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Skating at the Boston Common Frog Pond

Michele McDonald for The Boston Globe

When you’re 10 years old, you might like to “squiggle around fast” on the ice like fourth- graders from Dorchester’s Mather Elementary School, Jourdan Ferreira (above, left) and Ashanti DeJesus. The girls learn ice skating tricks from instructors of the Skating Club of Boston, in the Skating in the Schools program, at the Boston Common Frog Pond.

Bring your skates and, if you’re under 58 inches tall, skate for free, surrounded by colorfully lighted trees, in the oldest public park in America. Over 58 inches, it’ll cost you $5. Open daily at 10 a.m. Rentals and season passes available.

Ice skating in the oldest public park in the country.Michele McDonald for The Boston Globe
From left: Sophia Schatz, 14, and her brother, Gavin, 11, of Boston, were in a hurry to get on their new skates.Michele McDonald for The Boston Globe
Mary Katherine Maher, skating instructor for the Skating Club of Boston, with some of her students from Dorchester's Mather Elementary School.Michele McDonald for The Boston Globe
Gabriela Martinez, 22, took a break from studying English in Cambridge to try ice skating.Michele McDonald for The Boston Globe/Globe Freelance

Michele McDonald can be reached at mmcdonaldphoto@gmail.com.

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