Give Back This Holiday Season

Isn’t it crazy that the holiday season is almost upon us? It’ll truly be here before you know it. While most look forward to this time of the year, some people do not and it can be a challenging time for them. It’s important that while your children know the excitement and fun of the holidays, they also know it can be a difficult season for other people. This makes it a wonderful time to give back and make someone’s holiday season a little bit brighter. 

Giving back doesn’t have to be much, and it doesn’t need to necessarily be a lot of money. It’s all about giving back your time and energy to help those who may be having a harder season of life than your family. Here are some volunteer opportunities ideas that the entire family can participate in:

Create no-sew blankets to give to shelters

Tie blankets that are no-sew are super easy to make, all you need is some fabric and scissors. Your family can have these made in no time to drop off to shelters in your area.

Set up a toy or food drive

Ask your family and friends to pitch in for a drive, and then take all the items collected to a shelter or local nonprofit.

Craft homemade holiday cards

Have a family crafting day and create some homemade holiday cards to pass out to your neighbors, shelters, nursing homes, or send off to military personnel.

Sponsor a local family

You can typically find a family to sponsor through churches, schools, businesses, and other organizations to help them with what they need for the holidays.

Ask for gifts that give back

There are several different companies that give back a percentage amount or they donate a product with each purchase. Do a little research and buy gifts that give back!

We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season full of love and giving back! After you give back this holiday season, make sure to bring your family to skate with us at Skate World Center! We’d love to have you here.

Spooky Skating Costumes

Halloween will be here before you know it! Do you have your costume picked out and ready to go? Some of our favorite costumes involve roller skates! If you’re looking for some fun Halloween costumes that involve roller skates, we have some ideas for you!

Here are our 4 favorite Halloween roller skating costumes:

Reggie Rocket from Rocket Power

This is a television throwback for all of the late 80s and 90s kids! All you’d need is a pair of roller skates, camo pants, t-shirt, and sunglasses.

Retro Car Hop Employee

If Reggie was a throwback, this one really is! Get yourself an apron, pair of skates, and a tray to embody a retro car hop employee.

Roller Derby

Roller derby players are a perfect group costume! Make sure to include all the knee pads, elbow pads, and helmets to fully become a roller derby player, but also will keep you safe from any falls all night long.

Quidditch Player

Grab yourself a cape, broomstick, and pair of skates and you are now a quidditch player! Become a well known character from Harry Potter and add those 3 things for bonus points.

We can’t wait to see what Halloween costume you choose to be this year! Make sure to come by and skate with us at Skate World Center so you can tell us all about your roller skating costume. We’ll be closed on Halloween! Check out our website for our hours of operation.

Nothing Beats a S.T.E.M. Fieldtrip!

It’s back to school season, so you know what that means? Time to plan your field trips for the year! If you’re looking for fun, educational activities in Tallahassee, Skate World Center has you covered! Our S.T.E.M. field trips are the perfect combination of hands-on S.T.E.M. learning and fun, keeping your students engaged and excited while learning about physics, math, physical fitness, and more!

S.T.E.M. And Skating Are The Perfect Pair

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

Our lessons are available for grades kindergarten to 12th. They are tailored to your group to relate directly back to their classroom learning. Each field trip includes a 1 hour S.T.E.M. lesson and then is 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 Students Learn During 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 interest 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. 

Some potential lesson topics include:

  • The Science of Roller Skating
  • Motion & Rink Design
  • Music, Math & Roller Skating
  • Super Sound! Acoustics & Rink Design
  • Science of Lighting
  • Heart, Health & Fitness
  • Formulas, Fractions, and Fun!
  • Newton on Roller Skates
  • The Science Behind Roller & Ice Hockey
  • Arcade STEM
  • Physics of Artistic Roller Skating (Middle School only)

Don’t let another school 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.

