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As Capitol Hill resident Diana Corless laced up her daughter Viva’s skates, Ms. Corless said she brought her visiting friends from San Francisco to the rink because “we were looking for something to do, a winter activity in summer weather.”

Though surprised the rink was open so early in the season, Ms. Corless said she was happy to be able to make the trip to Mall.

“The thing I love most is the music,” she said. “And you can skate and look at the National Gallery of Art.”

The skating season runs through mid-March, weather permitting.

For more information on rink hours and events, go to www.nga.gov/skating.