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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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  • 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?

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5 Reasons to Skate With Skate Station This Christmas Break

The holiday season is crazy enough, then add on the kids being out of school– it can be total chaos. But it doesn’t have to be! Here are a just a few of the awesome reasons to skate at Skate Station during the holiday break.

  • The holidays can be a time when people spend, well, maybe too much time on the couch. Get the kids away from the video games and TV and into a pair of skates!20140401_175848 - Copy
  • Roller skating is a great way to socialize. The rink will be open during the day for most of the holiday break. If you have last minute cooking or shopping to do, this can be the perfect opportunity for your kids to get out with their friends.
  • Our New Year’s Event is a BLAST for the entire family! No worries about babysitters or coordinating rides with other parents, everyone is sure to have a great time at our party! For more information about New Year’s Eve at Skate Station click here.
  • Bonus events! We don’t need a holiday to have a good time. Our extended, matinee hours will go all break long!
  • Beat the chilly weather and warm up on the rink! Getting that blood flowing by skating! It’s too fun to feel like working out.

 

Looking for something to do during Christmas break in Sumter, we can’t wait to see you. Check out our full Holiday schedule here.

Get Ready for Christmas Break with Skate Station!

Can you believe it? Christmas is right around the corner and 2014 is about to end! It’s been an awesome year and we can’t wait to make 2015 even better! Here are some awesome events we’ll be hosting to close-out 2014 with a bang!

  • Do you LOVE Mountain Dew? We dew! And on FRIDAY, Dec 12, we’ll have free Mountain Dew for EVERYONE until someone uses the bathroom! Admission is $8 (skate rentals are extra) and we’ll be skating from 7pm until 11pm! kids drinking mountain dew
  • Can’t get enough of the sweet stuff? No problem! Come right on back SATURDAY, Dec 13 for a Candy Scramble! We’ll be skatin’ for sweets around 2:45. Be there!
  • Are you trying to make your New’s Year Eve plans? We’ll be skating from 7pm until 2am to ring in 2015! We’ll even have a balloon drop at midnight, hats, horns and a celebration dance party! We will ring in the New Year in style as we live the stream the epic ball drop in New York City on our 12′ screen! What could be better?
  • Putting the finishing touches on your Christmas list? Don’t forget about our pro-shop and our amazing selection of skates! Tip: Gift cards to Skate Station make AWESOME Christmas gifts! Parents: We also have have layaway for just $20 down!

Are you ready for Christmas vacation? We’re counting down the days! For more information on our skating sessions, special events or the proshop, contact us here. 

 

Stay Fit This Holiday Season by Skating

It comes as no surprise that the winter time can brings several challenges to staying fit. We’re busier than ever preparing for what can feel like dozens of holidays, gatherings and holiday parties. In addition, if you like to stay fit by being outside, the days are shorter and a whole lot colder. So, what is one to do to stay on track with a regular fitness routine during the winter months? Why not roller skate? Here are just a few of the benefits to roller skating to stay fit:

If you’re an athlete or simply have another activity you usually do such as swimming or running, think of roller skating as cross training for your other activities. If you’re a runner, a soccer player or even a dancer, roller skating can be a great addition to your routine to help improve the muscles in your thighs, glutes and calves. Not to mention, roller skating can improve your balance. Working on these muscle groups in a different way will help your strength and performance overall.

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In addition to the physical benefits of skating, it is weather proof! With dipping temperatures and shorter days it may seem impossible to fit exercising into your schedule before it’s pitch black and freezing outside. However, roller skating can be done entirely indoors, so there is no need to worry about winter-friendly clothes, or what time of day you skate.

At Skate Station in Sumter we have tons of skating sessions throughout the week so you can get your exercise in and have a great time! For more information on our skating sessions, check out our schedule here.

New Birthday Party Packages Are Here!

We know that planning birthday parties are a challenge that’s why we are constantly striving to make sure that our birthday parties are the ultimate experience.We’re here to handle all of your party planning details so you can enjoy the special day! Since the most important thing is making your child’s birthday party easy and fun, we have revamped all of our party packages to include even MORE of what you want.  Each birthday party package comes with the following:

  • Unlimited invitations
  • LIVE presentation on our 12 ft screen
  • 1 birthday t-shirt
  • Admission with regular rentals and 3 hour skating sessionbirthday party packages skate sumter
  • 45 minute reserved party table with host
  • FREE return pass for each guest
  • 20 bonus game tokens
  • Birthday button for the birthday boy or girl
  • 2 whole 16” EXTRA LARGE pizzas
  • Themed party goods
  • 4 lesson punch card
  • 2 parent skating admission with regular rentals and VIP badges

Package Prices:

You can party like a Rising Star for 129 (plus tax), a Super Star for $179(plus tax) or a Rockstar for $229 (plus tax).

