It's not often that April Segura gets to join her three kids on the ice at the John Breslow Ice Hockey Center.

But Saturday, Segura got the opportunity to skate — and fall — with her children at the center's family-oriented Olympic Day.

"It's kind of cool that we all got to be intermixed and enjoy being on the ice," she said.

The event was a fun-filled day of sports, meant to parallel the Olympic Games this month in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Events were figure skating, hockey, broomball, curling and sled hockey. 

Karmin Moncrief, the center's assistant general manager, helped organize the event.

"(Pyeongchang) is the first Olympics that's been held since we opened the rink (in December 2015) and we wanted to honor that," she said. "And if you don't play any of those winter sports regularly, this is a cool opportunity to learn about them."

Moncrief said that when the idea for Olympic Day came up, management had to work to make sure each event could be pulled off in a practical and safe way.

The five sports were suited for hockey rink ice, and how they were scheduled was dependent on how clean that ice needed to be.

"For figure skating and curling, we need to have ice that's totally fresh," Moncrief said. "So we need to make sure we have enough time to run the Zamboni over the ice. But when it comes to something like broomball, you don't need to pay that much attention."

Events from Pyeongchang were broadcast on all of the TVs at the center as local competitors took the ice from noon to 7 p.m. After each event, winners were given plastic gold medals and got to stand on podiums at the center of the rink. Employees served as judges.

Bryan May learned about the event on Facebook, and he and a friend signed up for all five events, even though their last time on the ice was in elementary school.

"We've been having a blast all day," May said.

The men, both in their late 20s, were the oldest in each of their events, in many cases competing against children and teenagers who regularly use the rink to skate or train.

Segura's 11-year-old daughter Ailani comes to the Breslow Center at least four times a week to figure skate, her mom said. Saturday, she got to share that experience with her two younger brothers and mom as they played broomball, shuffling on the ice in their street shoes and passing a rubber ball back and forth between goals with a broom.

"I've never played before, but I thought it would be super fun to just do it," April Segura said after their game. "It's a really unique thing that I can do with my kids."

Moncrief hopes that events such as Olympic Day will help get people out of their comfort zone and onto the ice.

"I've skated more today than I ever have in my whole life," May said. "But when else will I get to say I was an Olympian?"

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Hana Muslic is a reporting intern.

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