Archives for August 2014

Reasons to have a Roller Skating Fundraiser!

With the start of September quickly approaching, it’s never too early to start thinking about your next school or organization fundraiser. Instead of spending countless hours planning a bake sale or silent auction, why not let us handle the details so you can focus running your organization? Here are some of the top reasons to have a fundraiser at Skate Station:

  • It’s fun! Roller skating is a great activity that everyone can enjoy, which will help you meet and hopefully exceed your goals!
  • It’s active! Get everyone rolling with a fun fitness event.
  • It’s an activity for all ages. Kids and adults will have a blast getting out on the rink.skate station fundraisers
  • It’s a family affair! Families can have fun spending time on the rink together.
  • It’s worry free! If you hold a leadership position in a PTA or church group, you probably have enough on your plate, let us handle the details!
  • Ask about our private parties! We can facilitate your group while also giving your organization the entire rink!

Hosting a roller skating fundraiser is a great way to raise money and make memories for years to come. Once you host one, you’ll never want to rely on another bake sale again! To get started on hosting a fundraiser or private event at Skate Station, please contact us here.

Skate Through Labor Day Weekend at Skate Station!

Are you planning a “staycation” for your family this Labor Day Weekend? No problem, we are ready to roll through the long weekend with some awesome events.

If there is one thing we are excited for it’s the return of college football! If you won’t be in attendance at your favorite stadium watching your team start the season, you can still show your spirit at our College Football Kick Off Skate! Show up wearing your favorite team’s colors, skating will be going on from 7pm-11pm, admission is $8 and skate rentals are extra.

Labor Day Events at Skate Station

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Do you like to score an early deal? Then this one is for you, be sure to check out our Beat the Clock Labor Day Skate on September 1st! The earlier you arrive, the less you pay in admission. Arrive before 4pm and pay on $2 in admission, after 4pm admission will be $6. Skate rentals are extra. Who doesn’t want to spend more time being active and skating?

Can’t make it either event? No problem, we will have our regularly scheduled skate sessions going on! We’ll be playing the best music all weekend long so you can stay cool and get some exercise with friends and family this Labor Day Weekend! There’s something for everyone and we don’t wait for holidays to have awesome themed- events, be sure to check our schedule regularly for all of the upcoming events and skate nights at Skate Station.

Get Rolling: Skating Tips for Beginners

Roller skating is one of the best ways to spend quality time with friends and family, but what if you’ve never skated before? No problem. Here are a few tips for someone brand new to skating:

  • Before moving forward, master standing still. It may seem basic but once you have mastered your stance, you’ll be all set when it comes time to get rolling. On carpet, try standing with your feet set wide apart and your arms out. This will help you feel controlled and balanced. Try to keep a slight bend in your knees, too.Sumter Skate Station Skate Mates
  • For the littlest skaters, we offer skate mates! For 5 dollars new skaters can gain some confidence in their wheels while they glide around the rink.
  • Walk before you roll. Once you feel confident standing still and stopping, take small steps around the rink until you feel confident enough to start gliding and eventually, rolling!
  • If you feel like you might fall, try not to flail your arms, this will cause you to fall! Keep your knees bent, and your arms out in order to keep your balance when you think  might fall down.

At Skate Station our pros are here to help you feel confident as a new-comer. In addition to our skate mate rentals, we have several types of skates to suit your needs. When you rent with us, we’re here to ensure that your skates are right for your skill level and are just the right fit!

For more information about our events, parties or skate schedules, contact us here. We’ll see you on the rink!

Reason to Have A Roller Skating Birthday Party at Skate Station

Throwing a birthday party that is memorable for your child is one of the greatest gifts you can give. Of course, you want to be able to include all of the bells and whistles to give them a day they will always remember and with our all-inclusive roller skating birthday party packages, you can. We can work with budgets as small as $99 and up.

Here are some of the top reasons our party packages are right for you:

  • All of our party packages include unlimited soda for guests and pizza or a hotdog and ice cream.photo via freedigitalphotos.net
  • You don’t have to worry about making multiple arrangements for entertainment and food, we’ve it all covered down to the invitations!
  • Your birthday child is going to feel like a rockstar when they get their birthday presentation on a 12 foot screen (added bonus: you’ll be the coolest adult to plan a birthday party in Sumter.)
  • Do you have a special theme in mind? Just let our staff know!
  • No clean up! We’ve got it covered from start to finish.

 

Planning a birthday party can be tricky enough. Why not just worry about the guest list and showing up? We’ll handle the rest. To have an events representative give you a call about planning a rollerskating birthday party at Skate Station fill out the form here.

 

 

 

Becoming a Pro at Picking Skates

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Building custom Riedell 911’s

One of the barriers to exercise and fun is comfort. Roller-skating is fun, but not so much if you like to skate frequently and your skates are uncomfortable. Have you been discouraged by discomfort? You don’t have to be! Our pro shop is here to help. We can make buying skates a fun experience.

BOOTS

A good pair of entry level recreational skates tend to be really comfortable right out of the box. They tend to be made of vinyl so they don’t require the normal “breaking in” of leather boots.  Another advantage is that they will not stretch out over time, like leather would, as they break in. They wear well and are great for passing down to the younger skaters in your family. This will save your family money on rentals in the future.  Speaking of rentals, check out our other rental-skates. Trying different types of our rentals can help you decide which type of skates to purchase.

PADDING OR NO PADDING?

Some skates have padding and some do not. It is simply a matter of personal choice and what is comfortable to you. Traditional speed boots have no padding and are sized tightly. As the skates break in, they stretch to conform to the shape of your feet and create an amazing contoured fit. Padded boots don’t provide the same fit over time, but they tend to be comfortable from the start. They are usually more ridged and provide more ankle support.  The fit is more like a comfortable pair of running shoes. Tell our pro shop what your individual needs are for a custom fit.

WHEELS

Selecting the wheels are also important to getting your desired result. Some are designed for balance and stability, some are for outdoor use, and some are designed for grip on slippery floors. Being professional skaters ourselves, we know what questions to ask and what products to show you, so you can get the most fun and feel safe every time you are out on the rink.

The fit of your skates will make all the difference in your skating experience. You can get more exercise because you will be able to skate longer without the blisters and soreness that some skaters experience.

Stop in next time you are here, visit our pro shop at our Sumter skate center or online at sumterskate.com/pro-shop or call us at (803) 481-7655 to talk to our Skate Station experts!