Back to Back Fun for Back to School

Who says the end of summer has to be boring? If you love summer specials at Skate World, you’ll go crazy for our school kickoff skate events. Fall hours start August 14th, with back-to-back School Kickoff Events just days later. Don’t miss it; there’s plenty of fun for everyone!

For the Tots

Every kid’s a hero at Skate World! August 18th is Super Hero Day for all our Tiny Tots. We want to see your incredible, super, wonder babies all decked out like their — okay, okay, your — favorite superheroes? Your toddlers can vanquish the villains at the craft table while they make their own super hero shield and mask to protect their secret identity. We’ll also have snacks, skate and ride fun, and plenty of photo opportunities to capture your kids in their super hero style. Tiny Tots runs from 10am to 1pm. Admission is $7 or $10 to include lunch.  

For the Teens

all night skateLittle kids might be up at the crack of dawn, but we’re inviting older kids and teens to push bedtime to the limit on Friday, August 18th. It’s time for our annual All Night Skate to kickoff the school year! We have 8 hours of skating, tournaments, games, contests, and special prizes starting at 11pm. One lucky kid will even win a pair of roller-skates! Before the event ends at 7 the next morning, we’re handing out milk and donuts for breakfast. Don’t miss the fun! Get your ticket for just $27.

Our excitement for August is heating up. Don’t miss these special back-to-school events at Skate World Center.

4 Tips for Maintaining Roller-Skates

If you’re an avid skater, roller-skates are a great investment. You can choose your favorite skate style, customize your skates for skating sports, and save money on skate rentals. But with great skates comes great responsibility. Do you know how to maintain your roller-skates? You can extend the life of your skates with just a few simple tricks.

How to Maintain Roller-Skates

  1. inline skating outsideClean them up. Dirt can erode your boot, trucks, bearings, and wheels, wearing out your roller-skates faster. Keep the boot clean and dry, wiping away excess moisture if they get wet from sweat or spills. Let your boots dry naturally in a well ventilated area. Clean your bearings and wheels to keep things rolling smoothly.
  2. Tighten your trucks. While more advanced skaters may loosen their trucks to improve maneuverability, most skaters should make sure their trucks stay tight to the boot. Unsecured trucks can be dangerous, so ask a pro if you’re not sure what to look for.
  3. Touch your toes. Some skates have adjustable toe stops. Skaters can experiment to find the right toe stop position. For non-adjustable trucks, check them occasionally to make sure the toe stop stays tight to the boot.
  4. Spin your wheels. If they’re slow or catch mid-spin, there’s likely a dirt build up. Clean your wheels and they’ll be as good as new. If your wheels are worn or marked with divots, replace them before they cause a problem. Nobody wants a pile up on the skating floor!

Looking for a new pair of wheels? Check out our roller-skate buy guide. Then swing by Skate World Center and ask about our options!

One Skate, Two Skate, Red Skate, Blue Skate

This one has a little star. That one has a little car. Say! What a lot of tots there are.

Do your kids love Tiny Tots? Do they love Dr. Seuss? You’re invited to a very special Tiny Tots event to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday! We’re taking a cue from the mischief makers in all of your kids favorite stories and throwing an upside down, inside out, crazy fun party. After all, no one is better at mayhem than toddlers; even certain hat-wearing cats! There’s just one rule: no eating birthday cake in the bath tub!

Tiny Tots Story Time Celebration

tiny tots dr. seuss eventYour kids don’t have to choose between story time and active play. At Tiny Tots they’ll have plenty of time for both! We’re celebrating the man who changed children’s literature forever. Dr. Seuss’s birthday is coming up on March 2nd! We’re celebrating a few weeks early with a special event for toddlers in Tallahassee.

  • Tiny Tots Birthday Bash on Friday, February 17th
  • Play from 10am to 1pm
  • $5 admission, $9 lunch bunch
  • Dress up as your favorite character from Dr. Seuss’ stories!
  • We’ll have a photo booth for you to take silly pictures and pretend you’re making mayhem
  • Make a “One Fish, Two Fish” handprint painting for the fridge
  • Gather round for story time at Skate World
  • Skate around the rink
  • Bring a ride-along toy for even more fun (just make sure to tell Sam-I-Am that there’s no food allowed on the skating floor, even green eggs and ham!)

