug 3
*No Open Gym on July 6 & July 27

Wednesday:  10:30am-11:30am
Friday:    10:30am-11:30am

 

Private Lessons

For those interested in learning more skills and progressing faster, or specific skills for cheer-leading or competition.

Private Lesson Fees:
$40/30 minutes
$55/ 45 minutes
$70/60 minutes

Contact:
Centennial Ice Arena
847.432.4790

DSC_7975For information on booking a birthday party, please contact Tori Ziegler at 847.579.4108 or vziegler@pdhp.org

To view and print the gymnastics party waiver, click here.

To view and print the skating party waiver, click here.

Ice Skating Party
Skating parties are not available May 28-Sep 5.

Skate and glide your way to a birthday party not to be forgotten. Ice skating parties are a unique and exciting way to celebrate your special day. Parties are held during public skating sessions throughout the year. Upon your request, when you book your party, on-ice assistance is available for your guests.

Ice Skating Party times include:

  • Mondays: 11am-1pm (Activity Room 11am-1pm)
  • Tuesdays: 11am-1pm (Activity Room 11am-1pm)
  • Wednesdays: 11:30am-1pm (Activity Room 11am-1pm)
  • Thursdays: 11am-1pm (Activity Room 11am-1pm)
  • Fridays: 11am-1pm (Activity Room 11am-1pm)
  • Saturdays: 1-2:30pm (Activity Room 12:45pm-2:30pm)
  • Sundays: 1-2:20pm (Activity Room 12:45-2:30pm)

Fees

  • $80 (10-20 Skaters)
  • $115 (21-30 Skaters)
  • $155 (31-40 Skaters)
  • $185 (41+ Skaters)
  • $75/assistant/hour (requested assistance, advanced notice needed)
Party Rooms

$40: Small Room (Holds up to 20 people)
$50: Large Room (Holds up to 30 people)
$80: Both Rooms
All party room fees must be paid within 10 days of booking.
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Gymnastics Party

Children ages 4-12 are invited to jump, swing and roll to a birthday filled with fun at Centennial’s gymnastic studio. Our parties are geared to your child’s age group and ability. Obstacle courses are set up using various pieces of gymnastic equipment. Parties last an hour and a half: one hour of gymnastic fun and a half hour of refreshments and presents provided by the host. All gymnastics party fees must be paid IN FULL within 10 days of booking

Gymnastics Party times include:

  • Saturdays: 2:45-4:15pm, 4:30-6pm
  • Sundays: 11am-12:30pm, 1-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm

Fees

  • $80 Gymnastics Room Rental
  • $150 Instructor Fee (includes two instructors for 20 children)
    (21+ Children add $75 for a third instructor)
Party Rooms

$40: Small Room (Holds up to 20 people)
$50: Large Room (Holds up to 30 people)
$80: Both Rooms
All gymnastics party fees must be paid IN FULL within 10 days of booking.

Rental Information
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Private Rental
Have an exclusive party of  broomball, hockey or just
recreational skating. For availability and pricing, please call Centennial at 847.432.4790.

Front Desk Hours

  • Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
  • Saturday, 9:30am-12:30pm