How To: Keep Your Balance On Roller Skates

Roller skating is all fun and games until you’ve fallen so many times your butt hurts! Keeping your balance especially as a beginner is hard, but we’ve got a few steps to help you out.

roller skating balance

  1. Posture. Place your feet shoulder width apart, bend your knees, and squat. Lower your backside toward the ground and lean slightly forward in a comfortable squatting position. Try to keep this stance at all times! Imagine this: if you were standing in place without roller skates on and someone gave you a light push, you’d move your feet to regain your balance right? That same concept applies when you’re wearing roller skates! Try walking like a duck would, with your heels together and toes pointed outward. Walk to the right and left, continuing to squat and keeping your heels underneath your body.
  2. Learn to glide. Lengthen each stride by allowing yourself to roll. Push off with one foot and glide with the other until you lose momentum, then switch! While you’re gliding on one foot, keep the other one above the floor. When you turn right, lean your body slightly to the right. When you turn left, lean your body slightly to the left (and don’t forget to maintain the squatting position)! To move faster,  move your legs quicker and put pressure on the wheels to propel forward. Lean into your strides, and use your arms to help you keep your balance. Bend the elbows and move them back and forward, like running!
  3. Practice your stops. Your right roller skate has a brake, located on the toe. To stop, glide with your skates parallel to each other. Stay in a squatting position and lean slightly forward. Put your right skate slightly in front of the left skate, lift the toe of the right skate, and press down hard on the toe. The harder you press, the faster you’ll stop. Don’t hesitate or you might lose your balance!

And there you have it! The best way to practice is by doing, so visit us at Skateland! We always have public skating available. Get everyone involved and book a party with us!

3 New Year’s Resolutions at Skateland

We all want to make each new year better than the one before. Don’t fret about sticking to your New Year’s resolutions this year. Skateland is here to help!

3 Resolutions for 2017 at Skateland

  1. smiling parents with kidGet fit. There’s nothing like trudging to the gym every day to ruin your fitness resolutions. What’s the best way to get active in 2017? Find fitness that’s fun! Did you know that roller-skating is good for your heart, works your legs and glutes, and burns up to 650 calories in an hour? Reach your fitness goals at Skateland in Bradford.
  2. Give back. Are you resolved to be more generous this year? Book a roller-skating fundraiser at Skateland and we’ll help you give more back to the community!
  3. Spend more time with family. Family is what life is all about, but with so much on our to-do lists, finding an empty calendar spot for quality time is hard. Roller-skating is a fun, inexpensive activity that the whole family can share. Make a date each week for Saturday skating and let the good times roll!
  4. Try something new. Are you tired of the same old, same old? The Skateland Lazer Maze is just what you need to spice things up! Navigate the intricate laser maze aboard an international space station to deactivate the self-destruct sequence and save the day. Mission: complete.

Looking for more play, big fun, and a great way to invest in the Bradford community? Skateland has what families need to achieve their New Year’s resolutions. Visit us in 2017!

A Holly, Jolly Holiday Experience

Christmas is a time of warm feelings, holiday cheer, and lots and lots of stuff. Holiday gifts can be fun, both to give and receive, but at some point, the growing pile under the tree can get overwhelming. Take a break from presents and invest in a family experience at Skateland in Bradford.

Why Holiday Experiences Matter

The average parent spends almost $300 on Christmas presents each year. Per child. But psychological research shows that experiences, not material gifts, make people happier in the long run. Minimizing toys doesn’t mean putting zero gifts under the Christmas tree this year. But you can benefit your family this holiday season by teaching your kids to value quality time and family fun over gifts.

How to Give a Great Family Experience

  1. smiling kids in carGo on an adventure. Just load up the car and hit the road. You may wind up at a tasty new restaurant, exploring the world outdoors, or at Skateland for a weekend skating session.
  2. Learn a new skill together. Does your family love roller-skating? Learn a new trick, master a new kind of skate, or give speed skating a try. Not only will you have a great time playing together, you’ll have a new skill to show for it!
  3. Unwrap a new experience. Yes, presents are still great for kids! Instead of putting another video game under the tree, invest in gifts that will enrich your child. Give your kids a book, science set, or pair of roller-skates this Christmas to keep their minds and bodies active.

Skateland is your destination for fun family activities in Bradford.

Get Social with Skateland

Get social with Skateland! Want to make sure you don’t miss a holiday event, skate sale, or laser tag challenge in Bradford? Connect with Skateland on social media! We post daily updates on upcoming events, party packages and corporate events, and updates to our weekly skating schedule. We also share pictures, fun stories from the week, and information about roller-skating in the news. Where can you find us?