Toddlers have the most fun! Don’t miss the next Tiny Tots adventure next Friday.

Skate Your Way to a Successful New Year

happy boy with cakeChristmas may be over, but there’s still plenty to look forward to! At Skate World Center, there’s no end to the fun. And what better ways to achieve your New Year’s resolutions than to make them feel like play? Accomplish your family New Year’s resolutions in 2017 at your favorite Tallahassee skating center.

4 New Year’s Resolutions for Families

  1. Get in shape. For some getting in shape means working off those Christmas cookies. For others it simply means leading a healthy, active lifestyle. Roller-skating helps both kids and adults stay active and get in shape. It works your legs and glutes, strengthens your core, and can even burn up to 600 calories in an hour. According the American Heart Association, it’s one of the top exercises for heart health. And it’s easier to stick with fun activities than boring workouts. If you’re not convinced yet, look at it this way: it beats going to the gym!
  2. Save money. Unlike many family activities, roller-skating comes with a small price tag. Skate all day for under $10. Pinching pennies after the holiday season? Monday Mania Skate is just $2 per skater for 4 ½ hours of fun!
  3. Spend more time with family. Kids can learn to roller-skate before they’re old enough to start Kindergarten. And skating is like riding a bike: once you learn, you never forget. That’s why skating is also a great choice for spending quality time with grandparents. They won’t have to wait on the sidelines while the kids play!
  4. Try something new. Who’s ready for 2017? Celebrate with us at the Noon Year’s Eve Balloon Drop Kids Skate Party. We’re gearing up for big fun, including a 4pm balloon drop with prizes.

These are just a few of the New Year’s resolutions Skate World Center can help you achieve. Ready for a fresh start? Take the family roller-skating in 2017.  

More Skating, More Holiday Fun!

We’re just days away from winter break 2016, and you can bet we’re as excited about it as your kids. After all, we get to spend the holidays seeing smiles light up their faces! If you’re looking for holiday family fun in Tallahassee (and a quick release for your kids’ extra energy), look no further than holiday fun at Skate World Center.

Early Release Skate

kids smiling in carIt happens the same way every year. Kids jump for joy at holiday early releases, while their parents scramble to rework their work schedules. Plan a play day instead! We’re opening our doors from 1-4pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday December 14th-16th. Admission to the skate floor or playground is just $8. Kids can bring their own skates or rent a pair for $4. We also have a fully stocked snack bar with tasty treats to keep kids energized while they play.

Winter Break Skate

Calling all kids, parents, and visiting relatives! Big fun is headed your way for the holidays. When school is out, skating is in. Skate World Center will be open for special hours during winter break. Send the kids skating or come play with the whole family! You can skate Monday-Friday from 11am-4pm from December 19th through January 3rd. You know the drill: your 1st activity (roller-skating, or the playground for kids 10 and younger) is only $8. Or double the fun for just a few extra bucks!

‘Tis the season for family fun and holiday cheer. For more information on skating hours, buying holiday skates, or special events in Tallahassee, call Skate World Center.

Bigger Smiles to Be Thankful For

It’s Thanksgiving week, and the kids are going stir-crazy! Which means that their parents are going actually crazy. Don’t worry, Skate World has you covered. Looking for holiday fun (or just something to zap some of your kids’ endless energy)? We have a full schedule of holiday skating for Tallahassee families.

Thanksgiving Family Fun

Our Tiny Tots handprint calendars were a rousing success, but that doesn’t mean the end of Thanksgiving play! Take a break from the kitchen, get the kids out of the house, or entertain out-of-town relatives with holiday fun at Skate World.

