While the San Francisco 49ers traveled to Glendale, Ariz., for a divisional matchup against NFC West rivals Arizona Cardinals, young 49ers fans were treated to a variety of events in the Bay Area.
Saturday marked the inaugural 49ers Kids Club Skating Party held at Downtown Ice in San Jose. All Gold Members of the 49ers Kids Club were invited to attend and guests had full use of the outdoor ice skating rink in addition to partaking in activities such as cookie decorating and face painting.
"I brought my son and his friend down to the rink. We were really looking forward to going skating and he's learning and slipping and sliding all over the place. We had a great time today," stated Michael, the father of a Kids Club member.
49ers Gold Rush Cheerleaders enhanced a 49ers photo booth as they posed with children and their families, and to everyone's delight, the 49ers mascot Sourdough Sam stepped onto the ice to display his skating talents.
"I was kinda nervous to try ice skating, but Sourdough held my hand and we skated together," eight year-old Annabelle said. Sourdough Sam also provided entertainment off the ice, jumping into pictures and spreading 49ers holiday cheer.
Aundrea, mother of Mateo, a longtime 49ers Kids Club member noted, "My favorite parts of the event are that it's clean, safe, and fun. My son loves being able to ice skate with other 49ers fans. When we go to the other rinks there are too many people, but here Mateo feels it's pretty intimate, so he's having a good time."
Energized by festive holiday music and beautifully lighted palm trees, the skaters ended their morning with a special 49ers raffle including a Mike Iupati signed football and two pairs of Monday Night Football tickets against Pittsburgh.
For more information on the 49ers Kids Club and to sign up, please visit 49ers.com/kidsclub.