Connect with Skateland on Social Media

  • man with smartphone - social mediaFacebook. Alright, be honest. How many times a day are you on Facebook? Facebook is a great tool to help you catch up with friends, family members, and even your favorite businesses. On our Facebook page, you’ll find info on our hours, how to contact us, and upcoming events at Skateland. You can also find fun pictures from the rink and leave reviews about your experience.
  • Twitter. What’s going on at Skateland? Get the sound byte on Twitter. No mess, no fuss, just the info you need to plan a day of play.
  • Google+. Know those reviews that pop up when you Google a business? They come from Google+. Whether you want to share your own experience or see what people are saying about Skateland, Google+ is the place to go.
  • Instagram. It’s all about the Instagram pic. Follow us for pictures from special events, new roller-skates, and even snapshots of our team. You can also mention us in your own posts to share your pics with a broader audience.

We want to connect with YOU. When you follow us on social media, you can stay up-to-date on promotions and family events in Bradford, MA. You can also leave us feedback to help us give you the best experience when you skate with us. Don’t wait to follow Skateland on social media!

5000 Dead Fish in A Rink?

Frozen fish

(Image by NextShark.com)

Yes, you read that correct. According to Nextshark.com, a Japanese skating rink was forced to close after reportedly freezing 5,000 fish and other sea life under the ice. According to Telegraph, the ice skating rink open on November 12, 2016, inside of the Space World amusement park in Kitakyushu, Southern Japan. The rink says the unusual display was an attempt to educate guests about different kinds of fish and marine life – but people certainly didn’t take it that way.

Channel News Asia reported that after receiving several negative reactions from the public regarding the unusual display that the rink was forced to shut down.

“We received critical voices saying it is not good to use creatures as a toy, and that it is bad to let food go to waste,” Space World spokesperson, Koji Shibata said.

In defense, Shibata said that the fish used were all dead and were considered unfit to be sold in the market. He also added that the company had a discussion about the morality of the idea before the fish display was set up.

General Manager of Space World, Toshimi Takeda, also spoke about the issue and said that their intention was for customers to have fun while being educated about marine life.

“We wanted customers to experience the feeling of skating on the sea, but after receiving criticism, we decided that we could not operate it anymore,” Takeda said.

The controversy has persuaded the rink to ultimately melt the rink’s ice which will take about a week. Takeda added that they will hold a memorial service for the fishes by inviting a Shinto priest.

What do you think? Is an ice skating rink with actual dead fish inside of the floor too much, or is it educational? Let us know what you think in the comments below. We want to know what you think about this.

A Christmas Gift To Use All Through The Year

Christmas giftsThe leaves have fallen off of the trees, Thanksgiving was a success and now, Christmas is quickly approaching. Make Christmas special this year for someone in your life with a gift they can use all year – roller skates! Roller skating is recognized by the American Heart Association as a top aerobic exercise. Even at a moderate rate, roller skating can greatly impact your cardiovascular health. According to Roller Skating Association International, the aerobic workout provided by roller skating equals that provided by running once your speed reaches 10 mph or more. Roller skating is also known to cause less stress on your joints than running. In addition to fitness, roller skating is also super fun which helps relieve stress.

At Skateland, we hold skate sessions that are open to the public for skaters of all ages multiple times during the week in addition to special skate sessions for adults, children and teenagers all through the year. Whether you are a beginning or professional skater, we invite you to join us for some clean, safe easy fitness and fun – bring the entire family, all your friends or just come by yourself because a true skater isn’t afraid to roll alone, right? Our friendly staff will be here to greet you with a welcoming smile and get you ready to roll.

For more information about our skate sessions, events and parties at Skateland, visit our website or give us a call at (978) 372-3050. Do you enjoy skating with us at Skateland? Rate and share you experience with us in the review section of our Facebook page today. We always enjoy hearing from you!

Buying The Perfect Holiday Gift

Christmas giftIt’s that time of year again. The leaves are beginning to fall off of the trees, the holidays are here and it’s time to spread the love with gift giving. This year, give your family or friends a holiday gift they can use all year-roller skates! Browse our Pro Shop skate catalog for a look at all of the skates we offer or take a quick look at this blog! The Skateland team has put together a simple list to display the types of roller skates we had available. Check it out!