  • girl smilingSchool’s Out, We’re Open. As much as we love spending time with our kids, it’s less fun when they’re cooped up in the house. That’s why we’re getting the fun rolling with School’s Out skating. Come skate with us Wednesday, November 23rd (from 11am-4pm) and Friday, November 25th (from 11am-7pm). Admission for will be $8 per session, with $4 rentals if you don’t bring your own skates. Ready to remember how much fun the holidays can be? Thanksgiving family play day: check!
  • Christmas Skate Sale. Did you know you can invest in your child’s happiness and health at the same time? Roller-skates make the perfect holiday gift! And with our gift card promotion, you’re basically getting a new pair of skates for free. Get shopping during our Black Friday School’s Out Skate.
  • Christmas Tiny Tots. Are you a planner? Mark your calendars for Tiny Tots fun. Our first Christmas event is December 2nd from 10am-1pm. Get ready for Christmas cards, snowmen cookies, and ride-along fun! *For kids 5 and younger.

Thank you for giving us such a fantastic year. Happy Thanksgiving from the team at Skate World Center, Inc!

Next stop: Christmas skates.

Holiday Roller-Skate Buying Guide

With Christmas just around the corner, Santa’s little elves are hard at work. And what’s our top pick for kids’ Christmas presents this year? Roller-skates! Not only are roller-skates fun for kids, they encourage hard work, quality time with family, and staying active. If you’re planning to buy roller-skates this holiday season, here are a few things to keep in mind.

How to Choose Roller-Skates

There’s no such thing as a bad pair of skates, but your choice will depend on what kind of skating your child loves. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Quad skates or inline skates?
  • Speed skates or artistic skates?
  • Starter skates or intermediate skates?
  • Fun and colorful, or simple and straightforward?

If you’re not sure what type of skate your child needs, don’t worry. We have plenty of rental options, too. Take a page from the sneaky elf playbook and have your child try inline and quad skates at your next skating session. Watch to see if your child prefers speed or tricks on the skating floor. Ask our skate pros (or your child’s skating instructor) which type of skates they’d recommend. We’re here to help!

Great Deals on Roller-Skates

christmas presentIt should come as no surprise that we’re serious about roller-skating. That’s why we have an amazing opportunity for Tallahassee families: buy a pair of roller-skates, and we’ll give you a gift card for the amount you spend! That means that if you buy your daughter a $50 pair of skates, you’ll also get $50 to use at Skate World. That’s basically a free pair of roller-skates! Visit our Pro Shop to learn more about the skates available in our catalogue.

For more information about holiday skating and gifts for skaters, call Skate World Center.

Look No Further for Holiday Fun

Will your life get boring after Halloween ends? Will your nights descend into stress as you prepare for the holiday season? Not if Skate World has anything to say about it! We’re doing our part to help your family make 2016 the best holiday season yet. How are we doing that? Through the power of roller-skating, of course!

Thanksgiving Family Fun

  • tiny tots thanksgiving skateTiny Tots Thanksgiving Party: Teach your littlest skaters about the spirit of gratefulness with our Tiny Tots Thanksgiving Party. We’ll be getting into the spirit of the holiday with turkey hats craft time, holiday cookie decorations, and all the fun of a normal little skaters session. The Tiny Tots Thanksgiving Party is Friday, November 4th from 10am-1pm. We’ll have lunch, snacks, and plenty of holiday fun!
  • Tiny Tots (Round 2): We have 2 Tiny Tots skates every month, so it stands to reason that we’d have double the holiday fun! Your toddlers and preschoolers will have a blast making a handprint calendar during craft time on November 18th.

Veterans Day Skate

We can never repay what U.S. Veterans have sacrificed for our freedom, but we can show our gratitude. Help Skate World support veterans in Tallahassee with a donation for Veteran’s Village. Bring blankets, sheets, towels, nonperishable food, and everyday household items for our local vets. You donate, we give you free admission! Veteran’s Day Skate is Friday, November 11th from 11am-7pm. Admission is $8 without a donation.

Early Release Skate

When school is out, skating is in. We’re open December 14th-16th from 1-4pm. Time to get excited!

