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.

How to Make the Most Out of Your New Year’s Resolution

family-friendly new year resolutionsSo, you’ve made your New Year’s resolution and you’re already unhappy with it. Well, there’s good news: you can switch up your resolution!

To make it easier, we’ve compiled a list of awesome New Year’s resolutions you can choose from. (And a few tips and tricks to reach your goals.)

Family-Friendly New Year’s Resolutions

The best resolutions are the ones that you enjoy. It’s also easier to make them last throughout the year! So the team at Rollerland Skate Center put together a list of family-friendly New Year’s resolution ideas for you to consider.

  1. Take the family roller skating – It’s a great way to keep everyone healthy and you get to spend quality time with the family.
  2. Discover new biking trails – Does your family love to ride bikes? Change up the scenery by discovering new biking trails. This is great exercise, and an activity you can do year-round with the family.
  3. Create a YouTube channel – Is there an activity that your family loves doing together? Maybe it’s baking or gardening … chances are, there is another family out there that loves the same activity! Create a YouTube channel with the family about your favorite pastime and make “how-to” videos.

Tips & Tricks to Make Your Resolutions Last All Year

If you and your family are trying to come up with a resolution that you all agree on, consider a few ways to pick the best resolution. Choose a resolution that makes everyone:

  • Be Healthier
  • Laugh More
  • Enjoy Their Day
  • Have Fun
  • Become Closer as a Family

Roller skating can do all of those things! Fortunately, Rollerland Skate Center is right around the corner! Check out our hours and visit us today.

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!