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.

Tips and Tricks to Teach Kids to Skate

Closeup of young child in helmet on skatesWe’re often asked “how old do children need to be to learn to skate?” but really, if they’re old enough to stand, balance, and follow directions, then they’re old enough to skate. Of course, teaching kids to skate requires a little extra attention and care, but here are a few tips to help ease the process:

Teaching Kids to Not be Scared on Skates

Some kids are fearless, whereas others might be a little intimidated by skating. Either way, a good place to start teaching kids to skate is teaching them to fall down! Showing them how to safely fall down and stand up takes away some of the fear of falling. It’s also a good skill to learn before hitting the rink.

Basic Skating

Once they know how to fall and get up, it’s time to bring in balance. Instruct them to bend their knees to maintain their balance. The “neutral” stance has their head, shoulders, and hips in line directly over their skates. Leaning forward and walking on their skates comes next. So that’s learning to fall, to get up, to stand, and then to move!

Get Help from the Professionals!

Our Tallahassee skating lessons are a wonderful way to teach your kids how to skate. Lessons are only $9.00 and include skate rentals. To make sure everyone is comfortable, classes are divided between the carpet group and the floor group. That way kids can learn at their own rate and level of comfort.

Contact us at 1-850-386-4807 for more information about our Tallahassee children’s skating lessons!

Make the Most of Your Spring Break!

Spring Break Skate FlyerSpring break is just around the corner. That means kids are looking forward to a full week of fun away from the classroom. But don’t just let them sit around watching TV; instead, make some exciting plans to partake in some Tallahassee spring break events!

Here are a few fun family friendly Tallahassee activities to get you started:

  • Explore the Tallahassee Museum – The Tallahassee Museum is unique in that most of it is actually outdoors! There is a playground, colorful dino sculptures, live animals, and even a zipline for the older kids. It is a wonderful way to enjoy some beautiful Florida nature while exploring and learning. Plus, they currently have a giant anteater!
  • Visit Cascades Park – Cascade Park is a large 24 acre urban park with walking trails, a fountain great for splashing, and a Discovery Playscape area that is great for kids.
  • Get Active at Skate World – Without their usual playground and P.E. time, it’s important for your little ones to get active and make time for a little exercise this spring break. That’s why we are offering special spring break sessions in addition to our regular hours! Bring your kids to skate off a little of that extra energy March 18th-22nd and 25th from 11:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. Admission is only $9 and skate rental is $4.

Check out our other upcoming Tallahassee events and make plans to take your kids skating. Contact us at 1-850-386-4807 to make a reservation for a group discount.

How To Make Your Next Party Stand Out!

two girls at at a roller skating rinkIf you’ve ever planned an event, you probably know the pressure that comes with organizing the perfect party. You want to make sure your party is unique, while also considering affordability and time. With this in mind, we’ve crafted a short list of party planning tips to help make sure you plan an awesome party.

Party Planning Tips Everyone Can Use

1. Everyone is one-of-a-kind; their theme should be too!

Do a quick Google search for themes that are fun and simple to carry out, but also that pertain the birthday person as an individual. Consider what makes the birthday person special or what they are really passionate about and roll with that.

2. On a budget? DIY!

If you find yourself strolling the party aisle and wondering why decorations cost so much, then this tip is for you! Hop on Pinterest and find some decorations that you can create yourself. This is something you can enlist your family and friends to help you with as well!

3. Plan ahead.

A week before your party or event is the worst time to start planning. It will cause you more stress than it’s worth (and ensure half your guests are busy), so make sure you start planning early on. This will minimize the pressure and give you time to organize the best event possible.

4. Skip all these steps, and let us take care of it!

Let us take some of the weight off your shoulders by booking a roller-skating birthday party at Skate World Center! Here at Skate World, you can choose from three birthday party packages, each of which will make for an exciting and fun-filled birthday for kids of any age. Each package provides your party with 3 hours of unrestricted access to the skating rink, game tokens, pizza, soda, 45 minutes in a private party room, and more!

For more information on parties and events, contact us.