My family and I recently spent a Saturday afternoon at Aviator Sports and Events Center trying out the Day Pass they offer. We have 4 children ages 11, 8, 6, and 4 — so I am always on the lookout for activities where we can all participate. The kids were so excited to be trying out the center they actually enjoyed the easy commute by car.
Pulling up, the sports center is quite impressive; it’s located at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn and there is ample free parking available.
For $32.50 the Aviator Day Pass included a full day of Unlimited Public Skating + Skate Rental, 10 Arcade Tokens, Unlimited Rock Climbing, Sky Jump, 1 Session of Open Basketball, and 1 Session of Open Volleyball. Some of these offerings, such as public skating, are also available 365 days a year for those who only wish to skate.
With our passes in hand, the kids were anxious to get started. We tried the arcade first, as it seems arcade games are magical and mesmerizing for children. There were arcade games that appealed to the youngest up to the oldest. The children loved having their own card loaded with tokens and being able to choose which games they wanted to play. In no time, the 10 included tokens had been spent and earned tickets were redeemed for some prize candy. The kids were all smiles.
Next, we made our way to the ice skating area. My youngest and I decided to watch, but the older ones were more than happy to try out their skating skills. The skate rental is included with the Day Pass, and it was easy and quick to get a pair of skates. Our children haven’t had much experience on the ice, but there was no judgment during the public skate. The vibe was fun and lighthearted, with music playing in the background and plenty of laughing to be heard. There are benches all around the outside of the rink, perfect for spectators.
After skating, everyone was ready for a little break so we tried out the on-site food court. The pizza smelled delicious and we decided on a few slices of a fresh pie. I know the kids can be harsh pizza critics, but they gave this slice a thumbs up. Diners have their pick of more than just pizza- there were freshly made salads, burgers, French fries, hot soups, and even a self-serve frozen yogurt station among the selection. We found the food court to be a super convenient option in between activities.
Finding ourselves refueled, it was time to conquer the rock wall. Considered on of the tallest rock walls in NYC, the wall is 35 feet high. I was surprised that even my youngest children were willing to give this a try. There was no wait, and it wasn’t long before they were taking turns climbing to the top. This was definitely the highlight of our trip, it was by far our favorite part of the day. It was awesome to see each child really excel and use their own skills to tackle the wall.
The climb was challenging, but the energy around this activity was contagious. The climbers aren’t the only ones having fun, the wall attracts quite a few spectators who can’t help but cheer on those brave enough to tackle the wall. Turns out our oldest son was quite the climber, he managed to get the furthest up the wall even passing his dad on the way up. The kids were really proud of their rock wall climb.
With the day pass, you are not limited to one trip on the ice or one climb. Just when our kids finished the wall, they suddenly found the energy to ice skate again! There were even activities included in the pass, that we did not have a chance to try because we chose to repeat other activities. The day pass gives you the freedom to choose your activity and enjoy the center for the whole day. It is an easy commute from most parts of Brooklyn and is a must stop for parents with active children. We had a wonderful day and can’t wait to go back.
To learn more about the day pass and see the schedule, visit: www.aviatorsports.com/day-pass.
Aviator Sports and Events Center
3159 Flatbush Ave. Brooklyn, NY
Floyd Bennett Field