Celebrate National Roller Skating Month at Rollerland

Red Maple leaf laying on green grassOctober is National Roller Skating Month! Originally started by the Roller Skating Rink Operators Association, National Roller Skating Month encourages people of all ages to get out and skate.

Not only is skating fun, but it’s also a complete aerobic workout! This is especially important during the colder months when people tend to be less active. Thankfully, our amazing Fort Collins skate center is the perfect place to get active during the cold months.

But what if your family doesn’t know how to skate? Well then October is the perfect time to learn and Rollerland is the perfect place!

In addition to our 12,000 square foot skating floor, we also have a Beginners Skating Area. Here you can get a feel for your skates and practice away from the busy areas. We also offer “Skate Trainers” to help the little ones still learning to skate.

Of course, if you or your children really want to get a jump on learning to skate, then consider our Fort Collins skate lessons! Classes to Learn Basic Skills are held on designated Thursdays from 4:30 pm-5 pm, with new classes starting every month. If you’re not a beginner, then check out our Work it Out Skating Fitness classes held Tuesdays from 4 pm-5 pm. We also offer private roller skating lessons by appointment.

For more information on our skating lessons, contact Jerica at 970-231-8007. Or if you’re already a pro at skating, check out our upcoming Fort Collins special events. Either way, make your plans to celebrate National Skating Month with us!

4 Roller Skate Maintenance Tips

Opened roller skate ball bearingsBefore you take your skates out to our wonderful Fort Collins roller skating center, make sure your skates are properly maintained and in good working order. Check out these 4 roller skate maintenance tips to keep your skates working in tip-top shape:

Skate Boots

It’s important to keep your skate boots dry. Make sure to wipe all the moisture from your boots inside and outside each time they get wet. Also, never use an electric heater (like a blow dryer or clothing dryer), as this can cause warping and other damage. Instead, loosen your laces and let your boots dry naturally after wiping them down.

Skate Wheels

Make sure your wheels spin freely and are free from built-up dirt. If they’re dirty, remove them and give them a quick cleaning. You should also take this time to check for damage or excessive wear. If the wheels are wearing unevenly, rotate them.

Bearings

Enclosed bearings are normally maintenance free, but it’s still important to keep them clean and dry (this is especially important for outdoor skates). If your bearings are not enclosed, then they’ll need periodic lubrication. To do this, simply remove them from the wheels, wipe them off with a cloth, and apply a couple drops of bearing lube.

Skate Truck

Make sure your skate trucks are tight. If you’ve loosened your trucks for better mobility, then they’ll need to be checked more frequently.

Now that you know how to properly maintain your skates, make plans to head to Rollerland Skate Center! Or check out our events calendar to find out more about our upcoming Fort Collins events.

Skating After School at Rollerland

Roller SkatesRoller skating is a classic pastime that generation after generation of families have enjoyed. So it seems only natural that it is becoming one the go-to after-school activities for parents and kids. After a long day of hitting the books, it is very important that you find ways to let your little ones burn off some steam, wind down and have some fun. Rollerland Skate Center in Fort Collins, CO is just the place!

Importance of Routine

Starting a new school year means starting a whole new routine. And we all know how important routines are for child development. So when you’re trying to think of some fun, creative ways to have some regular fun with your kids after all that hard work they do, why not give skating a try?

Roller skating can burn up to 600 calories per hour, burns fat, builds muscle and gives you a full-body workout. But the best part is that it’s so fun that the kids won’t even notice how much exercise they’re actually getting!

Make Great Friends

You’ll meet people from all over at the skating center and it’s a perfect place to make new friends. As a family-oriented activity center, you don’t have to worry about what your kids are up to or who they might be hanging out with. At Rollerland, we provide a fun and safe environment for all ages!

More Than Just Roller Skating

Plus, there’s enough going on at Rollerland to keep the little ones busy all school year long! Sick of skating? We have a rad arcade, a playground for the little ones and even a world class laser maze. There’s so much to do here, you’ll never want to go back to the books.

To find out more about our open schedule or how to make Rollerland a part of your weekly routine, give us a call today!

Tips to Prepare for the New School Year

Follow these simple tips to beating the back to school blues!It’s that time of year again. Summer is winding down and everybody’s focus is going back to school. It can be a crazy time and it can feel overwhelming trying to stay on top of everything that needs to happen before the first day. But there are some ways to prepare so that the transition back to school is easier and even fun! Check out our tips to prepare for the new school year from your friends at Rollerland in Fort Collins, CO.

Contact Teachers Ahead of Time

As a parent, you can feel like you don’t have control over what’s happening once school is in session. You have to put your trust into a teacher you’ve probably never met. You have to trust that they have your child’s best interest at heart. A great way to make sure you are on the same page with your little one’s teacher is to meet with them before the start of school. This lets everybody know what the expectations will be for the year and provides a united strategy for education and growth through the school year.

