3 Ways Roller Skating Can Keep You Healthy in 2018

heartLosing weight and exercising more are two very common New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, by mid-February, the resolutions are no longer actively pursued.

One of the reasons why resolutions often bite the dust is because people aren’t having fun! So at Rollerland Skate Center, we’re putting the fun back in New Year’s resolutions.

Are you ready to have the best workout ever? Check out our hours, then skate with us today!

Discover how roller skating boosts your attitude, burns calories, and strengthens your heart:

Boosts Your Attitude

The cold weather may be keeping you cooped up indoors, which leads to feeling down and bored. Thankfully, there are ways to exercise despite the cold weather! Roller skating is a great workout and can boost your mood. Bring your friends and family with you to Rollerland Skate Center – their happiness will be contagious!

Burns Calories

If you’re looking for ways to lose weight, look no further than roller skating. This activity provides the same results as running or jogging, but it’s much less harmful to your joints! Because of the smooth gliding, your leg muscles are getting a workout without causing unnecessary pressure on your joints. Other health benefits of roller skating include increased endurance and improved balance.

Strengthens Your Heart

Your heart is one of the most hardworking muscles in your body. Just like other muscles, it has to be worked out! When your heart receives the exercise it needs, you will feel the benefit. Benefits include:

  • Decreased chance of heart disease
  • Deeper sleep
  • Increased energy
  • Reduced stress
  • Weight loss

And, to make things even better, your heart receives a great workout when you roller skate. So invite a friend to the rink and skate today! Have questions about how to get your best skating workout? Contact Rollerland Skate Center in Fort Collins.

The Coolest Winter Birthday Parties are at Rollerland!

After the holidays, the last thing many people want to think about is throwing another party. But what if you have a child with a winter birthday? You definitely don’t want to ignore that! Rollerland Skate Center in Fort Collins, CO is your source for winter birthday parties. Not only is a skating party affordable and easy for parents, it’s fun for kids! Check out some of our favorite roller skating games to get birthday party guests really smiling this winter.

  • Roller Tag. This game is just like regular tag, except you’ve added roller skates–and there’s no limit to how much more fun that makes it! As a bonus, kids who may run slower will appreciate the playing field being evened out a bit.
  • Limbo. All you need for this is a stick. Even a broom will work in a pinch, but since it’s a birthday party why not decorate a special limbo stick in the guest of honor’s favorite color, or to match the theme? If you thought limp was challenging and hilarious in shoes, wait ‘till you try it with skates.
  • Relay Races. You’ll need to check with a staff member before starting this during a public skate session, but you never know what sort of rink fun we’re already planning.

Rollerland Skate Center offers public and private party packages, depending on your budget and your desires. The sky is truly the limit. Your birthday boy or girl will have a great time and never once feel like their birthday is being overshadowed by the holidays! Check your dates and then book online!

Keep Your Family Happy During Holiday Break

The holidays are right around the corner, and that means winter break is almost here too! Kids are chomping at the bit with excitement, but parents may not be so thrilled. After all, it only takes a few days for boredom to set in. At Rollerland Skate Center in Fort Collins, CO, we’re experts on staying entertained. Check out these inexpensive and fun activities for families during the winter break!

  • Dress up in your favorite cozy pajamas, load up on hot cocoa and cookies, and pile the whole family into the car to go hunting Christmas lights. Drive around your neighborhood or visit one of these exciting displays. Don’t forget your favorite holiday tunes!empty classroom
  • Strap on your skates for some indoor fun and exercise at Rollerland! Our Christmas Break Skate special is good every weekday from December 22nd through January 5th, and includes discounts on admission, skate rental, and more. The whole family will enjoy getting out of the house, and not just for skating–we also have an arcade, laser tag, and more.
  • Roll up your sleeves and do some holiday cooking. Whether cookies, gingerbread houses, or savory foods for Christmas dinner, cooking is a great way to reinforce the lessons kids are learning in their math and science classes. Plus, think how proud everyone will be when your little chef presents the treats they helped make!

No matter how you choose to celebrate, our family here at Rollerland hopes yours will have a great holiday season. We can’t wait to see you anytime we’re open!

