We are currently scheduling private events for fall 2019 and winter/spring 2020.
Cedar Rapids Curling would love to host your next party or teambuilding event
If you’re looking to throw a unique party or plan the ultimate team-building experience, curling may be exactly what you’re looking for. This is a real team sport, one that requires strategy and good communication between team members. It’s also a ton of fun, providing an experience your friends and coworkers will never forget.
In 90 minutes, your friends, colleagues and clients can learn the basics of the sport and feel like Olympians. No curling experience or special equipment is necessary, and we can develop a customized format to suit your particular group’s needs.
We curl in a multi-use ice arena, and we need at least three weeks’ notice to book your event and schedule volunteers to instruct your group. The more advanced notice you can give us, the better chance you’ll get the day and time you request. Hockey season typically runs mid-October through mid-March. Booking group events in the evening during this time is highly unlikely, but afternoon group events are more easily scheduled.
Group sizes and pricing
Your party will have an entire ice rink for your event, and we limit groups to 48 participants to make sure everyone has a chance to play.
The price for a private event costs $700. This primarily goes to the arena to pay for ice rental. The rest goes to Cedar Rapids Curling, which is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization. All of our instructors are volunteers. We use funds raised from private events to maintain equipment and teach and promote the sport of curling throughout eastern Iowa.
Food and beverage are available through the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena at an additional cost.
There may be opportunities to accommodate smaller groups for a reduced price if you are willing to share the ice with another group. However, we can’t promise this will always be possible. .
For small groups, you may want to consider joining one of our scheduled Learn to Curl events. The price is $15 per person. All spots must be reserved in advance.
What to expect
When you arrive, you will complete short paperwork and pay the instructional fee. We’ll start the session with a quick off-ice discussion about the basics of curling, safety, and etiquette. Then you’ll head onto the ice to learn how to throw and sweep the stone. Finally, we’ll put it all together by playing a short game. Don’t worry, our instructors will be with you all the way, discussing strategy and answering all your questions.
The interactive format fosters:
- Communication skills
- Team building
- Problem-solving and decision-making skills
- Improved morale
Positive interpersonal relationships and successful organizational teams are best built by having fun while facing challenges that are overcome when everyone contributes to the common goal.
What to bring
Cedar Rapids Curling provides all the necessary curling equipment, but you will be on ice and the air temperature usually is in the 40s. Dress in warm, loose-fitting clothing (tight jeans will hinder movement). You may want to shed a layer once you start playing. Many participants are more comfortable wearing gloves or mittens and a hat.
Bring a separate pair of athletic shoes, whose soles are clean of any rocks, dirt, gum, grass, etc., to wear on the ice (no heels, open toed shoes, dress shoes, boots, slippers, loafers, or any footwear with a hard sole). Do not wear these shoes to the arena, as you they will pick up the previously mentioned rocks, dirt, gum, grass, etc. from the outside.
Don’t forget to bring a sense of humor!
Physical and age requirements
Cedar Rapids Curling will find a way for any interested person who can safely be on the ice to participate when their physical abilities do not allow for typical curling styles and techniques. We have special stone delivery devices for those who may not be able to comfortably crouch down to deliver (throw) stones and we can accommodate individuals with more significant physical limitations. Contact us with questions about your particular circumstances if you have concerns; we almost certainly will be able to accommodate.
Those younger than 18 require a consent form to be signed by a legal parent or guardian. Under 15 must be accompanied on the ice by a parent or guardian, unless other arrangements have been agreed upon. If a parent or legal guardian is not able to attend, please print and sign the Cedar Rapids Curling Waiver.