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.
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.
Fun Force, Wallington – 973-777-0767
Inline Skating Club of America, North Arlington – 201-998-4722
Young's Skating Center, May's Landing – 609-625-1191
Holiday Skating Center, Delanco – 856-461-3770
International Sports Center, Mt. Laurel – 856-273-2828
Scooter's Family Skating Center, Eveboro – 910-791-8550
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
Skate 2000, Bridgeton – 856-459-3666
Branch Brook Park, Newark – 973-482-8900
Depford Skating Rink – Verga; 856-845-7353
Franklin Skating Park – 856-694-0600
Frenchtown Roller Rink – 908-996-6313
Kendall Park Roller Skating – 732-297-3003
South Amboy Arena – 732-727-1122
Woodbridge Community Center – 732-596-4000
Goodsports USA, Wall – 732-681-8898
Jackson Skating Center – 732-363-2222
Tab Ramos Sports Center, Aberdeen – 732-290-0003
Florham Park Roller Rink – 973-377-0465
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.