Skate World offers a family-friendly venue for active adults and equally restless kids to spend a day swiftly circling a smooth, polished rink. Speedy swivelers can strap on their choice of regular, speed, or inline skates, and take the floor with siblings, friends, or first dates, wondering whether or not to quote Xanadu. Post-skate, tired gliders can rest weary feet and refuel internal engines with a slice of pizza and cold drink from the snack bar. A healthy form of exercise for all ages, roller-skating can help languid loafers get back on their feet and remind them what it feels like to wear shoes again.
At regular intervals each day, Swonder Ice Arena’s trusty Zamboni rolls out to keep the NHL-size ice rink smooth between lessons and public-skating sessions. Once the glossy surface is ready, professional instructors begin to lead students through classes in hockey fundamentals, ice skating, and figure skating. Hockey lessons are offered in four levels, beginning with the essentials of hockey skating and stick handling. Ice-skating lessons include nine separate curriculum sets, such as choreography and synchronized skating.
In addition to winter-water fun, Swonder Ice Arena is home to a fitness center with cycles, free weights, exercise machines, and personal trainers.
At Sumner Skate Zone, disco balls shower the blue-and-white-checkered floor with sparkling patches of light. As the beat rolls onward, so too do the wheels of traditional, speed, and inline skates. Off the rink, an arcade room buzzes with the sounds of reckless point scoring and the giggles of ticklish joysticks.
During skating breaks, visitors can refuel on pizza, nachos, and cookies at the snack bar or peruse the center's stock of skating gear and accessories. Open-skate sessions, parties, and special events populate the arena on a daily basis. An afterschool program helps to ensure kids have a safe place to do their homework or discuss the impact of performance-enhancing drugs in the world of spelling bees.
As the weather turns cooler, celebrating the season often means bundling up on the couch with a mug of cocoa and a heated book, which is great until stir-craziness sets in. Today's Groupon offers the cure by getting you out of the house and onto the ice with an ice-skating pass and skate rental at Centennial Sportsplex for $4 (an $8 value). Ice skating was invented in 1983 as a means of enjoying the company of others in a cold setting, a goal that Napoleon declared, "The ultimate pursuit, although it inevitably ends in too much fun." Sk8 or Die: Vertical Rush: When a Russian nuclear submarine gets trapped in the arctic ice, the only skater who can get close enough for a rescue attempt is five-time Olympian and U.N. Mercenary John Nash. But who is sending him mysterious text messages about the secrets that lay in wait at the top of the world?Sk8 or Die: Meltdown: John Nash is ready to represent the United States in the Beijing Olympics. But when factory pollution causes massive ice meltage across the nation, Nash is forced to face the deadliest foe of all: climate change.Sk8 or Die: Seventeen-Seventy-Sk8: This time-bending prequel follows John Nash as a voodoo amulet causes him to go back in time and inhabit the body of his great-great-grandfather, a colonel in the Revolutionary War. Released in the United Kingdom as The Skate-triot.
Across 22,000 square feet of Blazer's Fun Zone, visitors of all ages can find something to smile about, whether it's rock climbing or playing an arcade game. The various attractions work up an appetite for snacks, which can be found at Sweet B's Frozen Yogurt onsite, or at the snack bar, where the staff slings pizzas, hot dogs, burgers, and drinks.