Ladies Night is always a popular event at Orbit Skate Center in Palatine IL. We used to have one a year but they have proved SO popular we are going to be having this special event every other month! Our next Ladies Night is December 2, 2017 from 7pm – 10pm for all ages and adults 17+ can stay until midnight. Admission is free for Ladies of all ages and we feature drink special for adults at the Galaxy SkyBar.
Who doesn’t love FREE? Well, girls of all ages skate free on Friday October 20th from 7pm – 11pm. Admission is free and skate rental is $4.00 if needed. Get your girls together for a great time roller skating to live DJ’s taking requests, cosmic skate and lots of fun. Roller Skating IS the original social network.
As if Friday October 13th wasn’t creepy enough, the zombies are roller skating at Orbit Skate Center from 7-11pm! Costume Contest, creepy music and fun for all ages. Get your best zombie on and join us! Check out our ideas for zombie costumes on our Pinterest Board here.
This event is promoted by Henry B and everyone is invited to enjoy the music of Carl DeSanti at the organ live! Great for all ages, his music is contemporary including hits that kids will recognize from their favorite movies and more. The date is Sunday, October 8th from 5pm – 8pm. Admission is $10 per person, both skaters and spectators. Children 2 and under are free. Skate rental is $4.00 if needed.
The 90’s were a decade of exploding technology, boy bands and great music by Beyonce, Madonna, Gwen Stefani and more. Crazy clothes and colors were seen everywhere. Social Networking, cellphones and texting hadn’t taken over yet and some feel this was the best decade ever! Join us November 18th from 7-10pm for all ages and 10pm – 12am for adults 17+ (adults can arrive earlier and just pay the one admission). Admission is $8.50 per person and skate rental is $4.00 if needed.
Orbit Skate Center reopened in 1992 with new outer space decor, fantastic murals and the best skating surface in the area. We are celebrating 25 years of creating memories for families, schools and organizations. Keep the party going and come skate!
The year was 1967 and hippies were traveling to California to find a new life. The Summer of Love was full of music and art and free love. We are celebrating the great music that came out of that era with a Summer of Love Skate Party on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 7-10pm for all ages and 10pm-12am for adults ages 17+. Beatles, Doors, Mamas and Papas, Jefferson Airplane, Moody Blues, Jimmy Hendrix, Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Sonny & Cher were on the front line of music making history with every song. Grab your beads, headbands and psychedelic shirts and skate to some of the best music of that time.
Parents all want the best for their children, that’s a fact. Childhood obesity is something every parent is and should be concerned with in this age of electronics both on a desktop and in their child’s hands. Children seem glued to electronic games and they use them wherever they are, at home, school and in the car. Trying to engage a child in a meaningful conversation without the interference of electronic devices can be a challenge for any parent. Add to the fact that families are trying to make ends meet by working a part-time job on top of a full-time job, finding affordable family fun that includes exercise is yet another challenge.
How can we help our children become healthy happy adults that do not battle obesity as adults starts when they are young. Engaging in activities that are active as well as interactive can make a lifelong road to health easier and more fun not to mention drawing the family closer together. Roller skating can help! Check out these facts below from the Center for Disease Control:
Childhood Obesity and Child Wellbeing
Childhood obesity has immediate and long-term impacts on physical, social, and emotional health. For example:
- Children with obesity are at higher risk for having other chronic health conditions and diseases that impact physical health, such as asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, type 2 diabetes, and risk factors for heart disease.4, 5, 15-17
- Children with obesity are bullied and teased more than their normal weight peers,18 and are more likely to suffer from social isolation, depression, and lower self-esteem.19
- In the long term, childhood obesity also is associated with having obesity as an adult,23 which is linked to serious conditions and diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and several types of cancer.24–25
Scary isn’t it?
