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.

Beat Boredom with Summer Skating!

Can you believe we’re in the last month of school? It seems like just yesterday that winter break was ending, and here we are staring down summer already! Kids are probably excited, but parents might be a little more hesitant. After all, there’s not much time between the end of school and the beginning of “I’m bored!” This year, head boredom off at the pass at Rollerland Skate Center in Fort Collins, Co.

Skating is a great way to stay in touch with school friends, keep active, and peel kids away from screens this summer. Extended summer hours begin on June 4th. Rollerland is a safe, clean, convenient place for regular weekly playdates, fun after sports games or church, or whenever kids want to get out of the house–or whenever parents need a little peace and quiet. Staying active will keep kids from getting bored, and can even fight summer brain drain. Check out the Fun & Games Special to save on all the fun you can handle, or host a team party if you really want to go all out.

If you’re looking for something with a little more structure, check out Rockin’ Roller’s Day Camp! Hosted at Rollerland, this summer camp includes swimming, movies, sports, mini golf, and of course plenty of roller skating. Rates start at just $35 per day. Call early to sign up–summer camp spots will go quickly.

Summer break doesn’t have to turn into a slog of boredom. Bring the kids, or the whole family, to Rollerland to enjoy indoor, air-conditioned fun that will keep kids and parents happy!

How to Adjust Your Roller Skates’ Laces

roller skate lacesWhether you are teaching your child how to roller skate or you’ve been skating for years, improperly-fitted skates can ruin a good ride. So, the team at Rollerland Skate Center put together a list of ways to fix your laces! If you’re having these issues, you may need to adjust your roller skate laces to ensure a proper fit.

Your Toes Ache

When your toes are crammed at the top of your roller skates, you may develop nail issues or hammertoes. (Hammertoes are toes that are bent downward permanently.) To avoid damage to your toes, lace your skates from side to side with half of your laces and lace your skates diagonally with the rest of your laces.

Your Heels Slip

You’re wearing the right size roller skates and thick enough socks; so, we bet you’re wondering why you’re heels are slipping. It could be your laces! To keep your heels snug in your roller skates, crisscross your laces in their entirety and tie them tight at the top.

Your Feet Hurt

If you have high-arched feet, you will need to lace your skates a certain way. By lacing your skates from side-to-side instead of crisscross, you will remove pressure points and your feet won’t hurt after skating. (And, to keep your feet happy and healthy, make sure you take good care of your feet.)

Now that you know exactly how to lace your skates to avoid heel slippage, aching toes, and hurting feet, come to Rollerland Skate Center! Skating is a fun activity that is extremely affordable and fun for the whole family. Check out our schedule, and visit us today.

Roller Skate Maintenance Tips

It’s time for spring cleaning! While you’re tidying up your home to get ready for summer, don’t forget to put care into another investment: your roller skates. Here are some roller skate maintenance tips from Rollerland Skate Center.

  • Inside. Are you airing out your skates every time you take them off? If you’re not convinced that this is important, think about how your socks smelled the last time you took your skates off. Now imagine that times five, or ten, or however many times you’ve worn your skates! Unlacing your skates will make sure they properly dry, preventing terrible smells and even mildew.
  • Outside. Wipe down the boot with a soft cloth every time you take your skates off. This is also a good time to check for cracks or damage to the boot, the laces, and the rest of your skates.
  • To the Side. Periodically confirm that your wheels are still tightly attached. The last thing you want is for a wheel to come flying off while you’re on the skate floor.
  • Underneath. Your toe stop should be secure, and if it’s adjustable, make sure it’s positioned correctly. Also check the truck, which is the metal part under your skates that connect to the wheels. Some skaters loosen the truck for more maneuverability, but everyone should check theirs every few weeks and adjust it to make sure it’s not too loose.

No matter how often you skate, your roller skates are an investment. Make sure you take care of them and they’ll bring you tons of fun and exercise at Rollerland!

Take Your Skating to the Next Level

If you’ve been practicing hard, but are still finding your roller skating skills just aren’t where you want them to be, don’t worry about it! Rollerland Skate Center has you covered. Check out our tips to boost your skating skills.

First of all, have you taken skate lessons? They’re the best way to improve your skills.

Second of all, relax! If you’re constantly thinking about what you need to do, you’re going to overwhelm yourself. Take a deep breath, shake out the tension in your shoulders, and stop worrying about what you look like. We all look a little silly when we’re learning to skate–and that’s totally fine.

You need to get into a good stance to skate well. Make sure your knees are bent, but not too much. You will feel like you’re going to fall, and your body will naturally want to lean back, but resist that urge. Lean forward for the best balance (trust us!). Stay light on your feet. A good way to do that is to keep your feet moving.

And finally, don’t forget to relax! We’ve said it before, but it’s so important. Fear of falling (or of looking silly) will not do you any favors. Learning how to fall will help alleviate your concerns. So will a very important aspect of skating at Rollerland: the music! Get out of your head and enjoy the tunes, and you’ll find that muscle memory takes over and your skating gets much better.

Remember, the best way to get better is to keep practicing. Put these tips into practice during open skate sessions at Rollerland Skate Center and see how quickly you improve!