Skate Back To School

School will be back in session before you know it! Are you ready to send your kids back to school? If the answer is no, just know you are not the only Leon County parent that isn’t ready. Let’s get your family ready to send the kids back to school, so you can get back to enjoying the remainder of your summer!

Back To School Checklist

We have everything you need to get ready for the back to school season! Here’s what you need to do to get your kids ready to send back to school:

  • Get child’s school supplies list
  • Purchase school supplies
  • Get a new bookbag
  • Go shopping for clothes and shoes
  • Finish any summer reading and other assignments
  • Schedule doctor appointment
  • Schedule dentist appointment
  • Meet the teacher at the school open house
  • Get the school year calendar
  • Learn the bus route
  • Plan child’s school meals
  • Develop a schedule for the week days
  • Get anything needed for fall sports or activities

 Last Minute Summer Fun Checklist

So now that you’re ready for school, let’s get you ready to have some last minute summer fun before the kids go back to school. Here’s some super fun things you can do with your kids on your final days of summer 2022:

  • Make smores
  • Spend a Saturday together
  • Have a family movie night
  • Have a family game night
  • Sleep in
  • Have breakfast in bed
  • Spend a day at the pool
  • Visit Skate World Center

We hope this helps you feel more prepared to send the kids back to school! Once you’re ready for school, we’d love to see you enjoy your last few days of summer with us at Skate World Center!

Your Kids Can Skate For Free This Summer!

We may be biased, but roller skating is one of the best activities to do with your kids. Just with a few simple steps, your kids can skate for free this summer! Keep reading to learn how to sign up for the Kids Skate Free program. Then join us for one of our public skating sessions to let the good times roll!

Kids Skate Free

Kids Skate Free (KSF) is a program designed to help families get out of the house and enjoy physical activity while saving money. By registering, you will receive 2 free passes per child each week. Each pass is only active for one week then it expires. Expired passes are placed with valid passes each Monday. 

The program is only for children aged 12 and younger. KSF passes cannot be combined with other offers or used towards group events, birthday parties, etc.

How To Sign Up

Go directly to our Kids Skate Free sign up page. Simply fill out the quick online form and submit it. Once you’ve signed up, download the MyHownd app. Your Kids Skate Free passes will be available to use on Monday morning!

How To Use Your Passes

To use your passes, just look in the My Promos section or your My Hownd Wallet. Then show us the promo at the front desk when you check-in. Once the activated promo is marked as redeemed, you’ll see it in the Redeemed Promos section and you’re all set! Your kids can enjoy roller skating for hours. You can feel great knowing that they are having fun and getting some great exercise!

When To Use Your Passes

Our Kids Skate Free hours are:

  • Monday: 12:00-4:00 PM and 4:00 PM-8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00-4:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 PM-10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM-10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 PM-4:00 PM

We can’t wait for your family to experience all the fun and fitness of roller skating! So don’t wait for the end of the summer, if you have kids 12 and under, sign them up for Kids Skate Free and join us on the rink.

While only kids get to skate for free, skating is great for adults too. Rent some skates, lace up, and have some fun with your kids. You may even feel like a kid again!

Tallahassee, FL Summer Bucket List

Summer is almost here, which means it’s time to create your 2022 summer bucket list. With so many fun things to do in and around Tallahassee, there’s no doubt that it will be challenging to fit everything in the few months of summer. So, we put together a list of 5 things that need to be on your bucket list for this summer!

Spend A Day At Tom Brown Park

Tom Brown Park has plenty of room for the kids to run around and play. Pack up all their favorite sports equipment and a picnic lunch, and you have yourself a fun summer day!

Learn Something New At The Challenger Learning Center

Explore the sky and the universe at the Challenger Learning Center. It’s the perfect place to pique your children’s curiosity and sneak in some learning without them even realizing because they’re having so much fun!

Cool Off In The Fountain At Cascades Park

The Imagination fountain is the best place to go on the hottest summer days! Throw on their bathing suits, bring some towels, and pack a lunch. You’ll be set for a fun day and the kids will stay cool playing in the fountain – and Cascades Park is full of tons of other attractions when you’re ready to dry off. 

