Roller Skates: Then and Now

Roller disco neon sign with disco ballIf you’ve ever visited our Tallahassee skating rink, you know how fun roller skating can be. This activity is definitely a classic, but did you know that the history of roller skating actually goes all the way back to the 18th century? Check out some historical facts about roller skating, where they began, and where they are now!

A Brief History of Roller Skates

  • 1743 – Rudimentary roller skates are used to mimic ice skating in a London stage production.
  • 1760 – Inventor John Joseph Merlin shows off his new invention, roller “skaites,” at a ball in the town of Huy, Belgium by rolling into the ballroom while playing the violin. Unfortunately, his design of 2 wheels in line does not allow for turning or braking, and Merlin crashes right into a large mirror.
  • 1840s – Roller skates are used to simulate ice skating on stage for Meyerbeer’s Opera Le Prophete
  • 1863 – James Plimpton of Massachusetts invents a four wheeled version of the roller skate for added stability, with independent axles that allow the skater to turn instead of just going in a straight line. This development makes roller skating – or as some writers called it, “rinkomania” – widely accessible and popular for the first time. As the sport grows in popularity, it spreads to Europe and eventually all over the world. 
  • 1970s – The roller disco craze revives interest in roller skating with a new generation, becoming an iconic part of 1970s disco culture.
  • 1987 – Rollerblades hit the scene, revamping the original inline configuration of the earliest roller skates with features that make them infinitely more practical (and fun) than the disastrous early versions. Rollerblades kick off a boom of inline skating, providing a novel departure from the quad skates people were used to. 
  • Mid 1990s – Inline skates enjoy a heyday of popularity thanks to roller hockey and aggressive inline skating. 
  • Early 2000s – Roller derby is back, baby! Roller girls all over the country form leagues and re-launch the sport, which had fallen out of fashion during the 1950s. The film Whip It brings roller derby to an even wider audience. 
  • Today – Roller skates have come a long way, and there are now skates to fit any interest and style, from jam skates and roller derby skates to artistic skates and speed skates. 

If you want to get more into skating, join us at Skate World Center for skating lessons. You can also join us any time for open skating just to have fun and enjoy life on wheels! 

Why You Should Throw a Back-to-School Party

Smiling high school girl with headphones and backpack holding folderIt’s hard to believe that summer vacation is over and kids are heading back to class. While a new school year is an exciting time, it can also be a bit stressful for kids, parents, and teachers alike. That’s why you should throw a back-to-school party with us! Read on for some tips to help you start the school year off right from the party pros at Skate World Center in Tallahassee. 

Why You Should Host a Back-to-School Party

According to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, the start of a new academic year can cause stress and anxiety for kids. Going from the lazy days of summer to hectic school, sports, and social commitments can be a rough adjustment, especially if your child feels like they’ve lost touch with their school friends over the summer. 

Hosting a class party, school event, or even just an impromptu get-together with other kids in their class can be a great way to break the ice and get the kids comfortable with each other. It’s also a great opportunity to get to know other parents – after all, you have at least one thing in common! 

With our party packages, group rates, private events, and fundraisers, we can help you host a killer event that everyone will love, whether you have 5 guests or 50. Check out some tips for making your back-to-school event a success. 

How To Run a Great Back-to-School Event

  • Give people plenty of notice – Paper invitations are nice, but kids tend to lose them and most people appreciate a digital reminder anyway. Make sure the other parents actually get the invitation by sending it via email, text, or even setting up a Facebook event. 
  • Make introductions easier – Name tags are a great way to make those party interactions stick! Ask parents to write name tags for themselves and their kids, something like “Sherryl (Aubrey’s mom)” and “Aubrey (Sherryl’s daughter).” 
  • Let the good times roll – Skating parties are a natural ice breaker. Just try not cracking a smile while roller skating – bet you can’t do it! Zipping around the skating rink to great music is not only fun for kids, but also a great opportunity for parents to mingle in a relaxed environment that’s way more fun than a PTA meeting. 

Want to schedule a group event for your child’s school? Contact us for more information!

Summertime, Anytime: Birthdays Are More Fun at Skate World Center!

Hand holding “Yeah!!” sign over colorful backdrop of balloonsBirthdays should be special, whether you’re 6 or 60! If you’re looking for a fun birthday idea in Tallahassee, you’re in the right place. At Skate World Center, we host the best parties in Tallahassee, making party planning easy for you and fun for everyone. 

Party Activities Guests Will Love

Why settle for a boring party when you can have an action-packed day at Skate World? In addition to roller skating, we also offer an indoor playground for kids 10 and under, and an arcade full of new and classic games that parents and kids alike will enjoy. From racing around the rink to busting a move to your favorite songs, there ain’t no party like a Skate World party!

