Fun is FUNdamental at Skateland!

The holidays are over, and January is here to stay! This season can seem like such a drag after all the excitement of November and December. This year, make fun a focus and you’ll find you reap the benefits.

What are the benefits of fun?

happy familyAfter all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s hard to know how to slow down. Not only that, but the darkness and cold of winter can make us feel sad, tired, and stressed, and even cause more serious conditions like Seasonal Affective Disorder. Making time for fun— especially active fun that gets you moving like roller skating— will fight this. Many people make New Year’s Resolutions to get fit or stay more active, so why not combine that with making time for fun?

What makes roller skating a great source of active fun?

Skating at Skateland in Bradford, MA is good for all ages and abilities, making it a perfect choice for family fun. We have everything from skate trainers to adult-only nights. Our facility is indoors and totally climate-controlled, so you never have to worry about the weather ruining your fun. Plus, with our great music, fun lights, arcade, and obstacle course, you’ll find something for everyone to do!

In this world of multiple calendars and constant communication, isn’t it time you pursued a little happiness? The more time you spend enjoying your time, the more energy you’ll have for the rest of your life. We can’t wait to see you for some fun at Skateland in Bradford, MA!

Make Learning Fun at Skateland!

kids reading outsideWinter break is sort of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, kids are excited to get time off school! On the other hand, parents and teachers dread the tendency for students to forget some of what they learned. This is usually called “Summer Slide,” since it’s most pronounced after the summer holidays, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen during the winter. Check out some tips from Skateland in Bradford, MA to keep kids learning during winter break and all year long.

Go on an Adventure Anywhere

Parents can encourage reading by making sure kids have access to books they will enjoy that are also appropriate to their age and reading level. Talk to your local librarian for suggestions–making recommendations is their specialty! Reading together is a great way to introduce young kids or struggling readers to the fun of a great story. If your kids are reluctant, look for tie-in books to movies and characters they already enjoy.

Get Creative with Math and Science

Encourage math and science by getting kids to help with cooking, baking, and shopping. These simple activities are the most common day-to-day use of things like measurements, budgeting, pricing, discounts, and more. Real-world applications give kids a reason to want to learn! Remember that you’re the best example your kids have. If they see you enjoying books, crossword puzzles, math games, and more, they’ll find themselves interested in these things as well.

Don’t forget that exercise is great for the brain as well as the body. Join us at Skateland for our public skate sessions to jump-start the learning process!

Escape the Winter Break Doldrums at Skateland

Winter break is almost upon us! Kids are probably excited, but parents may be worried. After all, it only takes a few days off of school for boredom to set in! At Skateland in Bradford, MA, we’re experts in avoiding boredom without breaking the bank. Consider these fun, inexpensive holiday activities the whole family can enjoy together!

  • little girl with holiday candyMake Something. Use all that spare time to do something creative! Making fun crafts, baking holiday treats, and even writing and decorating thank you notes will give kids something fun to do and a sense of accomplishment when they’re finished. Plus, think how happy Grandma and Grandpa will be to get a handwritten thank you!
  • Host a Playdate. Call some friends and bring the fun to you! A simple afternoon potluck between lunch and dinner is easy, fun. If you schedule it after the holidays, have everyone bring their unwanted gifts and swap them around!
  • Get Out of the House. Sometimes the walls start to close in on you no matter how you try, and it’s best to just escape for a bit. That’s where Skateland comes in! Bring the whole family to our skate center. Kids and parents can enjoy our arcade and obstacle course, and of course get some exercise on the skate floor. Think how much better you’ll feel after stretching your legs!

With a little forethought and some time at Skateland, you’ll never have to hear “I’m bored!” this holiday break. Check out our schedule and come join us anytime we’re open!

Roller Skating: A Super Smooth Date!

Are you thinking of asking someone out? Is looking for the best first date idea giving you fits? Forget the boring movies, skip the crowded restaurant, and bring your date to Skateland in Bradford, MO! Roller skating makes a great first date. Check out all the reasons why:

  • woman smiling on dateIt’s Easy to Get Chatty. Since roller skating comes with a built-in activity, great music, arcade games, tasty snacks, and a ton of fun nostalgia, you won’t have to struggle to come up with topics of conversation. No more awkward small talk for you!
  • It’s Casual… Above all else, skating is about having fun! Since many adults haven’t been skating in a long time, there’s no pressure to impress with your skating skills. You and your date can relax and get to know each other without feeling stifled by the overly-formal atmosphere of a restaurant.
  • …But it’s Thoughtful. A trip to Skateland shows that you’ve invested time and thought into picking a unique and fun activity for this date. What better way to show off your creativity in a no-pressure way?
  • Affordable, but Not Cheap. A trip to Skateland for our 18+ Adult Night is only $10 per person, with skate rental only $3 extra. Other open skate sessions are even less. A great first date doesn’t have to break the bank!

