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.

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.