By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Dec 11, 2018 at 6:45 PM

Slice of Ice, the ice skating rink at Red Arrow Park in the heart of Downtown, opens Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. And to celebrate the start of the season, free skate rentals are available from 4 to 6 p.m. (Skate rentals are usually $7 for kids ages 17 and under; $9 for adults.)

Skaters with their own ice skates are free all day, every day.

Toddler-sized plastic skating supports will be available for a $1 rental fee and $5 refundable deposit or photo ID. For people with limited mobility, ADA ice sleds are free to use but must be requested 24 hours in advance.

On Friday, Dec. 21 Slice of Ice will host its first Ugly Sweater Day, presented by WaterStone Bank. Skaters who participate will receive a coupon for a free skate rental in January or February and will have a chance to win prizes as part of the Slice of Nice contest.

Slice of Ice is open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The rink will have extended hours over the holidays.

The complete schedule and school field trip information are available here or by calling (414) 289-8791.

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Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.

As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.

She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that. 

Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.

Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.

In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!

When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.