This is the new skating rink at the AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY that opened last November 22. Called the POLAR RINK, it features a 17-foot-tall model of a polar bear in the center. The 150-by-80 foot rink is open through February 28. Located in the center of this outdoor rink, the polar bear is made of openwork stainless steel and decorated with pine boughs and twinkling lights. The rink is located on the on the Arthur Ross Terrace, with views of the museum’s Rose Center for Earth and Space. The rink is unique in that it is made from "synthetic" ice, which some skaters say is more difficult to skate in than real ice. The rink can accomodate 200 skaters per session.
Tickets for a 45-minute skate session, including skate rental: $10 for adults, $9 for students and seniors, $8 for children ages 3-12. There are reduced rates for museum members. Hours: Sundays - Thursday: noon to 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, holidays: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fine print: “All children under 10 must be accompanied by someone 16 years of age or older.” Skaters will be able to enter the rink from the Weston Entrance on Columbus Avenue at 79th Street or from the the Terrace stairs.