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Instructors teaching kids how to ice skate

Learn to Skate

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IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE HEALTH GUIDELINES, THE SHAKOPEE ICE ARENA IS NOT OFFERING Learn to Skate programs at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Shakopee Parks and Recreation’s Learn to Skate Program offers skill progressions designed to enhance the capabilities of each skater. Ice skating is a great way to have fun, stay fit and make new friends.

Shakopee offers basic skating instructions through advanced figure skating for youth ages 3 through adults. Classes meet once per week for 30 minutes. Class placement is determined by skill level and age.

  • Protective headgear is recommended for all children under the age of 6 and must be provided by each participant.
  • Class attire: Skaters should wear warm, comfortable clothing.
  • We suggest dressing in layers so jackets or sweaters may be removed as the skaters warm up. Mittens or gloves are a must! No tight jeans; they restrict movement. Please make sure that your skate blades are sharp and your boots fit properly.
  • Skates should be sharpened before the first class. 
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled class.
  • Rental skates are available for a $5 fee per day.

For the latest Learn to Skate schedule, please see the current Parks & Recreation Activities Brochurecall 952-233-9526 or email

Learn to Skate Classes

SnowPlow Levels 1-3 (ages 4-7)

Levels are designed to help the preschool-age skater develop preliminary coordination and strength to maneuver on the ice.

Basic Skills Levels 1-8

The basic skills are the fundamentals of the sport, designed to give skaters a strong foundation.


The hockey curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals of hockey skating. Skaters will learn the necessary fundamentals to be successful in game situations. All skaters must have hockey skates and certified hockey helmet (ice approved).

Free Skate Levels 1-6

This is the point where the skater can choose whether to pursue a recreational or competitive approach to the sport of figure skating.


The primary focus is to develop forward and backward skating, gliding, stopping and introduce crossovers.