Discover the Joys and Benefits of Skating

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From increased balance and motor skills to endurance and cardiovascular health, there are innumerable benefits that come with learning how to skate. But it’s not just about staying healthy. If anything, the health benefits of skating are a great bonus that comes from getting into a really fun hobby!

At Skateland, we know all about the awesome benefits of rolling around the rink and we want to share a few with you.

First and Foremost, It’s Fun!

Roller-skating has been a favorite pastime for nearly 100 years, and although the gear has evolved to better suit the multiple activities and styles that embody skating, the joy that comes with gliding across the hardwood on four wheels remains the same.

Spending an hour or two in skates can help your body release endorphins which improve your mood. Plus, when you’re at the rink, you’re sure to get into some classic skating games like Four Corners, Limbo and Shoot the Duck, just to name a few.

Good for the Body and the Mind

Skating keeps you fit. When you roller-skate at a medium pace for an hour, you can burn anywhere from 300 to 600 calories! Plus, skating is much easier on your joints than other exercises like running. In short, you can roll around the rink having a blast and shed a few pounds without it feeling like a workout at all!

There are also multiple studies coming out showing that physical exercise has a direct link to increased conative function. Engaging in regular cardiovascular exercise such as skating can help increase blood flow to the brain, help develop neuron connections and more.

Come Have Some Fun with Us at Skateland

Our indoor roller rink in Bradford, Massachusetts, offers public and private skating times and is a great place to bring the whole family. To find out more, feel free to give us a call today at (978) 372-3050.

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!

What Type of Skater Are You?

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It doesn’t matter what your personal style is, roller skating can provide endless fun for everyone. But choosing the right skate can be tricky with all the options out there these days. Whether you’re into racing, skating outside, joining a roller derby club or are just starting out, the type of skates you use plays a huge roll in how much you get out of your time on wheels.

Check out these 4 common types of skates to help you narrow down the style that fits your needs, then roll over to our pro shop at Skateland in Bradford, Mass, and find the perfect fit!

Recreational Quad Skates

This skate style offers a high top, lace up shoe that is meant to provide extra support for people who want to exercise, roll around for fun or are just starting out. They are a ton of fun either indoor at a rink or outdoors.

Inline Skates

Also known as rollerblades, inline skates are a ton of fun and can be used for everything from speed skating, tricks, roller hockey and recreational/exercise.

Racing/Speed Skates

Just like the name implies, these skates are meant to go FAST! The shoe is usually low cut and fits snuggly with an aerodynamic shape to reduce wind resistance. They allow much more movement because of the ankle freedom they provide and are also often used for skate dancing as well as speed skating.

Roller Derby Skates

Roller Derby has been growing in popularity since the 1930s, and over the years the skates have adapted to be rugged and tough enough to handle being crashed and banged time and time again. If you’ve ever considered trying the sport, swing by our roller rink in Bradford, MA, and check it out!

Give Us a Call!

Our pro shop has every style of skates you could ask for. Swing by or give us a call to find out more about what’s in stock, open skating times, or booking a private party!

Throwback to Fun with These Classic Skating Games

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How can you make roller skating even more fun? Games, games, games! Roller skating games can be played during open skating times, private parties, corporate events or any time you have a group together at the rink. Check out some of our favorites here at Skateland in Bradford, Mass., then give us a call for information about open skating hours or booking a private party.

Freeze Tag

It’s tag with a twist! One person is it and everyone else tries not to get tagged… the only difference is everyone is on skates! The rules are simple. If you’re “it,” you skate around the rink trying to tap your friends. Once they’ve been tagged, they have to freeze in place until everyone is tagged and the game is over.

Limbo

How low can you go? You’ll find out if you play Limbo during your next visit to Skateland! The objective is to roll under the bar but it gets lower and lower every time, testing your flexibility and balance as you go!

4 Corners

This is THE classic skating game and the rules are simple. Everyone on the floor skates until the music stops. Then everyone has to skate to 1 of the 4 corners of the rink. A designated person calls out a corner 1-4. If your corner is called out, you’re out! Then the music start up and everyone goes again until only one skater remains in the rink.

These are just a few of the awesome games you can play the next time you come skating. For more information about our open skating hours, pricing or private party packages, give us a call today. One of our Skateland team members will be happy to help you answer any questions you have!

