No cold feet at Audubon’s ice rink _lowres

Photo provided by Audubon Zoo -- Zoo-goers will be able to skate on the plastic 'ice' rink at Audubon Zoo from Dec. 26 through Dec. 31.

Ice skating at Audubon Zoo is twice as nice: For one thing, the synthetic plastic “ice” is warm, which is a far more familiar feeling for locals than real ice. And some reports say falling doesn’t hurt as bad as on the real deal.

Holiday ice skating has returned as part of a Snofari Adventure celebration through Dec. 31 in front of the Capital One Stage beneath the majestic oaks at Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St. The “ice” is made from an eco-friendly, recyclable acrylic material that enables a skate blade to glide as smoothly as if it were on real ice.

A 40-foot-by-30-foot rink, with a capacity of about 35 people is nicely sized for little ones.

Snofari Adventure holiday activities are included with zoo admission, but skating will require an additional ticket that can be purchased at the zoo front gate or at the Endangered Species Carousel ticket booth inside the zoo.

Skating tickets, $5 for Audubon members and $7 for nonmembers, include skate rental and are good for one-time rink access. Ticket sales will close daily at 2:30 p.m. Admission is first-come, first-served.

A DJ will be on hand spinning holiday tunes, and a sleigh will be available for photos.