Funtabulous fosters year-round wintertime activities with boisterous bouts of skating and coasting across an open field of synthetic ice. The durable, melt-resistant material provides a welcoming surface for practicing graceful spins and triple axles without the dangers of ice-cold insults from wandering yetis. In the interest of safety and comfort, skaters are asked to arrive wearing long pants and tall socks.
The Rollercade helps guests find their wheels and skate to their feet’s content five days a week. Surrounded by neon lights and a mesmerizing magic-carpet pattern of Day-Glo swirls, visitors can skate to Top 40 tunes on Fridays from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. or enjoy some quality skate-bonding during open hours on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. When guests clear out, the Alamo City Rollergirls wipe the floor with opponents at matches sprinkled throughout the spring and summer months. The rink's private lessons let skaters master the skills necessary to emulate their roller-derby idols—rolling in both directions at once, for example, and toppling over safely. Tired visitors can relax by the snack bar or take a nap on the pool table.
Opened in the early 1970s, Car-Vel Skate Center is named after its founders, Carl and Velma Forsyth, who have coached artistic roller-skating at regional, national, and worldwide levels for nearly half a century. Koprecia, the couple's youngest daughter, now carries on the family legacy, operating Car-Vel and coaching the center's inline-speed-skating team in national competitions. In addition to daily public roller-skating sessions, the rink hosts high-energy roller-derby bouts and parties soundtracked by record-spinning DJs. Hot and cold eats from the snack bar fuel marathon skate sessions, and video games and a pool table give legs a temporary reprieve.
Since 1984, Car-Vel Skateland South has fitted feet with inline skates for enthralling laps around its indoor rink. Inexperienced wheelers can improve their balance and gliding skills during private lessons, and fitness classes fortify cores on and off skates with lunges, squats, and endurance routines. Car-Vel Skateland South extends its regular hours during school vacations so that students can escape their studies and perform partnered dance routines with their wheeled backpacks.