7 Reasons to Skate after School

girl wearing backpackWith children coming home from school and often going straight from doing homework to playing video games or watching TV, it gets harder and harder to keep kids active. Things used to be different, when kids would turn off the TV and go adventuring with their friends through the neighborhood. These days, there aren’t a lot of things to do in terms of playing outside, so most kids tend to choose to inside with their screens. But there are a lot of great benefits to staying active after school. In fact, it’s something kids of all ages should be doing. Winter weather makes it even harder to encourage active play. Even organized sports don’t always help, since kids often spend half of practice just standing around. So how can you get them moving? For kids in Bradford, MA, you don’t have to look too far for the answer to that question. Bring the family to Skateland!

Roller skating is a great way for kids of all ages and fitness levels to get active after school. Skateland is a family-friendly place where kids can come with friends to have fun. What are some of the benefits of staying active after school?

1. Physical activity helps develop stronger bones and muscles in the body
2. Kids get better sleep after active play
3. Pysical fitness helps with weight control
4. Regular activities will help give kids a better outlook on life
5. Fitness helps kids to develop mentally, helping them do better in school
6. Skating teaches kids the value of leadership and teamwork
7. Active play helps kids build social skills

There are so many great reasons for kids to participate in a fun family activity like roller skating. If you want a great way for your child to stay active, bring them to Skateland!

Healthy Hearts, Happy Hearts

February is far more than a month for celebrating Valentine’s Day. It is also the month for promoting healthy and happy hearts. So go ahead and get heart eyes for the person you love, but don’t forget to have a heart for the heart inside your chest. After all, the person you love loves you too! Get some good, healthy exercise this month to show your heart some love.

raspberries in heart bowlThe perfect gift for Valentine’s Day isn’t at all about champagne, cute cards, and sweet treats. It’s about giving the gift of good health to yourself and those who love you. Put your heart first this American Heart Month. Small changes will make a big difference for the long term health of your heart. So make some small changes and reap major benefits. What are some simple things you can do to promote heart health?

  • Make a promise to eat healthier
  • Schedule a visit to your doctor to talk about better heart health
  • Get some form of regular exercise for yourself and family

Make heart health a top priority this February, not just for your own benefit, but also for that of your spouse and kids. Families who practice healthy heart habits together are better off in the long run!

What is a great family activity that’s also good exercise and tons of fun? A day of play at Skateland. Roller skating is good for the heart. It’s actually recommended by the American Heart Association as one of the top exercises for heart health! Skating can help you and yours cultivate healthy habits and burn calories. Roller skating workouts help you maximize your efforts in a fun way. Maximize your skating workout with weekly family skate days, skating warmups, and tips from our team on how to improve your skating workout. We’ll see you at the rink!

5 Facts You Don’t Know about Roller-Skating

Roller-skating has had a shaky history. Do you know the first thing that happened when John Joseph Merlin strapped on his newly-invented roller-skates? He crashed into a mirror in front of all his friends (he’d been trying to impress them at a party by roller-skating while playing the violin—a bad plan if you haven’t practiced first!). Wow your own friends with these fun facts about roller-skating (no bruises necessary).

5 Fun Facts about Roller-Skating

  1. invitationThe first recorded wedding on roller-skates took place in 1912 in Milwaukee. Hattie Baldwin and W. McGrath started a trend; today, hundreds of couples have said “I do” in skating centers around the world. And even more have shared dances on roller-skates after the main event.
  2. Trucks weren’t always around. In fact, skaters couldn’t turn until James Plimpton invented the roller-skate truck in 1863. Thanks, Mr. Plimpton!
  3. Everybody loves roller-skating! Beyoncé hosted her 21st birthday party at a roller-skating rink in her hometown. Prince had a pair of famous roller-skates, and celebs like Cher have also been photographed taking turns around the rink. Even the Amish love to roller-skate!
  4. About 12% of indoor skaters hit the rink more than 100 times each year. 20% go between 31 and 99 times annually.
  5. Serving food on skates isn’t a thing of the past. Carhops may feel like a relic of the 50’s and 60’s, but some restaurants still serve up carside service on roller-skates. In fact, Sonic hosts an annual Skate-Off to test the mettle of its restaurant’s carhops.

What are your favorite roller-skating facts? Share them with the Skateland team the next time you’re here!

5 Tips for a Better Skating Workout

woman with weights and waterIf you want to stay active during the winter, cultivate healthy habits, and get fit before spring, it’s time to take up roller-skating. Skating is one of the top exercises recommended by the American Heart Association for cardiovascular health and muscle strength. It can also burn up to 600 calories in an hour! Want to improve your roller-skating workout? Follow these tips!

5 Tips for a Better Skating Workout

  1. Warm up. Loosen up your muscles before you get rolling. Skating stretches can help you minimize injuries and maximize effort for a skating workout that’s loose, fun, and effective.
  2. Squat it out. The lower your body gets during your skating workout, the better you’ll engage your legs and core. Swing your arms to engage your upper body in your workout. If you really want to switch it up, try active squats (going from standing tall to bending low at the knees) as you cruise around the rink.
  3. Get serious. If you’re just gliding around the rink, you won’t engage as many muscles (or burn as many calories) as you’d like. Instead, incorporate interval training, speed work, zig-zags, and other fitness tricks to engage your muscles while you skate.
  4. Add weight. What’s an easy way to make your skating workout harder? Weigh more! But since that’s the opposite of what you want, here’s what you do: carry a backpack, wear a weighted belt, or secure ankle weights before hitting the skating floor.
  5. Have fun! The more you love it, the more you’ll do it. That’s why we’re roller-skaters!

Grab some friends and start your new fitness routine at Skateland in Bradford, MA.

Have You Heard? Review Roundup

At Skateland, feedback is important to us. We love hearing about your experience with us, because it helps us become who we are today! We want to know the truth, good or bad. It helps us best service you! We strive for great customer service, and want you to feel confident and happy after visiting. If you’re new to us and want a glimpse, here’s what others have said about us! 

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Martina / Facebook / 5 Stars: “I thought the place was great! It was my daughters first time on roller skates and this is the first rink I’ve seen with training bars the kids can roll with while skating. I see they do parties and that is were I will plan her next one. They are all very nice staff.”

Albert / Yelp / 4 Stars: “The best floor I have ever skated on in my life! Must be that hard maple floor as you can see it shines there is loud music and it is a very clean establishment people are very friendly thursday is adult night great music!”

Julie / Facebook / 5 Stars: “Best $$ spent on a birthday party for my 9 year old daughter! Personalized service with super nice and dedicated staff. Food (pizzas were great), music was awesome and most importantly, my daughter had the best birthday party! Thank you!”

We love hearing about your experience and want your feedback! To leave us a review, visit us on our Yelp page or on our Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you soon at Skateland!

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.

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  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.