We are so blessed that our dear neighbors (thank you!!!!) allowed us to skate on their property that abuts a river, which freezes from just beyond their property and upstream. My husband brought our kids on a 'nature skate' as they traveled up the river on skates two days in a row (before the snowstorm hit us). How neat is that?! Anna-Kate tried ice skates for about two seconds flat. Then she decided it was more fun to eat snacks and watch. The big kids, however, would do this daily if weather allowed.