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!

Celebrate the Big Game with a Private Skating Party

It doesn’t matter if you won or lost, team parties at Skateland are always winners!

If you’re looking for a place to throw an epic end-of-season party for the whole team, you’ve found it! At Skateland, we know how to throw a party. Whether you’re looking for a place to celebrate after the big game, a venue for an end-of-season event for the Scouts, or your child has a big birthday coming up, we have you covered.

Everyone’s a Winner at Skateland

We offer specials for teams and groups that include everything you need to for up to 30 kids. Each of our party packages include:

  • Admission for the whole team
  • Quad or inline skate rentals
  • Full staff
  • Private use of our huge skating rink
  • Concessions
  • Live DJ to play all your favorite skating songs!

Our private party packages are priced affordably and designed to make it an event that everyone will remember for a long time!

Family Fun for All Ages

We are all about having a good time. Roller skating is a blast no matter how old you are, and as a wholesome, family-friendly facility, everyone can have a blast! Make sure you give us a call today to book your party and celebrate the season in style.

Book Your Party Today

Booking a private skating party at Skateland is easy. Check out our private party packages and give us a call to reserve your spot today.

Why Skaters are Celebrating National STEM Day

roller skatingHave you been looking for a fun, family outing that is also educational? Look no further than roller skating! When you and your kids roller skate, you’re incorporating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with every glide! This exciting concept is reason enough to celebrate National STEM Day on November 8th at Skateland.

Come celebrate with us! Check out our hours.

Discover the importance of STEM, how it affects your kids, and what activities you can do to celebrate on November 8th.

The Importance of STEM

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are linked to every activity we do. Understanding how STEM works in our daily life allows us to learn more about how the world works. And understanding the importance of STEM is critical to creating learning moments for your kids.

How STEM Affects Your Kids

Roller skating is incredibly fun and enjoyable. However, now that you know roller skating correlates directly to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, you can make roller skating an educational opportunity! Many kids lose interest in STEM as they grow older. When you bring your kids to our skating center, you make learning fun by teaching them about STEM and roller skating.

Celebrate STEM on November 8!

National STEM Day is on November 8th, and we can’t wait to celebrate! There aren’t many activities kids love that combine fun with learning. Make the most of National STEM Day and spark your kids’ curiosity! Bring your kids and their friends to Skateland for a fun time and a sneaky lesson.

Want to learn more about the science of roller skating? Contact us today.

Work Off Halloween Candy by Roller Skating at Skateland!

halloweenBefore you pick up your tall pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks, ask yourself if you’re ready to walk 134 minutes to burn it off. Or before bringing the kids out to trick or treat this year, ask yourself if the bite-size snicker you steal from their bag is worth 17 minutes of burpees.

Americans spend billions of dollars on Halloween candy every year, and millions of calories are added across the country. Foregoing Halloween is tough for parents with excitable kids, but, is there something you can do about the calorie and sugar intake? Yes! Roller skate at Skateland to burn off those Halloween calories!

Check out our public skating hours today.

Check out some roller skating fitness statistics that will make you want to lace up your skates and head to Skateland.

The Perfect Workout

Have you been searching for a workout that is extremely fun and produces great results? We found it. During the week, try to get in an hour of roller skating, swimming, and cycling. This combination will give you all of the fitness benefits associated with aerobics! (Aerobic exercise is vital for your health because it strengthens your heart and lungs.)

Easy On Your Joints & More

You may have heard that roller skating is much easier on your joints than running. But, that’s not all. It also strengthens your leg muscles and contributes to the reduction of body fat. If jogging isn’t your cup of tea, lace up your skates and get the same workout at our skating rink!

Boost Your Mood

Roller skating is great for your attitude and mood. This form of exercise will get your blood pumping, legs racing, calories burning, and face smiling. It contributes to decreased stress and increased fun (especially when you roller skate with a friend).

So, grab your roller skates and head over to Skateland to get in the perfect work out that is easy on your joints and makes you happy. We can’t wait to see you soon!

8 Ways to Stay Safe and Have Fun This Halloween

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Whether your little one prefers ghosts and ghouls or princesses and puffy, fluffy, cutesy costumes, one thing holds true across the board: Halloween is fun! It gives kids a chance to dress up, stock their coffers full of candy, and even get into a little mischief. However, it’s important to make sure you address the very real safety concerns that come with a fun night trick or treating.

From being visible to neighborhood traffic to making sure the costume itself isn’t a potential risk for your child, here are some tips from us at Skateland to make sure you have a fun and safe Halloween this year in Bradford, MA.

  1. Don’t give your small children any props that are small enough to swallow or choke on.
  2. Add a little reflective tape to your kid’s costume so drivers can see them
  3. Make sure to have your little one’s name and home phone number attached to them somewhere in case they wander off during all the spooky fun.
  4. Make sure all masks, wigs, beards, etc. do not obstruct your child’s ability to breath.
  5. Stick to the sidewalk and avoid walking in the road even if other groups are doing it.
  6. Steer clear of candles or any sort of open flames. Costumes are often baggy or flowing and can catch fire fast!
  7. Supervise your little trick or treater. Kids will usually only trick or treat until they are 12 or so, but even the older kids should be supervised.
  8. Spend Halloween with us at Skateland!

A growing trend these days is to bring kids to a fun, safe indoor Halloween party. And at Skateland, we totally agree! Bring the little ones in for a great time on skates and make sure they dress up in full costume because we’re going to have a hauntingly fun time through the rest of October.

On Sunday, October 29, we’ll be having a super fun, skate-filled Halloween party! Stop by between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to join in or give us a call for more information!

