There is no better way for kids to have fun learning how to skate than with everybody’s favorite mascot: Sparty!

The Sparty Learn 2 Skate program features:

  • Qualified skating instructors with the expertise needed to coach your child through the program’s six levels
    • Level One starts with falling down & getting up, balancing on two feet, turning on the spot, and skating forwards (walking)
    • Level Six progresses all the way to two-foot side stops and crossovers
      • See below for a full breakdown of the program’s levels.
  • Children will have the opportunity to skate with their friend Spartacat. He will visit the class once per season to demonstrate drills, assist participants, and, most of all, have fun!
  • Each participant will receive a Sparty Certificate at the completion of the session to celebrate the new skills that they have learned.
  • A 12-week session with 50 minutes per class (plus an off-ice warm up).
  • PLEASE NOTE: Parents do not go on the ice with the children. For the Parent & Tot programclick here.

Please see the dates and time for all groups listed below.

  • 12 Week Program
  • 50 minute class (plus off-ice warmup)
  • Ages 3 to 8 years old
  • Cost: $250 – $320 (see below)

Please note that sessions at the Richcraft Sensplex are powered by the Ottawa Senators Hockey Programs and as such feature Ottawa Senators Hockey Programs instructors (vs. “Skating only” instructors) helping with the Sparty Learn 2 Skate program.​


Program Dates and Times

FALL 2019

BELL SENSPLEX

MONDAY

  • Monday, September 9, 16, 23, 30, October 7, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, December 2, 9 – Coming soon!
  • Please note, there will be no session October 14th or November 25th.
    • 4:00 PM Group – $290 (*Parent & Tot available at this time)
    • 5:00 PM Group – $320

WEDNESDAY

  • Wednesday, September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27-
    • 1:30 PM Group – $250

SATURDAY

  • Saturday, September 7, 14, 21, 28, October 5, 19, November 2, 9, 30, December 7, 14, 21 – 
  • Please note the session September 21 will start at 2:45 PM
  • Please note the session November 9th will start at 2:15 PM
  • Please note, there will be no session October 12th, 26th, November 16th and 23rd.
    • 2:00 PM Group – $320
RICHCRAFT SENSPLEX

WEDNESDAY

  • Wednesday, September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27
    • 5:00 PM Group –  $290 (*Parent & Tot available at this time)

SATURDAY

  • Saturday, September 7, 14, 21, October 5, 19, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7, 21 
  • Please note the session September 21st will start at 11:00 AM
  • Please note, there will be no session September 28th, October 12th, 26th, December 14th.
    • 11:15 AM Group – $320

WINTER 2020

BELL SENSPLEX

MONDAY

  • Monday, January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, *19, 24, March 2, 9, 23, 30 – Register now! 
  • Please note, there will be no session March 16th.
  • Please note, due to Family Day the session on February 17th will be moved to Wednesday, February 19th.
    • 4:00 PM Group – $290 (*Parent & Tot available at this time)
    • 5:00 PM Group – $320

WEDNESDAY

  • Wednesday, January 8, 15, 22, 29, February *7, 12, 19, 26, March 4, 11, 25, April 1 – Register now! 
  • Please note, there will be no session March 16th.
  • Please note, due to a tournament the session on February 5th will be moved to Friday, February 7th.
    • 1:30 PM Group – $250

SATURDAY

  • Saturday, January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, March 7, 14, 28, April 4 – Register now! 
  • Please note the session January 25th, February 8, 22 and 29th will start at 2:15 PM
  • Please note, there will be no session March 21st.
    • 2:00 PM Group – $320
RICHCRAFT SENSPLEX

WEDNESDAY

  • Wednesday, January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4, 11, 25, April 1 – Register now! 
  • Please note, there will be no session March 18th.
    • 5:00 PM Group –  $290 (*Parent & Tot available at this time)

SATURDAY

  • Saturday, January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, March 7, 14, 28, April 4 – Register now! 
  • Please note, there will be no session March 21st.
    • 1:15 PM Group – $320

SPRING 2020

BELL SENSPLEX

MONDAY

  • Monday, Apil 6, *15, 20, 27, May 4, 11, *20, 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22 – Coming soon!
  • Please note, due to Easter the session on April 13th will be moved to Wednesday, April 15th.
  • Please note, due to Victoria Day the session on May 18th will be moved to Wednesday, May 20th.
    • 4:15 PM Group – $290 (*Parent & Tot available at this time)
    • 5:15 PM Group – $320

WEDNESDAY

  • Wednesday, April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24 – Coming soon!
    • 1:30 PM Group – $250

SATURDAY

  • Saturday, April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27 – Coming soon!
  • Please note there is no session May 16th.
  • Please note the session April 25th will start at 2:00 PM
    • 2:15 PM Group – $320
RICHCRAFT SENSPLEX

WEDNESDAY

  • Wednesday, April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24 – Coming soon!
    • 5:00 PM Group –  $290 (*Parent & Tot available at this time)

SATURDAY

  • Saturday, April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 23, June 6, 13, 20, 27 – Coming soon!
  • Please note the session May 2nd & 9th will start at 11:30 AM
  • Please note there is no session May 16th or May 30th
    • 11:15 AM Group – $320

COMBINED Sparty Learn to Skate & Intro 2 Hockey Program

With a combination of our sold out Sparty Learn to Skate and Intro 2 Hockey programs, players will receive instruction that will not only continue to develop their skating skills, but also introduce them to the game of hockey in a FUN and supportive environment!

