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Centennial Ice Arena

3100 Trail Way
Highland Park, IL 60035
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We are committed to the health and safety of everyone who visits Centennial Ice Arena.  Please follow these safety guidelines:



  • You should NOT enter the facility if you have any COVID-19 symptoms or you are from a household with someone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Public Skate will resume in Fall 2021.
  • Spectators are allowed in the rink and the gymnastics studio (regular posted rules apply).
  • Registration should be completed online.
  • No vending machines or concessions are available. 
  • Refillable water bottle stations are available.
  • Please leave the facility as soon as your program is completed, do not congregate.

We appreciate your compliance with these safety guidelines and procedures for the well-being of our community.

About Centennial Ice Arena

Centennial is a premier regional teaching center for both ice skating and gymnastics, with highly qualified staff and progressive programming. The facility features an indoor ice rink and a fully-equipped gymnastics studio. We offer Learn to Skate, hockey, freestyle, and gymnastics lessons for all skill levels. Centennial is a member of AAU Gymnastics,  US Figure Skating and follows the Learn to Skate USA program.

Front Desk Hours

The Front Desk at Centennial is currently closed. Please register for classes online, or contact Stephanie Sylvester, Recreation Supervisor at for registration questions.

Learn to Skate USA

Centennial is proud to offer the Learn to Skate USA curriculum, providing a fun and positive experience that instills a lifelong love of skating. Something happens the moment your skates touch the ice. It is a surreal and empowering experience to learn as much about yourself as you do skating. You learn glides, swizzles, edges, crossovers as you build 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 improve self-esteem in both kids and adults while providing them the resources to reach their hopes and dreams.

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


Carol SassorossiProgram
Stephanie SylvesterRecreation

Regular Hours:

  • Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri @ 11am-1pm
  • Sat @ 11:25am-12:10pm


  • $6/youth or $7/adult
  • $3/skate rental

Participants may register for public skate sessions online or in-person at Centennial.

To view Public Skate, Adult Skate and Open Hockey times for Jan 3-Mar 19, click here. 

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 Association, as well as a variety of clinics and camps to improve hockey skills. Please read over our facility guidelines for hockey and figure skating prior to arriving at our facility.

Learn to Skate Lessons –  Winter Session

Winter – Jan 3 – Mar 19

Class NameAgeDescriptionPlayer Abilities
Parent & Tot3½-6BeginnerFor the timid skater who would like an adult in class for support.
Tot 14-5BeginnerBasics for beginner skater.
Tot 24-5IntermediateIntroduction to forward swizzles, backward skating, and snow plow stop.
Tot 34-5Intermediate-Advanced Beginning stroking, skate on one foot, edges and curves.
Tot 44-5AdvancedBeginning crossovers, forward stroking, and backward swizzles.
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.
Theatre on Ice Levels 1,2,36 & UpBasic 4-PreFS GoldSame as Showcase Team.
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.
Adult Freeskate16 & UpAdvancedIntroduction to jumps, spins, footwork, and gliding maneuvers.
Falcons Hockey Association
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.

Skating Tips and Information

  • Please arrive at Centennial no more than 10 minutes prior to class time. This ensures enough time to put on ice skates and be ready for the start of class. Skates can be rented at the front desk for $2/class.
    • We recommend renting skates during the first few sessions prior to purchasing your own.
    • Skates run true to shoe size. We do not have half sizes.
    • Thin socks or tights should be worn with skates.
    • Skates should fit tighter than tennis shoes.
    • Laces should be tied as tight as possible.
  • Proper ice skating attire:
    • Warm, comfortable athletic pants
    • Long-sleeve sweatshirt or light jacket
    • Mittens or gloves (required)
    • Helmets are highly recommended for beginner skaters- Tot 1 and Basic 1
    • Please avoid bulky winter clothing as they usually restrict movement
  • What to expect on the ice:
    • During the first few weeks of class, we  teach our skaters how to be independent on the ice.
    • This includes learning how to get back up when/if they fall down.
    • For the safety of our instructors and skaters, coaches will not pick students up from the ice.
    • While being on the ice, it is important for each child to pay attention and follow instructions given by their coach.
  • Skating evaluations will be held the second to last week of each session. Evaluation forms will be sent home after the final class with registration information for the next level.
  • Please note, as each level becomes progressively more demanding and challenging, skaters may remain on the same achievement level for several consecutive sessions.
  • Make up Class Policy:
    • Make up classes will not be allowed until allowed by restrictions.


Stephanie Sylvester
Recreation Supervisor

Sheila Lonergan
Skating Coordinator

Freestyle Ice

Participants must register and pay for the ice before their time starts. Registration can be done both online and in-person at Centennial Ice Arena.

View the Freestyle Practice Times for Winter (Jan 3-Mar 19)

Click Here to Reserve Open Freestyle Ice

CIA COVID-19 Freestyle Guidelines

Adult Skate

Click Here to Reserve Adult Skate

Open Hockey

Click Here to Reserve Open Hockey

Gymnastics Covid-19 Guidelines

Recreational and Competitive Gymnastics – Winter Session

Winter – Jan 3- Mar 19

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.
(not yet in kindergarten)
An advanced class which builds a strong foundation for skill comprehension.
(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 | 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.
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.

General Information and Procedures

  • For safety and comfort, proper athletic attire is mandatory for all gymnasts.  Arrive dressed for your class. Limit personal belongings.
    • 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.
  • 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 (if available) where they may view class through a window.
  • 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.

Open Gym IMG_2655

Click Here to Reserve Open Gymnastics

 Private Lessons

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

Private Lesson Fees: (Beginning 9/1/2020)

$45/30 minutes
$60/ 45 minutes
$75/60 minutes

Deb Dean, Gymnastics Coordinator

Ice Skating Party

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 on the weekends. Party package includes skate fees, skate rentals and party room. Upon your request, when you book your party, on-ice instruction is available for your guests.

A $50 refundable damage deposit is charged at the time of purchase. Deposits shall be refunded approximately two weeks after the date of the rental if the group or individuals using the space left the room in an orderly state. Please note: Additional fees will be assessed to the renter if there is any damage incurred by misuse of the facility and its property.

Cancellation Policy: Parties are 50% refundable if your reservation is cancelled thirty or more working days prior to approved rental time. If reservation is cancelled less than thirty days, only the security deposit will be returned.

Ice Skating Party times include:

  • Saturday 11am-12:30pm

Party Package Fees

  • 10-20 skaters: $200
  • 21-30 skaters: $280
  • $75/instructor (advance notice required)

If interested in scheduling an ice skating party, contact Recreation Supervisor – Stephanie Sylvester at

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. Party package includes instructors, gymnastics room and party room.

A $50 refundable damage deposit is charged at the time of purchase. Deposits shall be refunded approximately two weeks after the date of the rental if the group or individuals using the space left the room in an orderly state. Please note: Additional fees will be assessed to the renter if there is any damage incurred by misuse of the facility and its property.

Cancellation policy: Parties are 50% refundable if reservation is cancelled thirty or more working days prior to approved rental time. If reservation is cancelled less than thirty days, only the security deposit will be returned.

If interested in scheduling a gymnastics party, contact Gymnastics Coordinator – Deb Dean at

Gymnastics Party times include:

  • Sundays 11am-12:30pm, 1-2:30pm, 3-4:30pm

Party Package Fees

  • Maximum 20 guests: $310