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!

3 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Christmas Cash At Skate World

Have some Christmas money that’s burning a hole through your pocket? Or maybe one of your children does! When you’re looking for a great way to spend your time with your family in Tallahassee, there’s no better place than a skating rink. We have some ideas of how you can make the most your time and money here at Skate World with your family. 

There are so many reasons to join in the fun here at Skate World Center, read more to learn about our current deals! Here are 3 ways you can make the most of your Christmas cash at Skate World and spend time with your family:

Join us for Monday Family Sk8 Mania!

Monday Family Sk8 Mania is every Monday from 4-8pm. On Mondays, it’s only $4 for the first activity, $4 for the second activity, and $4 skate rentals if you need them! It’s a great deal and allows for some quality family time after a long day at work and school.

Come take a skate lesson!

Did you know Skate World offers skate lessons? We offer beginner’s skate lessons every Saturday from 9:45-10:45am. There are two groups in our skating lessons, the carpet group and the beginner skating floor group. This allows children to start where they are comfortable while they learn.

Buy a new pair of skates!

 If you’re frequently at the skating rink with your family, it’s about time you had your own pair of skates. We have new skates in stock and ready to go! We sell high quality roller skate products from all the top brands in the industry. Stop by and shop at our store today!

We hope to see you soon at Skate World Center to let the good times and family bonding roll!

Off-The-Walls Party Ideas For Your Next Celebration

When you love to throw parties as much as we do at Skate World Center, it gets difficult to come up with more unique ideas for themes and locations. Luckily, we are here to help! Here are 3 off the walls party ideas for your next bash:

Make-Your-Own Music Festival

Ideally, you might want to have all your friends attend your favorite music festival in honor of your birthday, but there’s a lot of money and logistics that might go into a celebration like that. Our recommendation? Bring the best parts about a music festival to you! Have everyone dress in their best festival-wear, offer complimentary body glitter upon arrival, and create a “festival lineup” of all your favorite artists who your guests can choose to sing songs by when it comes time for karaoke. You’ll surely be reminiscing on your favorite festival ever for years to come!

Roller Derby Party

We all know roller skating parties are always a blast – so why not take it up a notch? Have a roller derby party! Warn your guests to come ready to race and rumble, equip them with plenty of padding, and have someone come teach them the basics of roller derby. Not only will this party be tons of fun, but your guests may leave with a new hobby!

Gala Bash

Whether you use this theme for an award show watch party or your own birthday party is up to you – any reason to dress to the nines is a good one! For your next party, ask everyone to dress in the fanciest (or most sparkly) thing in their closet. Be sure to serve fancy beverages, decorate with plenty of glitter, and give out awards for the best-dressed at the end of the night.

Any time you’re looking for a great party idea, Skate World Center is always here to help! 

A COVID-19 Update from Skate World Center: Cleanliness Procedures as We Prepare to Reopen

As residents of our community we take cleanliness very seriously. Skate World is a locally-owned, family-operated small business. We know how critically important it is that families have a safe opportunity to get some fun and exercise after weeks of quarantine. As we prepare for a safe reopening, we will continue to go above and beyond our existing cleanliness measures. We are adding even more enhanced cleaning procedures to ensure a safe environment for all of our guests and team.

Skate World Center’s Cleanliness Safety Guidelines

When you visit us you can EXPECT:
1.    Increased cleaning and sanitation measures
2.    A designated sanitizing team member who will be regularly cleaning and sanitizing all commonly touched surfaces
3.    Masks on all of our team members
4.    Fewer tables, which will be spaced 6 feet apart
5.    Temperatures to be taken of all guests and team members before entry
6.    Floor decals to guide our guests as they line up at our counters
7.    Easy-to-find hand sanitizing stations

Antimicrobial Cleaning Made to LAST

This facility regularly undergoes Antimicrobial treatments with LAST (a brand of Razor). This antimicrobial disinfectant:
  • Has EPA registered, hospital-grade disinfectants
  • Is an EPA registered antimicrobial coating
  • Reduces cross-contamination with a proactive approach
  • Is applied by electric misters coating the entire facility

Prioritizing Safety for Our Guests and Staff

For the safety of everyone who visits Skate World Center, we ask our guests to follow these guidelines:

As we are busy preparing for a safe reopening, we’re missing our skaters more than ever. We can’t wait to see you soon!

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.