In 1940 Al Kish started an outdoor roller rink at Pearson Park in Oregon, Ohio. Twenty years later Fun Spot Arena was born and has been owned and operated by the Kish family ever since. The industry has seen many changes in 70 years, but our goal at Fun Spot still remains the same; to provide a fun and save environment fo
Skaters of all ages and arabesque abilities soar across Monroe Multi-Sports Complex's vast rink—the former home to 2011 NHL recruit Matt Mahalak. Though the rink acts as the complex’s nucleus of activity—hosting hockey games, figure skating exhibitions, skating lessons, and public skate sessions—, an adjacent field house promotes more land-based sports, including youth and adult soccer, dodge ball, and flag football. Additionally, a collection of springy inflatables allows young visitors to bounce for up to a full day or until they finally convince gravity to permanently reverse.
Passionate staffers stay on hand to offer skating tips during public sessions, assist guests as they sign for one of the soccer leagues, or be of assistance in case of a hot-chocolate overdose. In keeping with their commitment to physical education, the complex’s team of instructors also coach home-schooled children for credits, as well as give birthday children the gift of adrenaline-pumping exercise during party packages.
Vibrant colors coat walls surrounding the glossy rinks at ERDU Skate-A-Rama , where experienced staff members monitor skaters of all ages in a family-friendly environment. Equipped with rented wheels, skaters glide along smooth surfaces under colorful lights to the beat of lively music. Their family members, perched along the rink's perimeter, watch or take bets on who can do a figure eight the fastest.
Skaters can take a break from four-wheeled footwear to play arcade games at some locations or silence rumbling stomachs with bites of pizza or other snacks, such as cones from the ice-cream shop, at ERDU Skate-a-Rama, which serves up swirls of soft serve doused with fudge.
Somewhere between the tune blasted by a live DJ, mesmerizing laser-light shows, and appearances from its mascot, Roller Roo, BonaVenture Family Skate Center finds a way to squeeze in some roller skating. The 30,000-square foot facility invites visitors to enjoy a lively recess from the real world by gliding across their massive skating floor. Roller Roo roams around nearby, passing out high-fives, and above the rink, a jumbo video screen beams the latest music videos and fiery speeches from dystopian overlords. Off the rink, BonaVenture gives guests a chance to recharge at its snack-and-chat area or dispose of stale quarters at an arcade and redemption area stocked with prizes for all ages.
A lap around Skateland West’s sea-foam-green floor transports inline skaters back in time with psychedelic rainbow lights, arcade games, and music. Despite the retro-chic atmosphere, Skateland West keeps things modern with activities such as freestyle-skating sessions and inline-skating lessons. The center also has a staff of fitness instructors who run patrons through fun and challenging Zumba, kickboxing, kids’ dance classes, and yoga workouts to help patrons stay in better shape than a buff geometry teacher. The skating rink also hosts kids’ birthday parties and has a snack bar where skaters can refuel with sodas and pizza.
Like a frozen stage, the rink at Novi Ice Arena hosts performances ranging from fancy figure-skating to deft displays of puck-handling prowess. The house zamboni is kept busy with a schedule chock-full of programs such as skating practice for young figure skaters, adult hockey league games, and open skate times for the general public. Novices can even follow in the early footsteps of ice-dancing hometown heroes Madison Chock and Evan Bates—competitors in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi—through Learn-to-Skate classes, which equip them with basic skills such as turning, stopping, and Olympic-grade moonwalking.