Want to ice skate for free in Rapid City this weekend? Here’s how!


Ice Skating At Main Street SquareRAPID CITY, S.D.– As Christmas approaches, Main Street Square is looking to help bring some holiday cheer to the community on Sunday. Main Street Square Events and Marketing Coordinator, Kate Shelton explains how to participate in this annual event.

How did you come up with the idea?

Usually done in partnership with Toys For Tots, Shelton says she had to look elsewhere after learning that particular toy drive was not going on this year. “I reached out to the amazing folks that are organized in this Black Hills Toy Drive, and they were totally on board, so we just made it happen,” she explained. Registration is over for signing kids up to receive a gift, but information on when the distribution date is and check-ins for picking up gifts can be found here.

How can I skate for free?

“For every gift that gets brought down or new toy, that person or that family will be able to skate for free for the day,” Shelton said. Once the toys are brought to Main Street Square, people will receive a free day pass to skate and a free skate rental if needed. Toys must be new and unwrapped when bringing them to Main Street Square.

Main Street Square Ice Skating

Does everyone in my party have to bring a toy to skate for free?

No. Shelton says it will probably be one toy per group, but groups wanting to bring one toy per person are more than welcome. “The more gifts we have, the more gifts that we can donate,” she said. Shelton is hoping that the good turnouts for past skate sessions this year will carry on to December 11 to help out the toy drive. “If we can get even 100 gifts, that would be awesome. Anything counts.”

Where can I learn more about donating to the Black Hills Toy Drive?

To find more information on the Black Hills Toy Drive, check out their Facebook page for a list of drop-off locations for items being donated and upcoming opportunities for residents across the Black Hills to help out.

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