Easy Ways Your Family Can Give Back This Season

‘Tis the season to give! While you’re preparing for family time, breaks from school, and gifts, don’t forget to give back to the community. Volunteering in your community helps kids feel empowered to change the world for the better, and can even help decrease feelings of depression and helplessness. At Rollerland Skate Center, we love giving back to Fort Collins! Check out these kid-friendly activities:helping others

  • Kids of all ages can help pack lunches for those in need. Allow them to do as much counting, sorting, and packing as they can handle. A simple, nutritious meal with a sandwich, easy-to-eat snacks, and a drink will go along way towards making someone’s day. Remember that many homeless people may not have access to dental care, and choose foods accordingly. Since it’s getting cold outside, consider adding mittens, chemical hand warmers, or travel-sized toiletries.
  • Raising money doesn’t have to be complicated, and every little bit helps! Participate in a walk/run for charity–most of these events have a family-friendly “fun run” option. All kids can start a “Helping Fund.” Whenever kids find change in their pockets, on the ground, or hidden in the couch cushions, put it in a specific jar. When the jar is full, donate it to a worthy non-profit. Of course, if you want to really go all-out, host a fundraiser at Rollerland!
  • Of course, nothing beats hands-on help. Volunteering allows kids and parents alike to see their good work up close. Here at Rollerland we’re proud to partner with Larimer Humane Society and Food Bank for Larimer County, both of which are fantastic organizations doing a lot of good in this area.

No matter how you choose to give back, we hope you’ll reward yourself afterward with a family trip to Rollerland Skate Center!

Dates on Skates!

Is there any dating ritual more fraught than the first date? It carries so much weight (people love to ask couples about their first date) and it sets the tone for the relationship for months or even years. You want to make a great impression, get to know the other person, have fun, and not break the bank, all at once! That’s where Rollerland Skate Center in Fort Collins, CO comes in! Check out the reasons to try roller skating as your best first date idea:

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  • Nobody wants to be thought of as boring, and a skating date is nothing if not unusual. Lots of people probably haven’t gone skating since they were kids or teens! You get points for creativity and nostalgia.
  • Skating means you can avoid awkward small talk: between the music, the activity itself and the memories, you’ll have plenty to talk about other than the weather.
  • Is one of you feeling a little wobbly on your skates? What a great excuse to hold hands!
  • Getting a little physical activity will boost your moods, decrease stress leftover from the workday, and help everyone feel less nervous so you can get to know each other better.
  • Skating is a truly low-pressure activity. It’s inexpensive but thoughtful. The casual atmosphere plus the unique event make a great first impression.

Next time you ask someone out, ask them to join you at Rollerland! We have open skate sessions almost every day of the week, and even an adult-only (18+) skate on Wednesday nights!

Skating Blisters 911

Nothing ruins your roller skating fun quicker than a gross, painful blister! Don’t worry, though–they’re not a fact of life. Here’s how to prevent roller skating blisters!

  • bandaidFirst, make sure your skates are right for you. They should fit well, and be in good repair, with no damage, loose parts, etc. If you’re not sure what size you need, don’t guess–talk to one of the friendly, professional staff at Rollerland Skate Center.  Make sure your skates are properly laced and tied tightly so they won’t slip and slide on your feet.
  • Second, check what’s under your skates. Always wear socks when roller skating! Thick, long socks that extend several inches past the top of the skate boot are your best bet. Make sure your socks fit you well and aren’t bunched up in the toe of your skates.
  • Finally, look at how you’re skating. If you push with just your toes, you’re likely to develop blisters there. Instead, push off with your whole foot, which spreads out the pressure and minimizes friction on your toes.

If you do get a blister despite your efforts, resist the urge to pop or poke at it! Cushion it with a blister bandage. If it pops on its own, keep the area clean and dry to prevent infection.  Finally, remember that practice makes perfect–the more you skate, the stronger your feet will get and the less prone to blisters you’ll be. Check out the schedule and come work on your skills at Rollerland Skate Center anytime we’re open!

3 Reasons Why Roller Skating is Fun All Year Long!

rollerlandOctober may be National Roller Skating Month, but roller skating is fun all year long! We love watching new and seasoned skaters skate the day away at our skating center. Whether it’s your go-to spot for birthday parties or an activity you do for leisure, we’re glad you love to roller skate!

Why do we love roller skating? The team at Rollerland put together a few of many reasons why roller skating is the best activity.

Perfect Birthday Party Activity

Birthdays are so much cooler on wheels. Kids will love hanging out with friends, racing around the rink, listening to awesome music, and munching on delicious food. At Rollerland, the atmosphere is perfect for birthdays. (Are you interested in booking a birthday party? Check out this information!)

Awesome Roller Skating Games

Recall your favorite childhood games and bring them to life on the rink. From Duck Duck Goose to Limbo, roller skates makes childhood games that much more fun. If you want to spice up the game, add new rules to make it challenging!

It’s For Sport & Leisure

You may only think about roller skating as a leisure activity that kiddos enjoy for their birthday parties, but it is actually a very competitive sport. Whether you are out-lapping other people in roller derby or racing the opposing team in speed racing, this sport is incredible to watch.

