My family began going roller skating every weekend as soon as my children could walk. We also ice skated, so my children thought everyone in the world knew how to roller skate and ice skate. Sometimes my girls skated with their dolls who were dressed in infant Christmas dresses or baby Christmas dresses. They wore matching girls Christmas dresses and played games.
Roller skating wheels can be locked so that toddlers and young children can walk on the floor and enjoy skating without doing a lot of falling. Also, little ones don’t usually cry when they fall down at the roller skating rink. They are already so close to the floor, and they don’t get cold or wet. The transition from roller skates to ice skates comes easily.
Reasons Families Enjoy Roller Skating:
* Skating is fun.
Roller skating is not only fun, but is a sport for all ages. The atmosphere at a roller skating rink has a way of making families happy. Everyone also enjoys the music and the food.
* Roller skating is affordable.
Most roller skating rinks include the cost of traditional skate rental with admission. Some rinks have special family rates.
* Safe, family-friendly indoor roller skating rinks are everywhere.
Many roller skating rinks are family owned and operated. Rink owners know their clientele, so roller skating rinks do a great job of providing a safe place environment for families.
* Some roller skating rinks allow parents to push strollers around the arena.
New mothers and fathers can enjoy roller skating at rinks that allow strollers on the floor.
* Games that teach are usually played during roller skating sessions.
In addition to getting in exercise, roller skating rink patrons get to play games that teach listening skills.
* Roller skating does not require fancy clothes.
Dressing up is not necessary for roller skating. Parents don’t have to dress up their little girls in Christmas dresses, but if a child wants to wear fancy clothes, it’s okay to dress up and roller skate at the same time.
* Stroller Skating?! – By Jo Ann Schneider Farris
The author of this article is Jo Ann Schneider Farris, About.com’s Guide to Figure Skating and the mother of three children.