Archives for September 2013

School is Out and We Are Open!

Fall is officially here, even though it doesn’t feel like it yet here in Austin, TX, but you can enjoy all of the holidays that come with the season! And when the schools are closed, Playland Skate Center is open! 

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We celebrate October 12th as the official day that Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas. We can thank him for finding our beautiful land, and for a day off from school! Join us on October 14th from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm for an afternoon full of roller skating with your friends.

Thanksgiving Break

Fall season is full of holidays dating back to our colonial roots. After Columbus Day, we’ll have Thanksgiving in November to give thanks for the blessing of the harvest. While most of your families gather their harvests from the grocery store, you can still appreciate the historical significance of this holiday – and enjoy your time off from school! We’ll be open during your break on Wednesday November 27th from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm and on Friday November 29th from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm. But please note, we will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Don’t stay at home with nothing to do during your school breaks. Put Playland Skate Center on your schedule – bring your family and friends – to join us for an afternoon of play at “Austin’s Best Place to Skate 2013.” 

The Right Wheels for the Job

Bones Super Elite Jame Skate WheelsWhat kind of skater are you? A recreational skater? Do you love to speed skate? Are you more interested in jamming with the music as an artistic skater? If you love to jam and dance, this blog is for you. Playland Skate Center often gets questions in our Austin, TX Pro Skate Shop about which type of wheels are best for the skater that is doing artistic moves. Today, we discuss the variables that you need to consider when choosing which type of wheels to use on your roller skates. 

If you are an experienced jam skater, then your world of possibilities is almost endless. You can choose for a wheel diameter anywhere between 55mm to 62mm and mix it with whichever hardness you prefer to skate on from a 96a to a 103a. If you are experienced, you probably know which type of wheels you like to skate on the most, and which type correlate best with your skate surface – whether that is wooden, plastic, or a composite.

For those jam skaters out there that are just getting started, our suggestion is to choose a smaller wheel, somewhere in the range of 55mm to 57 mm. Also, choose a softer wheel for your skates. The softer the wheel, the more grip you will get on the skate surface, which will help you when you are pushing your balance and trying to learn new moves. Softer wheels are in the range of a 96a to 103a.

These are just some tips from Playland Skate Center to all of those jam skaters and artistic skaters out there, but our best advice to you is to pick a wheel that you enjoy skating on, gives you the grip you need, and allows you do to the moves you want to do. We hope that you come by our Pro Skate Shop soon to shop for your next set of wheels, bearings, laces, or boots and don’t forget – we will beat or match any competitors price! 

Custom Birthday Party Packages

At Playland Skate Center, we try to make you or your family member’s birthday stress free, and full of fun! To do that, we have several pre-planned party packages for you to choose from, or we can help customize one just for you!

birthdayribbomSmall Party Package

Our small party package is best for parties between the size of 8-12 guests. Your party will get their very own table for 2 hours, 2 pitchers of your choice of drink, a birthday announcement with the birthday song, skating games, a gift from Playland, and best of all for you parents – we do the clean up, in this package, and for any other party you book with us. The $95 price also includes admission and skate rental for 8 guests.

Medium Party Package

The medium party package accommodates a slightly larger party, between 13-20 guests. You will get all of the amenities as the small party package, plus an extra table to allow for seating for your whole party. Also, the $125 price includes admission and skate rental for 13 guests.

Large Party Package

Our largest, pre-planned party package is for 21 guests but can accommodate seating for up to 30. For $195 you will get all of the same extras as the small party package, plus admission and skate rental for 21 guests.

If you want to have a party custom designed for your needs, we would be more than happy to help you! All you have to do is call and tell us what you have in mind, and we will help you make it happen. We look forward to helping you celebrate whatever your special occasion is here at Playland Skate Center in Austin, TX!