Fun Games and Exercises to Help You Stay Active at Home

Mother and small daughter doing yogaStaying active during this pandemic has been a challenge, and if you have kids, it’s especially hard to be cooped up inside. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to get some exercise, relieve stress, and have fun without even going outside your front door. 

Check out these ideas to keep your crew moving and grooving until we’re able to reopen the skating rink and see you in person!

Games and Activities to Keep Your Kids Active at Home

Bring the gym or studio to your living room.

While crossfit gyms, yoga studios, and other group fitness locations are closed in most places, your kids (and you) can still get a workout thanks to the free fitness content available on YouTube! There’s something for everyone and every interest, but these are a few of the best: 

Throw a living room rave.

Dancing (just like roller skating) is one of the best ways to get a workout while having so much fun, you don’t even realize you’re burning calories! Whether you throw a weekly family “rave” complete with fog machine and glow sticks, or just take a break from the daily grind for an afternoon dance party in the kitchen, you and your kids will have a ball dancing your way to fitness.

Of course, if your kids are really into dancing, you can level up from freestyle to learning actual choreography. Check out some of these kid-friendly choreography videos. 

Build an obstacle course. 

Sure, your kids could run laps around the backyard, do jumping jacks, or what have you, but where’s the element of adventure? Create an obstacle course in your yard or even in your living room with things around the house. Get your kids to help come up with ideas, from shimmying under a limbo pole (aka a regular old broom propped on some chairs), to jumping hurdles (laundry baskets turned upside town), to walking a balance beam (a spare 2×4 or landscaping railroad tie will do). 

Take a daily walk.

Remember that you can still walk in your neighborhood or local park in most places as long as you practice social distancing. So while you shouldn’t take your kids to the park to get up close and personal with the playground equipment, you can still take walks or runs. Liven things up by playing follow the leader and adding skipping, jumping, lunges, and other movements to the trip.  

What has your family been doing to pass the time during the coronavirus pandemic? Whatever you’re up to, we hope you’re all staying well and keeping yourselves entertained!

3 Ways to Keep Yourself and Your Family Entertained During Florida’s Stay at Home Order

Little girl looking in toy boxFlorida is officially under a stay at home order, and parents all over the state are already wondering how to entertain their cooped-up kids. With many parents working from home for the first time, kids learning how to use online educational tools to finish out the school year, and not many opportunities to leave the house, it’s understandable to feel a little (or a lot) overwhelmed right now. 

Here at Skate World Center, our hearts go out to all of the patients, families, healthcare workers, and other front line workers who are being affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Whether you have kids or not, we hope these boredom-busting ideas will help keep you safe and sane. Stay strong, and know that we can’t wait to welcome you back to the skating rink once it’s safe to do so!

Safer at Home Activities to Try During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Create your own “spirit week.”

A month ago, many of us would have said that staying in our PJs 24/7 sounded like a dream. But after several weeks of working and studying from home, even the lure of comfy pajamas can get old. Why not create your own spirit week with your kids, roommates, or if you live alone, get your friends to participate digitally via Facebook or Instagram! Be sure to come up with a unique hashtag and encourage everyone to use it so you can see all of the fun iterations people come up with. Some examples of spirit day themes include:

  • Dapper Day: Put on your fanciest, most impractical clothes and have a living room fashion show and/or photoshoot. 
  • Spirit Day: Show some team pride by wearing jerseys, hats, t-shirts, etc. in support of your favorite sports team.
  • Closet Cosplay Day: Everyone picks a character and tries to dress up as that character using only items that are already in their closet or found around the house. 
  • Tie Dye Day: Wear tie dye, or if you don’t have any, learn how to do it and give your old, faded tees a new lease on life! 
  • Traveler Day: Wear souvenir  t-shirts from places you’ve visited, then have everyone share their favorite memory from the destination. 

Treat yourself.

The pandemic is taking a toll on all of us, so it’s important to make time for self-care. Put on a YouTube yoga video and turn your living room into a yoga studio. Play some calming music and do at-home spa treatments like putting cucumber slices on your eyes, doing manicures and pedicures, wearing sheet masks, or creating your own facial using all natural ingredients like oatmeal, honey, milk, etc. 

Explore arts and culture. 

While being stuck inside can get old fast, you can at least allow your mind to roam freely thanks to some of the wonderful content being released by art, music, and cultural institutions like:

What are you doing to pass the time? Head over to Facebook and let us know!

