Archives for April 2014

Take Your Skates Into the Outdoors!

Rainbow Socks and Roller SkatesWith beautiful weather like we’ve been having here in Austin, TX, we totally understand that you don’t want to be indoors any more than you have to. That’s why we are encouraging our skaters to take their roller skates and roller blades and skate outdoors! Are you not sure if you have the right equipment for the job? Playland Skate Center has outlined the top 3 most important things that you need to have if you are planning on skating outdoors. 

1. Safety Gear

Skating outdoors has just as high, if not higher of a risk of falling – and the cement is a lot harder to fall on. Remember this when you are getting to head out for a skate. Snap on your helmet and strap on all of the appropriate pads: knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards. Even the tiniest pebble or little bit of loose gravel could send your heels over your head.

2. Wheels

Wheels come in so many shapes and sizes there is no way we could list them all for you, but when you are looking for a good outdoor wheel keep these two things in mind: durometer and dimensions. The durometer of a wheel essentially measures how hard/soft the wheel is. This is also called the “A” rating. Softer wheels will be able to better handle the rough surfaces you encounter when skating outdoors. The lower the A rating on the wheel, the softer it is. Especially if you are a skater that is new to the outdoors on wheels, you want wheels that are both tall and wide. These will give you the smoothest, most stable ride.

3. Bearings

Your bearings are going to get a beating when you take them outdoors. Subjecting them to dirt and moisture will cause them to wear quickly and therefore reduce the quality of your ride. If you only have one set of bearings, make sure you clean them before putting them back in your indoor wheels. Instead, we suggest having a set of bearings that are simply dedicated to outdoor skating.

Do you have more questions about outdoor skating equipment, or are you ready to purchase a pair of wheels and bearings to skate on this weekend? Come by our pro shop today! We can help you find exactly what you are looking for and we guarantee that we will beat ANY competitors price!

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Playland Skate Center is happy to announce that we have a new way for you to stay in touch and stay up to date with our latest events, coupons, sales, and offerings!

We are officially offering for you, our valued customers, to sign up for our exclusive newsletter. This e-newsletter will include regular updates on the latest events that we are offering, any news on schedule changes within the skating rink, announcements about new classes or lessons, coupons, sales, and more! To sign up, simply fill out the form below.

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Skating With Bunnies

It’s finally April! That means lots of things around here in Austin, TX: Spring is officially here, the weather should be turning nice, and Eater and Good Friday are almost here which means another break from school! Playland Skate Center is happy to announce that will be open over Easter weekend while you are out of school.

Easter EggsEaster Roller Skate Schedule

If the schools are closed for break, you can count on Playland Skate Center being open. While your parents are busy entertaining your grandparents, preparing dinner, or stuffing Easter eggs for your little siblings, head on over to Playland Skate Center. We will be open on Good Friday from 12 pm to 6pm in addition to our regularly scheduled skating sessions, sk8  fit from 10:30 am to 12 and our evening session from 7 pm to 11.

If you want to spend more time with your family, now is a great time to invite everyone to Playland to skate together. Visiting a family fun center such as Playland Skate Center gives everyone a break from the usual rush of busy schedules, and makes time for you to enjoy each other’s company, and maybe even learn something new together if you have never roller skated before.

We will be closed on Easter Sunday to give our wonderful team of employees a chance to spend time with their family over the holiday.

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