Westlake Skate Center’s expansive indoor rink twinkles under a hanging canopy of lights as four-wheeled feet soar across the sleek floor. Music and black lights crank up the energy as guests lace up traditional skates or rollerblades and blast off after friends. The rink hosts birthday parties complete with drinks and ice cream, and provides lessons that introduce students to quick stops, graceful turns, and Vlad, the talking roller skate.
At Texas Skatium, roller skaters roam the rink as a disco ball spins from the center of the ceiling, with dozens of flags hanging above them and speakers pumping out Top 40 jams. Originally opened in 1989, the recently remodeled building houses both a roller rink and a play area complete with brand-new bounce houses and arcade games. The upgrades from the renovation also brought in a state-of-the-art A/V system and projection screen. The 33,000-square-foot space is ideal for private or public events, which range from kids' birthday parties to after-hours adult soirees with alcohol, a DJ, and screenings of uncut episodes of Murder, She Wrote.
The frosty rink at Americas Ice Garden is always abuzz with wintry activity, hosting skaters ready to carve out figure eight8s during public hours or rehearse for impending competitions at freestyle skates. Athletes just breaking into the sport can attend skating and hockey classes, or commit to two weeks of drama and vocal exercises of saying "triple lutz" 10 times fast at ice-theater camps. The fun but demanding camps culminate in a production staged on the ice for a crowd of spectators. When thespians clear out, the rink is free to once again host parties or broomball matches.
Sunlight streams through 12 stories' worth of glass prisms, exploding into rainbows that dance on the trees, plants, and spouting fountains that fringe the well-chilled oval at its home in the heart of the Plaza of the as. The prisms are suspended in a next-door atrium, home to many shops and cultural attractions near the ice garden, including the Dallas Museum of Art.
In the summer of 2002, a fire devoured the walls of Super Skate, and from those ashes a revived facility was born. In 2003, skaters found it freshly equipped with modern technology and a rink of maple hardwood. Atop the gleaming surface, athletes clad in rental skates or rollerblades perfect their figure eights during open hours and birthday parties. Even the teensiest skaters can glide around with the help of wheeled support apparatuses or the hands of their imaginary friends. A rinkside snack bar replenishes dwindling energy beside an arcade and a prize counter loaded with colorful toys and trinkets. After hours, adults seize control of the space for BYOB bashes that stretch into the wee hours. A projection TV splashes scenes across an expansive canvas, entertaining attendees at fundraising events and other large gatherings.
A coalition of ice arenas endorsed by the Dallas Stars, Dr Pepper StarCenters help nurture athletes of all ages and skill levels with activities on or off the ice. Dr Pepper StarCenters house NHL-regulation ice-hockey rinks that host hockey leagues for players of all ages, eradicating the need to play on dangerous frozen lakes dotted with irritable frozen geese. StarCenters' skate academies instill students with the fundamentals of ice hockey or figure skating, allowing them to progress to hockey leagues and local skating competitions if they choose. To warm up after laps around the Euless ice rink, skaters can check out the onsite baseball stadium, batting cages, soccer fields, and Texas Star Golf Course. All locations are open for birthday parties and special events; see each location's website for details.
Dr. Pepper StarCenter stands as a giant, icy footprint in the middle of Texas, one of six StarCenter rinks that serves as home to the Dallas Stars hockey team, as well as a community of countless ice skaters. The Plano location regularly hosts public skates, but also serves as a classroom where licensed Learn To Skate instructors teach kids and adults how to skate using methods endorsed by the Ice Skating Institute. In addition, they host adult recreational hockey leagues and figure-skating competitions, which are not, as some might think, competitions where people throw molded plastic dolls across the ice to see which one can go the farthest.