Tallahassee Family Fun for Everyone

Although Tallahassee is the capital of Florida, it often gets looked over as a destination because it isn’t immediately next to a beach. Well, we are here to tell you that Tallahassee is full of activities for passing travelers and locals alike. Don’t believe us? We have compiled a list of our top ten favorite family friendly things to do in Tallahassee.

10 Family-Friendly Activities in Tallahassee

  1. The Tallahassee Museum. Some people’s eyes may glaze over when the read the word museum, but if you give it a try, you may be pleasantly surprised. Kids can learn a lot wandering around a museum. The museum is also surrounded by National Forest. They have a tree top adventure with obstacles and even some Florida panthers.
  2. Lofty Pursuits is a must to get your sweet tooth fix. They have ice cream, malts, shakes, and an old soda fountain. It’s also a huge toy shop so prepare to spend some time in there if you bring the kids along.
  3. Cascades Park. This is a large urban park in the heart of Tallahassee complete with walking, biking, and running trails. They even have a play area for children.
  4. Proof Brewery. We know, who would take suggestions from people telling you to take your kids to a brewery? However, this brewery in Railroad Square Art Park is family friendly with a turf play area and bocce ball court so parents can enjoy a beer while the kids run around.
  5. The Challenger Learning Center. This is a part of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education international network. A lot of activities are closed to private groups, but their IMAX and planetarium are both always open to the public.
  6. Gulf Specimen Marine Lab. This is about 30 minutes outside Tallahassee, but it’s definitely worth the drive. They have a bunch of interactive tanks where kids can touch and hold marine life. They also do sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation, so you just may get a special guest visitor.
  7. Wakulla Springs State Park. This is another one just outside of Tallahassee, but you will not regret a visit. The park is a wildlife sanctuary and Wakulla Springs is one the of largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world.
  8. Museum of Florida History. Want to learn more about your home state? This is the place to be!
  9. The Panhandle Pioneer Settlement. There are 18 historical buildings that have been restored, a general store, a blacksmith tour and some animals on the property.
  10. Skate World Tallahassee, of course! This activity, unlike most of the others, is something you can do on a school night or a rainy weekend. Check out our regular hours and weekly theme nights or our any of our upcoming events.

Whether you are a guest looking for something to do in Tallahassee or a Tallahassee local looking for some new adventures, we hope we’ve given you some good ideas. There is a ton to do in our state’s beautiful capital. Go out and have the time of your life!

Does Material Matter When it Comes to a Roller Rink?

Every sport has different accessories (balls, bats, sticks, protective wear, etc.) that help you participate in each sport. The materials you are playing with and on will affect any sport you play. For example, turf versus real grass will make a difference in lacrosse, football, or soccer players run, stop, and make moves around the field.

The same goes for roller skating. In addition to all of the types of roller skates and accessories, did you know that skating surfaces make a difference in how you skate? There are two main surfaces used when building a roller skating center. Which is the better material? Well, that depends on your preferred style of skating.

What to Know about Concrete Skating Floors

First, we will start with the concrete floor. This may throw some new skaters off a bit. Concrete floors are much slicker than people may imagine. And as you can imagine, it’s a lot harder when you fall. Skating centers with concrete floors are more popular among roller skaters who like to spin or perform other power moves, like jam skaters. The slicker floor provides easier momentum for spinning. When it comes to cost, the concrete floor costs significantly less to install than a wood floor. The upkeep on a concrete roller rink is less costly and they’re easier to maintain for a longer amount of time.

Concrete Roller Rink

The other kind of popular rink flooring is wood paneling. The wood floor provides a softer but stickier skate. What we mean is that if you are looking for grip, go with wood floor. Skaters who enjoy doing ground work tend to like the wood flooring more for its grip. People also tend to like the fact that it hurts much less to fall on than the concrete flooring. This makes it a good choice for new or casual skaters. The upkeep of wooden roller rinks takes care and attention. These roller rinks can last, but they need to be properly sealed and patched if broken. If not properly cared for, moisture can sneak in and ruin the entire rink.

Wooden Roller Rink

If you asked us, what is the better roller skating rink? We would have to say it is all up to opinion of the skater. People looking to speed skate, spin, and do tricks tend to enjoy a concrete roller rink more. While, skaters looking for more of a grip and softer landing in case of falling will much prefer a wooden roller rink. Whichever you prefer, and indoor skating floor will give you a smoother skating experience than asphalt or outdoor concrete.

Regardless of what kind of skater you are, we encourage you to check out our hours and enjoy some family fun with us at Skate World Center. 

