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Healthy Ways To Spend Time Together As A Family

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It might seem like technology has taken over our lives, but there are still so many activities we can do for entertainment that will keep us fit and healthy. Cape Town’s ice rink, The Ice Station, is one such place where the only reason you’ll need your cell phone is to take photos of how much fun you’re having.

The secret to keeping fit and being healthy is to have fun along the way. If you’re having fun then it won’t feel like you’re working out. Kids these days are also being pushed to do more homework, and school sports and extra mural activities take up a lot of time, leaving very little to be active as a family.

There are many ways to burn kilojoules, but ice skating is definitely one of the most fun ways to do so, especially as a family. It’s a far better way to spend time together if biking, or surfing isn’t your thing and you get to have a break from TV and video games, not to mention your cell phone.

Did you know, according to the calorie counter – Map my Walk,  a female, aged 20, measuring 1.6m tall and weighing 50 kilograms burns 1770 kilojoules for every 60 minutes of ice skating. That’s phenomenal considering the total kilojoules a woman her height and weight needs daily are between 8000 and 10 000 and just one hour of ice skating burns approximately 20% of her daily intake. This shows ice skating is a great way to keep fit and have fun doing it.

There are a number of ice skating rinks around the country. But if you’re in Cape Town during the school holidays (year round), pop into the Ice Station at GrandWest Entertainment World in GoodWood. Every Wednesday during the school holidays kids get to take part in a snowman building competition during the morning session from 10h00 to 12h30. You also get a chance to ice skate while the kids build snowmen. There are prizes are up for grabs for the best dressed snowman so make sure to bring along plastic spades, buckets, gloves and decorations. The cost is just R10 per child excluding skate hire so why not come down and chill out.

The Ice Station is open every day of the school holidays from 10h00 until midnight with four sessions per day. Join our FACBOOK page to get all the latest info about events.

For more information please visit or to make birthday or group bookings contact The Ice Station on 021 535 2260 or email

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