Get Your Supplies

You never want to wait until the last minute to get all your kid’s supplies. Notebooks, pencils, and binders are all standard, but a lot of schools are integrating more of a tech-oriented curriculum. Make sure you check with your school to see if there are any apps or tech needs that your kid should prepare for before the first day.

Have Some Fun and Blow Off Steam

Going back to school can be stressful for kids and parents alike. Make sure you designate some time to unwind with some family fun. At Rollerland, we have tons of open skate times which make spending a day at the roller rink easy and fun for everyone. We also have some great specials and scheduled events during the school year so don’t forget to keep rolling by all year to relax and have some fun in between classes and homework!

To Rent, Or Not To Rent: Should You Buy Skates?

white skates with blue wheels on yellow backgroundDo you love skating? If so, you’re likely a regular at our Fort Collins skate center. Whether you love skating for its serious health benefits or just because it’s fun, you have likely considered buying your own pair of skates or roller blades.

If you’re still on the fence about renting or buying, read on and we’ll help with your decision!

Renting vs. Buying

One of the biggest factors to consider is obviously price. If you’re a casual skater, chances are it will be more affordable to rent your skates from us each time you visit. But if you’re more serious, buying and maintaining your own skates can actually save you money in the long run.

Of course, you also need to consider the age of the skater. If you’re thinking about purchasing skates for the whole family, you’ll definitely want to consider the age of your children. If your child is still at an age where they are rapidly growing, it will probably be more economical to keep renting for your child so that they don’t keep outgrowing their skates.

If you do decide to rent, then we have you covered! Our roller skates run from a toddler size 7 all the way up to an adult size 15. We also offer adjustable Playskool skates for small children. Our rollerblades start at a youth size 12 and go up to a men’s 13.

Regardless of whether you own your skates or would prefer to rent from us, we hope to see you soon at Rollerland Skate Center! Check out our event calendar or call us at 970-482-0497 to check our hours.

4 Tips to Teach Your Child How to Roller Skate

roller skateMoms and dads, are you searching for a new activity to teach your child? Roller skating is one of the best and most beneficial activities for a child to learn! When they roller skate, they are getting great exercise, developing their brain, and having fun.

Consider the following tips to teach your child how to roller skate:

Buy Appropriate Gear

When a child learns a new activity such as roller skating, it’s very likely that she will fall (a lot). Make sure you dress her in knee pads, elbow pads, a helmet, and wrist guards to make sure she is well-cushioned.

Start Out on Carpet

After slipping on the right-sized skates, encourage your child to practice standing and walking in her skates. These simple steps are the backbone to roller skating! If she starts out on carpet, falling won’t be so scary.

Put On Your Roller Skates

Many children learn by watching their parents. So, go ahead and put on your roller skates. Skate around the house and driveway with your little one! They will be able to put two and two together: your words and your actions.

Have Fun Together

No one loves an activity because they were forced to love it. Kids love doing things because they’re having fun! Play games together on your skates, laugh together and be silly. (You can also have a blast enjoying fun games at Rollerland!)

When your child is ready, head to Rollerland Skate Center to practice her skill on the roller skating rink! She’ll be able to glide around the rink in no time. Check out our hours and visit us today.

Rollerland’s Attractions: Laser Maze, Playground, & Arcade!

laser mazeMoms and dads, are you looking for fun things to do in the Fort Collins area? Look no further than Rollerland Skate Center! Yes, we have an incredible roller skating rink that keeps thousands of children happy and healthy all year long. But, that’s not all we have! We have incredible attractions that will keep your kids entertained for hours on end. Take a look:

Laser Maze

Rollerland’s laser maze is one of the most exhilarating challenges in the Fort Collins, Colorado area! As your child enters the room, the lights will dim and laser beams will pop up everywhere. She must make it through the maze without hitting the beams! Admission to the maze is $3.00/person for two runs or $5.00/person for four runs.

Playground

For children 10 and under, Rollerland’s spacious playground is one of the best ways to get your kids active! They will spend hours weaving through our 2,000 square foot playground with friends. This is a super affordable activity that your kids will enjoy in the heat of summer or cool of winter.

Arcade

Our arcade is one of the best in the Fort Collins area! It has games such as Donkey Kong, Skee Ball, Air Hockey, Key Master, Pac Man, Crane Machine, and much more. Rollerland’s arcade is a place where kids and adults of all ages can have a great time.

Fun & Games Special

We want to make fun affordable. That’s why Rollerland is hosting a fun and games special for only $12.50! When you purchase our fun and games special, you receive unlimited skating, unlimited playground use (for children 10 and under), two runs in the laser maze, and 12 tokens for the arcade! If your child doesn’t want to play in the playground, he can substitute the playground pass for two extra runs in the laser maze.

