July 3rd – August 23rd
Enjoy a thrilling summer skate at the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention.
The Science of Cool
Our synthetic skating rink dovetails with the museum’s summer celebration of cool inventions. Air conditioning, refrigeration, and artificial ice aren’t just modern conveniences, it's life-changing technology that has enabled cities to grow in places where they couldn’t exist before. Visitors will learn how Florida-based inventors, like John Gorrie and Khanh Din, have played pivotal roles in all things “cool”!
Skate at the Cade
Guests can register to skate during current museum hours, on Friday and Saturday from 12:00 – 5:00 pm (the last skate ends at 4:30). Skating is free with regular admission, and guests can choose from two synthetic ice skating options:
- Skating with Cade-supplied skates (skates are free with admission) - ages 5+ or
- Sock skating (limited rink times are designated for sock skating, and guests can wear their own thick socks, or socks available for purchase at the front desk). Younger children, under age 5, are encouraged to sock skate with an adult.
Space for each skating session is limited, so please book your preferred skate type and time, upon entering the museum. A signed Waiver is required to participate in skating. You can download a Waiver, complete it and bring it with you (one Waiver is required per skater), or you can complete a Waiver at the Skate Shop in the museum. See Skating FAQ's below.
Themed Skate Nights - July 9th through August 20th
Each Thursday, from July 9th through August 20th, the museum will host themed skate nights. Cade Members are invited to an exclusive space-themed skate night on July 1st. Advance registration is required for all skate nights, which cost $5 for guests and $3 for Cade Members.
SKATING RINK FAQ'S
Q: Is this a real ice skating rink?
A: Our skating rink is made with synthetic ice.
Q: What do I need to bring with me to skate?
A: We suggest you bring high socks as they work the best with the free skates provided. To save time, you can bring a completed and signed Waiver with you - one Waiver is required per person skating (click to download a waiver PDF), or you can complete one at the Skate Shop in the museum.
Q: What do I wear? Is it cold enough for a jacket?
A: Our artificial ice rink isn’t cold like real ice, so you can wear whatever you’re comfortable in, and don’t forget to bring socks! Our Ice Skate Nights are themed, so feel free to dress for the theme specified.
Q: If my child is on the ice, do I need to be on the ice with them?
A: You do not have to be on the ice with your child, but we do ask that you remain in the skating area watching your child during the entire time they are using the rink. Skates must be worn on the ice if you would like to accompany your child.
Q: What’s the smallest size ice skate you carry?
A: Our smallest skate size fits shoe size 8 boys/9 girls.
Q: How much does it cost to skate?
A: Skating and skate rentals are included with museum admission.
Q: Can I bring my own skates?
A: Yes, you can wear your own ice skates, but free rental skates are included with museum admission.
Q: Do I need to reserve a time in advance to skate?
A: Advance registrations are not necessary for skating during general admission on Fridays and Saturdays from Noon - 5 pm. You can register for a skate time at the Skate Shop after entering the museum. However, if you wish to attend a themed skate night, advance reservations for Thursday nights are required. Visit Cademuseum.org/calendar to learn more and register for our themed skate nights.
The Next Giant Leap: Our New Museum-wide theme launches on July 3rd too!
July 3rd through October 31st
The Cade’s new museum-wide theme MOON TO MARS launches on July 3rd, featuring micro-exhibits in Gallery West and out-of-this-world space-themed activities in the Fab Lab, Creativity Lab, and other areas of the museum.
Learn what it will take to colonize the Moon, then travel to Mars. Imagination is the first step. Discover the challenges that face those who dare to dream, and the solutions that inventors and visionaries are discovering to make deep space travel a reality.