Roller Skating Basics: What to Wear & What Not to Wear

roller skatingRoller skating is an activity that’s fun for people of all ages. If you’ve never skated before, it’s important to wear the right clothes and review roller skating tips to ensure a great time!

To know exactly what to wear while roller skating, check out the following suggestions:

Wear Thick & High Socks

When you roller skate, it’s imperative that you wear socks. But wearing just any pair of socks won’t do the trick. You’ll want to choose socks that are thick and go above your ankles. This will prevent them from slipping down and causing blisters. If your skin is rubbing against the inside of the roller skates, blisters may form and roller skating would become painful.

Wear Comfortable Clothes

Girls, the right shirt and shorts can make you feel confident and comfortable while roller skating. Typically, when you roller skate you lean forward and bend your knees to help with your center of gravity. If you’re wearing a skirt or dress or clothing that’s too tight, you may not feel like you can skate with ease! Wear comfortable clothes that allow for plenty of movement.

Wear Protective Gear

If you’re new to roller skating and you’re wondering how to roller skate, one of the secrets is to wear protective gear! If you wear a helmet, kneepads, and elbow pads, you will avoid painful bruises and scrapes if a fall occurs. (You can even decorate your protective gear to make it look that much cooler!)

We love when beginners and advanced skaters come to Skateland! If you have any questions, contact us today.

Roller Skating 101: Tips for a Great First Experience

roller skateRoller skating is not only an extremely fun activity, it’s also very healthy for you! It’s no surprise that millions of Americans love to roller skate.

If you’re just starting out, check out these roller skating tips to ensure a great first experience:

Wear Protective Gear

When you wear protective gear, you’ll actually be able to skate better. You won’t have to worry about falling and getting hurt because your gear will be there to protect you! You can focus completely on learning to skate and having fun. The most important kinds of roller skating protective gear to purchase include a helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, and thick socks.

After you have on all of the protective gear listed above, make sure to stretch. Stretching is incredibly important before and after roller skating because when you skate, you’re working out your muscles. If you forget to stretch, you’ll be sore the next day.

Practice on Carpet Before You Go to the Rink

One of the best ways to get confident in your skating ability is to practice on carpet! If you fall, you’ll land on soft, plush surface. While on the carpet, practice walking, gliding, and stepping with your skates tightly tied. These techniques will help you while on the rink.

Roller Skate With Friends & Family

If you want a great first roller skating experience, invite your friends and family to go to the rink with you. This serves two purposes: this will add more fun to the activity and you’ll have people around you to help you skate! When you first step out onto the rink, hold someone’s hand or arm to maintain your balance. Then practice skating around the rink.

Are you ready to get your skate on at Skateland? Contact us today if you have any questions!

How to Get Your Kids Involved in Random Acts of Kindness Day

homemade craftsOne of the sweetest days of the year – Random Acts of Kindness Day – is here! February 17 is the day that millions of people across America will do intentional acts of kindness for friends and strangers with the hopes of putting a smile on their faces.

Doing a sweet, random act of kindness doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Take a look at several ways your kiddos can take part in this special day:

Donate Gently-Used Clothes & Toys

Ask your kids to go through their clothes and toys and pick out items that they don’t use anymore. Then pile all the items into boxes and take it to a local shelter or Goodwill. On the way, you can explain to them how their clothes and toys will help others! This is a great way to teach them about giving back to the community and a simple and easy way to declutter your home.

Send Homemade Cards to Family Members

Do you have family members that don’t get to see your sweet kids often? Bring out the construction paper and crayons and let your children decorate a card to send to Grandma and Grandpa. The kids will enjoy this creative activity, and your family members will love receiving a homemade card from your little ones. (A win-win activity!)

Practice Saying Please & Thank You

If your children are young, they may not realize how important manners are in everyday life. Encourage them to practice their manners by saying please and thank you, holding doors open for people, and taking turns. (You can even make manners fun by implementing these thank you activities!)

After your kids celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day, bring them to Skateland! They will love racing around the rink, getting great exercise, and enjoying unstructured playtime. Contact us today if you have any questions.

Inexpensive Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is a great time to show your loved ones how much you care or to let a special someone know that you’ve been thinking of them. But you don’t have to spend hundreds to express your love! Candy, cards, and gifts can really add up and put a pretty big hole in your wallet. Thankfully, we have some lovely gift ideas you can give to your loved ones without spending a fortune!

