Archives for December 2014

Roller Skating Across the Generations!

Roller skating is an activity that has been around for generations and it’s an activity that people of all ages can partake in and enjoy. Grandparents who remember lacing up to roller skate during their youth and cruising around rinks and streets can relive those fun times and regain their energy while skating with children and grandchildren. Benefits of roller skating are both emotional and physical as you share quality time with your family while participating in a fun form of low-impact exercise.Generations of Skating

Working out without even knowing it

As you sail across the floor with your children and grandchildren at roller skating rinks, you’re getting an amazing workout. Happily, roller skating is so much fun, that you won’t even realize it’s exercise. Amid loops, turns, spins, and backward skating, you’re burning calories, improving cardiovascular health and strengthening the bond with your family. In a society where everyone seems glued to his or her smart phone and tablet screens, participating in this family-friendly physical activity has the ability to snap everyone out of their technology addiction.

Health benefits of roller skating

Along with strengthening family bonds and escaping technology comas, lacing up to roller skate has additional health benefits including:

  • Low-impact – Unlike other forms of exercise such as running that strain and damage knees and joints, roller skating is low-impact and joint-friendly. The fluid movements as you roller skate mimic those of dancing or running, but are thankfully free of impacts that can damage joints.
  • Whole-body workout – The strength and balance required for roller skating works your arms, legs, core, and cardiovascular system. Your legs and glute muscles receive the most benefits from skating, as does your core as you push through movements and maintain balance. Strong legs, improved coordination, and balance are beneficial for all ages.
    Burn calories – Enjoy roller skating with your children and grandchildren and burn as many calories as other aerobic workouts. What makes skating better than traditional aerobic exercises is that you’re doing it with family while listening to great, upbeat music, making memories, and having fun.

Exercise for all skill levels

Even novices who roller skate slowly around the rink are receiving health benefits. The mere act of standing up on four wheels takes strength, balance, and coordination. Grandparents can teach younger children and vice versa and soon everyone is lost in the fun of the activity while enjoying quality time with family.

Check out our schedule at Playland Skate Center and choose from one of our great sessions to come our for fun family bonding!

Top 5 Skating Songs of 2014!

At Playland Skate Center we are all about good times and good music. It’s been awhile since we’ve visited the Top 5 Roller Skating Songs on our Austin, TX roller rink blog. Looking back to the summer of 2013, our list included these top 5 choices:Countdown

1. ‘C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train)’ by the Quad City DJs

2. ‘Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll’ by Vaughan Mason & Crew

3. ‘Ice, Ice, Baby’ by Vanilla Ice

4. ‘Boogie Fever’ by the Sylvers

5. The ‘Hokey Pokey’

Fast forward a year and a half, and we are only a matter of days before the end of 2014. We figure that while many focus their efforts on the countdown in Times Square, we will focus our efforts on a countdown of another sort. We want to ask our skaters for their input on what they think the Top 5 Roller Skating Songs should be. Maybe you think some of the classics should stay on the list, or maybe you think it is time to wipe out the old and bring in the new. Share with us your favorite skate songs that you want to hear most at Playland Skate Center. Be sure to share with us not only the song, but a reason why it should be one of the top 5 that we play!

Whether you come to Playland Skate Center for Adult Night on Tuesdays, SK84Fitness on Fridays, or for our lessons on Sundays, we want to hear from you! It’s easy and simple, just fill out the form below! We plan on sharing our results with you before the new year!

Fan-tab-u-lous Birthday Party Fun!

What do you get when you combine a fantastic birthday party with a fabulous birthday party? You get a party that is fantabulous! It’s so great that it’s too hard to choose between the two words, so we had to combine them to make our own word to try to capture what a Playland Birthday party consists of!

You may be wondering what makes a Playland Skate Center birthday party so great, or so fantabulous! Well, we’ve got our top three reasons to share with you right now! They include options, simplicity, and fun!


At Playland Skate Center we realize that everyone is unique and patrons have different needs for their parties. As a result, we offer plenty of options to accommodate you. We’ve got party packages ranging from $115 to $235. Each of these has tons to offer and accommodate a variety of budgets.Birthday Ribbon


Simple is the name of the game when it comes to a birthday party at Playland Skate Center. You have the flexibility to bring in your own decorations and theme your party as you seem fit. We offer a simplicity when it comes to cleaning up after the party because we do it for you!


We think one of the best things that make an Austin, TX birthday party so fun at Playland is the fact that roller skating is available for all party guests! And for those under 52” additional fun is available in our soft indoor playground.

So, what are you waiting for?! Book your next fantabulous roller skating birthday party at Playland Skate Center today! We’ll make it so simple that you can book online!

Holiday Hours in Austin, TX

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! We’re seeing the signs of the season all around us. With holiday decorations and families preparing for their favorite traditions, it is time for us to share that we are preparing for a favorite tradition at Playland Skate Center as well! It is fairly common that when school is out in Austin, Playland Skate Center is open! This is true even over the upcoming Christmas break.Christmas Break in Austin

We know that in more cases than we can count there is a countdown to the days before the school break takes place. While children are eagerly anticipating Christmas break, there are some parents that find themselves asking a question. What question is that? What do we do with these kids over break? is what we know parents ask. If you find that your little ones (or older ones) are at home with all of that pent up energy and need something to do, we want to encourage you to take advantage of Playland Skate Center’s holiday hours!

Here’s a list of all of the extra sessions that we have to offer over the holiday break:

  • Mondays-December 22 and 29-12-9pm
  • Tuesdays-December 23 and 30-12-6pm and 7-10:30pm
  • Wednesday-December 24-12-6pm
  • Thursday-January 1-12-9pm
  • Fridays-December 19 and 26, January 2-12-6pm and 7-11pm
  • Saturdays-December 20 and 27, January 3-1-11pm
  • Sundays-December 21 and 28, January 4-12-5pm

*Please note that we are closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The printable form is available for you to print and put on your fridge, bulletin board, or near your calendar. Make sure you share these sessions with all of your friends and family!