OK, maybe I am too anal with these things. My son will turn 6 on November 26th. For the longest time now we have talked about having his birthday party at the ice skating rink right near my house. He is very excited about it-now that it is October and he feels his birthday is coming close-he tells everyone he is having an ice skating party. Anyway-i called the rink today to make arrangements. The paperwork I have says they are open from November to March. Well, the woman who called me back today said they don't start doing parties until the 1st week of December and that 1st weekend is already booked! The soonest I could do a birthday party would be Dec. 9th or 10th. So-would you do it then knowing how excited your kid is to have the ice skating or would you try to find something else closer to his birthday? Does 2 weeks after his real birthday seem ridiculous to you (it does to me in a lot of ways), or screw it-do it then since it will be what he really wants? Thanks! Oh, just to give your more info-there are no options for other ice skating rinks. The only other rink in Brooklyn is very far from my house and in a not so great neighborhood. There is an ice skating rink at Chelsea Piers in the city (Manhattan for you out-of-towners )-but, they are a fortune for a birthday party-so, this rink is really my only option.