If you have ever wanted to try curling, you have come to the right place. The Granite Curling Club schedules open houses to introduce the public to our great sport. Never tried curling before but want to do so? An open house is just what you're looking for!
- Get instruction on the basics of curling
- Play a short game
- The cost is $25 per person or $60 for a family
- Sessions typically last around 90 minutes
Olympic Season Open Houses (Sundays-Fridays)
This year we are offering special limited capacity events, where you learn to curl and also get to see the social side of the curling club.
- Curl during regular league games!
- Come by before or after your session to watch some live curling and chat with members to learn more about the club!
Open House Schedule
All participants under the age of 12 must bring and wear a helmet while on the ice.
Waivers will be provided at the club, or you can save time by downloading the waiver, then print and sign it, and bring it with you.
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Registration opens a month before the scheduled event.
What should I wear?
Wear loose fitting pants like sweatpants or yoga pants - not jeans - and a sweatshirt. You should dress in layers - it can be chilly on the ice, but you heat up quickly once you start playing and sweeping. Bring clean flat-soled comfortable shoes. (Tennis shoes or sneakers work well. Running shoes that are wide work less well.)
How much does it cost?
$25 per person, with a $60 maximum per family. "Family" means a family, not a group. Please do not ask us if you can pay $60 for a group of 8 non-related friends. We do not offer a group discount.
Are there any age limits? Can kids or teens curl?
Curlers under 18 years of age must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian before going on the ice. If a parent isn't coming to the event, you can download the waiver, then print and sign it, and send it with the child.
All participants under the age of 12 must bring and wear a helmet while on the ice. We will not be making exceptions and the club will not be providing helmets. Properly fitting bicycle, skateboard, ski, snowboard, and hockey helmets are examples of typically acceptable options. There are others which can also work, and the event coordinator will have the discretion to approve or reject adequacy of head protection. Please contact the Open House Coordinator with any questions. On the ice, an adult should accompany children under 10.
For younger participants, please consider our Junior Learn to Curl program.
Children under 7 are not allowed on the ice.
Can I bring a group?
Yes you can, but only 8 people are typically allowed in a group at a time. If your group is too big to book via the reservation system, please email the Open House Coordinator and let us know how many people you would like to bring so we see if we can fit you in. Please make sure your group is all at the club 15 minutes before your reservation time.
If you are planning on a group of 20 or more, please consider a Group Event . With a Group Event, you can ensure that you all learn and curl together, and you have use of the lounge for food and socializing.
What happens at an Open House?
Generally you will be on the ice for 1-2 hours which includes instruction and a small game. The Open House process goes something like this:
- You arrive, sign a waiver and pay $25 ($60 family max).
- We clean your shoes and fit rubber grippers on them to protect our ice surface.
- Your instructors lead you through some stretches, safety guidelines, and information about the game.
- A group of 8 people goes out on the ice for some curling instruction and play a short game.
- Once your lesson is done, you can visit us upstairs for snacks and to learn more about curling and our club.
Are there any other ways that I can try curling at Granite?
Generally, the only other way that a non-member can try curling at our club is with a private group event. Please see Group Events for more details. (If you're a member of another club and are visiting Seattle and want to curl at our club, please contact us directly.)
Can I just come and watch?
Yes. You can watch the action through windows overlooking the ice sheets. There are plenty of warm comfortable seats and friendly people are available to answer your questions and explain the game. There is no charge if you just come to watch.
OK! That was fun! How can I play more?
The open house I want to attend looks like it's full. Can I make a reservation?
If you click into an open house and get a message that it's full, then unfortunately all reservations for that day are currently booked. However, we may have cancellations. Check back on this page occasionally to see if spaces have opened up.
I didn't make a reservation. Can I still attend an open house?
Walk-ins are only accepted during the Saturday open houses. We will fit in walk-in guests as we have space. Note that we cannot guarantee that we will have space for you, but your chances of success are pretty good if you are prepared to hang around the club and wait for someone to no-show. You are also more likely to be successful if your group is small or willing to split up. We are very likely to be able to accommodate two people, but are much more unlikely to fit in a group of 8 that insists on staying together.
What is the difference between an Open House and Practice Ice?
Open Houses are held at selected times during the curling season, and are open to the public. If ice is available, club members can curl at no charge, but open house guests have priority for ice time.
Practice Ice (and any unused open ice) time is for club members to practice or play pick-up games.
I am a Granite Curling Club member. How can I help?
We need volunteers to help as greeters, hosts, and instructors. If you would like to help at one of the upcoming open houses, please go to the Open House Volunteers page (login required).