Take Your Bike For A Spin At ​​The Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail

Take in the scenery while riding this state trail. This is a perfect family activity! Stop for lunch or to play on the playground. The whole family is destined to have a good night’s sleep after a fun bike riding day.

Roll With Us At Skate World Center

Of course we couldn’t not mention a trip to see us at Skate World Center! The entire family can skate along. Not to mention, you can stay cool and dry throughout the summer with us.

Be sure to let us know you’re taking our summer bucket list suggestions while you’re here!

Slow Your Roll!

Slow your roll! If you’re just starting to roller skate, you may be struggling on how to make roller skates slower. Speed isn’t everything. It is important to slow down and be careful while you’re getting the hang of skating. Believe it or not, there are ways you can slow your roll.

Practice on carpet or grass

Sometimes you just have to get off smooth surfaces to go slower. No matter what kind of roller skate you’re wearing, your skates won’t be able to go fast on carpet or grass. As you practice, remember to keep your knees slightly bent like you would on the rink!

Walk like a duck

This one seems a little weird, so bare with us. The duck walk is a great way to practice walking on roller skates. If you keep your strides short, you shouldn’t roll. This is good to get to where you’re going safely and laugh at yourself a little bit!

Learn how to use your toe stopper

Biggest tip, use your toe stoppers! That’s what they’re on your skates for in the first place. On quad skates, you’ll have a toe stopper on each skate. With rollerblades and inline skates, you’ll find them on the back of the skates, but it may only be on one. To safely use your toe stopper, apply pressure on the inside edge of your toe and drag your toe stop across the ground until you slow down or come to a stop.

We hope these tips help you slow your roll! We know you’ll be skating along slowly and safely. Need more help learning how to skate? Check out our lessons at Skate World Center! We have lessons every Saturday for beginner’s and would love for you to come check them out.

Plan The Perfect Spring Break Staycation in Tallahassee

Spring break is here! If you’re not planning on traveling for spring break and are staying home instead due to the cost of traveling, gas prices, or any other reason, there are still many other ways you can make this spring break one your kids will always remember! You don’t need to travel far, you can certainly have a memorable spring break staycation right here in Tallahassee.

We pulled together a list of some of our favorite spring break staycation ideas in the area to help you plan yours! Here are 5 fun things we suggest doing during spring break in Tallahassee:

Museum of Florida History

Step back in time when you add the Museum of Florida History to your spring break plans. The museum is filled with cool artifacts and exhibits showcasing Florida’s past.

Tallahassee Museum

When you want to learn more about the history and natural wonders of Tallahassee, the Tallahassee Museum can’t be beat. There are many trails and ziplining courses for you and your family to explore, wildlife exhibits including wolves, black bears, birds, and rich Florida history right at your fingertips. If staycation cabin fever sets in, grab your tennis shoes and head to the Tallahassee Museum for a day filled with thrills.

Cascades Park

Cascades Park is a perfect place to relax and rest in Tallahassee! Lounge in the sun while your kiddos play in the walk-in fountain or on the state-of-the-art playground.

Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee

If your kids love to learn more about science, engineering, and space, the Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee should be on the top of your list. From hands-on learning labs to fun-filled demos, there’s something for every aspiring astronaut or engineer! It’s the perfect place to take science and space loving kids.

Skate World Center

We’re Tallahassee’s premier skating rink and family fun entertainment center! Be sure to bring your family by Skate World Center for roller skating, games, and our play area.

We hope these ideas help you start creating the perfect spring break staycation itinerary!

Find Fun For The Whole Family At Skate World Center in Tallahassee

We know parents are always looking for something fun to do with their families! Especially activities that will help their child learn and grow! Did you know roller skating is a great activity for a child’s development? We love seeing Tallahassee families at Skate World Center for some family fun! Not only is a trip to the rink great family bonding time, but it can help your child’s development in the process.