Birthday Parties Made Easy

Our birthday party packages make entertaining a crowd easy as pie (or if you prefer, birthday cake). We provide the party room, food and drink, tableware, and a party host to ensure your event runs smoothly, allowing you to relax and enjoy the festivities instead of worrying about refilling drinks or cutting the cake. Plus, you get to pack up the presents and go home at the end without having to clean up cake crumbs and wrapping paper! You can even download our complimentary thank you notes to thank your guests for their gifts. 

Whether you’re planning a kids’ birthday party in Tallahassee or looking for a fun activity for a night out, we hope to see you soon and celebrate your special day at Skate World Center! 

Summer (Roller) Skate Safety

Summer break for children is all about getting outside and being with friends. Summer break for mom and dad means wrangling children, keeping them entertained and keeping them uninjured. Enough summer injuries happen from running on the pool deck, jumping on the neighbor’s trampoline or just getting into a sibling tussle. So, we want to give you all the safety tips for roller skating this summer.

Roller skating is a ton of fun no matter what the season. However, summer time brings the roller skaters outside. The outdoors brings fresh air but also falls. Outdoor roller skating is more dangerous because the conditions are not controlled. With outdoor roller skating comes gravel, no walls to reach for, outside influences including cars, bikes, dogs and siblings. No matter where you are skating this summer, we want you to skate safely. We have come up with our most important skating safety tips indoor versus outdoor.

Outdoor Skating Safety:

  • Stay Alert
  • If skating during sunrise/sunset or after dark, wear bright colored, reflective clothing
  • Wear A HELMET
  • Consider knee pads and elbow pads
  • Use the sidewalk. Roller skaters are not allowed on most roadways

Indoor Skating Safety:

  • Be mindful of other skaters and their abilities
  • Skate with traffic
  • if you are a newer skater, stay close to the walls in case you lose balance (Check out our skating lessons at Skate World)
  • Consider knee pads, elbow pads and a helmet

Whether you are skating inside or outside we want you to enjoy the summer months injury-free and full of fun. Check out our summer specials for a full list of extended hours, summer pricing and special events.

Should I Buy My Own Roller Skates?

Roller skate in shop windowRoller skating is one of the most fun ways to exercise, socialize, and relax. If you skate regularly, you may be wondering if it’s time to buy your own roller skates. The answer depends on you! Read on for some advice from your friends at Skate World Center in Tallahassee. 

Should I rent skates from the skating rink or buy my own skates?

There are a couple of factors to consider when deciding whether to rent or buy skates

  • How often do you skate? Our regular skate rental fee is $4, so if you skate regularly, it will save you money in the long run to buy your own skates. Plus you can express yourself and get exactly what you want by customizing your skates from the boots and laces to the plate, wheels, bearings, and toe stops.
    If you don’t skate regularly, investing in skates might not be worth it for you. 
  • Do you know how to maintain roller skates – or are you willing to learn? Well-cared-for roller skates can last a long time, but you have to be willing to give them proper maintenance. If cleaning bearings and replacing wheels doesn’t sound like something you’re willing to do, it might be better to continue renting roller skates. If you are willing to learn how to maintain roller skates, YouTube is your best friend! Just search for instructional videos on the task you need to do, like “how to clean skate bearings.”

Whether you decide to rent skates or purchase your own, we hope you’ll join us at Skate World Center for fun, friends, and roller skating in Tallahassee! Check out our rink hours and get in touch with any questions about your visit! 

Summertime Skating Safety! Why Protective Gear is Important

Children speed skatingSummertime is almost here, and that means lots of bored kids looking for summer fun! Roller skating is a great way to make the most of summer days, whether skating in the comfort of our indoor Tallahassee skating rink or heading out in the neighborhood with friends on skates, bikes, scooters, or skateboards. While zooming around on self-powered wheels is one of the great joys of childhood, it can also be dangerous. But don’t worry, we’ve compiled the basics on skating safety so your family can enjoy a safe, fun summer.

Simply put, helmets can save lives. If you or your child is skating outdoors, then a helmet is essential. Taking a fall on concrete, hitting a curb, or bumping into barriers at the skating rink are all hazards, and wearing a helmet while skating can protect your noggin and keep the fun rolling.

In addition to helmets, pads (including elbow and knee pads, as well as wrist braces) are also a good idea for beginner skaters. When learning to skate, pads can make the inevitable falls a lot less risky; they’re essential if you’re competing in speed skating, roller derby, or hockey. If you or your kids are going to be skating outdoors this summer, protective pads are even more important than when indoor skating.

If your child is learning to skate, then consider our Tallahassee skating lessons for beginners. We also offer advanced lessons and speed skating lessons. And don’t forget to check out our Tallahassee events for even more summer fun!

4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Summer Break

People having fun outsideSchool is nearly out for summer and that means you’ll soon have lots of time for Tallahassee summer activities!