 

Ready to plan a birthday party at Skate Station? Perfect! Just worry about your guest list and the cake, we’ll provide the rest! To get started booking a birthday party, check out the form below:

Party Booking Form

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Shopping for Roller skates: Leave It to the Pro Shops

With Black Friday and the holiday shopping season right around the corner, we want to ensure that you get the perfect gift for your son or daughter while also taking the guess work out of your shopping experience. If you’re considering buying roller skates as a holiday gift this year, here are some tips to help you out as begin to shop.

A note about speed skates: The name may be slightly deceiving, speed skates are not actually faster than traditional quad skates. They have wider wheels and a lower cut boot, giving them a very modern look. At Skate Station, this is our most popular type of skate as a first-time purchase. Our speed skates start at $75. This style is a great first-time skate!

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Building custom Riedell 911’s

If you’re an avid online shopper, we know that Cyber Monday sales are extremely tempting, however, it is important that roller skates are purchased in person. Don’t worry, you don’t have to ruin the surprise for Christmas morning! Simply buy the style you think they will like the most and then bring them back after Christmas for the initial set up. Much like buying a bicycle, roller skates do not come assembled or tailored to fit. This requires set up and fitting.

When sporting goods stores carry roller skates, online or in stores, they do not come with any customer support when it comes to fitting, regular maintenance and assembly. At Skate Station, we are always here, even after the purchase. We’ll be here waiting for you for the initial and secondary set up. Once your skater has gotten on the rink, we’re here  to adjust the wheels, examine the boot if needed and ensure that the fit is perfect for the person’s foot. We believe the relationship at the pro-shop extends long after the sale.

Ready to start shopping? Stop by the pro-shop to check out our styles by Riedell, Vanilla Skates and Suregrip.

Stay Fit This Winter by Roller Skating!

As we lose an hour of daylight, it’s just another reminder that Winter is on its way. During the cooler months, it’s important to stay fit in order to prevent getting sick and to fight off the winter time blues. Here are some reasons roller skating is a great addition to your winter-time workout routine.

  • You don’t have to worry about the weather! No need to worry about being too cold to go on your jog or walk the dog, leave the forecast behind and bring your family for a night of skating.
  • It’s a safe option to help kids get some exercise when it is too dark to go play outside.
  • When getting sick is easy enough at school, there’s no need for there to be added risk by being outside when it’s too cold. kids skating
  • Make a new winter-time tradition out of roller skating! It’s great for everyone, not only are you getting a great workout, but you’re also spending time with your family. This can only add to the sentimental value of the holiday season!
  • The health benefits are endless! Did you know that studies have shown that roller skating engages every muscle in your body? In addition, an hour of roller skating can be as effective as an hour of jogging! An hour of moderate-speed skating can burn around 300 calories per hour for a 140 pound person!

Are you ready to get started? Beat the winter blues before they hit, check our schedule regularly for skating sessions and special events!

Buyer’s Guide for Roller Skates

So, you or someone you love is thinking about buying a pair of roller skates. It seems easy enough but how do you know which ones to choose? Here’s a quick rundown on the different options out there:

Inline Skates: Inline skates, or rollerblades, are skates where all four wheels are in a straight line as opposed to the the more traditional quad style with two in the front and two in the back. Inline skates are best suited for someone who would be skating outdoors as they perform the best on uneven surfaces. Pro Shop 2

Quad Skates: Quad skates are the most popular and come in different styles. Traditional quad skates have a boot that laces all the way up and over the ankle. The boot itself is similar to the boot of an ice skate. Speed skates are cut lower to the ankle and have a similar shape to that of a cross-trainer or basketball shoe. They tend to be a bit more sleek but are not actually any faster than their traditional counterpart. It is not a good idea to skate outside in quad skates; the wheels are specifically designed to glide on an indoor rink floor, not the street.

Fit: The boot of your skates should be snug as the material will stretch and conform to fit your foot. If you are unsure about how your skates should fit, you should purchase them from a professional pro shop. At Skate Station we can help you make sure your skates fit and are assembled correctly.

It’s time to start thinking of gift ideas as the holidays are around the corner. For more information on purchasing roller skates, contact our pro shop today.