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Ice center offers fun for kids, adults alike

Activities: Host parties, take lessons, exercise on skates at rink

Posted: February 24, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 24, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Lloyd Eisler, right, coaches his son Magnus, 5, as the two skate across the ice at the Los Angeles Kings Valley Ice Center in Panorama City. Guests to Magnus’ birthday party joined the duo on the ice as part of the party package.

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Where’s the coolest place in town? It might be just outside of the Santa Clarita Valley. Need a location for a birthday party? Looking for family-friendly fun and exercise in the same place?

Owned by Scott Floman and Dave Serianne, the Los Angeles Kings Valley Ice Center has two pads of ice and offers family-friendly activities from birthday parties to private lessons.

Valencia resident and Olympic pairs bronze medalist and Pairs World Champion Lloyd Eisler serves as the ice center’s general manager.

“This is a state-of-the-art facility. People should come and see our it,” Eisler said. “We’re only 15 minutes from the SCV.

We are in a very convenient location.”

A recent birthday party for Magnus Eisler, 5, son of Lloyd Eisler and Kristy Swanson, showcased the center’s party room and ice skating facilities.

Swanson said skating is an activity that everyone can do, which also adds to the fun of the birthday party.

“You get to include the parents in the party; they are able to share an activity with their child,” Swanson said.

In addition to a host of Eisler and Swanson’s celebrity friends and their children — which included Angelica Bridges, Corey Feldman and son Zen, Tracey Gold and sons Aiden and Dillon, John Farley and son Harrison, and Timothy Omundson and daughter Nora — the event included Bailey the Lion, the Los Angeles Kings ice hockey team mascot.

Bring a coat

Eisler said that people often forget to dress comfortably for the ice rink.

“Everyone needs to know that it is cold,” he said. “It’s an ice rink. Dress warmly. It’s like going skiing, wear hats, gloves, a large coat, maybe some long underwear. Wear clothes that will keep you nice and warm.”

Eisler also advised guests to remember that skates should fit snugly.

“Skates should be very snug and very, very tight,” he said. “We encourage people to try a skate that one size smaller than their shoe size.”

While ice hockey is already underway for this session, the skating school begins a new session Feb. 28.


Benefits of skating

“It’s a great recreational sport that you can do at any age,” Eisler said. “We have  many skaters here at our adult sessions that are into their 70s and 80s.”

Eisler said skating is also a great fitness booster.

California Condors

The Los Angeles Kings Valley Ice Center offers one of the few special needs hockey programs in Southern California.

The California Condors is a team for youth and young adults with autism, intellectual disabilities and other developmental disabilities. The program is open to males and females.

The Condors, founded six years ago, were the first special needs hockey team in Southern California, it has been joined by a second program established last year in Pasadena.

Serianne said the program offers free equipment for loan, a high coach to player ratio and two free “try-it-out” sessions.

“We teach participants to skate and play hockey in a fun, safe and supportive environment,” said Serianne.

Sessions for the California Condors are held 4:50 to 5:50 p.m. every Sunday. The California Condors are a non-profit organization affiliated with H.E.L.P. For more information call (310) 792-4794 or email: ritaeagle@yahoo.com, or visit www.calspecialhockey.com.

Birthday parties

Birthday parties at the center include the use of the party room, ice skating in a public session or private rink rental, rental skates, 30 minute group skating lesson, invitation and paper goods and party hostess.

“For us this was the perfect party,” Swanson said. “Magnus’ birthday is in February, so we’re never going to be able to do a party in the park, or in the backyard because we never know what the weather will be.”

The heated party room overlooks the rinks so guests can also watch the skating.

“Everyone had a great time at the party,” Swanson said.

Big Screen Cuisine

Guests to Magnus’ birthday enjoyed a buffet lunch from Big Screen Cuisine which catered the event before donning ice skates and taking to the ice.

“The food was great, we were so pleased at how everything worked out so well for our guests and Magnus’ friends,” Swanson said.

Big Screen Cuisine is available to cater events at the ice center, said Swanson, which makes party planning much easier.

“We didn’t have to haul in the food, which really was a plus,” Swanson said.

The LA Kings Valley Ice Center, 8750 Van Nuys. Blvd., Panorama City, (405 freeway to Nordhoff, turn left to Van Nuys Boulevard, turn right. Ice center is on the left. (818) 893-1784, visit www.lakingsvalleyicecenter.com.

For information about Big Screen Cuisine, visit Big Screen Cuisine.com.

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