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There's More to Do (Than Just Skate) at the Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn's Landing

There's More to Do (Than Just Skate) at the Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn's Landing

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 11/16/07 -- Ice-skating outdoors is the healthy way to enjoy winter, and there is more to do than just skate at the Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn's Landing. The Blue Cross RiverRink is conveniently located on Columbus Boulevard at Market Street. With only 14 weeks to skate this season, the Blue Cross RiverRink will host one special event every month that appeals to the young and the young at heart.

Every Friday and Saturday night there is free entertainment! A local DJ will spin tunes to skate to from 9:00 p.m. until 12 Midnight for the 8:30 to 10:30 PM sessions and the 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM sessions. Saturday nights will also feature Karaoke.

Visitors to the Blue Cross RiverRink will enjoy the ever-popular Skate with Santa on Sunday, December 16, 2007. The weekend's activities include Santa's arrival by a DUCK (as in Ride the Ducks). Kids will also have the opportunity to decorate their own Reindeer Ears and "skate" with Santa.

Beginning on Sunday January 13th, 2008 and continuing through Sunday February 24th, 2008, the Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn's Landing will continue the series called Sunday Night Live. Each Sunday, during the 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., local high school and college bands will be able to showcase their talents. Interested bands and performers may find more information at www.riverrink.com or can drop off a photo and recording for consideration.

The 14th Annual New Year's Eve Party on Ice is a grand night for families and adults alike. On Sunday, December 31, 2007, an additional skating session takes place from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. featuring food, entertainment and a great view of the fireworks over the Delaware River at Midnight! Party-goers will have the perfect opportunity to ring in the new-year in a family-friendly, non-alcoholic setting as well as enjoy fortune tellers and strolling entertainment, all presented by the Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Tickets are limited and on sale starting November 23, 2007. The price is $30 for skaters and $20 for spectators, and there is an opportunity to purchase an advance parking pass for $20 also.

Skating is the healthy way to enjoy winter! Healthy Kids Fest will be celebrated at the Blue Cross RiverRink on Saturday January 12, 2008. There will be free samples of healthy foods along with a make-and-take healthy snack for kids. Parents and Kids will be able to get fitness tips from experts or even try the Winter Workout Obstacle Course. As with all the special events at the Blue Cross RiverRink, there will be free face-painting to add to the celebration.

Tropical Paradise on Ice comes to the Blue Cross RiverRink. Just in time to beat the winter blues, on Saturday January 26, 2008, from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., the Blue Cross RiverRink will be transformed into a tropical island. With a steel drum band and hula dancers, visitors will feel like they are on a vacation. There will be complimentary leis (while supplies last) and hula lessons, along with tropical music and Hawaiian themed videos in the heated pavilion to completely set the mood.

On Saturday, February 2nd and Sunday, February 3rd, don't miss Sweet Treats Weekend at the Blue Cross RiverRink. Ice skaters and candy lovers will be treated to a special weekend that features sweets! Candy crafts and samples for everyone with a sweet tooth! Visitors will also have the opportunity to participate in interactive "Sweet Skills" games that will put their skills and love of chocolate and sweets to the test. The event will also feature cooking demonstrations and candy themed contests and prizes.

Take your sweetheart skating on Wednesday, February 14th from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Ladies will receive a complimentary red flower (while supplies last) as they skate with their sweetheart to their favorite love songs. The Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Market Street is a popular destination every year during this romantic holiday!

Skating admission prices are only $6 with convenient parking on-site for just $8. Regular skating session hours are:

--  Monday to Thursday evenings 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
--  Friday 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., and 11:00 p.m. -
    1:00 a.m.
--  Saturday 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m. -
    8:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.,
    and 11:00 p.m. -1:00 a.m.
--  Sunday 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. -
    9:00 p.m.
    

Extended Holiday skating sessions will take place December 26-December 31, 2007. Special Sled Skating Sessions for people with disabilities are on designated Sundays. Interested participants can call for more information or to make a reservation. Visit www.riverrink.com for special holiday hours and schedule updates.

Independence Blue Cross is the founding and presenting sponsor of the Blue Cross RiverRink. Other supporters include: Commerce Bank, the Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Company, NBC 10, and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation.

The Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn's Landing is located on Columbus Boulevard at Market Street. For more information on skating sessions, ice skating lessons, birthday or holiday parties, and private receptions, please call 215.925.RINK or visit www.riverrink.com.

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