If you’re looking for holiday family fun in Tallahassee, this is only the beginning. Call Skate World Center for more information on upcoming events, booking holiday parties, and fun skating gifts for friends and family.

Spooky Skating Rolls into Town

Halloween is almost here, and things getting spooky at Skate World. We’re tossing skating tricks, holiday treats, and spooky prizes into our witch’s brew and setting it to boil. What frightful family fun will bubble out of our cauldron this year? Read on, if you dare.

Halloween Family Fun in Tallahassee

halloween skateTime to dress up, lace up, and hit the rink! Halloween Skate rolls into Tallahassee on Friday, October 28th. We have back-to-back fun with skating sessions from 4-7pm and 7-11pm. Kids with early bedtimes will love spooky skating (minus the dark walk to the car) at our afternoon session. And our nighttime Halloween Skate is perfect for tweens and teens. Both Halloween parties are family-friendly, featuring:

  • Photo booth fun to capture scary faces and crazy costumes
  • Costume contest with special prizes
  • Garish games and fun prizes
  • Trick or treating (who doesn’t love candy?)

DIY Kids Costumes

Want to take home the costume contest prize? With a little creativity, you’re sure to stand out from the crowd! Here are a few fun DIY costume ideas to get you started.

  • Bubble bath: All you need are snug, light-colored clothes, safety pins, and a whole lot of balloons. Blow up the balloons, attach them to your outfit by the part you tied off, and get ready to scrub a dub dub! To really take this costume to the next level, grab a rubber ducky, shower cap, and a loofah.
  • Bat, dragon, or Pokémon Zubat: Manipulate wire hangers into the shape of bat wings. Cover the form with inexpensive fabric. Dress your kid in matching colors (or a homemade dragon costume if you’re really ambitious!) and voila! Instant Halloween classic.
  • Jetpack adventurer: Need a Halloween costume, like, now? Here’s what you do: empty 2 big bottles of soda (the bigger, the better). Tape them together and spray paint them silver (if you don’t have silver spray paint on hand, cover them in duct tape). Tape red, yellow, and orange ribbons, craft paper, or tissue paper from the opening and attach upside down like a backpack. Your child is officially ready for the ultimate adventure!

Mark your calendars! The Skate World Halloween party is just a few weeks away. To learn more about holiday fun for Tallahassee families, call Skate World Center.

Roller-Skating Tips: Quads vs. Inlines

It’s the age-old question among roller-skaters: quad or inline? Quad skates have that classic, carefree vibe that makes skating so fun, while inline skates are popular with athletes and skaters who can’t let go of the 90’s (we understand). If you’re not sure which style of skate is right for you, read on. We breakdown the key features of each skate in this quad vs. inline skate guide.

Quad Skates

Quad skates have four wheels arranged in a box under the skater’s feet. The boot is made of leather, giving skater’s increased flexibility. They’re popular with a wide range of skaters, and because of the stability afforded by the box base, are generally a good pick for young kids learning to skate.

  • Box wheels provide sturdy base
  • Side-to-side support for better balance
  • Flexible ankle support helps with mobility
  • Rubber toe stop for braking
  • Designed for indoor skating
  • Slower than inline skates
  • Preferred by roller derby skaters and artistic skaters (jam skaters, etc)

Inline Skates

inline skates - stretchingInline skates have 4-5 wheels arranged in a straight line down the center of the boot. The boot is made of hard plastic. Because of the wheel arrangement, beginner skaters often find it easier to get moving on inline skates, although they may struggle with side-to-side balance.

  • Wheels arranged in a straight line for front-to-back balance
  • Hard plastic boot provides solid ankle support, reducing the chance of injury
  • Brake on back of the skate (*some inline skates do not have a brake)
  • Designed for indoor or outdoor skating
  • Made for speed
  • Preferred by speed skaters and trick skaters

Still not sure which skate is right for you? Give them both a try! At Skate World Center, we have both quad and inline skates available to rent. Try one skate on Friday night and the next during Saturday matinee. Once you’ve decided between inline and quad roller-skates, master your wheels at our beginner and advanced Tallahassee skate lessons.