The rink at the new Penguin Skating at Esplanade Mall in Kenner is actually synthetic. But Sarah Zanolli, the rink's "ice princess,'' skate director and teacher, said the surface has a bit more grip and is actually better for beginners. Plus, pros use it to get stronger so that when they skate on real lce, they can really fly.
Not only that, "it's energy-efficient and it's green,'' Zanolli said -- meaning it's white and slippery but won't melt.
Penguin Skating is located on the second floor of Esplanade Mall in a space that before that was a toy store and before that, a book store, said Penguin co-owner Nicholas Honor.
The 2,200-square-foot skate rink, which will open in about a week after its permitting process is finished, is just one of the fun family activities at the mall: There's also The Bounce Around, an indoor bounce house playground, and We Rock the Spectrum Kids' Gym, an indoor play space.