Check out these gift alternatives that our crew at Skateland in Bradford, MA love to whip up on Valentine’s Day!

  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries – If want to give your heart to a chocolate lover this year but don’t have the extra cash to spend on a big box of goodies, simply buy a carton of strawberries and a couple bars of chocolate. In a small saucepan, slowly melt down the chocolate at a low temperature. Once the chocolate has liquefied, simply dip the berries and place them on some parchment paper to cool down!
  • Handmade Cards – The big card companies want your dollars, but they can’t express your feelings as well as you can. There’s no better way to show someone you love them than by telling them exactly how you feel with your own words. Making your own personalized Valentine’s Day card is the perfect way to say what a store-bought card can’t!
  • Go Out on an Exciting Date – Experiences are much more powerful than things. At Skateland, we think a night out of roller-skating is a great way to create a memorable Valentine’s Day without spending a month’s pay! Our open skating sessions are perfect for holding hands as you glide around the roller rink.

These are just a few fun ways to make V-Day inexpensive and memorable. There are tons more options out there! All you need is a little creativity and an open heart.

Valentine’s Day Fun for the Whole Family!

Hand HeartThere are a ton of great ways to make this Valentine’s Day fun for your little ones and get their creativity flowing, too! Check out a few of our favorite activities for parents and kids for an excellent Valentine’s Day full of hugs, kisses, and love.

Decorate Your Home

Nothing gets the whole family into the Valentine’s Day mood like hanging out together and creating decorations for the house. You can cut hearts and cupids out of construction paper and even write little love notes on each one as you hang them around the house. There are a ton of other really fun craft ideas to get you in the spirit of love!

Cook A Love-Inspired Meal

Nothing shows a family’s love for each other like sharing quality time in the kitchen together! You can try your hand at anything from heart-shaped pancakes to a special Valentine’s Day cake decorated with hearts, flowers, and XOXOs.

Plan A Date With The Kids!

Valentine’s Day is all about expressing your feelings to the ones you love, and your kids are usually at the top of that list! Planning a date with the whole family is a great way to go out together with your loved ones. At Skateland in Bradford, MA, our skating center is a perfect place to have some family fun with your little ones this V-Day!

At Skateland, our roller rink and fun center offers a perfect setting for a fun family date! We also have great party packages and open skating times that will let you share an unforgettable V-Day with your whole family. For more information about open skating times in Bradford, MA, give us a call today!

How to Celebrate National Thank You Month with the Family

national thank you monthDid you know that January is National Thank You Month? This month (and all year long), practice a grateful attitude by being intentional about thank you activities!

And to make it even better, thankfulness can be loads of fun for the whole family. Get the kids involved by introducing them to “thank you” activities!

Here are a few thank you activity ideas that you can try:

Create a Picture Collage

Let your kids use your camera (or iPhone) and take pictures of everything they’re thankful for. When they’re done, let them pick out their favorite pictures and print them out! Bring out the construction paper, tape, and crayons, and let them create a collage with all of their pictures. Once they’re finished, bring them to Skateland to race around the rink! Check out our hours.

Write a Story Together

You and the kiddos always read stories at bedtime – so, what if you wrote your own bedtime story? This story could be short, sweet, and all about what your children are grateful for. Write down what they say on sheets of paper, staple them together, and let them decorate with crayons. (This may be a keepsake for years to come.)

Spread the Love

Are you thankful for your neighbors, friends, or family members? Let them know! You and the kids can make thank you cards or bake cookies together and send them to the people you love. This is a great way to spread positivity and thankfulness to everyone around you.

At Skateland, we are thankful for fun times and great company. And we’re especially thankful we get to experience both at work every day! Load up the family and head over to Skateland to see why we love it so much.

How to Make the Most Out of Your New Year’s Resolution

new year's resolutionsDid you make a New Year’s resolution a few weeks ago, and now you’re wishing you had made a different one? Good news! You can change your goals. The team at Skateland put together a list of ways to help you make the perfect resolution (and make it last all year long).

Try Something New

Have you had the same New Year’s resolution every year for the past decade? If it’s not working, switch it up! We suggest this resolution: try new activities. When you try new activities, you meet new people and learn new things. One of the best activities to try is roller skating! You not only get great exercise when you roller skate, but you also meet new people (and have loads of fun).

