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Instructor Arrin Dreyer, center, works with 5-9 year-olds in a basic hockey skating class at Skate Frederick. (File photo.)

Two NHL regulation rinks and ample seating allows the area's only ice-skating facility to host Monocacy Valley Hockey League contests and other competitive hockey events. But much of the activities at Skate Frederick revolve around getting people at the youngest of ages to fall in love with skating.

Skate Frederick offers a variety of group lessons, ranging from Ice Babies class that offers instruction for 3-year-olds to adult classes for those age 15 and older.

More advanced skaters can receive specialized instruction in figure skating (freestyle, synchronized skating, ice dancing) and ice hockey. In the summer, Skate Frederick offers skating and ice hockey camps, and theatrical productions give skaters of all ages and abilities a chance to express themselves artistically on the ice.

Skate Frederick is the home base for the Frederick Freeze, which offers travel hockey for various age groups.

Public skating sessions are offered daily, and birthday parties can be arranged during any of those sessions. A party package for a maximum of 10 guests (there is no charge for the child celebrating the birthday) includes a party room for an hour, admission and rental skates, tableware, balloons and a hostess.

Group outings for gatherings of 15 or more people can be arranged a week in advance. For larger gatherings, an entire rink can be reserved. Also, fundraising events can be scheduled with a minimum of 25 skaters.

For more information, call (301) 662-7362 or visit skatefrederick.com.

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