This amazing deal is available during any public skating session. If you bring your kids on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, you’ll only pay $9.50 for the fun and games special. (This special is also available on Fridays until 7 pm.) Do you have questions? Contact us today!

The History of Roller Skating

You love to roller skate, but do you know much about its history? Most people don’t! Check out some of these important moments in skating history.

  • 1743 – The first appearance of roller skates! They were created for a stage show in London.Roller Skates
  • 1819 – The first skate design was patented. It was sort of a primitive inline skate; basically an ice skate with wheels instead of a blade. This design had little maneuverability, but skaters loved it!
  • 1857 – The first public roller skating rinks opened! Can you believe that Rollerland is just one of a long line of skate centers going back over 150 years?
  • 1863 – James Plimpton invents the four-wheeled turning roller skate, which we call the quad skate today. The two pairs of side-by-side wheels made for better turning, balance, and agility. We still use a very similar design today! Toe stops were patented in 1876, and polyurethane wheels were created in the 1970s.
  • 1880 – The beginning of mass production of roller skates, opening the door for even more popularity. Newspapers described “rinkomania” in the 1880s and 1890s. Folks were wild for skating!
  • 1992 – Roller hockey makes its way to the Summer Olympics in Barcelona as a demonstration sport. Twelve nations entered teams of ten each, and Argentina took home the gold medal, followed on the podium by Spain and Italy.
  • 2004 – The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association was founded as a governing body for roller derby. The male counterpart was formed in 2007. Today there are thousands of derby clubs across the country!  

Be a part of history. Join us at Rollerland Skate Center for tons of fun this summer!

Family Fun Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank

Summer’s around the corner, and the opportunities for family fun are lining up. But with all that free time to fill, family time can get expensive, fast! At Rollerland Skate Center we aim to change that. Check out all the ways to have affordable family fun at the skating rink this summer!

Fun & Games Special

If you’re looking for value any time, this is the package for you. For just $12.50, you get unlimited skating, skate rental, unlimited playground time for ages 10 and under, two runs in the laser maze, and 12 tokens for the arcade. Guests older than 10 may substitute two extra runs in the laser maze for the playground. All this would normally cost you $16-$19!

Family Fun Deal

Bringing the whole family to the skating rink? The Family Fun Deal includes up to five Fun and Games Specials, plus a large pizza and a pitcher of soda to take care of dinner. Originally priced at $120, with this deal you’ll get all this for just $59.

Wacky Wednesday

This all-ages event means that skating admission, playground admission and laser maze admission are just $2.50 each! Skate rental is $2.75 extra unless otherwise noted and covers inline skates or quads.

Kids Skate Free

Have you checked out this amazing program? Sign up here and your kids will receive passes to come skate free at specific times every week! Free hours are Wednesday 5 pm – 8 pm, Saturday 4 pm-6 pm, Sundays 12 pm-5 pm. Kids Skate Free members also get $6.00 off the Fun & Games Special.

There’s plenty of summer fun on the horizon. We’ll see you at the rink!

Make Memories This Summer – Bring Your Child to the Rink!

roller skateSchool is almost out which means your kids will likely be home all summer long. While this can be super fun, it may become rather boring after a few days. Fortunately, there are many ways you can keep them entertained and strengthen your family ties at the same time!

Check out a few ideas to make memories with your kids while they are out of school:

Bring Them to the Skating Rink

Roller skating is an activity that’s fun for the whole family! Grandparents, parents, and kids alike all love this activity because it’s enjoyable and great exercise. At Rollerland Skate Center, we love when families and friends come to the rink to have fun together and get to know each other. (Do you want your kids to take part in skate lessons to ensure safety and to learn the basic essentials? We offer skate lessons at our roller skating rink!)

Plan a Camping Trip

Colorado is beautiful in the summer, and you should take advantage of the outdoors with the family! When you choose to camp, you are unplugging from the many demands of life. You can do various camping activities such as making a campfire, fishing, telling stories, and identifying different trees and animals. If you don’t want to travel far, camp out in your backyard! Your kids will love it and we bet you will, too.

Host a Game Night

Kids of all ages love games. So, what if you hosted a game night at your own home? You can bring out all the board game favorites or set up a charade space for the kids to enjoy. When kids play and have fun, it’s actually helping their mental, emotional, and social health. If you do this one night a week for the entire summer, you could even keep track of who’s “in the lead” and determine a winner at the end of summer!

The team at Rollerland Skate Center loves all of these ideas … but skating with the whole family is definitely our favorite. Check out our summer hours, call up all of your family members, and head to the skating rink! We know everyone will love this awesome activity.