Don’t waste your summer, instead make sure you make this summer count. Here are a few ways to make the most of your summer break:

  • Have fun with your siblings. If you’re lucky enough to have siblings, then summer is the perfect time to hang out. Don’t have siblings? When then invite your cousins or neighbors. Regardless, make plans to get out of the house and make some fun memories.
  • Reconnect with your classmates. Just cause school is out, doesn’t mean you should let your school friendships fade during the summer. Stay in touch by organizing some nights out with your friends so you have something to talk about when school starts back and so you’re not left out of the loop.
  • Don’t settle for boredom. There are lots of fun things to do in Tallahassee, so get out of the house, and have some fun. The Apalachicola National Forest or Lake Talquin State Park are both great for enjoying the summer weather with a little hiking. Of course, the beach is also wonderful this time of year. Or you could check out First Friday at Railroad Square Art Park.
  • Get some exercise.  Skating is fun but it’s actually good for you too! It’s great for cardio, muscle toning, and building endurance. Skating regularly can help you stay in shape and makes great cross training for other sports.

So check out our upcoming Tallahassee events and make plans to do a little skating this summer.

The End of the School Year is Coming! 3 Reasons to Celebrate with Skate World Center

The end of the school year is just around the corner! It’s time to pack up the backpacks and slip on your dancing shoes (or roller skates in our case). With all the hard work your family has put in over the past nine months, they deserve to celebrate by coming to Skate World Center for a fun time on the rink. Here’s why:

Good Grades? Great News!

Roller skating is the perfect reward for any honor roll student. Give your kid a pat on the back by bringing them in to learn how to roller skate or practice the skills they already possess. Positive reinforcement is the best way to ensure your child makes good grades again next school year!

Excellent Behavior Deserves an Excellent Surprise

Surprise your well-mannered kiddo with private skate lessons or summer skate camp for the whole season! Enroll your child in our private morning sessions or public afternoon sessions to help them enhance their skating abilities or make friends who enjoy roller skating as much as they do.

Simply Celebrate

Regardless of your student’s performance at school, they deserve a break and so do you! If you can’t think of any other reason, come skate because the end of the school year is just one more check off your list. Skating is the perfect opportunity for you and your family to let off some steam while enjoying each other’s company and celebrating another year down.

Contact us for more ways to celebrate at Skate World Center.

4 Things You Didn’t Know About Roller Skating Rinks

Children learning at desksWe all know that roller skating rinks are a ton of fun, but we bet you probably didn’t know all of these fun roller skating facts:

  • Skating rinks became popular in New York City in the mid 1800s. In 1863, James Plimpton invented a much improved roller skate. With his new invention, the sport of roller skating had a huge rise in popularity and countless skating rinks soon began popping up across New York City.
  • Skating can be educational. Skating is a great way to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math lessons (also known as STEM). Our Tallahassee STEM field trips are customized for each group of children so that each individual class trip relates directly back to the teacher’s lesson plan.
  • Roller skating is good for your health – Roller skating is a good, low impact exercise that workouts your legs, core, and arms. It also improved balance, coordination, and burns about 482 calories an hour!
  • Our skating rink hosts more than just birthday parties – Skating is fun for all ages, so Skate World Center makes for a wonderful Tallahassee party venue for corporate outings, school or club fundraisers, scouting events, church groups, class reunions, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and adult birthday parties.

Of course, as fun as it is to learn about roller skating rinks, it is a lot more fun to visit one! So check out our hours and upcoming Tallahassee events, and make plans to visit us today. For more information about our STEM field trips or parties, contact us at 1-850-386-4807.

Why It’s Scientifically Important to Treat Yourself!

 Couple having fun“Work hard, play hard” is easy to say, but how often do you really take the time to treat yourself to some well-deserved fun after a long week at work? At Skate World Center, we’re here to help you out with that! Read on to learn why you deserve a night of fun, and how our Tallahassee skate center can make it happen.

  • For Your Productivity – Turns out, all work and no play won’t just make you dull, it’ll make you worse at your job! Taking time to have fun and relax helps you recharge before you head back to the daily grind, which can improve your focus. Relaxing with a physical activity like skating also has the added benefit of giving you some exercise, which has been shown to increase productivity.
  • For Your Health – Taking time to relax, socialize, and have fun isn’t just enjoyable, it’s downright necessary. Relaxing and enjoying yourself can actually help you live a healthier life.
  • For Your Relationships – Just like a plant can’t grow without water, your relationships can’t grow without regular care and attention. Making time to have fun with the important people in your life (whether that’s your kids, friends, partner, siblings, etc.) strengthens those bonds and keeps you from drifting apart. Life is short, so we’ve got to make the most of it with the people we love!
  • So make plans to visit our Tallahassee skate center for your health and happiness today. If you’re new to skating, don’t worry! Check out our Tallahassee skating lessons.