Believe it or not, I was a little surprised that my daughter wanted to have her birthday party at the roller skating rink, since we skate close to every weekend. Her logic was that skating is so much fun, she wanted to share the joy with her friends. In this case, her closest six friends. Plus siblings.
I couldn’t have planned an easier party. Bless you, my daughter.
Besides hosting the party at a business that specializes in parties, there were a couple extra tricks I used to make this birthday party The. Easiest. Bestest. Party. Evah.
- First, we hosted a “family” party at home for the grownup relatives on the day of her birthday. I was unsure that I or my daughter would be able to successfully divide our attention between a gaggle of young friends and all the grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. A little pizza and cake and the relatives are well entertained at home, leaving us to enjoy the skating party on the closest available weekend. Also, your extended family might enjoy loud music and a gaggle of wild, screaming children – but I know my extended relatives enjoyed a somewhat (only a little!) less loud, less crazy gaggle of people who all knew each other.
- We used a giant balloon bouquet for decorations. That’s it. Who needs more when the walls are all painted in fabulous graffiti? With the neon and black lights over the floor, the kids can be all the decoration you need.
Biggest benefits to me: No muss, no fuss. We brought balloons and a cake.
We walked in five minutes before the party started, set the balloons on the table, laced up our skates and hit the floor. Our hostess with the mostest, Alyssa, greeted us when we came in, showed us our table, made some notes with me to set up the time for pizza and, later, for cake and ice cream.
Skate World set up the table, took our cake for later, announced when the pizza was ready, announced when the cake was ready (lit the candles for us!) and cleaned it all up when it was over.
Some parents dropped off, some stayed, some skated! But thanks to the separate family party, we didn’t have too many observers taking up space, so it was easy to move around and get some skating in.
Biggest benefits for the kids: it was like a giant playdate, with junk food. About half the kids were real beginner skaters, but all were excited and brave and they all helped each other roller skating on the rink.
A couple parents rented “skate mates”, which are like little walkers on wheels for the little children. The kids ended up sharing the skate mates and some of them didn’t even need help by the end of the two hour party.
My husband promises our daughter that he’ll pay her one dollar for every 20 laps around the rink.
A girl complains to her phone, “People suck! Why did she have go and get grounded?” While one of her two young companions complains that she Hayes this song.
A trio of talk girls skate around together, one of them wearing a headband tiara, making it look cool.
A skate guard shows some fancy footwork on a heavy beat.
Penny works some tools on the skates of a laughing teen, who is still wearing them.
A handful of koolaid shirts glow with cheshire smiles inn the black light.
A large man with a purple and pink fauxhawk joins the fray. Soooo cool.
It’s an hour into the evening open skate, and I know the crowd is yet to build, but the party is already loud and fun.
Hello world – we have a new website today!
We added a calendar to the home page, making it easier to check out open skate times as well as other special events.
And, we’ve added a new blog, featuring guest posts from our family of skaters, as well as news on special events and fun and funny highlights from open sessions.
Check back every week for new updates or subscribe by email!
It’s my first time back to the rink since it was closed for August. The place smells fresh, and the floor has a dangerously shiny look – fresh from refinishing.Everyone goes around for awhile, getting used to their skates when the rules are announced over the loudspeaker:
- Mind the skate guards
- No racing, pushing, or other wise dangerous behavior
- Skate the same direction
- Don’t pick up/carry your kids while in skates
Afterwards, the lights are turned down over the rink and the walls glow with fluorescent graffiti under black lights.Tip – patterned clothing in neon and white look AMAZING on skates.I notice there are some pretty standard ways to get used to skating.
- (My personal method:) Desperately press your hands against the wall while you inch your wheels forward.
- Many children will hold the hand of a more skilled parent.
- Braver children will hold the hands of friends. I’ve seen chorus lines stretch anywhere from 2 to 8 people boys and girls alike.
- It seems the easiest way to learn happens when you have another who can skate backwards, holding both your hands while you roll forward.
Skate World makes these “Skate Mates” which are sort off like walkers on wheels. We got one for my daughter the first time we all went out skating together, and (though not foolproof) it works like a charm in getting the child to feel more confident about skating and get moving.