At the Columbia Association, visitors find not only a place to work out, swim, or enjoy the great outdoors, but a place to connect with the local community and get to know their neighbors. Families take in live music by the lakefront during summer festivals, or glide across the ice at the public rink. Meanwhile, aspiring athletes build muscle, flexibility, and form with practice at indoor and outdoor tennis courts, or regular trips to the high-tech Columbia Gym. Columbia Association also helps its members maintain a healthy lifestyle with a wide variety of facilities, including nearby golf courses, 23 swimming pools, and even an attached horse center, where humans can learn to ride and horses can get in shape for swimsuit season.
Music seems to be a perpetual source of energy at Hot Skates Roller Skating Center. During public skate times, you might find participants wheeling around the wooden rink to the tunes of Radio Disney and the Top 40 charts. Up to 500 skaters can take to the rink at any given time, which often turns things into a rolling party. On special nights, themes take over, giving visitors the chance to skate to an all-night Michael Jackson tribute or gospel tunes on first Mondays.
In addition to playing fun music and serving up pizza at the cafe, staffers also teach skating lessons. Hot Skates Roller Skating Center also houses an arcade with more than 20 games, including redemption machines that reward gamers with tickets and the occasional "I like you just the way you are" in a robot voice.
When not hosting the 10th largest adult hockey league in the United States, The Gardens Ice House opens its three full-size rinks and one mini rink for public skating sessions seven days a week. Upon arrival, revelers visit the rental desk to select hockey or figure skates, or one of each in an attempt to perfect the elusive salchow-wall-check combo. A kindly staff of zamboni jockeys keep the spacious, glass-lined rinks slick and mirroresque. After skating up an appetite, speedsters can grab a bite to eat start a conversation with a coffee machine at The Gardens’ Ice Breaker Cafe.
Reisterstown Sportsplex seamlessly melds competitive fire and ice with a regulation NHL skating rink and a similarly spacious indoor field for lacrosse and soccer. Since opening in 2008, the facility has expanded to host both serious and recreational events, from birthday parties and broomball matches to figure-skating lessons and hockey leagues for all ages. The center frequently hosts open public-skating hours, giving fledgling figure skaters the chance to prepare for real-world, high-pressure job interviews at the local RollerBurger.
Wheels screech to a halt for photo ops in front of Lanham Skating Center's focal point: a mural of a red carpet illuminated by blazing flashbulbs. Skaters carry their celebrity strut into the music-filled rink, where they zoom to their hearts' content wearing skates they rented or stole from a '50s-era waitress. They can also star in Learn to Skate classes or birthday parties in a private room stocked with ice cream and soda. Visitors consume similar noshes at the snack bar before returning to rolling.
With a rink defined by bright, citrus-colored walls and carnival-inspired artwork, Temple Hills Skating Palace isn?t shy about showing off its many forms of onsite amusement. The center?s main attraction is the glossy skating-rink floor, where guests can sharpen their skills during public skate or spend time with peers in specialized skating sessions for teens or adults. Most nights, the resident DJs soundtrack the skating experience with hip-hop and R & B jams, though they?ve also been know to spin gospel, top 40, and classic oldies tracks for special occasions?including the time that Billy finally asked Suzie to share a couples skate even though she was way out of his league as a fourth-grade honor student who also skipped kindergarten.
Temple Hills Skating Palace also offers more than just skating. Outside the bounds of the rink, the onsite arcade lights up the space with driving-simulation games, classic joystick units, and free-throw-inspired Pop-A-Shot machines. The more guests play, the more tickets and prizes they can earn; the more prizes that they win, the more likely they are to celebrate with a quick bite at the snack bar or a quick phone call to the friends who doubted their Whac-A-Mole prowess.