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!

April is a Great Time to Get Fit! No Fooling!

skating fitnessApril is just around the corner. That may mean spring cleaning for you, or it may mean that it is simply time to enjoy the blooms and blossoms. For others, this is the reminder that it is the perfect point in the year to continue on (or start up) those fitness goals. The Mayo Clinic suggests that at least thirty minutes of each day is dedicated to exercise. Let’s do the math…if there are 24 hours in each day, then there are a total of 1,440 minutes. Knowing that there are that many minutes in the day makes exercising only 30 minutes a day look easy, right? Well we think it is even easier when it involves roller skating at Playland Skate Center! In fact, we think that roller skating is one of the best ways to stay active! Here are a few of the reasons we believe that roller skating is one of the best ways get fit:

  • Cardio-You’ll get that heart pumping!
  • Calories-Ever feel like walking or running doesn’t burn enough calories? See how many calories you burn roller skating using this calculator!
  • Joints-Roller skating is much genter on those knees and ankles than running!
  • Beats-Our DJ has got the best tunes playing all of the time!
  • Disco Skate-Just because! Why not skate with the lights and the classic mirrored disco skate that we have at Playland?

Take a look at our calendar for all of the opportunities in which you can join us at Playland Skate Center in Austin, TX. And if you’re looking for a group of others that are looking to get fit while skating, check out our Friday SK8 4 Fitness group.

Check out all of our opportunities to skate on our schedule page and Facebook and Twitter throughout spring and summer!

Take a Time Out from Traditional Team Building

Break through the old standard of company team building and check out all that we have to offer at Playland Skate Center! Our Austin family entertainment center has plenty to offer when it comes to team building. We’ve taken the lead from 30 Great Team Building Activities for Companies Large and Small to get your started with some brainstorming ideas that will work like a charm for your event!Austin

Pre-Planning

Before you even get started on your next team building activities, think about your goals. What is the overall purpose for meeting as a team anyway? Is it to build relationships among staff members? Is it to encourage fitness and wellness? Or is it a way to give back to the community? Maybe it is even a way to provide an opportunity to relax and lose some of the stresses associated with work. Whatever the reason is that drives your team building adventure, once you’ve set your goal, you’re ready to get to the planning!

Planning

At Playland Skate Center, our staff works with you to customize the perfect team building day! Our roller skating rink boasts plenty of opportunity for team members to get out and try something new! Roller skating is a fun way to encourage fitness and wellness as well as to build your team with fun and entertaining options. If this is a family friendly event, the younger children might enjoy spending some time in the indoor play structure.

Team Building by Giving Back

While roller skating and arcade game playing can offer plenty of fun with a dash of fitness and team building, we wanted to let you know that companies have found creative ways to turn team building into ways to give back to the community. Consider inviting employees and their families for a fun event at Playland Skate Center, and encourage them to bring a donation of items for a family in need during the holiday season or school supplies at the beginning of the school year.

If you’re ready to make a trip to Playland Skate Center a part of your next team event, contact us today.

Summer Jobs in Austin, TX

Playland Skate CenterThings are heating up, and we’re ready to hire for the summer! If you’re looking for a summer job in Austin, TX, you love working in a fun and fast paced environment, and you are available on evenings, weekends, mornings, and afternoons, then we need to talk to you! Playland Skate Center has been a fixture in family entertainment in Austin for 40 years, and we’d love to have you join our team!

Some of the tasks our employees assist with include checking in birthday party guests, putting away skates, helping customers get the right size rental skates, and offering optimal customer service with each phone and in-person interaction. We’re searching for applicants that are flexible and adapt easily in an environment that can be quite fast-paced. We are looking for friendly and outgoing employees that are hard working. Our part-time positions are a great addition to any resume! Come in and fill out an application at Playland Skate Center!

Tired of Over Fundraising?

At Playland Skate Center, we love to partner with schools and other organizations within our community through fundraisers. While we’ve provided tips for successful fundraising in the past, it is a timely topic to visit again with spring fundraisers starting to pick up. We recently read a few fundraising tips from SignUpGenius.com and thought we would share a few that we’ve seen in action.

Don’t Over Fundraise

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Make Fundraising Fun!

This rule of thumb is one that many parents are grateful for! We’ve all had that neice, nephew, cousin, or co-worker’s child that seems to be constantly fundraising for something. At Playland Skate Center in Austin, we’re happy to provide a fun fundraiser that promotes, fitness, fun, and provides an easy way to raise money. This beats selling wrapping paper any day!

Mix Large and Small Events

One fun way to do this at Playland is through a silent auction. Many schools ask for donations of goods or services that can be left out during the fundraising night in the form of a silent auction. This is a great way to combine a large fun night at Playland with a smaller silent auction. A fun spin on this is to ask classroom parents to create themed baskets for a silent auction throughout the night.

Call Playland Skate Center today with any questions that you mat have about your fundraising needs, or to book your next fundraiser!

