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.

Don’t Let a Blister Burst Your Bubble!

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When you arrive at Skateland, you’re probably thinking about how much fun you’re about to have. You lace up your skates, take a couple laps around the hardwood to warm up, and you start to feel some rubbing. You ignore it, though, and keep gliding around the rink. After a little while, that rubbing turns to a burning pain. You’ve got a blister and your day of fun might be over.

Don’t let a blister burst your bubble when you’re out for a great time at Bradford’s best skating center. These nasty little sores can totally ruin your day, but the good news is that they’re almost always preventable. Check out how to prevent blisters from forming on your feet when you’re skating!

Double Up Your Socks

If you’re concerned about getting blisters, a good way to fend them off right from the start is to add some padding by putting on an extra pair of socks.

If the Shoe Fits…

One of the leading culprits of blisters is having the wrong size skates. If you’re renting skates, it can be tricky to find a pair that fit just right, but it’ll be worth the effort in the long run!

Blisters form when the rough leather or nylon of the skate shoe rubs against your foot as you skate. Skates that are too big allow movement inside the shoe. Skates that are too small end up jamming your foot in and creating friction. Your skates should fit you like a glove, so if you feel a lot of movement when your feet are in your skates, take them back and try a different size.

Add Some Padding

If you think you have a blister forming, it might not be too late! Take a minute to pull off your skates and put a band-aid over the sore area to increase padding. This could prevent the blister from getting worse and ending your day early.

For more information, give Skateland a call or stop by during open skating hours!

Tips for a Stress-Free Birthday Bash

kids celebrating a birthdayIf you’re looking for a unique, exciting location for an unforgettable birthday party, it’s hard to go wrong with roller skating! Not only is the theme built in, but all the activities are included, and Skateland in Bradford, MA has flexible, affordable party packages. When it comes to planning a birthday party, hosting at Skateland takes out a lot of the guesswork and stress, but there are still things to do! Here are some ideas on how to plan a roller skating birthday party.

First, pick your date. Remember that weekday parties will be less expensive than parties on the weekend, but may be more difficult for your guests to attend. This is also true for holiday weekends when many families plan trips out of town.

Don’t feel pressured to invite everyone in your child’s class, but make sure you pass out invitations in a way that doesn’t lead to fights or hurt feelings. Email is a great way to organize invitations since it’s immediate and private. Give your guests plenty of time to plan–invitations should be in hand as soon as you have a date booked, and definitely no less than two weeks before your party. Make sure parents are aware of what is and isn’t included in the party package, like skate rentals, and have a clear sense of start and end times.

Don’t forget to make a list of things you have to remember, like RSVPs, deposits, final payments, waivers/permission slips, and when and where to get the cake. Otherwise, sit back and relax knowing that Skateland’s party staff will take care of the rest! Call us today and let’s get started planning your party!

What Type of Skater Are You?

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It doesn’t matter what your personal style is, roller skating can provide endless fun for everyone. But choosing the right skate can be tricky with all the options out there these days. Whether you’re into racing, skating outside, joining a roller derby club or are just starting out, the type of skates you use plays a huge roll in how much you get out of your time on wheels.

Check out these 4 common types of skates to help you narrow down the style that fits your needs, then roll over to our pro shop at Skateland in Bradford, Mass, and find the perfect fit!

Recreational Quad Skates

This skate style offers a high top, lace up shoe that is meant to provide extra support for people who want to exercise, roll around for fun or are just starting out. They are a ton of fun either indoor at a rink or outdoors.

Inline Skates

Also known as rollerblades, inline skates are a ton of fun and can be used for everything from speed skating, tricks, roller hockey and recreational/exercise.

Racing/Speed Skates

Just like the name implies, these skates are meant to go FAST! The shoe is usually low cut and fits snuggly with an aerodynamic shape to reduce wind resistance. They allow much more movement because of the ankle freedom they provide and are also often used for skate dancing as well as speed skating.

Roller Derby Skates

Roller Derby has been growing in popularity since the 1930s, and over the years the skates have adapted to be rugged and tough enough to handle being crashed and banged time and time again. If you’ve ever considered trying the sport, swing by our roller rink in Bradford, MA, and check it out!

Give Us a Call!

Our pro shop has every style of skates you could ask for. Swing by or give us a call to find out more about what’s in stock, open skating times, or booking a private party!

Throwback to Fun with These Classic Skating Games

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How can you make roller skating even more fun? Games, games, games! Roller skating games can be played during open skating times, private parties, corporate events or any time you have a group together at the rink. Check out some of our favorites here at Skateland in Bradford, Mass., then give us a call for information about open skating hours or booking a private party.

Freeze Tag

It’s tag with a twist! One person is it and everyone else tries not to get tagged… the only difference is everyone is on skates! The rules are simple. If you’re “it,” you skate around the rink trying to tap your friends. Once they’ve been tagged, they have to freeze in place until everyone is tagged and the game is over.

Limbo

How low can you go? You’ll find out if you play Limbo during your next visit to Skateland! The objective is to roll under the bar but it gets lower and lower every time, testing your flexibility and balance as you go!

4 Corners

This is THE classic skating game and the rules are simple. Everyone on the floor skates until the music stops. Then everyone has to skate to 1 of the 4 corners of the rink. A designated person calls out a corner 1-4. If your corner is called out, you’re out! Then the music start up and everyone goes again until only one skater remains in the rink.

These are just a few of the awesome games you can play the next time you come skating. For more information about our open skating hours, pricing or private party packages, give us a call today. One of our Skateland team members will be happy to help you answer any questions you have!

Tips for Teaching Your Kids How to Skate

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Whether you’re kids are interested in traditional quad skates or they want to learn rollerblading, skating is a timeless activity that is fun and easy to pick up. Check out some of these helpful tips for teaching your kids how to skate, then come to Skateland in Bradford, Mass., and get rolling!

Equipment Check

All you really need to get out in the rink and start having fun is a pair of skates that fit well. Make sure to lace them up tight, but not too tight, and you’re ready to hit the rink. If you’re more comfortable with your child using pads, our pro shop has everything you need to ensure your little one is protected.

Proper Skating Posture is Key

Next to having skates that fit, balance is the most critical part of skating. To help find balance, start by placing your feet shoulder width apart. Next, make sure you bend at the knees as you stand upright. Don’t worry if you feel off balance or if you have to sit back down and try again. It can take a few tries before you start to feel comfortable standing in skates.

You’ll probably find that it’s easier to keep your balance when you’re moving. Try lightly pushing off the wall and rolling. Keep your knees bent and use your arms to help you maintain balance.

Feel the Glide

As you start to feel more comfortable standing up and slowly rolling in your skate, you can try to start gliding. To start a glide, push to the side and back with whichever foot your feel comfortable with. While you push with that foot, keep your other foot straight and let it glide across the floor. After your first push, you’ll want to push in the same way with your other foot and let the opposite skate glide across the floor.

You’re Skating!

It’s just that easy! But remember that it takes time and everyone learns at different speeds. You can do it so don’t give up!