Tips for Teaching Your Kids How to Skate

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Whether you’re kids are interested in traditional quad skates or they want to learn rollerblading, skating is a timeless activity that is fun and easy to pick up. Check out some of these helpful tips for teaching your kids how to skate, then come to Skateland in Bradford, Mass., and get rolling!

Equipment Check

All you really need to get out in the rink and start having fun is a pair of skates that fit well. Make sure to lace them up tight, but not too tight, and you’re ready to hit the rink. If you’re more comfortable with your child using pads, our pro shop has everything you need to ensure your little one is protected.

Proper Skating Posture is Key

Next to having skates that fit, balance is the most critical part of skating. To help find balance, start by placing your feet shoulder width apart. Next, make sure you bend at the knees as you stand upright. Don’t worry if you feel off balance or if you have to sit back down and try again. It can take a few tries before you start to feel comfortable standing in skates.

You’ll probably find that it’s easier to keep your balance when you’re moving. Try lightly pushing off the wall and rolling. Keep your knees bent and use your arms to help you maintain balance.

Feel the Glide

As you start to feel more comfortable standing up and slowly rolling in your skate, you can try to start gliding. To start a glide, push to the side and back with whichever foot your feel comfortable with. While you push with that foot, keep your other foot straight and let it glide across the floor. After your first push, you’ll want to push in the same way with your other foot and let the opposite skate glide across the floor.

You’re Skating!

It’s just that easy! But remember that it takes time and everyone learns at different speeds. You can do it so don’t give up!

3 Ways to Prepare Your Kids for the First Day of School

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Summer is coming to an end and the inevitable is right around the corner. It doesn’t matter who you are, the first day of school is scary and can cause a lot of stress for you as well as your kids. We all start worrying about whether our kids will fit in or be bullied. Will they like their teachers? Will they do well and get good grades? The list of things that can start wreaking havoc in your mind can seem endless.

So how can you prepare your child, keep everyone calm and be as supportive as possible during this year’s back-to-school craziness? Here are some tips that could help!

Keep Calm and Communicate

Communication is at the top of our list for a reason. It’s probably the single most effective tool in your back-to-school tool belt. Talking to your kids about fears or anxiety can help them immensely. Ask questions about how they feel and be careful to listen to them without interrupting. Simply letting them know there is a safe place for them to voice their concerns can be huge.

Provide Encouragement and Lift Confidence

Encourage your children by letting them know that they are amazing little people. Praise your kids for their independence and unique qualities. Let them know that they have something special to offer!

Be Prepared and Then Blow Off Some Steam

One of the best ways to overcome any type of anxiety is to be prepared. This means you should make sure you have everything your child needs for the first day of school, knows where to go, and even who is in his or her class before the first day starts. Chances are, they’ll have a friend from last year and will feel more confident going in.

Once you have supplies bought and your first-day research is finished, blow off some steam! Hanging out with us at Skateland is a great way to burn off some of that nervous energy. Give us a call today to find out more about our public skating and private party options.

August is #FamilyFunMonth

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When was the last time you took the family out for a night of wholesome fun? August is officially family fun month, so why not enjoy it with us at Skateland! With a massive 13,000 sq. ft. skating floor, quad and inline skate rentals, concessions, live DJs and much more, we have everything you need for an awesome time with the whole family.

Perfect for Any Age

Roller skating is a great way for every member of the family to have a great time and get a little exercise while they’re at it. Skating gives you a fun, full-body workout, burning up to 600 calories an hour. It is also a great way to get in shape without putting stress on your joints and bones. Roller skating offers 50% less impact when compared to running, while still getting your heart rate up in the 150 bpm region.

With all these great health benefits, you get a great workout while your kids have a change to burn off all that extra energy that comes with summer break.

Public Skating or Private Parties

At Skateland, we have a ton of options for your family fun. Whether you’re feeling outgoing and want to meet some new family friends during our open skating times, or would rather a private gathering with your family and friends, we have you covered. We do our best to accommodate the unique qualities of every family while delivering the kind of classic entertainment that only roller skating can.

Skatland is the perfect place for the family to come, hang out, have a blast and enjoy an atmosphere everyone can feel safe and comfortable in. For more information, give us a call today!

