Archives for April 2016

What are Your Birthday Traditions?

How many candles are on your birthday cake this year? Throughout the United States, the tradition of a birthday cake and candles is fairly common. However, there are a variety of traditions from around the world that we thought it would be fun to share.Birthday Traditions at Playland Skate Center

South of the border, in Mexico, the piñata is a big part of the birthday tradition. The piñata is traditionally made out of paper maché, shaped like an animal, and filled with candy or other goodies. Individuals, often blindfolded, take turns hitting the piñata with a bat or a stick in an effort to break it open for a shower of candy to break forth. Blindfolded children take turns hitting the piñata and attempting to break it open. If this tradition sounds dangerous to you, don’t forget that if you celebrate with a piñata at Playland Skate Center (or anywhere else for that matter) bandanas are not required (it may be safer without).

To the north, in Canada, (the Atlantic side) birthdays are celebrated with the greasing of the nose. The birthday boy or girl is not the one that does the nose greasing. Instead, friends and family members attack the birthday girl of honor with butter or margarine and spread it on their nose. This will supposedly make you too slippery for bad luck to stick, thus you’ll have good luck!

Our family owned, roller skating rink in Austin has always enjoyed including roller skating in the birthday tradition. We are happy to share this tradition with everyone with a variety of fantastic party packages. You can easily book a party online, or call us at 512-452-1901 for more details.

Fun for Mom on Mother’s Day

You know that Mother’s Day just seems to sneak up on you each year. We didn’t want you to get caught with the rest of the last minute crowds that have to sort over the picked over cards, so get ahead of the game and get your mom a card now. Make sure that you slip inside that card her invitation to a day out in her honor. That day should include the people that mean the most to her in life…her children! What better way to make memories and celebrate family than through roller skating at Playland Skate Center?Austin, TX

With Mother’s Day less than one month away, this is the time to begin planning ahead. You’ll want to make that day as special as possible, and in an effort to help you with that, we have got just thing for you at Playland Skate Center.

Show mom just how much you love her on Mother’s Day and how well you know her by taking her roller skating. She’ll enjoy reminiscing on her roller skating as a child, and enjoy making new memories with her own children.

Mother’s Day Roller Skating Tradition

Playland Skate Center will be celebrating moms during our Sunday session on Mother’s Day. Here’s what you need to know to make it an amazing day for mom:

  • Admission for moms is free with a paid child’s admission.
  • Child admission is $8 (includes skate rental)
  • Open from 12pm-5pm

Don’t forget that while mom is skating on the rink, the little ones can play in the soft play indoor playground!

Mark your calendar, get all of the siblings together, and plan on a fun day for mom!  

How To Take Care of Roller Skates

Each week at Playland Skate Center in Austin, TX we celebrate America’s favorite past-time. What is that favorite past-time you ask? Why, it is roller skating of course! We have beginners taking lessons, advanced skaters on the speed team, and our Sk84Fitness group just to name a few of the skating opportunities around our Austin roller skating rink. If you have made the investment in purchasing your own roller skates, then you know ho important it is to take care of your roller skates. There are three essentials that you need to know in order to take care of your skates the best that you can.

Smooth Wheels

Wheel nuts on the skates keep the wheels in place. Imagine the hazard associated with loose wheels as your ability to control your momentum and direction is diminished. The results could be disastrous. Never underestimate the importance of adjusting and tightening wheel nuts every couple of weeks. Take the time to tighten your wheel nuts so that the wheels roll smoothly.Online Pro Shop

Metal Bearings

Skate bearings are made of metal. Keeping bearings free of rust and corrosion is one way to help keep your skates in tip top shape. Carefully removing and inspecting bearings is one way to make sure they are free from dirt, dust, or grime. If there is any debris on them, make sure to use rubbing alcohol on them to remove it and allow them time to air dry.

Remove the Stink

There are approximately 250,000 sweat glands in a pair of feet. That’s a lot of sweat that can add up in the confined space of your skating boot. Pay close attention to the insole of the boot in order to beat the stink. Airing out roller skates in sunlight allows clean air to carry the foul odor away. In addition to a good airing out, don’t forget to clean the insole of your boot with a baking soda mixture.

Investing in a pair of roller skates is something that we’re happy to assist with. Visit our Skate Pro Shop during our public skating sessions or stop by our online Pro Shop for additional details and purchase options regarding your skates or future skates.

Do you have any other favorite tips for keeping your skates like new? If so, please make sure to share them with us, and don’t forget to share of your skates with us on Facebook and Twitter!