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.

3 Ways Roller Skating Improves Your Health

exerciseAre you searching for an activity that makes you happy, gives you a great workout, and strengthens your heart – all at the same time? Look no further. Roller skating has been proven to do all of this and more. At Rollerland Skate Center, we have skaters of all ages racing around the rink, making memories, and having a blast.

Add roller skating to your weekly schedule! Contact us today.

Discover three (out of many) ways that roller skating improves your health.

Boosts Your Attitude

  • It’s important to be healthy physically, but also in the emotional and mental aspects of your life. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins that help minimize discomfort and give you a feeling of well-being. This undoubtedly helps you think more clearly and feel happier (all while getting a great workout and improving your physique).

Works Out Your Body

  • Have you ever seen fit runners tackling the pavement at 5am? Maybe you’ve even thought about going for a run before work to fit in your workout. However, think twice before lacing up your sneakers. It’s been proven that running is harsh on your joints! Roller skating gives you a similar workout, but puts far less strain on your joints.

Strengthens Your Heart

  • The heart is a muscular organ that needs to be exercised. One of the ways to do this is by roller skating! Our favorite aerobic activity is great for your heart, increasing your heart rate to 140-160 beats per minute. With your heart growing stronger, your endurance will also increase. You will be able to tackle harder projects or activities without feeling winded.

Are you ready to get a great workout while having fun? Check out our hours and come skate with us!

Family Fun Month Rolls into the Rink!

Did you know that August is Family Fun Month? It’s time to cap off an amazing summer (or squeeze in those memories you missed making) with fun family activities in Fort Collins. What adventures will your family find at Rollerland Skate Center?

Weekly Skating

You don’t have to wait for the weekend to treat your family to fun. Our weekday skating sessions include:

  • happy familyTuesday matinee from noon to 4pm. All ages are welcome!
  • Wacky Wednesdays. Skate noon to 4pm or 5-8pm with the whole family. Our evening session offers skating, rentals, playground admission, and laser maze admission for just $2.50 apiece!
  • Late night date night. Plan a retro night of fun with adult-only skating every Wednday from 8-10pm.
  • Thursday matinee from noon to 4pm. Perfect for a grandparents’ day out with the kids!
  • Friday fun. Skating opens at noon, and the fun doesn’t end until 10pm. Swing by after 6pm to take advantage of our Family Fun Friday deal.

Just can’t get enough? We offer full afternoons of roller-skating every Saturday and Sunday.

Extra Activities

Skating is our most well-known activity, but there’s plenty of fun for everyone at Rollerland. Go head-to-head for the title of Ultimate Gamer in the arcade, master the laser maze, or if you have kids 11 and younger, watch them climb, crawl, and slide through our 3-level playground.

Skating Parties at Rollerland

Who says you can only party on your birthday? Make the most of the end of summer with pizza, a private party room, and your kids’ closest friends. It’s a memory your children will never forget!

Quality Time with the Kids? Check!

With so many people running in so many different directions, spending quality time together as a family can be tough. Roller-skating is an activity everyone can enjoy, from preschool age kids to grandparents who want to spoil the kids for a few hours. Rollerland is making your family nights better than ever. Looking for a fun family activity in Fort Collins? Don’t miss Family Fun Fridays!

More Skaters, More Savings

cheerful kids in car

At Rollerland we encourage families to take a break and laugh together. We’ll even give you an incentive to spend the evening with the people you love most! Every Friday night we offer a Family Fun deal for families of 5 and more. That can include parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, kids, cousins, and even that longtime neighbor who basically counts as family. Grab the kids and hit the rink. With Family Fun Friday, you’ll get:

  • Up to 5 Fun & Games Specials.
    • This special includes unlimited skating, skate rentals, 2 runs through the laser maze, 12 arcade tokens, and unlimited time in the indoor playground for kids 11 and younger.
  • 40 arcade tokens
  • 1 large pizza
  • 1 large pitcher of soda

We know that you’re looking for an affordable way to spend time with the kids before school starts again. This package is worth $80, but the memories you’ll create are priceless. Rollerland wants to help you make those memories a reality by giving you $31 off our Friday night special! Get the Family Fun Friday package for just $49. The fun starts every Friday at 6 pm.

Summer Day Camp For Kids

Are you tired of the normal summer shenanigans? Are you ready to switch it up this summer? Are you ready for your kids to have the best summer ever? We thought so. At Rollerland Skate Center we have the perfect summer plans for your kids. Sign up for our summer day camp. It will be the best part of your kids’ day!

Retro Roller Skates

From May 30th-August 11th Rollerland will have our annual summer day camp for kids. They work hard in school during the year and deserve to have some fun during the summer. It can be hard when parents work all day, so we want to take them off your hands and give them some of the best days ever! Skip the babysitter and let the kids have days filled with fun activities and tasty food.

Some of our activities aren’t things you can do at home. We will have our skating rink open and plenty of other activities available like mini golf and bowling. If the kids get tired, they can take a break and watch a movie. The kids will even have opportunities to swim! We will communicate with you when your kids need to bring their swimmies. These are some of the best summer activities available for the summer and your kids can do all of it with us at Rollerland Skate Center.

For all summer fun, supervision, and food throughout the day, our starting rate is just $35 per day. That’s cheaper than hiring a babysitter! Ensure your child is having the time of their life and staying healthy and active at the same time. For more information about our summer day camp, contact us.