The Clumsy Adult's Guide to Ice Skating at Kraken Iceplex

The three-rink Kraken Community Iceplex opened on September 10, having turned the middle third of Northgate Mall into a multipurpose frozen playground. The Kraken will use it for practice. Junior hockey leagues will play games. Small children will take skating lessons. Canadian ex-pats will go curling. But don’t think we awkward adults were left out—welcome to the wild ride that is a public skate. Here’s how.

1. Don’t be scared. Even if you haven’t skated since the days when Katarina Witt scored gold for East Germany, the two-hour public skating sessions are an easy lark. Book ahead ($15 entrance, $5 skate rental) and head to what used to

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