Appealing to casual skaters as well as serious athletes, Chaparral Ice shares the passion of its patrons by embracing a broad spectrum of ice-skating activities such as the rink's popular theme nights that include zombie prom to beach parties. The rink offers public-skate times every day, and both friendly and competitive hockey leagues to cater to players of all ages and skill levels. The rink's figure-skating program includes freestyle sessions for aspiring figure skaters to practice their jumps, spins, and choreography—either with or without a training coach. Chaparral Ice is even home to the Austin area's curling club, which welcomes interested spectators as well as new participants.
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. The rink's private lessons let skaters master skills including rolling in both directions and toppling over safely. Tired visitors can relax by the snack bar or take a nap on the pool table.
The Ice & Golf Center inspires family-friendly outings with 36 holes worth of mini-golf challenges seven days a week. Unlike traditional golf, gamers of all ages, experience levels, and trouser preferences can enjoy a round of this celebrated pastime. Practice greens welcome players to sharpen their putters and prepare for battle before choosing between two distinct 18-hole courses, and five ponds and two waterfalls proffer a scenic backdrop for taking commemorative hole-in-one snapshots or first-date cell-phone videos. Beyond the vast plains of synthetic turf, putt-putt pugilists can replenish their strength at The Ice & Golf Center's fully stocked concession stand or toast victories in the newly renovated sports bar.
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 1971, Car-Vel Skateland has fitted feet with quad skates for enthralling laps around its indoor rink. Inexperienced wheelers can improve their balance and gliding skills during private lessons or get a group together for private or public birthday parties. Named after mom and dad, Carl and Velma, the family-owned business also offers beginner skates and skatemates to assist younger children at an additional cost, as well as parties geared for schools, churches, daycare groups, and fundraisers.