Skating the edge. Skating on thin ice. Just skating by. With all the English idioms like those, it would seem that ice skating is a shameful pursuit. But any mom or dad (steps included) who has given that last push before their child starts to kick and glide on their own, knows that skating can light up a kid’s world, for days, stretching into evenings, at a time.
And the youngsters are going to want to get their blades on the ice for quite awhile, after they see “Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream” at the Cross Insurance Arena, with seven shows between Thursday the 5th and Sunday the 8th. Tickets are fairly reasonable, starting at $15 for select shows, at http://www.crossarenaportland.com/events
“Dare to Dream” refers to the slant of the production toward little princesses, encouraging them to dream big and hold on to those royal aspirations for success in the adult world, no matter what obstacles they face. Mickey and Minnie Mouse are the hosts, of course, but the show is about princesses and what they can do. Among the female role models from cartoon land are Rapunzel from Tangled with her friends Flynn and Maximus, and Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog, who is joined by her Prince Naveen. Wondering where the old-school Disney characters are? Don’t worry, they’ll be there too. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves escape from the Evil Queen in the enchanted forest. And everybody’s favorite, Cinderella, sees her big dreams come true, with some help from the Fairy Godmother and a slew of animal friends. There should be a lot of singing along with the songs your kids have made you play hundreds of times. And who knows, you might remember wanting to be some of those famous characters, yourself.
Don’t get too lost in fantasy, though. If we are right, you might have to dig out and dust off your old ice skates and bring the crew out to the rink. So for all those little future speed skaters, figure skaters and hockey players in your family, visit the following websites for daily open skating times at two rinks here in town:
The Rink at Thompson’s Point (10 Thompson’s Point, Portland): http://www.therinkatthompsonspoint.com/
$8 Admission, $2 Rental
Troubh Ice Arena (225 Park Ave, Portland): http://portlandmaine.gov/DocumentCenter/View/9421
$5 Admission ($3 over 60 or under 18), $2 Rental