 

3 Reasons to Spend Valentine’s Day at the Skating Rink

Heart cookies on Valentine’s Day tablescapeCupid is stringing his bow, boxes are filled with chocolate, and florists everywhere are preparing for their busiest day of the year. Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? If you’re looking for fun and unique date ideas in Tallahassee, the skating rink is the place to be. 

Read on to learn why you should plan a roller skating date for your Valentine!

The Benefits of a Roller Skate Date

There are so many reasons to skate, but these are some of our favorites. 

The skating rink is never boring. 

Sure, you could get all dolled up, wait a million years for a table, and pay for an expensive prix fixe meal at a fancy restaurant. That’s certainly what most people will be doing on Valentine’s Day, but if you’re willing to forge your own path and think outside the box, you and your date could end up having way more fun! There’s nothing less romantic than waiting in a jam-packed restaurant lobby for a table, so skip the madness and choose a date that actually lets you enjoy each other’s company. 

Music makes the mood and the memories. 

Another great part of going to the skating rink for a date is the built-in ambiance. Hold hands and skate the night away with your significant other under colorful lights while listening to your favorite romantic skate jams. For bonus points with your beloved, request “your song” from the DJ and get a little sentimental. 

Roller skating is an affordable date that’s actually fun. 

It’s easy to go overboard on spending for Valentine’s Day, but when it comes to entertainment, there’s no need to shell out for an expensive ticket. Roller skating is one of the most affordable things to do in Tallahassee! Admission is only $9, and optional skate rental is only $4. Combine skating with dinner at your love’s favorite casual restaurant, a homemade picnic basket, or even a home-cooked meal to create a day of fun that you’ll both remember forever. 

Roller Skating is for Lovers (But It’s for the Rest of Us, Too)

Of course, while roller skating with your favorite person is pretty great—especially on Valentine’s Day—not everyone is in a relationship. If you’re single and don’t feel like staying home on Valentine’s Day, grab your best single pals and hit the rink for a night of fun and friendship. A Galentine’s or Guylentine’s Day with your best buds will remind you that these relationships are important, too. 

Go littlet kids? Don’t forget to celebrate your little Valentines too! Join us for our Tiny Tots Valentine’s Day Party on February 14th from 10 am to 1 pm. Admission is only $7, and includes 2 extra activities—hand print hearts and cookie decorating!

Get Your Class on a Roll with STEM and Roller Skating Field Trips

Two little girls writing in school workbook It’s a whole new decade, so get your class on a roll for 2020! If you’re looking for fun, educational activities in Tallahassee, Skate World Center has you covered. Our STEM field trips are the perfect combination of hands-on STEM learning and fun, keeping your kids engaged and excited while learning about physics, math, physical fitness, and more. 

What is STEM?

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce:

STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while other occupations are growing at 9.8%. STEM degree holders have a higher income even in non-STEM careers. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics workers play a key role in the sustained growth and stability of the U.S. economy, and are a critical component to helping the U.S. win the future. 

STEM and Skating Go Hand in Hand

Our Tallahassee field trip program offers education and fun, all rolled into one! Professional STEM educators teach students how math and science can be applied to all aspects of life, including fun activities like roller skating. 

The lessons (available for grades K-12) are tailored to your group to relate directly back to classroom learning. Each field trip includes a 1 hour STEM lesson, followed by 2 hours of roller skating. This time allows the students to see the principles discussed during the lesson in motion, and gives them some healthy exercise for an added physical education bonus.

What Can Kids Learn on a Roller Skating Field Trip?

When planning a field trip to the skating rink, teachers can choose what to focus on during the visit based on the age and interests of the students and their curriculum needs. The lessons offered can be adjusted to relate directly back to classroom learning, whether the students are in elementary, middle, or high school. Lesson topics include:

  • The science behind roller skating; the physics of skating, concepts like velocity, momentum, friction, etc. 
  • Motion and skating rink design; how the physics of skating work and are affected by the rink; how a rink is designed.  
  • Music, math, and roller skating; math can help students understand music, and music can make mathematical concepts make sense. Add in the natural dance potential of roller skating, and you have the most fun math lesson of all time! 
  • Sound acoustics and skating rink design; concepts like sound waves, frequency, amplitude, speed, and direction.
  • Engineering magic and lighting effects; from the electrical and mechanical aspect of lighting effects, to lightwaves and how our eyes perceive different colors of light.
  • Heart health; the health benefits of roller skating; concepts like aerobic exercise, muscle groups, anatomy, and physical fitness. 

