Educational Field Trips

Our educational field trip program is not your typical ice skating trip! Students will learn about the history of ice rinks and take a tour of our facility. Students will be taught the basics about refrigeration, how to make ice, and how ice floor works. A demonstration of the ice resurfacing machine (Zamboni) will be given. Rink logistics will be discussed as well as a lesson in skate sharpening. After the tour students will have the opportunity to take an ice skating and ice hockey lesson taught by the Pavilion’s professional staff! The field trip will conclude with ice skating. Lunch packages are available.

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The Pavilion Recreation Complex Educational Field Trip Program is available for students in elementary and middle schools. Reservations may be made for groups of at least 15 persons. The cost is $8 per person for admission to the tour, and meal packages are also available.

To add a pizza and drink to your lunch reservation, just add $4 per person. (Please note that meals must be reserved with your trip, walk-in meal additions requests will not be honored.)

The program will be available during the school year between the following hours: Monday – Thursday at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm



For more information and a copy of our brochure “How Rinks Work” you can click the link below. To book your group’s educational field trip contact Jimmy Crockett at 864-322-7529 ext. 203 or jcrockett@greenvillecounty.org.

How Ice Rinks Work

Field Trip Information:

This program is an interactive educational opportunity for children in elementary and middle schools where students will tour the Pavilion facility learning how our ice is produced and maintained. The students will enjoy our interactive tour which will allow them to get involved in our rink operations. Teachers will be able to learn alongside their students and will be given time to review the educational content with students during the tour. The interactive tour will include education in the following areas:

Rink Logistics – The students will learn about the dimensions of skating rink surface, and how rinks are constructed. This will include instruction on the types of glass that are allowed for the upper part of the barrier, as well as the types of plastic used for the lower boards, how the paint is applied for distinguishing marks underneath the ice, and other logistical components.

The Ice and Floor Refrigeration – Many people in our area wonder with the warm weather how we make and develop the ice for our rink. The students will learn how the ice is formed with thousands of gallons of water.

The Zamboni – Everyone loves watching this machine resurface the ice. In this section of the tour, the students will be instructed on how the Zamboni actually functions to maintain the ice. The Pavilion instructor will display how the ice surface is maintained through checking the temperature of the ice, the depth of the ice in various areas, and the ice resurfacing itself.

Skate Sharpening – As the tour continues, students will learn about the ice skate components. Students will learn about the steel blade construction and how the blades are maintained through sharpening. Our expert Sharpener will explain how the thin blades have hollows, rockers, and edges which allow skaters to balance and turn on the ice. He will also demonstrate how the grinding wheel precisely cuts into the blade to create a fresh hollow for sharpening.

Ice Skating – Students will be invited to lace up a pair of our rental skates and join us on the ice as we demonstrate hockey and figure skating techniques. During this section, our skating professionals will teach a brief skating lesson relating to hockey and figure skating.

Ice Skating Time – Children will end their educational field trip with some fun! We will provide the students with free skating time to enjoy gliding around the arena and practicing their new-learned skills.

Helpful Visitor Information

  • Please arrive promptly for your reserved trip time as the tour will run a tight schedule. Most tours last approximately 2 hours including free-skate time. A tour guide will meet your group and guide you through your tour. Each group will receive informational brochures about the tour to share with their friends and family.
  • Persons who elect not to participate in the ice skating portion of the trip may do so, and are invited to participate from the rink-side.
  • What to bring: We suggest that your group be prepared for the tour by bringing socks, gloves, and a light jacket. We encourage guests to bring their camera as well!

Ice Skating Fun Facts:

1. Speed skating originated as a means of transportation for Vikings to cross frozen rivers and lakes.

2. The Pavilion rink has enough ice to make 4 million 1” ice cubes.

3. There are 36 miles of pipe installed for the ice floors at the Pavilion.

4. The name hockey–as the organized game came to be known–has been attributed to the French word “hoquet” (shepherd’s stick).

5. An ice hockey puck is often frozen before high-level games to decrease the amount of bouncing and friction on the ice.

6. The lutz jump was invented by an Austrian man named Alois Lutz who first performed the jump in a figure skating competition in 1913.

7. Figure skating was originally a sport for men, until Madge Syers medaled in the 1902 World Championships.

8. A scribe is an ice skating training aid. It is a large compass that is used for learning and practicing compulsory figures .