3 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Roller Skating

Roller Disco Rink Lit up in the DarkSkating has a long and colorful history, full of wild stories and interesting tidbits. Here are a few choice roller skating facts we bet you probably didn’t know:

  • Roller skating is much older than roller disco or 1950s carhops – Roller skating actually dates back to 1760 . John Joseph Merlin originally invented roller skates and wanted to unveil them by skating into a fancy London party while playing the violin. Unfortunately, Merlin wasn’t practiced enough and instead of marveling guests, he crashed into a mirror and injured himself pretty badly.
  • Even the Amish like roller skating! – While the Amish have chosen to forgo the use of cars and other modern machines, roller skates aren’t included. Roller skates have long been an accepted transportation form in Amish communities, although inline skates aren’t nearly as widely accepted.
  • Skating rinks are not just for kids – A skating rink is a wonderfully unique place to bring a date. That someone special will be thrilled to break the monotony of the traditional dinner and a movie date. Our rink also makes for the perfect Fort Collins party venue no matter whether you are planning a corporate outing, class reunion, bachelor or bachelorette party, or a birthday party for an adult or child

Now that you know a little bit more about skating and roller rinks, come experience one for yourself! Our Fort Collins skating center always has something fun to do. Check out our hours and upcoming Fort Collins events, and make your plans to visit today.

Why You Should Treat Yo Self with a Night Out!

Man smilingAll work and no play is no good. You work hard all week – but what for? It’s important to make time to play hard and relax to keep balance in your life, and there are few things as fun as roller skating! Go ahead, get rolling at our Fort Collins roller skating center – deep down you know you deserve it!

But just in case you need to justify it to yourself, here are some reasons why you need to treat yourself with a night out:

  • Reason 1 – You got up and did That Thing You Didn’t Feel Like Doing! This could be anything from school to work or even chores! (We all know that laundry and dishes don’t do themselves!) Regardless of what it was, nice work — now you deserve some fun!
  • Reason 2 – That nice thing you did. You know the one. That thing for your kid. Or your spouse. Or coworker. Maybe it was your neighbor? Whatever it was, we’re proud of you! Now it’s time to do something nice for yourself.
  • Reason 3 – Because you haven’t seen your friends in a while (and they probably deserve a little fun themselves). You all deserve to see each out as part of a night out.
  • Reason 4 – JUST BECAUSE! Come on, you know that you don’t really need a reason to have fun, right? We all deserve a little fun now and again.

Skating is a great way to get physical and blow off steam while having a ball! Check out our upcoming Fort Collins events and make plans to play some arcade games and go skating in Fort Collin with some friends!

Tips to Get Your Kids Out on the Rink

Girl wearing skating pads and helmetRoller skating is a great activity to pass down to your kids, one that not only provides a lot of fun, but also offers lifelong physical and social value. However, it’s probably been a while since you learned to skate, so how do you go about teaching your kids the ropes? Don’t worry, because here at Rollerland, we’ve been helping kids and adults alike learn to enjoy skating for many years – and we have plenty of expertise to share.

Check out some tips for helping your kids get comfortable on the rink, and come on in to practice at our Fort Collins skating rink!

  • First up, try a Skate Mate. These PVC supports on wheels may look a bit like walkers, and they’re basically like training wheels for roller skates! They provide some stability to help kids get used to being on skates and find their balance while learning the basic skating motion.
  • Practice makes perfect. Help your child practice the basics of pushing off, rolling, and stopping.
  • Teach them how to fall and get back up. Learning how to properly fall is an important skill. Let’s face it, it’s going to happen, so knowing how to do it as safely as possible, and how to brush yourself off and move on, is key.
  • With a little extra patience and guidance, even very young children can learn to skate. That’s why a visit to Rollerland Skate Center makes for such a great Fort Collins family activity.

For more information about our Fort Collins skating lessons, or to schedule lessons, contact Jerica at 970-231-8007 or email her at jericalessons@gmail.com.

Our Spring Break Skate!

Closeup of roller skates being worn by a womanSpring break is nearly here! For families, this means that you are probably trying to figure out what to do with your kids for a whole week while they are out of school.

Well thankfully for all you parents out there, we are here to help! The week of spring break (March 18-22) our Fort Collins skating center will be offering extended spring break hours all week long!