Roller skating has been popular with couples for decades. Next time you’re looking for a unique first date idea with a touch of nostalgia, come down to Skateland in Bradford, MO and see why!

Giving Is Good for the Soul

Not only is Thanksgiving right around the corner, but so is Giving Tuesday. The Tuesday after the consumerist holidays of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday has been designated as a day to give back to the communities we live in. Here at Skateland in Bradford, MO we’re excited to celebrate this holiday, and we hope you’ll join us!

volunteerVolunteering with your kids isn’t just good for the community–it’s also good for your family. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and disconnected nowadays, even during the holidays. By focusing on others, kids learn to take responsibility for the world they live in and to be grateful for their blessings. They also feel empowered to can change the world for the better. That’s a powerful message for everyone, not just kids!

Finding volunteer opportunities that are suitable for kids can seem tricky, but don’t worry! Sites like VolunteerMatch.org and Idealist.org offer the option to search for family or kid-friendly opportunities. Your school, church, work, Scout troop, etc. may have activities planned as well. If all else fails, you can always contact organizations directly and ask them about volunteer opportunities. Animal shelters, homeless shelters, senior centers, and food banks are particularly busy during this time of year. Even cleaning for the holidays can turn into a community service project! Have kids go through their clothes and toys to find gently used items to donate to charity.

No matter how you choose to give back, we hope you’ll reward yourselves with some time for active fun at Skateland! Join us for a public skate session and don’t forget about our Black Friday Skate from 12:00 to 5:00 on November 24th!

Tips for a Stress-Free Birthday Bash

kids celebrating a birthdayIf you’re looking for a unique, exciting location for an unforgettable birthday party, it’s hard to go wrong with roller skating! Not only is the theme built in, but all the activities are included, and Skateland in Bradford, MA has flexible, affordable party packages. When it comes to planning a birthday party, hosting at Skateland takes out a lot of the guesswork and stress, but there are still things to do! Here are some ideas on how to plan a roller skating birthday party.

First, pick your date. Remember that weekday parties will be less expensive than parties on the weekend, but may be more difficult for your guests to attend. This is also true for holiday weekends when many families plan trips out of town.

Don’t feel pressured to invite everyone in your child’s class, but make sure you pass out invitations in a way that doesn’t lead to fights or hurt feelings. Email is a great way to organize invitations since it’s immediate and private. Give your guests plenty of time to plan–invitations should be in hand as soon as you have a date booked, and definitely no less than two weeks before your party. Make sure parents are aware of what is and isn’t included in the party package, like skate rentals, and have a clear sense of start and end times.

Don’t forget to make a list of things you have to remember, like RSVPs, deposits, final payments, waivers/permission slips, and when and where to get the cake. Otherwise, sit back and relax knowing that Skateland’s party staff will take care of the rest! Call us today and let’s get started planning your party!

Get the Picture?

Strap on your roller skates and strike a pose, because May is National Photograph Month! Whether you like taking family photos, selfies, artistic shots, or even videos, there’s one thing all photographers agree on: good photos need a good subject and a good setting. This National Photograph Month, learn how to take the perfect pic of friends or family. Snap an action shot while roller skating.

Lights, Camera, Roller Skates!

  1. boy with cameraChoose a subject. This can be a friend, family member, or inanimate object (like a pair of rental skates) if you’re going for a more artistic look. If you choose a friend or family member, remember that he doesn’t need to consider himself “good” at roller skating. The only thing that will matter is whether or not your subject is having fun!
  2. Line up the shot. Take a second to figure out which way you want to take the photo. For this particular activity, we recommend taking horizontal photos so you can get the whole skating rink in the shot.
  3. Strike a pose. Whether you’re skating, standing still, or racing a friend, pretty much anything you do while skating will be picture-worthy! If you’re taking an action shot, adjust your aperture or take burst pictures on your smartphone.
  4. Upload it. What good is a picture if you don’t share it? If you’ve taken a picture at Skateland, share it with the world! (Not to brag, but we’re pretty photogenic). Feel free to tag us in it too! We’d love to see how you enjoy our roller skating rink.

