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.

We Love Hearing from Our Skaters!

There’s nothing we love more than hearing about the fun you had at Skateland. After all, that’s why we do what we do! What are people saying about our skating center?

Skateland Testimonials

kids giving thumbs upThis place is awesome my children and Their friends love it so much as well as myself it’s definitely a great time. The staff are very nice as well as owners. Highly recommended — Kary Caminero, 5 star review

We took our kid there for their youngster New Year’s event. Had a serious ’70s flash back! Came back to me quickly and in no time I was skating backwards with ours in tow. She got more comfortable and off on her own with friends she went! Staff was friendly and courteous but I still got scolded (by a teen staffer) for “sitting on the rail” – oh, more fun from my own teen years! Facility is a bit worn but they keep it up – it’s just the long time New England roots showing under the more modern covers. — Don Veino, 5 star review

Best place I like to go on a Thursday night! DJ’s awesome …people are wicked friendly and the atmosphere is chill and laid back! My husband and I love it!— Sabrina Dix-Adams, 5 star review

We had my daughter’s birthday here and couldn’t have been happier. We had a private skating party with pizza, snow cones, fun music, awesome staff helpers and lots of skating on a beautiful rink. — Jacquie Epsimos Raposo, 5 star review

Thank you for sharing why your family loves Skateland. We’ll see you at the rink!

Outsmart Your Kids Out of Eating Junk Food

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? National Nutrition Month is a way for parents and educators to work together, share knowledge, and invest in the health of their kids. Simply shoving vegetables onto your child’s plate won’t help (if it does, consider us jealous). So how can you teach your kids to eat healthier?

4 Tips for Improving Kids’ Eating Habits

  1. boy eating kiwiStop saying “can’t.” You know that feeling when you start a new diet? You tell yourself “no pizza” and suddenly all you can think about is pizza? It’s the same with kids. Instead of placing restrictions on what they eat, teach them to make smarter choices. You can make pizza a reward for an afternoon of exercise or allow them dessert, but only if they finish their veggies.
  2. Cook with your kids. Not only does cooking help kids engage with the meal, it allows them to offer input about foods they like and don’t like.
  3. Give them a choice. How can you let kids control their diets without devouring every sugary snack in sight? Give them a choice between several healthier treats. You’ll teach them healthy habits, and they won’t feel strong armed into eating something they hate.
  4. Let them reap the consequences. Did your child eat too much cake at a birthday party? Point out that their tummy ache was caused by all that sugar. Next time they’ll be less tempted to reach for that second slice.

Good food isn’t the only way to improve your kids’ health. Regular exercise keeps kids physically and mentally fit. Looking for family fun that will keep your kids active? Visit Skateland!

5 Fun Themes for a Kids Skating Party

Every child loves to have a party. It doesn’t matter they’re celebrating their birthday, an awesome grade on a test or report card, or a family event, a party is always a plus in the eyes of a child. It’s even better when you can throw your kids a themed party! There are so many characters that are popular these days, and with so many great ideas on the internet, lots of parents go all out for themed parties. If you’re looking to have a themed birthday party for your child, book a party at Skateland!

There are so many party themes that your child would simply love to have right now. But what are the best of the best? These 5 kids party themes are sure to be a smashing success.

  1. animated girl with luke and leiaMovie Madness: With so many cute kids movies blowing up the box office recently, you’re sure to find a theme your child (and all their guests) will love.
  2. Pokémon: The craze may have died down, but many kids are still trying to catch ’em all! Try to catch some Generation 2 Pokémon while you enjoy cake.
  3. Star Wars: This franchise may have been around for decades, but with a new movie just out and another in production, it’s proven that it’s truly timeless.
  4. Emoji theme: Emoji’s are a big craze, and children of all ages seem to love them!

We know just how important it is for your child’s party to be absolutely amazing! You put in a lot of hard work to make sure that things are just right, and we want to help. Book a Skateland kids party, choose a theme, gather a few decorations and themed extras, and let us take care of the rest! We have just the right party package for your event, and we’ll take care of setting up and cleaning up so your party will be a no-stress success.

4 Roller Skating Etiquette Tips

poised woman - etiquetteWhen you step out onto the skating rink, there are several rules that you should know. They’ll help keep you safer and ensure that everyone has a great time. Follow these skating etiquette guidelines for safe and fun experience during your family’s next visit to Skateland.

DO: Watch out for beginners

The skating rink can be a fun place for everyone, from the youngest skater getting used to their first pair of wheels to the seasoned skating pro. But in order for this to work, everyone must be considerate of skaters with other skill levels. Much like traffic on the highway, slower skaters should skate on the right, towards the edge of the rink. Anyone who wants to go a bit faster should move to the left and skate closer to the center of the rink. Don’t weave around slower skaters, as this may startle them and cause them to fall.

DON’T: Skate in the opposite direction

Unless the DJ announces a reverse skate, skaters at Skateland usually move around the rink in a counter clockwise direction. It’s important for everyone to skate in the same direction. A skater traveling the opposite way can cause collisions, falls, and many near misses.

DO: Read the rules

While there are standard skating etiquette rules, Skateland has our own list of rules to help every skater have an awesome (and safe) time. If you have any questions about rules and guidelines at Skateland, don’t be afraid to ask.

DON’T: Leave your laces too loose

Loose skate laces and spinning wheels are not a good combination. Be sure to always tighten your skate’s laces so you do not cause yourself or your fellow skaters to trip. Tie them carefully to ensure that there are no long ends hanging out either.