Ice Skating at Discovery Green and Hollywood's Love of That Cold, Hard Playground

In less than a month and a half, the model boat basin at Discovery Green will receive its annual makeover, turning it into a treacherous slick of cold, hard ice that punishes people who dare to step onto it a pristine outdoor skating rink.

Thanks to the miracle of modern technology that allows us to plunk down an outdoor ice rink in Houston, Texas, The ICE presented by XFINITY™ is 7,716 square feet, making it the largest outdoor rink in the South and Southwest, according to a press release announcing the upcoming event. There's a separate toddler rink, because, well it's pretty obvious why that's a good idea.

For whatever reason, Hollywood likes making movies with ice skating in them, probably because they always seem to offer a chance for people to improve both their skating and their characters as they overcome obstacles and maybe provide some comic relief on the side.

Here's some of our favorites to put you in the mood:

5. Cutting Edge: Two Olympic Dreams in one movie with both figure skaters and hockey players.

4, Ice Princess: Teen dreams of ice skating success while working at the mall in usual not-appreciated style.

3. The Disney empire of The Mighty Ducks. Here's something from the first one:

2. Slapshot: Paul Newman coaches and things get violent and hilarious.

1. And, of course, the modern day classic: Blades of Glory: two men, on ice, sometimes upright.

It all starts at Discovery Green on November 22 this year, continuing all the way through February 2.

Weekly events at The ICE:

Monday - Cheap Skate Nights, skate for $5 per person.

Tuesday - Jazz on Ice, live jazz by ice-skating Jawad.

Thursday -Chill with friends while grooving to music by a DJ.

Friday - Silver Screen, family-friendly movies.

Saturday - Skate with Santa

Admission is $12 per person which includes tax and skate rental. For more information, visit www.discoverygreen.com/ice.

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