The blazing Sacramento summer sun is easily forgotten after stepping into the cool Skatetown Ice Arena, where skates and sleds slice across the frosty floors of two NHL-sized ice rinks. The arena bustles with wintry activity year round, from lively open skating sessions to festive themed skating parties.
To help avid patrons prepare to shine during special skating events, a team of professional skate instructors captain hockey clinics, youth synchronized skating teams, and instructional skating lessons for students of all ages and experience levels.
The pro shop also equips athletes for the ice—knowledgeable rink staffers outfit guests with skates in a range of sizes and styles, and provide athletes with repair services and gear. The expansive ice arena even features an onsite cafe, where servers dole out selections from a menu of pretzels, corndogs, and specialty coffee drinks that can thaw any frozen-solid feet.
Roller King?s family-owned facility has given the community a shiny wooden surface to roll around on since 1977. The rink?which has undergone several upgrades and withstood three Visigoth raids since its construction?hosts training sessions that teach youngsters how to skate on Saturday morning and Tuesday afternoon and also serves as home turf for the Roseville speed skating team and the Roseville artistic skate club. In addition to the rink, the building also houses a snack bar that slings pizza, hot dogs, and soda, and an arcade to entertain guests who accidentally packed a pair of ice skates.
Speed Factory has two distinct go-kart tracks. Complete with several high-speed straightaways and 11 challenging corners, the Road Course offers an exciting alternative to the circular track, while the Circle Drifting track's smooth surface lets drivers slip and slide around corners, passing each other and challenging their driving skills.
The courses are open to ages 9 and older, but those younger than 16 must take a training class before taking the wheel; the course covers topics such as sportsmanship and safety. The complex also houses three conference rooms, as well as a sports bar and cafe serving up hearty eats and golden pours of Budweiser, Coors Light and Blue Moon.
EPIC Cyber Cafe's 30 gaming PCs let players jump immediately into the intergalactic warzones of StarCraft II or the modern combat of Battlefield 3. Open until 11 p.m. seven days a week, the cafe's high-speed internet keeps patrons immersed in a host of online games. During all-night LAN parties held every other Friday, gamers can compete to become local legends in games like Counter-Strike. The team at EPIC can take care of visitors' gaming machines as well as their own, as their technicians can efficiently repair or exorcise customers' troublesome PCs.