Here are some ways roller skating can help your child (and your whole family) develop:

Increases Brain Power

Skating is great exercise! Exercise helps improve cognitive function. Therefore, it can help your kids do better in school, and maybe even you at work! This improvement is happening while you think you’re just having some family fun roller skating – how cool is that?

Improves Social Skills

When you’re at the skating rink, your children are likely to meet some new people around their age. This helps them get out of their comfort zone and bond over something fun – skating! This family time you spend with them regularly will help improve their social skills and allow them to make friends more easily. You might even make some new parent friends too!

Releases Stress And Frustration

Exercise is truly the most effective way for children to release stress and frustration. We sometimes forget how much they have to manage and deal with, even though they’re just kids! They deserve a bit of time to just truly be kids! Also, we know that you probably need to blow off some stress and frustration, so come spend some family time at Skate World Center.

Enhances Confidence

Roller skating doesn’t take long to learn, and there aren’t many sports that someone can learn in just a few hours! When they start to get the hang of it, their confidence will be soaring around the rink with them. As a parent, what a joy it would be to see your child happy and confident in their abilities!

Whether you’re 5 or 45, skating can take some patience! It’s a great activity to try with your family, get some laughs in, and just have fun. If you’re looking for some awesome family fun in Tallahassee, stop in and see us at Skate World Center!

Things to Do in Tallahassee

Spend a Day in Tallahassee

Only have a day in Tallahassee? Make the most of your time in our beautiful city! There are so many things to do in Tallahassee, it can be overwhelming to try to fit everything into one day. That’s why we handpicked only the best things to do in Tallahassee to make sure you spend your time wisely

9am: Breakfast at Canopy Road Café

2202 Capital Cir NE, Tallahassee, FL 32308

Canopy Road Café is one of the best places to grab breakfast in Tallahassee! Not only do kids love their mouse shaped pancakes, parents love their healthier options like eggs benedict and a fruit cup. Make sure to fuel up here on coffee, we have a busy day ahead!

11am: Enjoy the outdoors at Tallahassee Museum

3945 Museum Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32310

Put on your walking shoes and bug spray! This is no ordinary museum. The Tallahassee Museum is a massive outdoor museum located on 52 acres of land. Not only are there wildlife and nature trails to see, there are also guest animal exhibits, historic buildings, and zipline and aerial adventures! With so many things to do at the Tallahassee Museum, you could easily spend hours here choosing your own adventure. Our favorite aerial adventure is Canopy Crossing, which includes 14 obstacle courses, 25 platforms and 7 zipline rides. Make sure to get here early to secure your spot in line!

4pm: Late Lunch at Proof Brewing Company

Grab a late lunch and cool off with a cold one at Proof Brewing Company. Known for being a family friendly environment, the whole family can relax and enjoy some of their great food menu items. Parents can choose from a wide variety of craft beers, and kids can play cornhole or foosball. There’s no shortage of seating options either, with both indoor and outdoor options available. Proof Brewing Company is high on our list of things to do in Tallahassee!

5pm: Hang out at Skate World

Whether you are a seasoned skater or new on the rink, all skaters are welcome at Skate World! If you have a shy skater, don’t worry – we also have an arcade and play area as well. Make sure to check our hours before coming! Our rink is a great place for kids to enjoy time exercising, giving parents a break to enjoy watching them or allowing them to join in on the fun as well.

9pm: Ice Cream for Dinner at Sugar Rush Milkshake Bar

Open until 12am

414 All Saints St #114, Tallahassee, FL 32301

Ice cream for dinner? Yes, please! You don’t need to be a kid to enjoy these mega-milkshakes at Sugar Rush Milkshake Bar. With pretty much every flavor imaginable, everyone is sure to satisfy their sweet tooth here. Sugar Rush Milkshake Bar is definitely the best place to end your best day in Tallahassee!