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.

Keep Your Kids Active This Summer

A child’s early years are crucial in their development. While they are in school, they are always learning and being engaged in critical thinking situations. When they hit the summer, however, it is often up to the parents to keep their minds active. Here are three ways to keep your child active both mentally and physically this summer.

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Encourage Them To Read

Reading is very important for children. It is through reading that they develop many of their communication skills. Children that actively read often do better in both reading and writing in school. Encourage them to get on a reading schedule this summer. If they still are not about it, offer incentives. Every 30 minutes of reading you do is one scoop of ice cream. Or try reading as a family to make it more fun.

Have Them Help With Yard Work

It is normally in the summer season that your lawn requires the most attention. Have your children help you with lawn care responsibilities. This will get them out of the house and active. It will also help teach them about work ethic. As they complete a task, be sure to show them how appreciative you are for their hard work. Positive reinforcement will help develop a strong work ethic as they become more independent.

Encourage Fun Exercise

Exercise is crucial for children. They need to be encouraged to live a healthy lifestyle. A huge part of that is staying active. It’s a good thing that there are so many sports and games to help kids enjoy exercising! One fun activities is roller skating at Skateland in Bradford, MA. There are so many health benefits associated with roller skating, it’s great for people of any age. Beyond that, it is a fun activity and can be done with friends.

Make this summer an active one for your child. Exercise doesn’t have to be boring or seem like work. There are plenty of fun activities that will help kids live a healthy lifestyle. If you would like to come in to Skateland to get in some fun exercise, check us out on social media and contact us with any questions you may have.

How To Improve Your Skating Game

Roller-skating can be tough to learn as a beginner. Once you can stay on your wheels you might feel like a good skater. But what if you could advance further? There are plenty of tips and tricks to teach all skill levels of skaters. We will highlight them here so you can utilize them and reach your greatest potential as a roller-skater.

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Beginners: don’t be discouraged. People were designed with feet so they could stand and walk on them. Why do we try to move on wheels? There are plenty of reasons. It is healthy, it is fun, and it is fast. One of the biggest pieces of advice we can offer is to listen to anybody that can skate. They have gotten past the point where you are now. They can stay on their skates without falling every time they move. They are confident that they can skate. This leads us to our next point. Have confidence in yourself. Confidence is key to staying on your feet. You have to have the confidence to try. If you don’t you will never stay on two skates.

Skaters: don’t be too proud to learn. Yes, you know how to skate. But what is keeping you from learning more about it and potentially teaching it? It is important to learn through other skaters at this point. Learn through challenging other people. As you see different skating moves you can try them yourself. Remember the courage and confidence it took to learn how to skate? It is important to keep that confidence so you can advance your skating abilities.

At Skateland in Bradford, MA we are willing to give you the place and resources to learn. As the summer approaches, make it your goal to become a better skater. We are willing to help you achieve your goals. Contact us by clicking here!

The Keys To Roller Skate Maintenance

Buying new roller-skates is an important milestone in a skater’s life. Before you purchase new roller skates it is important to understand the financial commitments associated with the process. In order to compare the different areas of upkeep associated with roller-skate we have to define them. One area is the exterior appearance of the skates, and the other is the physical condition of them.

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The primary owners of roller-skates are within the child to teenager range of age. Something that is very important to that age range of kids is the physical appearance of their accessories. If skating is a major part of their lives, it is extremely important that they have the hottest, freshest skate accessories of any of their friends. Let’s say your white laces begin to turn dirty. They may not glow as well during black light skating. You will need to spend a little bit of money on replacement laces. If the boot of your skate becomes severely scuffed, you will probably have to pay to have the exterior of the boot cleaned off and refinished.

The physical condition of the skates is far more important than the exterior. If the physicality of the shoe fails, the skater will not be able to skate. Let’s say there is a significant tear in the boot. You would most likely have to replace the entire shoe portion of the skate. If the wheels become loose or shredded you will have to replace the wheels that are affected.

You must treat your skates like a car. If you want them to run smoothly and comfortably, you have to treat them well and replace the parts that are necessary to keep it running.

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!

3 Tips for Planning an End of the Year Party

It’s hard to believe that summer vacation is just a few months away. The end of the year will arrive before you know it. Get ahead of the curve by planning an end of school party at Skateland.

How to Plan an End of the Year Party

You want to reward your students for a year of hard work. But the end of school is a busy time, and you don’t want to create a ton of extra work for yourself. What’s the solution? A roller-skating party at Skateland!

  1. happy kids outsideBook your party early. That way you’re guaranteed a day that works with your classroom schedule. It also gives you plenty of time to send out permission forms, gather your thoughts about each student’s successes, and get the kids excited about their upcoming skating adventure.
  2. Make memories (and share old ones). An end of the year party shouldn’t be go-go-go. Take a moment to reflect on your students’ favorite part of the year. Make writing a Top 10 list the last homework assignment of the year. Compile funny memories, pick a classroom Top 10 from the kids’ favorite lessons and field trips, and write a few words about your own favorite experiences from the year.
  3. Stop stressing. At Skateland we take care of everything for you. You won’t need to worry about setup and cleanup, preparing food, or scrambling to find extra supervision. A Skateland party has it all!

Call Skateland to learn more about private skating parties. Let’s make the end of the year just as fun as the rest of it has been!

Master the Art of the Staycation

Between planning, paying, and preparing to play peacemaker with the kids, vacations are a lot of work. Skip the stress this year with a staycation at Skateland!

3 Tips for a Better Staycation

  1. family in town at nightPrep for your vacation. Staying home means no vacation prep, right? Not so fast. If you put off laundry, dishes, and other pre-vacation prep tasks, you’ll be stuck doing them during spring break. And that’s not what staycations are all about!
  2. Make a wish list. Many of us get so busy with the hustle and bustle of daily life that we miss out on the adventures right outside our doors. Is there a restaurant you’ve always wanted to try, a park your kids have been eyeing after school, or a new skating trick you want to master? Make a list and try one new thing every day.
  3. Take pics! You may be vacationing at home, but you’re still making memories. Cherish each new adventure by taking plenty of pictures for Facebook and Instagram.  

Spring Break at Skateland

Why spend your spring break at Skateland?

  1. Special hours. We’re opening our doors for even more fun during the week of spring break. Join us for special skating sessions April 14-21.
  2. Family fitness. Get off the couch and get moving! Roller-skating is a fun way to keep the family active. The average adult can burn up to 650 calories in just an hour of skating. The best part? It’s so much fun the kids won’t realize it’s good for them!
  3. Affordable fun. Vacations aren’t about how far you travel or what crazy adventures you find. It’s about making memories with the people you love. Skip the plane tickets and resort bills. You can have just as much fun right here in Bradford.

Plan the ultimate spring break staycation at Skateland.