Skating Themed Costumes for Halloween!

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It’s October which means it’s time for goodies, ghouls and good times! Sometimes, picking out the perfect costume for Halloween can be tough, though. Whether you’re having a mental block or have too many ideas to choose from, it happens. That’s why we wanted to give you a few fun suggestions before you come hang out with us at Skateland in Bradford this Halloween.

We’re obviously fans of skating-themed costumes over here, so check out these ideas!

  • Disco Roller – It’s time to break out the silk shirts and bellbottoms, throw on a headscarf or an ascot and get ready to boogie all night long!
  • Roller Derby Girl – All you need for this one is a pair of athletic shorts, your favorite jersey, a headband and some attitude.
  • Roller Skating Waitress – Why not throw it back to the days when you could get a burger and a shake delivered to your car window by a server on skates? Make sure to get an apron and a small notebook to take down all the orders of fun you’re going to get!
  • Olympic Skater – With the winter Olympics coming up, what better time to show Team USA some love and dress up as an Olympic skater? Whether you like speed skating or figure skating, you’re sure to be a hit at our skating center.

These are just a handful of ideas but there a million more out there that don’t necessarily have anything to do with skating. After all, it’s all about having a good time. The important thing to remember is to swing by and party with us at Skateland this Halloween! We have full concessions, private parties are available, and we’ll be playing great skating games all month long!

October is National Skating Month

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Visiting your local skating center for a day of family fun is a classic pastime and a rite of passage for almost every youngster in America. So it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that the entire month of October is dedicated to the history of skating and celebrating this family-friendly activity. October is National Roller Skating Month!

At Skateland, we love being able to provide our neighbors in Bradford, MA, a chance to fall in love with skating. But just in case you’re still on the fence about the joys of skating, check out these really cool perks that come along with our favorite pastime!

Skating Makes You Healthier

Did you know that roller skating at a moderate pace can burn off the same amount of calories as running or jogging? It’s true! You can burn anywhere from 300 to 600 calories an hour while having the time of your life. Plus, it’s much better for your joints and bones than the hard impact that running has on your body.

Skating Makes Memories for a Lifetime

Skating is fun and family-friendly. And what better activity could there be when you’re planning a big birthday bash? Celebrating a birthday at our skating center provides hours of non-stop fun, party favors, and full concessions. The only problem is that it’ll be hard to top next year!

Make New Friends

Roller skating draws a diverse crowd of people and gives kids an opportunity to meet and hang out with a whole new group of friends that they might not otherwise meet. Plus, the intensity and pure joy of spending time rolling around the rink means you’ll want to keep coming back!

At Skateland, we offer amazing party packages, a ton of open skating times and so much more! Give us a call today to find out what all the hype is about and then roll on by for a great time!

The Importance of Good Stretching Before Skating

Like any aerobic exercise, skating can put stress on your muscles. If you’re not properly warmed up before you start skating, you could end up pulling a muscle. Thankfully, taking a few minutes to stretch and warm up before you go full speed can help prevent injuries and make for a better session at Skateland in Bradford, MA!

Which Areas You Should Stretch

Skating is a full-body workout, but most of the stress is being put on your lower body from the hips down. Because of the combination of side-to-side and front-to-back movements, you definitely want to limber up your calves, quads, hamstrings, and hips.

  • stretchingQuads: The large muscle of the upper thigh is key to pushing off when you roller skate. To stretch this area, grab one foot at the ankle and pull it back behind you. Keep your other foot planted firmly on the floor with a slight bend in the knee. You can also use your other arm to steady yourself on the wall. Then switch to the other side and repeat.
  • Hamstrings: This muscle runs up the back of your leg. To stretch this area, keep your knees straight (but not locked) and bend forward slowly while reaching for your toes.
  • Calves: To stretch out your calves, you can do a similar motion as the hamstring stretch but put the ball of your foot on a step or a bench. Lean forward slowly and reach for your toes again.
  • Hips: Supine pigeon is a great hip stretch. While lying on your back, bend both knees up with your feet planted on the floor hip distance apart. Place your right ankle on your left knee and flex your foot to keep your ankle in place. Place your left hand on the back of your left thigh and reach through your legs with your right hand, grasping your left. Pull the left leg towards your forehead until you feel a good stretch.

The internet is full of great illustrations to show proper form for these and other great stretches. Check them out and then roll on over to Skateland and have some fun with us at the roller rink!

Skating is Great After-School Exercise

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Now that the new school year is in full swing, it’s important to keep your kids active after class is over. There are lots of ways to get your kids off the couch and increase their heart rate, but at Skateland, we think an hour or two at the roller rink is the perfect solution.

Benefits of Skating as Exercise

Roller skating is a great way for kids to stay active, fit and happy. Did you know that roller skating has nearly the same fitness benefits as running but with much less stress on joints and bones? When you roller skate at a moderate pace for an hour, you burn between 300 and 600 calories.

Skating also helps increase muscle development, improve balance and increase motor skills. Other benefits of roller skating include improved mood because of the endorphins released by your brain while skating!

Fight Childhood Obesity

Regular after-school exercise can help your kids keep a healthy weight, which will create health benefits far into the future. Kids who suffer from childhood obesity are at a much higher risk for developing health issues like diabetes and heart disease as adults.

Behavioral Benefits

Making sure your kid burns off the excess physical energy they build up at school can make a huge difference in behavior. A tired kid is a good kid, and at Skateland in Bradford, MA, we specialize in making exercise fun while your little ones tire themselves out!

Want to learn more about the benefits of skating? Call Skateland or stop by during open skating hours!

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.