Winter Season ... Open mid-November through mid-March
View magnificant works of sculpture while skating in the open air and enjoying music from the state-of-the-art sound system.
For reservations, general information and opening announcements, please call (202) 216-9397.
Skating Lessons and Registration
This season, we offer skating lessons for all ages, taught by Emme Porter, Bruce Porter, and Sergey Korovin. Emme Porter has more than 15 years of skating and coaching experience in all disciplines of skating and is a national and international ice dancing competitor. She has also danced in and choreographed performances for the NHL Washington Capitals' Red Rockers for five years. Bruce Porter has more than 10 years of teaching experience in hockey, ice dancing, and field moves. He is a national and international competitor in ice dancing and competed in the European Figure Skating Championships in 2008 and 2009. Sergey Korovin is a national, international, and Olympic coach. He has more than 25 years of teaching experience and was a member of the Soviet Union National Team. He also has a degree in choreography from the State Institute of Theatrical Arts, Moscow. All three instructors are preferred members of the United States Figure Skating Association.
Classes will be offered for different ages and abilities through the Figure 8 Basics Skating Program. Classes are separated into age-appropriate categories and consist of a comprehensive lesson and evaluation structure that is exciting, rewarding, safe, and fun.
Tiny Skaters: Classes introduce children ages three to six to the basics of skating through interactive on-ice games. Skaters will learn the basics of balance, marching, and gliding.
Figure 8 Basics: Classes teach the fundamentals of skating and the basic skills. They are designed to help children master fundamental moves, such as skating forward and backward, as well more complicated maneuvers, including crossovers, turns, beginning spins, and hops. There are a total of eight levels that lay a strong foundation for more specialized areas of skating, such as freestyle, ice dancing, and hockey.
Adult Classes: Four adult levels are condensed versions of the Figure 8 Basics classes, allowing adults to progress in their choice of skating discipline.
Hockey Basics: This introductory class is designed especially for beginning players. Skaters will work on all the basic skills necessary to become a competent hockey player.
Skaters seeking one-on-one attention may schedule a private lesson. Special group rates are also available for children's birthday parties and group lessons.
Registration for group classes will be held in November, December, and January at the entrance of the Pavilion Café. Registration dates will be announced here. To register in advance or arrange for a private lesson, please e-mail
Ice Rink Hours
Monday–Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
The ice rink will be closed when it rains or when the temperature dips below 20°F.
During the evening, when the Gallery and Sculpture Garden are closed to the public, access to the ice rink is restricted to the entrances at Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive near 9th Street.
Skating fees for a two-hour session (beginning on the hour):
$8 for adults
$7 for skaters age 50 and over, children age 12 and under, and students with a valid school ID
Skate rental fee
$3 (ID required as a deposit)
Lockers are available for $0.50 ($5 deposit required)
Season passes are available for $195.
Please call the ice rink office at (202) 216-9397 for additional information. The Sculpture Garden is closed on December 25 and January 1.