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.
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!
Every October we celebrate National Roller Skating Month at Orbit Skate Center. For 2016 we are going to flood the internet and social media sites with great photos and videos of roller skating and the hashtag #myskatemoves. Bring your camera, smartphone and help roller skating by showing your best moves and posting them to your favorite site like Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and more! We’ll be open Friday October 14th 7p-11p for #myskatemoves. Admission is just $8.50 per person and $4 skate rental.
National Roller Skating Month’s Newest Campaign Wants You to “Show Your Moves” This October
Indianapolis, IN (July 20, 2016) – The Roller Skating Association International encourages kids to become physically fit and active 365 days a year. This year’s theme is encouraging kids to get active and show their moves in the rink. #mysk8moves is a movement aimed at reminding kids that a healthy lifestyle and physical fitness can still be fun. This October member skating rinks will be hosting month-long events celebrating the health benefits and entertainment that roller skating provides while highlighting all the fun that can be had.
America’s favorite pastime, roller skating, is a way to show your individuality in the form of movement. Are you a jam skater? Shuffle skater? Speed Skater? What are your moves? Roller Skating gives kids the opportunity to socialize, get active, and have fun in a safe environment.
The RSA wants people to know that roller skating is one of the few activities that provides a complete aerobic workout for over 640 of the body’s muscles – especially the heart. Families, kids, and teens are encouraged to dedicate themselves to achieving an active lifestyle. To find your nearest skating rink, please go to www.rollerskating.org and click on Locator.
Roller Skating has long held the support of The President’s Challenge Program and Let’s Move Program with the mission of keeping kids active and healthy in a safe environment. The President’s Challenge is a program that encourages all Americans to make being active an important part of their everyday lives. No matter what your activity or fitness level, The President’s Challenge Program can help motivate you to improve. For more information, please visit www.presidentschallenge.org or call 1-800-258-8146. Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. For more information visit http://www.letsmove.gov.
The 2016 National Roller Skating Month campaign is sponsored by: Pepsi, JBL Trinity Group and Kids Skate Free and is supported by the Let’s Move Program and the President’s Challenge Program.
The Roller Skating Association (RSA) is a trade association that serves commercial (for-profit) skating center owner/operators. It also serves those involved in various facets of the roller related industry such as teachers, coaches, manufacturers, distributors and other elements of the family entertainment industry. It seeks to promote the success of our members through education and advancing the roller skating business.
For more information about the Roller Skating Association International, please contact: Jim McMahon, Executive Director, at 317-347-2626 Ext. 104 or email@example.com.
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!
What kind of roller skates to buy is a common question at our Skate Shop inside Orbit Skate Center in Palatine Illinois. While rental skates are good to use until you are sure you want to invest in skates, owning your own skates makes a huge difference in how fast you progress. Just like any sport whether it’s skiing, bowling or tennis; having your own equipment gives you a consistent experience that allows you to focus on practicing your skills and not just how the skates are performing this week.
Here’s a list of things to consider when shopping for roller skates for yourself or your child:
- Have you taken a few classes or lessons to determine if this is a sport you want to get serious about? Just like any sport that takes practice, roller skating is no different. There are many types of roller skating and you can try different kinds of skates during the class i.e. quad or traditional roller skates or inline skates sometimes called Rollerblades. With regular roller skates you can get low boots sometimes called speed boots or higher boots sometimes called artistic or R&B boots. It’s important to know what kind of skating you wish to pursue to determine what kind of skates you need.
- Roller skates, quad or inline quality fall into about 3 price points. Skaters normally only buy one or two pairs of skates during their lifetime if their feet are finished growing. Growing feet will require more pairs over the years. Parents can spend about $59.95 to get decent skates for their children. Adult skates start at about $100. The investment you make into your roller skates really pays off with the quality and enjoyment you will have while wearing them! Tell your skate shop expert how often you plan on skating, that makes a difference too.
- When considering purchasing roller skates, you want skates that are comfortable and roll well. The boots should have about 1/4 – 1/2 inch at the front for your toes and should not feel pinched or pressing on the front of your foot. Leather boots absorb perspiration and help keep your feet dry and happy. The plate that is mounted to the boot should have moveable trucks, the mechanism that allows the skate to change edges and cushions that provide a soft to a firm ride depending on your level of skating. Skate plates are made of many materials from nylon, aircraft aluminum, and cast metal. Wheels come in different hardness and determine the grip or lack of on the floor. R&B skaters for instance want harder wheels so they can slide during moves and turns. Speed skaters want softer wheels so they have good grip when taking the turns. It’s really all about you!
- Bearings are a part of every roller skate, each wheel having 2. Bearings determine how far you roll for the same amount of effort. Bearings are priced by the quality of materials and precision of manufacturing.
The best place to buy roller skates is at your local roller rink that has a well stocked pro shop. Not only can you check out multiple types and makes of roller skates, most shops inside rinks let you try your skates before y0u buy them. Orbit Skate Center’s Skate Shop offers a reward card for any skates purchased for over $100 that includes 7 free admissions totalling up to $57.50 in free admissions!
Spend some time perusing different roller skates and rely on your skate shop experts that can guide you to the right pair of roller skates or inline skates for you and your entire family. Roller Skating is a lifetime of fun and fitness and having the correct skates for your ability and budget is important!
Why Roller Skating Is a Great Way to Meet and Fall in Love
People have very different passions, some love reading books, some love karaoke, while others have a passion for roller skating. Apart from other passions people may have, roller skating is that kind of activity that gets you to meet lots of people who share the same passion as you.
And when roller boy meets his dream roller girl on the skating rink, the chemistry leads to sparks and then love hits you when you least expect it, where you least expect it. However, we know a lot of cases when roller skating has not only helped two strangers to fall in love, but also get married and live happy roller skating lives together.
Why spend hours on end on dating sites when you can find your ideal partner on the roller skating rink, and allow your passion for skating to bring you together in the most unexpected and fun way possible?
OK, but where and how can you actually find love while roller skating? Is it really that simple? Could I possibly find my soul mate on the skating rink?
Yes, yes and yes! The where is Orbit Skate Center in Palatine, IL, in the northwest suburbs of Chicago just 28 miles northwest of downtown. Now that you know where, there’s only the how left to answer. Well, they say that once you’re open to finding love, love will find you instead. Orbit Skate Center even has a special event planned called Sweetie Skate and lets you bring a date for free if you’ve already found someone!
So, stay grounded and have faith, tie your roller skate laces really tight and enjoy your time on at the roller skating rink. The more you come around for a good roller skate time, the higher the changes you’ll get to meet that somebody because skate centers are great social places where people with the same interests come together. So, yes, frequency is key.
The more you come to our skate center, the higher the chances you’ll meet love on the skating rink. But why is roller skating actually a great way to meet love? The answer is simple. When you do what you’re passionate about, you enter the love vibration and when you’re on the frequency of love you attract love into your life. That’s why passion and love are such great friends!
So what are you waiting for? Allow love to find you on the skating rink at the Orbit Skate Center in Palatine, IL!
We have a fun night planned to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year – is it really 2016? Bring your favorite person and one of you is free to skate on this Saturday, February 13th 7-10pm all ages and 10pm-1am adults 17+. Skate rental is extra.