It’s Time to Spice Up Your Roller Skating Life

There are many levels of roller skating mastery: beginner, intermediate, and pro. If you’re starting to feel bored in your skating routine, it might be time to switch it up! People may forget that there’s more to roller skating than just spending time at the rink—there’s also outdoor roller skating and ramp skating. If you’re feeling in a rut with your favorite hobby— or you just want to add some extra shine to your rink time—have no fear. We’re coming to the rescue to share some less common roller skating activities and what makes them so unique. 

The Differences Between Indoor Skates and Outdoor Skates

  • Indoor wheels are smoother.

    • Indoor wheels cater to the smooth hard floor surface. Outdoor skates are rougher to better handle the uneven ground outside.
  • Outdoor wheels are much larger than indoor wheels.

    • Outdoor skates need to be able to handle any bumps or rocks that may come through the skater’s path. 
    • Outdoor skates wheels are about 60-77 mm tall where indoor skates are 55-60 mm.
  • If you’re new to roller skating, indoor might be your best bet.

    • The surface area in roller rinks has even consistency. 
    • When skating outdoors, you have to be cautious of and sticks, rocks, or animals passing through your path. You might get knocked off your feet if you haven’t had enough practice.

The Differences Between Outdoor Skating and Ramp Skating

  • Ramp skating can be rough on your skates.

    • There’s a lot of wear and tear when it comes to ramp skating. If you have cheap skates, it might be time to upgrade.
  • Ramp skating can be intense.

    • When you’re doing regular roller skating, whether indoors or outdoors, the surface is somewhat level. There may be a hill here and there when you’re skating on a path outside, but when you’re skating on a ramp or bowl, roller skating just got a lot more extreme.

Whether you’re indoors, outdoors, or on a ramp, roller skating takes time and practice. In case you want to venture out of indoor roller skating, we have some tips on how to properly fall because it will happen. Just make sure you are putting your safety first!

Having the determination to try something new and seeing yourself get better at it can be so rewarding. Are you up to the challenge?

Falling is Inevitable. Make It Hurt Less with These Tips.

Yellow hazard sign of person falling downIf you’re learning how to roller skate, there are 2 things you need to know:

  1. You will fall down. It’s inevitable, so get used to it. 
  2. There’s a right way to fall – and it makes falling a lot less painful! 

That’s right, if you can believe it. There really is a right way to fall on skates, and a wrong (read: dangerous) way to fall on skates. Mastering the techniques for properly falling on skates can help you avoid injury and get rolling again in no time. Don’t forget that we offer skating lessons at Skate World Center to help you improve your skills!

Tips for Falling Safely

If you do take a tumble on roller skates, remember these tips. 

  • Pick a direction and go with it. If you’ve ever fallen directly on your tailbone, you know that it can really hurt! If you are going to fall over backwards, try to pick a side and lean so that you fall more on one side of your bum than flat on your tailbone. 
  • It’s instinctive to break your fall with your hands, but as soon as possible you should get your hands off the floor or into fists. You don’t want your fingers splayed out flat on the floor in case someone accidentally skates over them! Practice falling safely and keeping your hands off the floor, either on your knees, thighs, or in the air. 
  • When falling forward, try to control your fall by going down on one knee and sliding. This can minimize the impact of your fall. 

The most important part of falling down on roller skates is getting back up! Check out this great tutorial for a lesson on how to get back up on roller skates after you fall. Practice makes perfect, so check out our schedule for hours and events

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!

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 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.