Manage Your Time Wisely

When you develop a schedule, it’s more likely that you’ll complete your daily tasks. So build your New Year’s resolution into your schedule! If it’s trying something new, schedule a new activity once a week. If it’s exercising, choose days and times to get a work out in. (Looking for different ways to work out? Check out this article.)

Invite Friends to Join You

It doesn’t matter what activity it is – when you’re with friends, it’s more fun! Invite a friend or two to join you on your New Year’s resolution journey. Whether it’s getting fit or traveling to new places, appoint a friend to join in on the fun.

Choose your new resolution and head over to Skateland! Check out our hours and visit us today.

Fun is FUNdamental at Skateland!

The holidays are over, and January is here to stay! This season can seem like such a drag after all the excitement of November and December. This year, make fun a focus and you’ll find you reap the benefits.

What are the benefits of fun?

happy familyAfter all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s hard to know how to slow down. Not only that, but the darkness and cold of winter can make us feel sad, tired, and stressed, and even cause more serious conditions like Seasonal Affective Disorder. Making time for fun— especially active fun that gets you moving like roller skating— will fight this. Many people make New Year’s Resolutions to get fit or stay more active, so why not combine that with making time for fun?

What makes roller skating a great source of active fun?

Skating at Skateland in Bradford, MA is good for all ages and abilities, making it a perfect choice for family fun. We have everything from skate trainers to adult-only nights. Our facility is indoors and totally climate-controlled, so you never have to worry about the weather ruining your fun. Plus, with our great music, fun lights, arcade, and obstacle course, you’ll find something for everyone to do!

In this world of multiple calendars and constant communication, isn’t it time you pursued a little happiness? The more time you spend enjoying your time, the more energy you’ll have for the rest of your life. We can’t wait to see you for some fun at Skateland in Bradford, MA!

Get Fit in 2018 at Skateland

inline skates

Does your New Year’s resolution involve getting back into shape this year? A lot of folks want to start fresh and shed those extra pounds when the calendar turns over each year. If you’re one of them, we have a great way to do it here at Skateland in Bradford, MA!

Burn Calories at Our Skating Center

Did you know that roller skating is an excellent way to get a workout? Spending an hour with us here at Skateland can burn anywhere from 300 to 600 calories depending on how vigorously you go around the rink! That’s about the same as going for an hour-long run, but skating is much easier on your bones and joints. Skating is a full-body workout, too. When you whip around the rink, you’re working out your arms, legs, glutes, and everything in between.

Get Your Heart Pumping!

The best part about adding frequent skating sessions to your weekly workout, though, is that it is downright fun! When you come to Skateland for an open skate, you’ll get to get your heart pumping while our live DJ plays new and old hits that are guaranteed to keep you moving.

Improve Your Balance

Skating also helps you improve balance and coordination. When you’re gliding around our hardwood roller rink, you’re actively using your eyes, mind, and body together the whole time.

Fun for the Whole Family

Another great perk of adding skating into your workout routine is that it’s a family-friendly activity. That makes visiting Skateland a perfect way to get in shape and have fun with your kids. For more information about our open skating times, party packages or how to get the most out of skating, give us a call or stop by today in Bradford, Massachusetts.

Make Learning Fun at Skateland!

kids reading outsideWinter break is sort of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, kids are excited to get time off school! On the other hand, parents and teachers dread the tendency for students to forget some of what they learned. This is usually called “Summer Slide,” since it’s most pronounced after the summer holidays, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen during the winter. Check out some tips from Skateland in Bradford, MA to keep kids learning during winter break and all year long.

Go on an Adventure Anywhere

Parents can encourage reading by making sure kids have access to books they will enjoy that are also appropriate to their age and reading level. Talk to your local librarian for suggestions–making recommendations is their specialty! Reading together is a great way to introduce young kids or struggling readers to the fun of a great story. If your kids are reluctant, look for tie-in books to movies and characters they already enjoy.

Get Creative with Math and Science

Encourage math and science by getting kids to help with cooking, baking, and shopping. These simple activities are the most common day-to-day use of things like measurements, budgeting, pricing, discounts, and more. Real-world applications give kids a reason to want to learn! Remember that you’re the best example your kids have. If they see you enjoying books, crossword puzzles, math games, and more, they’ll find themselves interested in these things as well.

Don’t forget that exercise is great for the brain as well as the body. Join us at Skateland for our public skate sessions to jump-start the learning process!