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Stress-Free Birthday Parties

Children’s birthday parties are often brightly colored, high energy events, that usually leave every child in attendance exhausted but content. Unfortunately for parents hosting the exciting event, a lot of this fun can turn into stress. We say, don’t let it! Skate Station of Sumter is here to help you plan your next birthday event and offer a few party planning tips to ease your mind.

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Roller skating birthday party

  • Planning: The key to any event is to always make a good plan. Start planning 4-5 weeks in advance, especially when you will be booking/reserving a party venue. Keep the planning simple by sticking to the basics- guest list, venue and food. Then if you are considering themed decor, loot bags, etc., add it to the list.

  • Date/Time: If it’s possible to see what day works best for your party guests ahead of time, do it! You may be able to gauge your guest list more accurately, which counts when numbers are a consideration for certain venues. If not, no worries! Select a day and time that works for you. Just keep in mind, many parents of younger kids tend to prefer times earlier in the day.

  • Preparing: Try to prepare as much as possible before the day of the birthday party. If you have loot bags for your guests, have the birthday boy or girl help fill them up in advance. Baking a cake? Bake it the day before, so there’ll be no last minute cake making (or meltdowns) the day of. Whatever you end up doing ahead of time, try to get the whole family involved and just have fun with it!

We hope these tips help while planning your next birthday party. Skate Station can also make planning your next party less stressful with all of our incredible birthday party packages already created for you. These packages range from public to private skating events, with fun options such as food packages, themed party goods and much more. You only need to decide which you prefer. Happy planning!

Team Building on Skates

20140204_193835 - CopyWhen you think of Skate Station in Sumter, SC you probably envision an amazing family fun center filled with happy parents and children enjoying themselves, and you would be absolutely correct in this assumption! However, our facility may also be the perfect venue for your next corporate outing.

Team building has been practiced for years in many companies, but taking this activity out of the office has become an extremely popular tactic by businesses of late. Consider ‘outside’ team building for your employees next time you want to strengthen your team.

Studies on this topic suggest that companies who incorporate physical team building activities are typically well received by their employees. By choosing roller skating, for example, employees are able to get physical exercise while working together in a fun and relaxed environment.

A non-threatening environment is key to getting employees to open up. If those in the team building group feel stressed or anxious, it can undermine the entire process. One reason team building gets such a bad reputation in some companies is because not enough thought was put into the process. Forcing your group into an aggressive activity where they are more fearful than relaxed, is always a recipe for disaster.

If your Sumter, SC business is toying with the idea of team building outside of the office, let the fun experts at Skate Station host your event! We’ll be happy to roll you through all of our event options.

When you book with us your employees can enjoy team bonding on the roller rink and in the arcade. Care to challenge the boss to a game?

Skating Lessons on Thursday Nights!