  • Players will rotate through stations designed and led by our Head of Hockey Development or Lead Hockey Instructor, and Mary Yarush, our Lead Figure Skating Instructor.
  •  Skating stations will feature progressive development on fundamental skating skills – forwards and backwards skating, stopping and tight turns, and more. Hockey-specific drills will teach the foundational skills for body positioning, puck control, stationary shooting, and passing.
  • As a core feature of our Sparty Learn to Skate Program, participants will have the opportunity to skate with their friend Spartacat. He will visit the class once per season to demonstrate drills, assist participants, and, most of all, have fun!
  • This 12-week program provides 50 minutes of skill development per class (plus an off-ice warm up).
  • This program is only available at the Bell Sensplex (Kanata).

Ease your child’s transition between learning how to skate and progressing into hockey-specific development!

Program Dates and Times

FALL 2019

BELL SENSPLEX
  • Wednesday, September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27-Coming soon!
    • 1:30 PM Group – $300

WINTER 2020

BELL SENSPLEX
  • Wednesday, January 8, 15, 22, 29, February *7, 12, 19, 26, March 4, 11, 25, April 1 – Coming soon!
  • Please note, there will be no session March 16th.
  • Please note, due to a tournament the session on February 5th will be moved to Friday, February 7th.
    • 1:30 PM Group – $300

SPRING 2020

BELL SENSPLEX
  • Wednesday, April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24 – Coming soon!
    • 1:30 PM Group – $300

​EQUIPMENT: ​​This program requires full equipment to be provided by the parent/guardian. No child shall participate without: Hockey skates, CSA-approved helmet (with cage), neck guard, shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey pants, jock or jill, shin pads, hockey gloves and a hockey stick.

SKATING REQUIREMENT: Participants MUST be able to stand and propel themselves around the ice as well as be able to fall down and get back up to a standing position without assistance. Contact [email protected] for availability and inquiries.


 Levels

If your child is finishing up with our current learn to skate program or a similar program elsewhere, it’s time to think about moving them to the next level. There are six levels to achieve in the Sparty Learn 2 Skate program. These levels are outlined below. Once a child graduates from, or reaches the upper levels of the Sparty Learn 2 Skate program, they are encouraged to take the next step which is to join the Ottawa Senators Intro 2 Hockey Program, which takes place at the Bell Sensplex & Richcraft Sensplex. The Intro 2 Hockey program is quite simply the best way to introduce little ones to the world’s greatest game!

Note: Parents register based on time slots only, not by level. Each session is further divided up by level.

Please call (613) 599-0222 to register by phone.

SPARTY LEARN TO SKATE LEVELS

LEVEL 1

  • Falling down
  • Getting up
  • Balancing on two feet
  • Turning on the spot
  • Skating forwards (walking)

LEVEL 2

  • Forward 2 foot glide
  • Forward sculling (bubbles)
  • Forward sliding touching toes
  • Backward skating (walking)
  • Forward stopping (snowplow, 1/2 snowplow)

LEVEL 3

  • Backward sculling (bubbles)
  • 2 foot turn, forward to backwards
  • Forward 1 foot glide (both feet)
  • Backward stopping (snowplow, 1/2 snowplow)
  • Skating forwards – 2 foot jump

LEVEL 4

  • 5 consecutive crossovers
  • 2 foot glide to 1 foot
  • 2 foot jump (forward-backward & backward-forward)
  • Backward skating
  • Forward to backward skating on circle

LEVEL 5

  • Back crossovers (walking)
  • 5 consecutive crossovers
  • Forward to backward sculling
  • 2 foot jump (forward – back & back to forward)
  • 2 foot turning on a curve

LEVEL 6

  • 2 foot side stop both ways
  • Slalom forward and backward
  • Backward gliding on curve (1 foot)
  • Inside edges forward
  • Consecutive back crossovers

Equipment Needed

  • Skates
  • CSA approved helmet with full cage is mandatory
  • Gloves are mandatory
  • Long pants and long sleeves are mandatory
  • Athletic pants are recommended *Please note, most new skaters tend to fall down multiple times, it is suggested to use older athletic jacket/pants incase they get wornout or dirty.

Refund Policy: Read our Refund & Cancellation Policy.

Registration Link: Click here to register for the Sparty Learn 2 Skate program!