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!

A Full Week of Fun for Spring Break!

It’s been a really long winter but it’s still hard to believe spring break starts right now! It feels like we’ve been waiting for so long to give you guys some awesome specials to celebrate this year’s spring break and it’s finally here!

Rollerland in Fort Collins, Colorado, will be open all week long with extended hours to give you, your friends, and your family a chance to skate, play, eat and have fun!

Spring Break Specials at Rollerland

  • Spring Break Skate – Starting Monday, March 12th and continuing through the whole week, we’ll be offering discounted admissions for day skaters. From 12 pm to 5 pm, all skaters get into Rollerland for just $5.75 plus $2.75 skate rentals! That’s about a dollar an hour for all the skating you can handle.
  • Wacky Wednesday – Wednesday, March 14th, we’re offering skating, playground admission, and laser maze for just $2.50 each from 5 pm-8 pm! All ages are welcome.
  • Adult Skate – We know that skating with the little ones is a blast, but sometimes the adults need to let loose, too! Wednesday night from 8 pm-10 pm, we’ll be playing the best music from the 70s through 90s while our 18+ skaters have the rink all to themselves!
  • Fun and Games Package – Check out the best deal in Fort Collins! Our Fun and Games Package is perfect for all ages and includes admission, skate rental, unlimited playground admission, 2 rounds of laser maze, and 12 arcade tokens for only $9.50! This special is for Thursday, March 15th from 5 pm-8 pm.

So, if you’re looking for something healthy and fun to do with the whole family during your time off next week, all you have to do is roll by and get in on the fun! Give us a call or stop by anytime for more information on our spring break specials, party packages or private parties!

NEW and Improved Party Rooms at Rollerland!

What’s the only thing better than an affordable, flexible, fun party package at Rollerland Skate Center? How about a newly renovated party space for affordable, flexible, fun party packages at Rollerland Skate Center in Fort Collins, CO?

That’s right! We’ve recently completed a long and elaborate remodeling project, and our private party rooms got a HUGE upgrade. We heard your requests for more space, so now we have bigger rooms, more places to sit, and a new and improved look, including better curb appeal with a totally new entrance.

kids at a partyParties at Rollerland can be as simple or as elaborate as you want, giving your guests access to one of our great attractions, or all of them at once. We even offer private parties where the whole skate center is yours for up to two hours–plenty of time for awesome skating games! Our party rooms are brand new and 40% bigger than they were before, and we could not be more excited. Your guests will love it! The guest of honor will love it! We already love it!

Not only have we renovated our party space, but we’re not done yet! Look out for new food and concession items, a new prize and redemption area, and even more improvements coming soon. We strive to stay on the cutting-edge of entertainment and always keep our guests happy, so don’t hesitate–let us know what else you’d like to see, either in our party offerings or anywhere else.

Remember: spaces fill up fast, and it’s never too early to plan a birthday party. Contact Rollerland today and get your next party booked!

3 Unique & Affordable Valentine’s Day Date Activities

Valentine's DayValentine’s Day is approaching, and we know you want to do something extra special for your special someone. The team at Rollerland Skate Center is here to help!

Think outside the box this Valentine’s Day with these three unique ideas:

Go to the Roller Skating Rink

Just because it’s Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you have to make reservations at a fancy restaurant and buy overly-priced flowers. Instead, take your date out for a night of fun and adventure! Roller skating is a fun and exciting date night that is perfect for Valentine’s Day! Discover more reasons why skating is a fantastic date-night activity.

Visit a Local Museum

If you really want to think outside the box for Valentine’s Day, take your date (or the whole family) to a local museum! The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery is an eye-opening, inspirational place that will keep everyone’s jaws wide open. There are exhibits, programs, theater shows, and much more that will definitely leave a lasting impression.

Make S’mores by the Fire

If you have a fire pit or fireplace, s’mores are a great and affordable Valentine’s Day idea. Cozy up by the fire and toast your marshmallow over the flames. Then, mush your marshmallow into your chocolate and graham cracker sandwich. It’s a delicious treat that won’t break your bank! (This would also be a wonderful activity to do after skating at Rollerland.)

We hope to see you and your date on Valentine’s Day and any day after that! Contact us today if you have any questions.