At the end of the day, whatever reason you are coming to Rollerland is okay with us. We just want to see you having fun! Check out our hours, then skate with us today!

4 Tips to Teach Your Kids How to Roller Skate

Teach Your Child How to Roller SkateRoller skating has been around for centuries, providing fun and exercise to people all over the world! Are you interested in teaching your kiddo how to roller skate?

Make sure you dress her in appropriate gear, teach her the basics of roller skating, and bring her to our roller skating lessons! She will be racing around the rink in no time.

Do you have questions? Contact us today!

Consider these helpful tips before teaching your child how to roller skate:

  1. Wear the appropriate gear. Make sure to dress your child appropriately with a helmet, wrist guard, and knee and elbow pads. Safety gear will soften the landing if she falls and protect important parts of her body.
  2. Learn the basics. Instruct your little one to keep her knees bent and to lean slightly forward. She should then start walking in her skates to practice her balance. Afterward, while holding her hand, encourage her to roll. When she feels confident rolling, teach her to step forward in a diagonal direction and propel herself forward.
  3. Practice, practice, and practice some more. No one masters any activity on the first try. Encourage your little one to keep practicing even if she takes some falls. (A helpful tip: Allow her to skate indoors on carpet so falls won’t hurt as much!) With your encouragement, her confidence will grow.
  4. Take advantage of our lessons. While it’s true that practice makes perfect, it’s also true that practice makes permanent. So, take advantage of our skate lessons. When your daughter has roller skating lessons, she will learn how to skate correctly and confidently!

Are you ready to start skating? Check out our hours of operation!

How to Prevent (& Treat) Roller Skating Blisters

Roller SkatesRoller skating blisters are the worst. They not only hurt, but they force you to take a hiatus from the activity you love: roller skating! However, with the right treatment, your blisters will heal and you will be skating at Rollerland Skate Center within a few days.

Here are a few tips and tricks to prevent roller skating blisters:

Break in Your Skates

By using your skates (and using them often), the material will soften and form to your feet. To break in your skates without hurting your feet, skate for a short amount of time at first. Then, gradually skate for a longer amount of time during the following sessions.

Double-Check the Size

A lot of blisters occur because people wear the wrong-sized skates. (Check out this roller skate sizing chart to figure out what size skate you need.) Wearing the right size will help you skate better because your feet and skates are able to act as one.

Pad Your Feet

Never try roller skating without socks on or with socks that are very thin. Use thick socks to help fill out your skates and protect your ankles from blisters. If you want extra protection, use blister pads. These cushioned pads ensure that blister-prone areas are protected.

How to Treat Roller Skating Blisters

So, you played too hard and received a couple roller skating blisters? It happens. Thankfully, blisters don’t take too long to heal. You will be back in the rink in no time.

To treat your blister, apply aloe vera or witch hazel to the affected area with a cotton ball. Cover it with a Band-Aid if you have to put on socks or shoes. However, it’s important to leave it uncovered as much as possible so the area can breathe and heal.

Check out our weekly hours and prices, and come skate with us today!

Do Kids REALLY Need Math and Science?

Here at Rollerland Skate Center in Fort Collins, CO, we want to encourage kids to get interested in science, technology, engineering, and math. That’s why we host STEM Field Trips for schools. Roller skating isn’t just a fun way to spend time with your family and get some exercise–it’s also a great way to learn about STEM, because it uses so many principles from these fields. Check it out! STEM Field trips at Rollerland in Fort Collins, CO

Science – When you push backward with your skates, you move forward. That’s because every action has an equal and opposite reaction–in other words, roller skating is a clear demonstration of Newton’s Third Law of Motion. Not only that, but the First Law of Motion states that an object in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted on by an outside force, so roller skate wheels are designed to turn. This means there’s less friction to slow you down.

Technology and Engineering – Roller skates are constantly changing and improving. The first skates were made of wood and leather. They weren’t very safe, and turning was almost impossible while wearing them! Since then, engineers have created all the different, dynamic types of skates that exist in the world, from speed skates for professionals all the way to special skates for toddlers.

Math – When you see skaters doing turns, spins, splits, or other fancy tricks, you know they’re using math. You may not realize it, but there are so many calculations for a skater: how fast you need to go, what angle to move your legs and arms, how long it will take you to stop. Think how instinctive this sort of informal calculations are, and then ask yourself again if you’re any good at math!

Rollerland’s STEM Field Trips encourage kids to get interested in these fields by answering that age-old question, “When will I use this?” We use math and science all the time, and often in fun ways! Contact us today to set up a field trip for your school.

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