 

Spring Break in Austin

If you ask us to name four things we love, we would simply tell you those things are:

  1. AustinAustin
  2. Texas
  3. Spring Break
  4. Roller Skating

And for one glorious week each year, those four things go together better than peanut butter and jelly! We work with various elementary schools and non-profits for fundraising initiatives, so we know when school is out. We also know that l-o-n-g days at home over spring break can be downright boring! So, in keeping true with tradition, we wanted to remind y’all that when school is out, we’re open!

Spring Break at Playland Skate Center

If you haven’t yet, now is the time to visit our events page and print off our Spring Break flier. We recommend putting this on the fridge or a bulletin board so that you’ll have the reminder that we’ll be open Monday through Friday during the week of March 13, 2016. These additional spring break hours are as follow:

  • Monday, March 16 from 12-9pm
  • Tuesday, March 17 from 12-6pm (Adult night for 18 and up is from 7:30-10pm)
  • Wednesday, March 18 from 12-9pm
  • Thursday, March 19 from 12-9pm
  • Friday, March 20 from 12-6pm and again from 7-11pm

Skate rental is included in admission of $8 for each of our spring break sessions.

Kids Skate Free

We will not be able to accept Kids Skate Free coupons the week of spring break, but we do want to encourage you to sign up for Kids Skate Free to take advantage of throughout the rest of the year. With just a few simple clicks of the mouse (or taps on your smartphone) you’ll be able to recieve two free skating passes each week direct to your email inbox. Visit our Playland Skate Center Kids Skate Free Page for your chance to sign up now!

As always, don’t forget to keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter for all news and information regarding Playland Skate Center!

Time Flies When You’re Having Birthday Party Fun!

They say time flies when you’re having fun, and that can’t be more true than during the magical hours spent roller skating and celebrating during a Playland Skate Center birthday party! Voted as Austin’s Best Party Place by the readers of the Austin Chronicle, we can’t deny that Playland is a fun place to party!

Party Packages

From small, medium, and large party options, we’ve got a party package that will accommodate your specific number of guests and your budget! Take a look at our party packages for specific details on what is included in each one.

Can I Get a Favor?

Many modern birthday parties include a fun partying gift or fun party favor from the guest of honor to the guests. We’ve seen lots of fun ideas put into practice when it comes to party favors for friends. Below is a list of five fun and fabulous party favor ideas that you can use:

Chalk ArtIdeas for birthday favors

You’ve seen the growing trend of chalk art all around! Encourage the creativity of your child and the guests at the party by providing a container of sidewalk chalk for guests as a party favor. This is a low-budget option since you can usually find it at the dollar store.

Dress-Up

If you’ve got a princess or a ballerina celebrating, there is no easier way to get everyone in on the action than with a tutu as a favor! Visit the local craft or fabric store for tulle and elastic. With a little time and a lot of knot tying, you’ll have simple hand made tutus that party guests can skate around in and wear home!

Super Hero Fun

If you’re having a Super Hero themed party, why not take it a step further with capes for the kids! These can be a fun way to spot your skaters anywhere in the roller skating rink, and they’ll have so much fun as skating super heroes!

Sweet Treats to Go

We love this idea found on Pinterest with a roller skating party theme! Check out how this mom wrapped Rolos chocolate candy and attached a creative thank you note!

Photo Booth

Gather a few fun props such as hats, boas, crowns, and glasses. Create a temporary photo booth opportunity for your roller skating guests with these items. Make an effort to either take a group photo at one point or to get a photo with each guest and the birthday guest of honor. Print these off for a great memory to send along with a thank you note!

We hope these ideas will help spark your creativity when it comes to building the theme and customizing the party experience you’ll have at Playland Skate Center. Don’t forget to book your party today!

Valentine’s Day Weekend at Playland Skate Center

February is American Heart Month! The Centers for Disease Control stress the importance of preventing of heart disease. One element of prevention should involve regular exercise. In fact, the Mayo Clinic suggests that people exercise for at least thirty minutes a day. At Playland Skate Center, we think a great part of regular exercise should include roller skating! Roller skating is good for the heart as it provides a great aerobic alternative to walking or running. When roller skating, not only are you getting that heart rate up, but you are also burning calories (up to 600 calories per hour!).Valentine's Day

We have tons of opportunities this month for you to join us and keep that heart healthy! Whether you consider yourself young or old, come on out for one of our great events at Playland Skate Center!

Valentine’s Day Weekend Skating

Join us at Playland Skate Center to revisit the nostalgia of falling in love at the roller skating rink and falling in love with roller skating! We know that roller skating +romantic love songs = magic moments on the rink! And besides, roller skating with that special someone makes for the perfect excuse to hold their hand as well!

Valentine’s Day Weekend Skating at Playland Skate Center

  • Friday Night – 3-6 pm and 7-11pm.
  • Saturday – 1pm – 11pm
  • Sunday-Valentine’s Day – 12:00-5:00 pm

Make sure that you join us and share your pics with us socially with #playlandskate on Facebook and Twitter!