Remember the ‘80s? When kids were somehow born knowing how to roller skate, and your mother sent you out with your skates, your friends, and a warning to be back by dinner? Those days are over, but there’s no reason to put your Xanadu record away just yet (well, there is, but it’s got nothing to do with roller skating). Your kids might be newbies to skating, but it’s never too late to learn (even for you!). Most roller rinks offer lessons; or, if you spent your childhood on wheels under a disco ball, you can teach them. 

Roller Skating Basics

Alissa Easlick, lesson program director of the Arenas at Woodbridge, offers these tips when going to a roller skating rink for the first time:

  • Stand next to or in front of your child. If you hold hands, encourage your child to put their weight on their feet, not your hands. 
  • Ask them to “march,” instead of walk or skate.
  • Encourage them to hold their arms out for balance.
  • Tell them to “freeze” if they feel like they are losing their balance.
  • Wait to take your child until they are at least 4 years old.

Local Rinks

When the weather’s nice, skating the streets of your neighborhood or paths at a local park is a great way to get fresh air, exercise, and quality time together. You can also check out one of these indoor rinks, all of which offer quad skating (four wheels), rentals, and public sessions. Keep in mind that all of them also offer rink time packages for birthday parties.

Bergen County

Fun Force, Wallington – 973-777-0767

Inline Skating Club of America, North Arlington – 201-998-4722

Atlantic County

Young's Skating Center, May's Landing – 609-625-1191

Burlington County

Holiday Skating Center, Delanco – 856-461-3770

International Sports Center, Mt. Laurel – 856-273-2828 

Scooter's Family Skating Center, Eveboro – 910-791-8550

Camden County

Cherry Hill Roller Rink – 856-795-1919

International Sports, Skating and Fun Centre, Cherry Hill – 856-428-8588

Millenium Skate World, Camden – 856-757-9460

Cumberland County

Skate 2000, Bridgeton – 856-459-3666

Essex County

Branch Brook Park, Newark – 973-482-8900

Gloucester County

Depford Skating Rink – Verga; 856-845-7353

Franklin Skating Park – 856-694-0600

Hunterdon County

Frenchtown Roller Rink – 908-996-6313

Middlesex County

Kendall Park Roller Skating – 732-297-3003

South Amboy Arena – 732-727-1122

Woodbridge Community Center – 732-596-4000

Monmouth County

Goodsports USA, Wall – 732-681-8898

Jackson Skating Center – 732-363-2222

Tab Ramos Sports Center, Aberdeen – 732-290-0003

Morris County

Florham Park Roller Rink – 973-377-0465

Warren County

Excel Roller Center, Hackettstown – 908-852-8155


Renée Sagiv Riebling is a freelance writer from central New Jersey. She and her husband and their two children are always on the lookout for new adventures.

Where do you go to skate? Do your kids prefer to skate indoors or out?