Roller skating is an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages from children as young as 18 months to adults ages 65+. Roller rinks are great places for children to form friendships and have the entire family enjoy the visits. It is proven that if a child skates twice a week their overall health will improve, their social skills dealing with peers are enhanced and they become more confident in themselves. At Orbit Skate Center in Palatine Illinois we have seen children and adults lose as much as 100 pounds just by roller skating and having fun. The music played is current and makes you want to get moving. Making the roller rink a destination for the family fun a couple times a week means they will enjoy family time together, not glued to a television or game console and you will create memories for your children that last a lifetime.
It is said by many that roller skating is a ‘retro’ sport from the past but we disagree! Roller skating should be at the forefront of any other sport due to the fact that you learn the most important skill of balance. Even standing still on skates takes balance and that balance carries forward to all other sports like soccer, gymnastics, lacrosse and bicycling. A child that learns to be truly balanced learns every other sport more easily. Learn to skate at Orbit Skate Center on Saturdays from 12pm – 1pm for only $5.00 including skates.
Affordable family fun and a road to healthy living is as close as your local roller rink. Make it your destination this week!
Did you love the music of the 80’s? Some of the best upbeat roller skating music came from that genre. We are featuring all your favorites from 7pm – 10pm Saturday, August 19th with rockin DJ’s taking requests. Dress to impress, the clothes were wild in that decade! Michael Jackson, Boy George, The Human League, Madonna, Prince and Tears for Fears are just some of the great artists of the time.
Did you know the Internet was in its infancy stages and towards the latter part of the decade and was mostly used for academic purposes at this time? How far we have come!
Bring the family and friends to Orbit Skate Center on Saturday, August 19th from 7pm – 12am to enjoy all the fun of a Totally 80’s Skate Party at Orbit Skate Center in Palatine Illinois!
Grab your skates out of your trunk and get to the rink! What a great place to store skates until you need them right? Not. Why won’t my wheels turn? There seems to be a grinding noise in my wheel, what’s wrong? The boots on my skates are growing mold, eww, now what?
All true statements from skaters over the years and I’m sure there’s plenty more. One year I caught a skater in the parking lot who was liberally spraying his wheels with WD40 and thought he could come in a skate on them. Said the wheels wouldn’t turn right and he ‘always’ did that. Shuddering at the thought of all that lubricant spraying out onto our clean floor, I quickly offered to help him in the pro shop.
So if WD40 isn’t the answer what is? Well, a yearly visit to the pro shop is in order or do the process at home at least once a year depending on how often you skate. First, do NOT store your skates in your trunk. The heat and moisture will destroy your skates. After a fun skating session at the rink, take them indoors and let them dry in the open air. Don’t leave them in a case or bag.
Bearings, yes there’s 2 in each wheel of your skates. They are much like the bearings used in the popular fidget spinners that the kids are nuts about these days. They are what makes your wheels turn and if they are rusted, dried out, full of sand and hair (We’ve pulled literally hair balls out of bearings and from around the axles) they will not continue to offer you great fun when you are skating! Each bearing needs to be removed a couple times a year, cleaned and lubricated. Axles need to be cleaned and after a few times removing your wheels, need new lock nuts to keep the wheels from spinning off out on the rink.
Toe stops are needed on your skates to either protect the wood skating surfaces so many roller rinks have (skating heaven) or you use them to stop and jump. Make sure you have some and there’s no metal showing through and they are tight and secure.
Check your cushions (bushings to some folks) to make sure they aren’t cracked and dried out. These are what enable the skate trucks to rock and roll so you can edge easily and make your ride so smooth.
Lastly, check your wheels to see if they need rotating, much like your car. This makes the wheels wear evenly since most skaters don’t push equally on all four wheels. We can look at your wheels and tell you how you skate!
So there you have it. Roller skate maintenance in a nutshell. You can do this at home or bring your skates into Orbit Skate Center in Palatine for $25 we will check them over, clean and repack your bearings and give you advice on any other repairs that are necessary. Have fun roller skating and know your roll is the best they can be!