Photo by AMNH\D. Finnin.

The Museum of Natural History opened their first ice skating rink yesterday in their 149-year history. To help celebrate, children from the St. Joseph’s School came by to help christen the artificial ice with their blades, and later President Ellen Futter threw the switch to light the place up, "transforming it into a magical winter playground surrounded by trees covered in twinkling lights...with magnificent views of the Rose Center." Also, check out that 17-foot-tall polar bear!

The Polar Rink opens to the public on Saturday, November 22, and will remain open through February 28, 2009. A rundown of where to enjoy an urban skating outing this season can be found here, and don't forget about Seaport Ice (which will include a schedule of live music), also coming soon.