Spring Break Skate

We will have special spring break hours each day from Monday, March 18th  through Friday, March 22nd. Each day, our Spring Break Skate will start at noon and run until 5:00 p.m. This is an all ages skate. Admission is only $6.00 and skate rentals are only $3.00. As always, the skate rental fee gets you your choice of either roller skates or roller blades.

Fun and Games Special

We will also be offering a Fun and Games Special during this time. For just $5.00 more ($13.00 total), you’ll get admission with unlimited skating, a skate or roller blades rental, unlimited time in our indoor playground, 2 runs on our laser maze, and 12 tokens for our arcade. All that for only $13.00!

So this spring break, don’t just let your kids sit around watching TV. Instead, make plans to get them exercising with a little skating in Fort Collins. And don’t forget to check out our hours and other upcoming Fort Collins events taking place spring break. We hope to see you here!

3 Tips and Tricks to Make Your Next Party Stand Out

 Birthday cake with lit candlesPlanning an upcoming party? Well no matter whether you’re planning a child’s birthday party, an adult party, a corporate event, or a social or church group party, here are some party planning tips and tricks to make sure it’s a great one:

  1. Give Enough Notice – Make sure to give guests plenty of notice. Typically a minimum of 2 weeks notice is considered polite, but it never hurts to give more. This is especially important during busy times of year like around holidays.
  2. Choose a Fun Activity – It’s always easier to pick a central fun activity than to try to fill the time with a bunch of party games and activities. A strong activity (like Fort Collins skating) will make sure all your guests have fun without trying to micromanage all of their time.
  3. Take a Break – Give yourself a break so you can enjoy the party! When you host a party at Rollerland Skate Center, we take care of the details so you can relax and enjoy yourself! No matter whether you are making your child’s birthday dreams come true or celebrating your own special day with a Fort Collins adult skating party, at Rollerland Skate Center we make hosting a party easy and fun!

So make sure your next party is a hit with Rollerland Skate Center! Our amazing skating rink, indoor playground, arcade, and laser maze make us the perfect Fort Collins party venue. Check out our party packages and contact us at 970-482-0497 for more info or to schedule your party today.

Why Skating is the Perfect Nostalgia

Disco ball at a roller discoFrom 1950s kitsch to 1970s roller disco to 1990s skate jams, roller skating and nostalgia go hand in hand! If you’re looking for a fun and unique party activity or you just want to feel like a kid again, you can’t beat a trip to your local Fort Collins skating rink. Read on to take a roll down memory lane!

You might be a 90s kid if this playlist takes you back to the rink! Who among us has not skated in a conga line to “Come On Ride It (The Train)”? Or performed a spot-on rolling lip-sync performance of Mariah Carey’s “Dreamlover”? There’s a reason skating was the go to activity for so many 90s kids!

If you’re a bit older, skating rinks probably bring you back to 1980s roller disco! For you, “Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll” by Vaughan Mason and Crew, “No Parking (On the Dance Floor)” by Midnight Star, or “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang might be a little more your speed.

But regardless or age or era, we all have the nostalgic fun of roller skating!

Come indulge your nostalgia at our Fort Collins skating center! We have an outstanding arcade and fun upcoming Fort Collins events. And don’t worry if you’re a little rusty on skates, because we also offer Fort Collins skating lessons for the young and young at heart. So check out our hours, contact us at 970-482-0497 for more info about our skating lessons, and make your plans to skate today.

Roller Dating

roller skate date

Dinners, movies, and concerts are always nice date choices but do you want something different this Valentine’s Day? Come down to Rollerland for a one-of-a-kind date night that will have you smiling for days to come.

We have undergone some renovations, stocked new skates, and upgraded our sound system for even more fun. Each skate session has a live DJ to play the best music from classics to today’s hits. We provide a safe and alcohol-free environment for all of our guests. Check out our calendar for hours and theme nights.

Besides our skate rink, we have a full arcade with tons of games including skee ball, air hockey, and a crane machine, as well as arcade classics like Donkey Kong and PacMan.

We also have an awesome laser maze where you’ll need to dip, dodge, and duck lasers popping up everywhere. When a laser hits you points get added to your score; the person with the lowest score wins! With all of our fun and games, we have a night full of smiles perfect for any date night.