Don’t let another year go by without sharing this exciting learning experience with your class! Contact us to discuss your potential field trip or make a reservation at our Tallahassee skating rink

New Year, New Resolution

2020 candles on Millennial pink background with gold confettiCan you believe that 2020 is almost here? It’s hard enough to accept that 2009 was over 10 years ago, not to mention that we’re about to enter a whole new decade. As we say goodbye to one decade and hello to another, it’s a great time to consider what we accomplished in the twenty-teens and what we still want to achieve in the twenty-twenties. It only seems fitting to set some New Year’s resolutions. 

If you’re wondering what the best New Year’s resolution is for 2020, the answer is simple: Roller skating! Check out some reasons why you should commit to roller skating more in the new year at Skate World Tallahassee

The Best New Year’s Resolution for 2020

New Year’s resolutions aren’t for everyone, but they can provide some much-needed motivation if you approach them the right way. Instead of making wild plans to turn yourself into a fitness maven or achieve inner peace, set realistic goals that fit with your lifestyle and make you happy. 

Fun Meets Fitness

If you’ve made New Year’s resolutions to “get in shape” or “get fit,” only to find yourself giving up by February, you’re not alone. According to US News & World Report, over 80% of people give up on their New Year’s resolutions by mid-February

Part of the problem lies in the goals themselves. Vague goals like “getting in shape” are hard to keep because they’re so broad and lack any useful details. Instead of punishing yourself for skipping gym days, or deciding you failed (and then deciding that you might as well go for broke on the breakroom donuts because you’re already off the wagon), commit to moving more and having fun with it. 

Roller skating is a great way to increase your activity level. Because it’s so fun, you won’t feel like you’re slogging through a punishment, but in reality you’ll be burning calories, improving your stamina, strengthening your leg and core muscles, and improving your balance. 

Can’t Stress on Skates

Stress is one of the biggest issues we face today, and it’s proven to be bad for your health. That’s why it’s so important to make time for fun and relaxation, and what better way is there than taking a trip to the skating rink? Invite friends or family to hang out, skate to great music, and let the stress melt away. Join us for an open skating session or mark your calendar for one of our awesome Tallahassee events

No matter what your New Year’s resolutions are for 2020, we hope to see you around at Skate World Center. Thanks to all of our customers for another great year; we can’t wait to see you in the new decade!

The More, The Merrier! Holiday Events This Month at Skate World

Snowglobe in hand in foreground, out of focus Santa in shutter shades in backgroundIt’s hard enough to believe that 2019 is almost over, much less that a whole decade is coming to a close! Fortunately there’s still time to cram a few more fun family outings in before 2020 arrives. Read on for some reasons why you should make time for family fun despite the holiday hustle and bustle, and check out our upcoming December events in Tallahassee

Stuff is temporary; memories are forever

Everyone loves a good present, but don’t get so caught up in the hectic holiday grind that you forget to enjoy the very people you’re shopping for. Adults and kids alike can get stressed out during the holidays, so making time for physical activity and free-range fun is crucial. Roller skating is a great way to balance out one-too-many cookies or cocktails at the office holiday party, and because it’s a good aerobic workout, it also relieves stress. 

Keep in mind that this year’s coolest toy or hottest tech gizmo will lose its luster, but the memories you make with your kids, partner, siblings, parents, friends, and neighbors last forever. In fact, science even backs this up; according to researchers, people who spend money on experiences rather than material objects report feeling happier and more fulfilled. 

Don’t miss these December 2019 events at Skate World

Tiny Tots Snowflake Party

  • Friday, December 13th
  • 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Admission $7, or $10 with lunch!
  • Parents, you will not want to leave your camera at home for this event! There will be photo ops with Elsa and Olaf, a friendly snowball fight, music from the movie soundtracks, and much more. 

Winter Break Skate

  • December 23rd, 26th, 27th, 30th, 31st, and January 1st-3rd
  • 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Admission $9, $4 for skate rental
  • Admission includes 1 activity: Skating (all ages) or the indoor playground (kids 10 years and younger). 
  • Make the most of the school break; meet your friends at Skate World instead of wasting your days on the couch at home. 

Noon Year’s Eve Balloon Drop and Kids’ Skate Party

  • Tuesday, December 21st
  • 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • $9 admission (includes 1 activity—skating OR playground for kids 10 and under. If needed, skate rentals are available for an additional $4.  
  • Celebrate the new year (a little early) at our kid-friendly New Year’s Eve party in Tallahassee! We’ll have hats and horns, a balloon drop at 3:00 pm, prizes, and much more! 

Mark your calendar for our December skating events, and be sure to invite your friends—the more, the merrier! You can also follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on our latest events, announcements, and specials.

