Archives for March 2014

The History of the Disco Ball

Roller Skate Disco Ball

When we say “disco ball” what is the first thing that comes to mind? Depending on your age, you’re going to have very different memories of the first time you saw a disco ball. Those of you in the Playland Skate Center family, we know exactly what comes to your mind when we talk about a disco ball – for the rest of you, keep reading to find out what we’re talking about!

The History of the Disco Ball

The first disco ball showed up in a Boston ballroom in 1897. The disco ball gained its popularity in the roaring 20s. In this era of wealth, younger generations were flaunting their new found freedom as they partied in nightclubs and speakeasies drinking illegal liquor. It was disco balls that lit these establishments. The disco ball found it’s next following in the 70s with the disco era. At a time when the music was intertwined with the disco ball and roller skating was also gaining huge popularity, you could find disco balls in just about any establishment that played the latest music and had a place to dance.

In the roller skating and family fun industry, the disco ball is something that we just don’t want to let go. We fell like if you walk into a roller skating rink that doesn’t have a disco ball, you’re missing out on an essential piece of the experience. Playland Skate Center has a very unique disco ball of our own. Suspended from the ceiling in the middle of our skating rink, it’d be hard for you to miss our HUGE roller skate shaped disco ball! It’s the only one like it that you’ll ever see!

Come on our to Playland Skate Center this weekend and make your own roller skating memories under the only roller skate shaped disco ball out there!

Beginning to Roll

Sure Grip Roller SkateYou’ve been skating with Playland Skate Center for several months now and you just can’t get enough. You’ve finally decided that it’s time for you to invest in your very own pair of roller skates! Or – you are a parent who’s child has become what we lovingly like to call a “rink rat” and they are begging for a pair of skates of their own. Playland Skate Center has some tips that you should keep in mind when trying to buy the perfect roller skate for a beginner skater. 

Don’t Buy Top of the Line

It’s true – if you are just getting into roller skating, we’d love for you to buy the best of the best, but in reality, you need to buy and try all different types of equipment before you decide what’s best for you. Also, as a beginner skater, you’ll need to spend the biggest part of your investment on protective gear, wheels, and bearings.

Upgrade the Right Aspects of Your Skates

If you are trying to buy skates for you or a family member that are ready to roll out of the box, you’re going to have a little bit of a harder time. The best thing to do is buy a boot that works for you and fits, then upgrade to the nicer wheels and bearings. First impressions are everything. You want to be sure that the skate glides smoothly and doesn’t want to turn to one side or the other. Nicer quality bearings and wheels is where you’re going to create the most comfortable skate for you.

We have seasoned skaters working in our pro shop everyday that would love to help you pick out the right skate for you or your family member. Come on by Playland Skate Center in Austin, TX today to shop. We guarantee that we’ll be ANY competitors prices!

April and May Upcoming Events

Disco BallAs the days tick by, summertime gets closer and closer. You had your first taste of the freedom last week during spring break, and now we know that you are ready to be out of school for the summer months! But, don’t wish your days away too quickly, because we have several upcoming events between now and then that you don’t want to miss!

Easter Skates

The next school break that you get to look forward to will be dipped in chocolate and wrapped in a bow – it’s Easter! Friday, April 18th schools will be closed which means that Playland Skate Center will be open! Join us for a special day skate from 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm, in addition to our regularly schedule morning sk8 4 fitness class, and family skate from 7:00 to 11:00 pm.

Mother’s Day

Your Mom feeds you, clothes you, and makes sure that you get to go to roller skating whenever you want! Show her your love and appreciation by bringing her to Playland Skate Center for Mother’s Day. We will have FREE skating for all of the mothers out there.

Memorial Day

This is the last holiday before summer break and we know that you’ll be itching to do something fun! That’s why we’ll be open all day, Monday, May 26th from 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm. Beat the heat and join us with your friends!

Spring Time, Skate Time!

Spring Break ScheduleTGISB – Thank Goodness it’s Spring Break!

It’s been a tough school year so far, and it’s time to take a break. Close your books, get out of the classroom, grab some friends, and have a ton of fun this week! Playland Skate Center in Austin, TX will be open all week long for you and your friends to join us during your extra long school break.

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, join us from 12:00 pm until 9:00 pm.

Tuesday we are open from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm for our day skate, and again at 7:00 pm until 10:30 pm for our Adult Night. To join us at Adult Night, you must be eighteen or older. This skate session is meant for our adult skaters to get out on the skating floor and have some fun without dodging younger kids that are still trying to learn the ropes.

Friday we’ll be open from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm for our day skate, and again at 7:00 pm until 11:00 pm for our family skate. Bring Mom, Dad, little sister, and big brother to Playland to enjoy your last Friday night of spring break together. Our indoor playground will be open, and your older brother will love playing our arcade games.

Saturday we’re here from 1:00 pm through 11:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm as the last hurrah before you’ve got to get back to work.

We’re looking forward to seeing you here for our spring break events and day skates at Playland Skate Center in Austin, TX! 


Become a Pro Roller Skater

hokeypokeyEveryone has got to start somewhere when it comes to roller skating. It’s just like learning anything new – you might fall, trip, get it wrong a few times, but once you get it right, you’ll never be able to forget how much fun it is! Playland Skate Center offers private roller skating lessons at our Austin, TX family fun center so that you can take your roller skating skills to the next level.

Our private roller skating lessons are meant to give you an opportunity to improve your roller skating skills without anyone else watching. You get one hour of one-on-one time with Michael, our very own Mr. Rollerskate, who will teach you everything from the basics of forwards, backwards, and stopping, to more difficult tricks that you can do to show off to your friends. Do you have ambitions to become a figure skater or jam skater? Our private roller skating lessons are a great place to start. Michael  can help you learn the moves that you’ll need to become a competitive skater. 

Our semi-private lessons are for two to six students that spend an hour with Michael. At the cost of $20 per hour, plus the cost of admission, y’all will get to to learn how to roller skate, together! This is a great idea for small parties, bachelorette, or bachelor parties if you want to do something fun, new, and different.

Call us to find out more about our roller skating lesson packages and the times that we have available for your lessons!