What is great about a skate date, is that it’s a thoughtful date idea that doesn’t break the bank but does eliminate awkward silences.

If you want to have more child-free fun, we have Adult Skate every Wednesday night from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. With the DJ playing the best of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and today, you’ll be sure to skate down memory lane.

Whether you have roller dated before or not, be sure to give it a try at Rollerland this Valentine’s Day.

New Year, New You!

2019 written in the sky with gold fireworks2019 is here! Now is the time to work on you and to start making plans to better yourself in 2019. Whether your New Year’s resolution was to to get fit, spend more time with your family, make new friends, or simply to learn or improve a skill, skating is a great way to help make your resolutions a reality!

Health Benefits of Roller Skating

Roller skating is a wonderful way to get fit. Skating is a low impact cardio workout that’s great at burning calories. 1 hour of moderate skating burns around 330 calories. Speed skating for an hour increases that number of calories up to 600!

If you’re looking to skate for fitness, consider checking out our Skate Fitness class every Tuesday from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Social Benefits of Skating

Whether you’re trying to make new friends or spend quality time with your family, skating is a great way to do it! Active, engaging hobbies are better for relationship building than something static and unengaging like watching more TV. To meet new people, consider our Fort Collin skate lessons. Our beginners classes are held Thursdays from 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm. We also have private lessons if you’d like a little more hands-on teaching to really improve your abilities!

As you can see, no matter your New Year’s resolution, Rollerland Skate Center can help! Check out our hours and upcoming special Fort Collins events and make your plans today. For more information about classes or to sign up for Skate Fitness Classes or skating lessons, call 970-231-8007 or email Jerica at jericalessons@gmail.com.

Ring in the New Year with Fun

Family together dressed in red for the holidaysThe holiday season is here, and that means that New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. With the new year upon us, that makes it time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions.

There are a lot of great resolutions you can make for your physical and mental health, but not all of them are hard work! Planning more quality family time (or more “me time” for your own mental health) is a great New Year’s resolution to make.

Whether you are looking for quality ways to spend family time with your kids, a date location for a night out with that someone special, or time to destress by yourself, Rollerland Skate Center is the place to be! Not only is skating fun, but it’s also a wonderful way to get exercise, regardless of how cold or rainy the weather outside may get.

But we’re more than just a skating rink. Our Fort Collins skating center also has an indoor playground (for those cold winter months and rainy days), a cool laser maze to test your skills, and a great arcade full of fun games. Our arcade features lots of family favorites including skee ball, air hockey, the crane machine, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and much more!

So make plans to spend a little family time in Fort Collins with your loved ones at Rollerland Skate Center. Check out our hours and upcoming Fort Collins events and then make time for a little fun. We hope to see you next year!

What to Buy a Kid with Everything

Don’t know what to get a child that has every toy, electronic, sneaker ever made? Give them the gift of skate.

Whether it is a pair of skates, new laces, or even a gift certificate for them to go with their friends, it will be a gift they haven’t gotten before. With a new gadget appearing every six months, it is hard for us and our wallets to keep up. Giving an experience where memories are formed and time is shared lasts much longer than an iPod or Nintendo. Gifting an experience to enjoy rather than a material item will strengthen and nurture your relationship with the kid on your gift list.

An experience does not have to cost more than the material gift you were going to purchase. “You can put the money you would have spent on a material item toward an experience they will be able enjoy,”Dr. Timothy Bono, professor of psychological and brain sciences at Washington University in St. Louis says. “Regardless of how much it costs, you’re still offering them something to look forward to, an opportunity to spend time with other people, and memories they’ll look back on for years to come.”

Rollerland has tons of experiences to enjoy as a family. We will be open for Christmas Break Skate on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after Christmas from 12-5 pm. We’re also hosting ‘Skate with Santa’ from 1-4 pm on December 23rd. We will be having our Wacky Wednesdays on December 26th to help skate off that Christmas Roast Beast. For our New Years Celebration, we will be kicking off the party on December 31st for our Almost New Year’s Party, and we’ll be open on New Year’s Day. Check our calendar for up-to-date events, times, and details.

Enjoy the holiday break with your family doing something fun. Thank you for another wonderful year!