Bring the family and skate to support the Boy and Girl Scouts! Admission is only $6.00 including skate rental on Thursday, April 20th 6:30p – 8:30p.
- Quest Church begins services on 1/8/17 at 9am every Sunday for members and new members. This is a great fit for Orbit Skate Center because Quest Church is an open, welcoming non-denominational congregation for families and individuals. Come as you are, even Pastor Ed is in blue jeans! Live music brings a special element to the services and participants can stay and roller skate the 11a-3p open skating session afterwards for a special price!
- We hope that our local schools will take advantage of our new STEM field trips for elementary and middle schools. Taught during the day, $12 per student includes an hour STEM program on a variety of subjects relating to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math built around roller skating, rink design, sound, and the math principles that bring these exciting subjects to life and allows students in hands on activities to show how everyday life relates.
- Our new Saturday lineup of classes on 4 levels, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Adults only classes bring the love of roller skating to new visitors allowing for a lifetime of fitness.
- That our mission to provide excellence in after school care for our local Palatine CCSD 15 school district continues to grow. We hope that we are able to give families a chance to enjoy their family time together instead of trying to get homework done they are able to sit down to dinner and spend time having fun. The After School Club is open to all children grades K-8 and we offer very affordable care including transportation and healthy snacks along with really fun activities. Enrollment is always open and new students begin all the time!
- We hope and pray that roller skating continues to be a sustainable, family centered activity and enough skaters come to Orbit Skate Center to keep it the landmark destination it has been for 42 years. With all the challenges of doing business in Cook County, it has been very difficult to keep going and we all hope for a better 2017!
Have a great year and Happy New Year to all of you from all of us.
The winter holidays fall on weekends this year, both Christmas Eve and Hanukkah start on the same night. We are going to be closed on Saturday, December 24th so our employees can enjoy time with their families but we are opening on Sunday night, December 25th from 7p-10p for Santa’s last hurrah. This was a great event last year after all the presents are opened and eating all day people were so glad to come out and skate with family and friends. We’ll play a mix of music, not all holiday music (we’ve been hearing that since before Thanksgiving, geese). Here’s our schedule for Winter Break at Orbit Skate Center including our Santa Skate on Dec. 10th and daily 1p-4p weekday skating during winter break.
National Ugly Sweater Day is December 16th, who knew it would come to this level! We are hosting our annual Ugly Sweater Party on Saturday, December 17th from 7p – 10p for all ages and adults 17+ can stay until 1am. The Cosmic Cafe and Galaxy Skybar are open with great food and beverages for adults 21+. Of course we’ll have a contest, so wear your best Ugly Sweater! Last years competition was tough!
Admission is just $8.50 per person and skate rental is $4. if needed.
Skate with Santa at Orbit Skate Center on Saturday, December 10th from 9am-11am. We are excited to have Santa and Mrs. Claus and our elves on hand to welcome in the holiday with hot chocolate, skating, photos and letting Santa know your holiday wishes. Take as many free photos as you wish with your camera, Santa will be sitting with the children listening to all their holiday lists. Babies in strollers are free. Admission is just $6 per person, skating or not. You can be out on the floor in your shoes. Holiday music is played, all family friendly and Mom approved for our littlest skaters 10&u and their families.
Every year we celebrate Thanksgiving Break with added public sessions for our families and friends. We are so thankful for all our customers, we are offering a special rate of $5 Admission on each 1-4pm session from Monday, November 21 – Friday, November 25. We are closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday so our employees can enjoy time with their families. People of all ages can enjoy roller skating, it’s easy to learn and we have rolling skate mate trainers for just $5 for the entire session! We have free protective gear by the skate counter or bring your own. Roller skating burns up to 600 calories per hour, sort of important during the holiday that we eat the most food! Bring your kids, your guests and even the in-laws for a great time during Thanksgiving Break!
Parents loved our Tiny Tots session last year and it’s back! Every Saturday 9am-11am is for our youngest children 10 and under and their families. The best time to get children comfortable on roller skates is when they are very young. We have toddlers age 15 months that love to roller skate. Roller skating is a great sport for young children because it teaches balance which is needed for almost all sports later in life. Many Olympians like Chad Hedrick, Tara Lipinski and Apolo Ohno started roller skating as children. Our program allows children to skate, play, dance, run and have fun out on our floor. Parents are allowed on the floor in gym shoes and strollers with babies are free. Come join us each Saturday and watch your child explore not only the rink floor and play with our toys but learn to roller skate in a relaxed and fun fashion while listening to the best in Mom approved music!
The American College of Sports Medicine has deemed September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Statistics show that approximately 20 to 30% children in the United States are overweight. Read this article here…
We want the best for our children and one solution to the obesity problem is to ramp up their level of physical activity with something they love to do. This is where roller skating can play a big part in their weekly activity level and help foster a love of exercise. Roller skating provides not only cardio workouts but can burn up to 600 calories per hour. Skating to their favorite songs and videos adds to the mix and before too long, they are too busy having fun to realize they are actually exercising.
Roller Skating is endorsed American Heart Association and the President’s Council on Fitness. While we might be a bit biased, we have seen amazing things happen when parents bring their children to skate twice a week. They slim down and tone up. They develop balance skills that carry forward into any sport they play in the future and when you consider that most ice skating Olympians like Chad Hedrick and Apolo Ohno along with Tara Lipinski started out roller skating shows us what a benefit the sport of roller skating is to so many.
KidsSkateFree.com is a nationwide program that offers free roller skating twice a week for free. Orbit Skate Center was one of the first roller rinks to jump on this program because we believe that healthy, fit and happy kids do better in school and enjoy a lifetime of fitness. Registration is free, just click here to join kidsskatefree.com and get your kids rolling into good health and a healthy weight.
This article was posted to the Roller Skating Association’s web page a while back illustrating the comparisons between roller skating and other sports. Not surprisingly roller skating came out way ahead of some sports that parent’s think are safe for their children. We thought you would like to know the statistics of various sports and what the benefits of roller skating are. Orbit Skate Center is a member of KidsSkateFree.com, a nationwide initiative to get kids roller skating twice a week to help fight childhood obesity. The After School Club, a community based 501(c)3 that is at Orbit Skate Center has seen first hand what happens when children grades K-8 skate on a regular basis, becoming more active and healthy along with building muscle and stamina.
Roller Skating Infographic – It’s all in the facts!
By Lynette Anacker
May 28, 2015
The President’s Council for Physical Fitness and the American Heart Association both know that roller skating is an excellent form of aerobic activity for all ages, but did you know that…
- Roller skating for just 30 minutes produces a heart rate of at least 148 beats per minute
- The average person can burn up to 600 calories with just one hour of vigorous roller skating at 10 miles per hour
- Roller skating causes 50% less stress to joints than running
But what’s even more…roller skating is safer than many activities your kids participate in at school!
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, roller skating is…
- 2x safer than school playgrounds
- 3x safer than football or baseball
- 4x safer than basketball
- 5x safer than riding a bicycle
Check out the below infographic outlining the fun facts and figures all about roller skating and feel free to share with your local schools, friends and family.