Throw an End of Summer Party at Skateland!

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Summer will be over before you know it but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop just yet. At Skateland, we have the perfect solution for one last summer shindig. Did you know that you can book a private skating party with all the advantages of our facility, but without the crowds?

Gather Your Friends and Family

We rent out our roller skating rink by the hours with a two-hour minimum anytime we are not open to the public. We also make sure to keep rates affordable at only $175 per hour. We can accommodate large groups and suggest at least an hour-long booking for every 100 people so everyone can get their fill.

During your private party, you and your guests will have full access to all the normal amenities, including:

  • Concessions
  • Floor guards
  • Snack bar
  • Live DJ
  • And more!

We Have Everything You Need For a Great Time

Our skate rentals include sizes for the smallest kids to the biggest dads, and you have the option to choose traditional quad skates or roller blades.

Private parties are a great way to break the ice before heading back to school, too! We can accommodate up to 900 skaters at a time, so feel free to invite your whole class and then some.

Call Today to Book Your Party!

As long as we are not open for public skating, we can book and help organize your party! Hourly bookings are available throughout the week, with the best times being:

  • Weekday mornings and afternoons
  • Monday and Tuesday evenings
  • Sunday evenings, after 5 p.m.
  • Saturday between 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Give us a call today for more information.

July is Anti-Boredom Month!

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As a parent, there are few phrases that summon a feeling of dread like the words “I’m bored!” Summer brings a lot of joy to kids, but it can also leave them with nothing to do. Luckily, you don’t have to look too far to find a cure for summer boredom. At Skateland, we specialize in family-friendly, action-packed activities to keep your kids engaged and having a blast all summer long.

Entertaining Exercise for the Kids this Summer

Roller skating is a classic American treasure that provides hours of fun and is a perfect way for the kids to burn off excess energy. With 13,000 sq. ft. of Canadian Hard Rock Maple flooring, our skating area is the best place to skate in the Merrimack Valley!

Our skating facility offers a huge array of activities and perks, such as:

• Roller skate rentals
• Inline (rollerblade) rentals
• Skate trainers
• Skating games and organized activities
• And much more!

Rise to the Challenge of Our Laser Maze

It’s time to put down the Xbox controller and step into a real-life video game! Our laser maze offers a challenging, interactive experience as you and your kids can join forces to defeat an intergalactic enemy and save mankind as we know it. Come to Skateland an prepare to enter into a world full of fun surprises that will take agility, problem solving and teamwork to complete. The laser maze is sure to be a summer highlight for the entire family.

Endless Summer Fun

Here at Skateland, we offer everything you need to fight summer boredom. Give us a call today to find out more about our skating packages, the laser maze, birthday party packages and so much more!

Beat The Sun, Join The Indoor Fun

The summer is fun, but it is also HOT! There are some days where it’s nice to be outside, but some days you just have to get out of the sun. Here are three ways to stay out of the sun this summer.

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Indoor Gatherings For Friends

As the summer approaches, kids don’t see their friends as often as they would like. Before, they could just show up to school and see the friends they love to hang out with. That becomes tough during the summer for kids whose parents work during the day and can’t drive them around. This summer you should plan some indoor activities for the kids and their friends. This will keep them out of the brutal sun and will allow them to spend time with their friends. There are plenty of games and activities that can be planned inside and are enjoyable for kids.

Read With Your Kids

With the kids out of school they might not be required to do much reading. Reading is crucial for kids’ development. This summer is a great opportunity for you to spend time with your kids, prevent sunburns, and keep their brains active during the break. Reading with them shows kids that reading is a fun activity. Kids are encouraged to enjoy activities that their parents also enjoy.

Come Skate At Skateland

Skateland in Bradford, MA is home to your child’s fun this summer. As the sun beats down on the dry ground, bring your children into Skateland to enjoy roller skating in our beautiful rink, snacks from our snack bar, and exciting runs in our famous laser maze. Skating is a healthy activity that will keep your kids out of the sun and having fun. We have nice, cool air conditioning to ensure a comfortable atmosphere for all of our customers.

These ideas are sure to give your child their best summer yet. Contact us for more information about Skateland’s summer hours and rates.