When Is It Time to Tune Up Your Skates?

wrist with watch in front of leavesYou love to skate and you finally made the leap to buying your own roller skates. No more rental fees for you! Owning your own pair of skates is a great way to save money, express yourself, and enjoy the benefits of roller skating, but don’t forget that you’ll need to perform some basic maintenance on your skates to keep them rolling smoothly. 

When should you tune up your skates? 

The frequency with which you should be performing maintenance on your skates depends on several factors, including: 

  • How often you skate
  • Where and what type of skating you’re doing

If you skate several times a week, you’ll have to tune up your skates more frequently than someone who only skates a couple times a month. Just like a car, the more mileage you put on your ride, the more wear and tear it sustains. 

It’s also important to take into account what type of skating you’re doing. If you skate outdoors on the driveway, sidewalk, or street, you’ll need to tune up your skates much more frequently than someone who only skates inside on the clean, smooth surface of a skating rink. 

The way you use your skates matters, too. If you’re just cruising around the skating rink to your favorite songs, your skates aren’t sustaining as much wear and tear as they would if you were playing an intense sport like roller derby or hockey, speed skating, or landing a jump in artistic skating. 

How to know when your skates need a tune up

While the frequency and type of skating you do can give you an idea of how often you need to perform upkeep maintenance on your roller skates, you should also keep an eye (and ear) out for these signs that your skates need a little bit of TLC. 

  • The wheels aren’t rolling smoothly. 
  • You hear or feel grinding or unusual vibrations. 
  • Your skates seem to be pulling to one side or “handling” differently. 

As a general rule, you should give your skates a tune up every 1-3 months. This includes cleaning the bearings, inspecting the whole skate for loose or damaged parts; tightening loose nuts, stoppers, and trucks; examining the state of your wheels, and cleaning any dirt or grime from your skate boots. 

And don’t forget, after every roller skating session, you should wipe down your skates with a damp cloth, unlace them a bit, and allow them to air dry. DO NOT dry them with a hair dryer or place them next to the fireplace or radiator, as intense heat can cause the skate boots to warp. 

Looking for more information on how to maintain your roller skates? The internet has your back, as usual. Just head to YouTube to check out one of the many great tutorials uploaded by helpful skaters to keep you rolling.

Celebrate the Season of Giving by Giving Back in Tallahassee

Overhead shot of clasped hands in a circle There are so many fun things to do in Tallahassee for the holidays, but don’t forget that it’s also the season of giving. As Thanksgiving approaches and we consider all we have to be thankful for, it’s also important to think about ways to give back in Tallahassee. If you’re looking for some inspiration for your holiday good deeds, check out our list of volunteer opportunities at local charities in Tallahassee

Cuddle for a cause at the Leon County Humane Society

Helping animals is one of the most fulfilling things you can do to give back to the community. All they want is some love and kindness, and they give it back a thousandfold. There are lots of ways to get involved in helping animals locally, from joining a TNR (Trap Neuter Return) team to socializing dogs and cats at the Leon County Humane Society. 

They always need fosters and volunteers, so sign up and see how you can help our fluffy friends! (And remember, animals are not toys; don’t give pets as holiday gifts. Adopting an animal is a long term commitment—it’s adding a family member.)

Fight hunger and feed hope. 

Hopefully your family has all the food you need, not just for day-to-day survival, but for holiday celebrations as well. Unfortunately, many people in Tallahassee and throughout our country do not, and those people are largely the elderly and children. While it’s sad to think of people going hungry in a land of plenty, you can help make a difference. 

There are lots of ways to get involved in Second Harvest of the Big Bend, the area’s largest food pantry. From sorting food and assisting clients to raising funds and collecting donations from restaurants and grocery stores, you can find a place in the fight to end hunger. 

Roll up your sleeves and get hands-on. 

Affordable housing can be hard to come by these days, with high rents and home prices shutting many families out of the housing market. That’s where Big Bend Habitat for Humanity comes in! Their mission is to ensure everyone has a safe, decent place to live, and you can help make it happen. Check out their volunteer opportunities and find out how to help as an individual or a group. 

Building a Habitat house is a great group activity, so if you’re looking for a way to give back as a family, school, team, scout troop, or church group, give them a call! You don’t have to have prior construction experience, just a willingness to chip in and follow directions. 

At Skate World, we think giving back to the community is so important. That’s why we partner with area schools on school fundraisers. Want to throw your own fundraiser for a local charity, your child’s sports team, a neighborhood project, or any other cause that you’re passionate about? We’d love to help you make your Tallahassee fundraiser a fun, memorable, and successful event, so give us a call at 850-385-RINK(7465).