Flash a smile and strap up your skates for National Photograph Month! To celebrate this awesome month, share pictures of you and your friends skating in Bradford and tag Skateland on social media

The Best Choice for Summer Fun

While most people think of summer as a great time to go outside and play, the reality is that oftentimes the summer sun is a bit too hot. Running around and having fun outside can be difficult when you’re sweltering in the heat. But how can you get fun summer exercise without worrying about the weather? You can join us for indoor roller skating at Skateland, of course!

3 Reasons to Join Us for Indoor Fun

  1. Roller SkatesYou don’t have to worry about sunscreen. Staying outside too long can leave you and your kids vulnerable to sunburns, and no one likes loading up on sunscreen (and remembering to reapply every few hours). When you visit Skateland, there’s no need to waste time or get greasy.
  2. Sun or no sun, roller skating gives you and your children some great exercise. According to the American Heart Association, roller skating is great aerobic exercise that works all of the muscles in your body, including your heart!
  3. Roller skating is fun for the whole family. When you bring your family to Skateland, no one is left out! Skating is fun for all ages, and you can make it even more fun by finding games to play in the rink.

When you join us at Skateland, you get to experience family fun and awesome exercise in an air-conditioned space. Summer means longer days, so we lengthen our hours of operation, too. Visit us on Facebook for more information on pricing and directions, or contact Skateland today to find out when we’re open.

5 Benefits of Summer Skating Field Trips

Think your summer camp will be fine where they are? Think again! Summer field trips are great ways to engage kids in something new, give camp counselors a break, and prepare for fun no matter what the weather is doing. It’s never too early to book a camp group at Skateland!

5 Benefits of Summer Skating Field Trips

  1. happy kids outsideFun for all (rain or shine). Between summer heat and unexpected showers, you’ll want to have a backup plan. With help from Skateland, summer fun is no sweat! We have indoor, air conditioned facilities that are perfect for summer play, no matter what it looks like outside. And skating is great fitness, so the kids can squeeze in hours of active play.
  2. Foster friendships. Does your camp group form cliques? Mix things up with roller-skating games, Laser Maze competitions, and open skating.
  3. Everything you need to play. Forgot supplies for your latest craft? At Skateland, we have everything you need. You can rent roller-skates and Skate Mate trainers, skate around the rink, take on the Laser Maze Challenge, and fuel up with hot meals without ever leaving our facility.
  4. A break for the boss. Running a kids summer camp is a lot of fun, but it’s also a lot of work. Give your counselors a break. They can skate with the kids, relax on the sidelines, or even try the Laser Maze for themselves
  5. Freedom and fun. We’ll work with you to give your campers the ultimate skating experience. You can rent our skating center by the hour, bundle food packages, and choose your skate rentals. You can even reserve weekly skating trips for your camp group!

Call Skateland today to book a summer camp field trip in Bradford.

3 Tricks for Advanced Skaters

You’ve been a casual skater for years. You can limbo and dominate skate races, and there’s something magical about your favorite roller-skating song. Now it’s time to take your skills to the next level. Skateland shares 3 fun roller-skating tricks for advanced skaters.

3 Tricks for Advanced Skaters

  1. woman inline skating outsideSpin. You don’t need a lot of space to show off fun skating tricks. Take this trick for a spin! You can spin in either direction, or if you really want a challenge, switch from one direction to the other mid-spin. Bend your knees, keeping your hips square and your feet shoulder-width apart. Start with your arms spread in a right angle. Rotate them to one side, tucking them close your body. Your skates will fall in line, pulling your closer skate backwards and pushing your farther skate forwards. Lift your body as you gain momentum, pulling your skates close together into a powerbox pose. Voila! A perfect spin.
  2. Spread eagle. Show off your skating skills with casual flair. Once you’ve mastered balance, you have the basics needed to perform skating tricks like The Spread Eagle. Skate forward, keeping your knees bent. As you move forward, spread your legs and rock back onto your heels, balancing on the back two wheels. Glide forward, impressing your friends with your casual confidence. Make sure to keep your core engaged so you don’t fall on your face . . . or wind up in a painful split!
  3. Salchow. Was The Spread Eagle child’s play? We have a real challenge for you: The Salchow. Starting backwards, complete a one-leg twist, do a quick jump, and land on your opposite foot. You’re sure to impress anyone watching!

Ready to impress? Practice your skating skills at Skateland!