Quad Speed/Jam Skates

This collection of skates includes the following:

ZTX

Boxer

XT-70 White

Charger-White

Comet

GTX500

Heart Throb-Black

RD Elite Stomp 5

GT-50 Black

Blast

Voodoo U3-Blue

GT-50 Clawz Pink

And more…

Quad Artistic Skates

The Betty

Flo’s Blue Plate Special (73 Century Fame)

93 Avanti Fame – White

Slider

American (73 Competitor Premier White)

Chicago 800/805

Pacesetter (P385/P985)

Fame – White

Boardwalk

Chicago 400/405

Super-Duper Pacesetter (385/985 Super X Pacesetter)

Chicago 215

And more…

Kid’s Skates

Bullet

Charger

Chicago 100

Chicago 1900/1905

D278 Espirit

GTX 50

Pacer Comet

Pacer XT-70

Pacer ZTX

Voyager


Inline Skate

Stryde

Stingray (I-244)

Ion

Cheetah

Voyager

Pro Line 900

Aerio Q-60

For more information about our skate sessions, parties and skate shop at Skateland, please visit our website or give us a call at (978) 372-3050. Do you enjoy rolling with us at Skateland? Rate and share your experience with us in the review section of our Facebook page today. We always enjoy hearing from you!

Thanksgiving at Skateland

pumpkincarvingpartyThanksgiving is coming up and you know what that means, spending quality time with the ones you love most, family and friends. Family, friends and food are all things that come to mind when you think of the holidays, but this year, the Skateland team is bringing something different to your Thanksgiving holiday. This year, the Skateland team is opening the rink so that you can spend some fun quality time your family and friends. Roller skating has always been an exciting American past time, so why not enjoy the holidays with some classic fun?

Roller skating with friends and family during the holidays is a great way to promote fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. Did you know that the American Heart Association recognizes roller skating as a top aerobic exercise? It’s true! Roller skating really gets your heart going, and if you enjoy a good workout without the sweat, roller skating is perfect for you.

Join us for some family fitness and fun on wheels when your family arrives in town for the holiday. We’ll be celebrating the holiday with a Thanksgiving Skate on Friday, November 25, 2016, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6.


For more information about our parties and skate sessions at Skateland, visit our website or give us a call at (978) 372-3050. Do you enjoy rolling with us at Skateland? Rate and share your experience with us in the review section of our Facebook page today. We always enjoy hearing from you!

Are you looking for a place to have the best birthday party of your life? Book your next party with the party pros.

October is More Than Pumpkins

SkatesWhen you think of the month of October you may think of pumpkins, ghosts, haunted houses, candy, parties, costumes and more; but what else does October mean? National Roller Skating Month! That’s right, ever since October of 1983, our nation has honored roller skating, so head to Skateland and join our team in celebrating a month that celebrates fitness and family fun.

National Roller Skating Month was established in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan. He declared this month to remind families of the benefits of roller skating including a safe place to have fun with your family while getting fit, too!

In today’s world, many people are plugged into electronics (cell phones, laptops, computers, tablets, TVs, etc.), so it’s always refreshing to disconnect from the World Wide Web and partake in some quality fun with family and friends, and getting in some fitness fun is always a bonus! Not to mention, with the cool fall temperatures settling in, October is a great time to bring the fun inside the rink.

The Skateland team hopes you take part in our favorite month of the year – National Roller Skating Month! Check out our schedule to stay up to date on the days and nights that we are open this month.

For more information about our sessions and party bookings at Skateland, visit our website. Do you enjoy rollin’ with us at Skateland? Rate and share your experiences with us in the review section of our Facebook page today. We always enjoy hearing from you!

Halloween Costume Contest

halloween-costume-contestFall is finally in full swing and that means people are looking for the perfect Halloween costume for this year. Well, we’re ready to have some friendly Fall fun at Skateland, so our team has put together a fun Halloween skate party for the entire family. Take a look!  

You’re invited to join us for a spooktacular Halloween Costume Contest on Saturday, October 29, 2016, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Come dressed up as your favorite Halloween ghost, ghoul, goblin, prince, princess, or cartoon character. Come dressed as whoever you want to be and try your luck in our costume contest.

Do you want to know the best part?

The winner of the costume contest wins a new pair of skates! The winner gets their choice of a new pair of Crazy Skates Rockets and RD-GTX-500’s from our Pro Shop here at the rink.

Bring your family out for some friendly Halloween fun at Skateland. We take pride in providing a clean, safe and fun environment for skaters of all ages.

Do you have questions about the costume contest?

Give us a call and one of our associates will be more than happy to provide you with further details.

For more information about our sessions at Skateland, visit our website or give us a call at (978) 372-3050. Do you enjoy rollin’ with us at Skateland? Rate and share your experience with us in the review section of our Facebook page today. We love to hear from you!