Archives for January 2014

Creating Team Ties

Business TeamThe business world can be high stress, high paced, and highly critical. Your weekly “team meetings” don’t really facilitate an environment conducive to building relationships, and your office doesn’t have time to go out to leisurely lunches together. This is where team building activities and outings can help your company become stronger and more efficient. Playland Skate Center offers 5 reasons why team building is essential to the success of your company. 

1. It Encourages Communication. 

Creating conversation and rapport between employees and management in a fun environment helps your employees to transfer that relationship into their work environment. Better communication leads to higher quality work.

2. Motivating Challenges

Building leadership goes hand in hand with team building. The more confident your employees are to express their ideas and opinions, the more confident they will be to take on new challenges that require them to take risks, and lean on their other employees for their success.

3. Finding New Experiences

Each time you experience something new, it gives you a different perspective. It allows you to think outside of the box and bring to the table fresh, new, creative ideas. Your team building experiences will give your employees the chance to do something new, leaving them feeling refreshed and ready with lots of new ideas for the office.

4. Finding the Answer

Requiring your team to work together to solve a problem will help them develop their rational and strategic problem solving skills. The more often they have to solve a problem of any caliber, the easier the next problem will be to solve as your employees gain experience working together and getting to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

5. Breaking Down the Walls

Employees often see a huge divide between them and management, making it hard to communicate problems or work together. Putting everyone on a level playing field – such as learning how to roller skate – gives employees the opportunity to see their supervisors on the same level and think of them as a colleague rather than just a boss.

Call Playland Skate Center in Austin, TX today to schedule your company’s team building outing. We look forward to seeing you loosen your tie and let your hair down to have some fun at our roller skating rink!

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Take Your Sweetie Skating for Valentines Day

Valentines DayWhat makes for a great Valentines Day date? Something fun, unique, memorable, and affordable! So, what fits all of these requirements? Roller skating at Playland Skate Center in Austin, TX!

Are both you and your sweetheart roller skating newbies? Rent a pair of our skate mates to help you gain your bearings around the rink. Do you know how to skate and your girlfriend doesn’t? This is a great excuse to hold her hands while you help her figure out how to keep her feet underneath her. If your boyfriend is the one that doesn’t know how to skate, don’t make him feel too bad by showing him up!

When y’all get tired of skating, challenge each other to a game of laser tag. Each of you get on opposing teams and make the deal that loser buys dinner – gentlemen, make sure that you let her team win!

We’ll see you and your sweetheart here at Playland Skate Center for Valentines Day!

Hosting a Successful Fundraiser

Fundraising for your school, church, or other charitable group can be a challenge – but it can also be fun! When you decide it’s time for your group to take on the challenge of raising money through a fundraiser, Playland Skate Center is here to help your Austin, TX fundraiser be a success. 

Pillow Elementary FundrasierSet a Goal

There are a few simple steps you can take to help ensure that your fundraiser meets the needs of your group, and is a hit with everyone who attends. The very first thing that your group needs to do is to set a fundraising goal. Figure out just how much money your group wants to walk away with at the end of the day and use that goal to give you something to work towards. Now, don’t forget that you’ll need to add up whatever expenses you will incur through the planning and hosting of your event, and add those expenses to your projected goal as well.

Strategize

Next you need to strategically decide who you are going to invite to your event. You should consider people’s involvement with your cause, philanthropic history, and their capacity to give. Also, you should be taking into consideration the type of things that these people like and use that as guidance for the type of event that you should plan.

Spread the Word

Now is the time to come up with a creative marketing and advertising plan that will share your event and your cause with the right people. When you build great relationships, you can have a wildly successful fundraiser. The more personally connected to a cause that your audience is, the more willing they will be to reach into their pockets and hand over their dollars to help your group be successful.

Ask! Then Say Thank You

Once people make it to your event, it’s time to ask for them to donate. The number one reason that people don’t donate, is because they were never asked to! Equally important to remember is that once you have a donor, thank them, profusely.

Do you have other insights on how to make a fundraiser successful? Share them with us in the comments below!

Join Us for Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

MLK Day Event

Winter Break has unfortunately come and gone, but luckily there is another holiday that kids get to look forward to: Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Are you looking for a fun MLK Day event in Austin, TX that you can bring your friends or family to? Find it right here at Playland Skate Center!

Open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

On Monday, January 20th classes are closed, which means we are opened! We’ll be here skating from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Our indoor playground, arcade, pro shop, and cafe will also be open for your enjoyment. This means, you can bring the kids and while they play, skate, or climb enjoy a good book, surf the internet, or maybe you want to pursue your New Year’s Resolutions and get out there and skate yourself!

We will also be welcoming groups, day cares, and church groups for our Martin Luther King Day skate session. Please call ahead to book and get our special group rates!

We’ll Help You Cross Off Your New Year’s Resolution

45% Of Americans will make New Year’s Resolutions, 38% of those resolutions will be fitness or health related, and only 8% of all resolutions will be actually completed by the end of the year. This year, be included in that 8%! If you’ve got a weight loss goal, fitness goal, or exercise goal, Playland Skate Center wants to help you make it happen!

Roller Skating FitnessRoller Skating for Fitness

Roller skating has many health benefits. It’s not only fun but burns a lot of calories in a short amount of time, and it’s significantly cheaper than that gym membership you’re thinking about buying! Here’s some more facts about skating and how you can skate your way to fitness:

  • One hour of roller skating can burn 600 calories
  • Skating causes 50% less impact on your joints than running or jogging
  • The American Heart Association recommends skating as aerobic exercise to strengthen the heart
  • Roller skating improves leg strength and muscle tone.
  • Skating works your calf, shin, thigh hamstring, abdominal, and lower-back muscles
  • If someone skates one day, bicycles another, and swims or run on the third, they will take advantage of all the fitness benefits that aerobics can offer
  • Skating improves strength and flexibility
  • Skating is ranked third as an activity for all-around fitness benefits

Do you really need one more reason to come join us at Playland Skate Center? Ok, how about all the fun you’ll have here meeting new friends, spending time with your old friends, and getting to learn a new sport and form of exercise? We look forward to seeing you here and wish you all the best for your 2014!

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