HARBORCENTER’s YDP Learn to Skate program, presented by BlueCross BlueShield, gives children the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of ice skating. This program sets the foundation for hockey players, figure skaters, and fun. First time skaters have the opportunity to learn the skills they need for skating. The YDP Learn to Skate program runs once a week for six weeks and is for boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 10.  Skates and will be provided. Participants are required to bring  helmets. This is an exciting opportunity for The Rinks at HARBORCENTER to bring eager kids together with an activity everyone from Buffalo should experience.


  • Coming soon (Click here to register for the Sabres “Learn to Play” Program)

Program details:

  • Ages 4-10
  • Class size: 50
  • Rental skates are provided
  • Helmets are required for all participated to provide themselves
  • 6 week program: $60

Dates & Times:

  • Coming soon



1. What equipment is needed?
A helmet is required for all children, preferably a hockey helmet, but a bike helmet is acceptable. Gloves are required to wear, specifically winter gloves. All children need to wear a jersey.

2. What equipment is recommended?
Elbow pads, knee pads, hockey gloves, and hockey pants are recommended.

3. Who is coaching?
HARBORCENTER’s Rink employees who have many years of experience in various levels of hockey will be the coaches for the lessons.

4. Are there pucks and sticks?
Pucks and sticks will not be part of each lesson.  There will be stations, where pucks and sticks will be one station for children who feel comfortable enough to participate in that station.

5. What if my child misses a class?
With our low price, there are no make up classes.  We assume most children will miss at least one but still get the full learning experience.

6. Where do I park?
Parking is free in our ramp at HARBORCENTER.  Enter on Washington Street or Perry Street and take a ticket when you pull in.  The ticket can be validated in our ICELAB on Level 6.

7. Is there an online waiver?
Yes, each child must have a parent/guardian fill out an online waiver using the following link.  If the waiver is not filled out online, there will be a chance at check in to fill it out. Click here

8. Where do I go when I arrive? Is there a check in?
When you arrive, use the elevator on the Main Street side to Level 6 (HC) there will be a check in table located in front of the elevators outside of ICELAB.   Rental skates will be available in our rental skate window.

9. What do I do next?
Once you pick your child’s lessons with desired dates and times, please fill out an online waiver which includes your credit card information.  Once you apply, you will receive an email with further information. We will be in contact with you from there about the start date to your child’s learn to skate class.

10. Is there a number I can call for further questions?
If you have any more questions, please contact Lauren Pristach at lauren.pristach@harborcenter.com or 716-855-4501.