A member of a previously undiscovered species known as skateasaurus stakes its territory, tracing figure eights along the rink's hardwood floor. Dressed in blue-and-white shorts and a red trucker hat, the plush, green-and-yellow dinosaur—otherwise known as Skato—eschews eating children, and instead prompts them to shake it all about in rounds of Hokey Pokey. This fun ambiance extends to the rest of United Skates of America's roller rink, surrounded by lime-green walls and manned by a smiling staff. Inside the laser-tag arena, the outline of an asteroid belt and nearby planets pulsates under the glow of a black light as gunners duck behind posts and arches before homing in on their enemies or attempting to scan their allies' groceries. Around the rink, tables buckle under hot pizzas at bright-yellow booths, and gamers hone their skills at the nearby arcade in exchange for prizes such as backpacks, stuffed toys, and glow necklaces.
At Zelma Watson George Roller Skating Facility, skaters of all ages careen around a large roller rink, engage in heated arcade-game competitions, and unite over a common pizza. Skaters buckle up rented roller or inline skates before bursting into dazzling pirouettes or more practical rain dances on the rink. Though not included in the value of this Groupon, gamers can go head-to-head at the arcade area, which houses a plethora of token-operated games adjacent to the rink's pizza restaurant.
For more than 35 years, skaters of all ages and experience levels have strapped on wheels and traversed Chagrin Valley Roller Rink. Private and group skating lessons prevent mobile 10-person pileups, and nights designated for teens, tots, or families feature music tailored to each audience. When the school bell rings, the center opens its doors to after-school skaters, blasting song requests entered on the rink's online song-request module. Skating experts at the pro shop sell and rent in-line and roller-skating equipment, and match feet with compatible wheels. A snack bar refuels participants and furnishes eats for private parties, and the arcade's pinball machines and vintage games slurp up quarters and exercise thumbs.
A training facility for numerous Olympic champions, nationally and world renowned coaches, and the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters, Ice Land USA imbues beginning or advanced hockey players and figure skaters with ice-trekking fundamentals and techniques. A local staple, the oft-treaded rink has donned a number of monikers over the years, including Serpentini Arena, Winterhurst, and Not Gridiron. Skating lessons pair apprentices with professional instructors for gliding improvement, while adult, beginner, drop-in, and high-school hockey sessions pit slap-shooting participants against each other during league games and scrimmages. The year-round facility also hosts birthday parties and open sessions for recreational skaters, spreading its surface into two separate rinks for roomy Friday-night skates scored by live music. Off the ice, patrons can browse pro-shop shelves stocked with hockey equipment, brandish joysticks in the arcade, or watch rink action from the upper lobby's lounge boasting a full bar.
An indoor skating rink, The Pond Family Friendly Ice Rink hosts skaters of all abilities during public-skating sessions—offered seven days a week. As the frosty stomping ground for the Geauga Youth Hockey League and the Chagrin Valley Figure Skating Club, The Pond helps young skaters find their stride on the ice without having to carve a treadmill out of a glacier. Skaters of all abilities can learn to glide gracefully across the rink during Learn to Skate lessons, which are offered multiple times a week.
When you look around the 150'x80' rink at Kent State University Ice Arena, you can’t help but be amazed at the variety of things going on. Throughout the week, the rink plays host to skating lessons, hockey leagues, and public skating sessions in which families and couples can spend a day zooming around. Sports players learn the intricacies of being the best hockey player around or learn a new sport in the rink’s broomball league. After hands and feet start to chill, guests can grab a snack and a hot beverage at the concessions stand, with the fireplace always crackling so guests can warm back up.
As one of the largest indoor/outdoor recreational center in the tri-county area, Skate Zone offers activities for the whole family. Kids and parents alike can enjoy the endorphin-inducing effects of skating, laser tag, web city, bumper cars, mini golf, and arcade games. Wheeled shoe fanatics can Cha-cha or Electric Slide their way around the roller rink to sweet sounds from the DJ's speakers, while high-tech hounds can enjoy the interactive nature of laser storm, where up to 24 players congregate to discuss the differences between a peninsula and an isthmus. Bumper cars put the fun back in reckless driving while mini golf truly unites the family on the green for 18 holes of golf-based goodness. Web City offers spiderkids 10,000 square feet of entanglements and obstacles to climb, while the arcade zone offers more fun with buttons than a family dinner held in an elevator. The colorful ambience of this safe and fun recreation center has everything needed for a fun family outing. Equipment and lockers are available for rent at Skate Zone for a bit extra. See the website for more info