Upon crossing the threshold at United Skates of America, a barrage of shimmering lights and colors assault the senses. A disco ball scatters rainbow shards of light across metallic streamers and low barriers striped with colorful lights. A glossy wooden rink acts as the centerpiece of the whimsical decor, packed with roller skaters during public hours. The vibe of open sessions evolves throughout the week in stride with rotating jams, from Top 40 hits to the hip-hop and R & B of the '80s and '90s. There are supportive Skate Mates, whom kids can grab hold of as they skate round the rink. Novice rollers glide like pros after skating lessons, held in five-week sessions by a team of veteran rollers, and partygoers zoom around the oval track during birthday bashes. An arcade and roller caf? offer safe haven for the athletically averse or those still mastering bipedality.
The chatter from an arcade drifts across the rink at Skate Zone 71, coupled with the aroma of freshly made pizza filling the air near the cafe. There's also the alto blare of faux laser fire in a laser-tag area, and sometimes DJs spinning top 40, hip hop, and R&B. There are public skating sessions as well as evenings just for adults, and the space is an ideal venue for hosting children's birthday parties or gently breaking the fact that the wheel already exists to an excited inventor.
RiverScape MetroPark is one of 25 outstanding facilities operated by your Five Rivers MetroParks system. Founded in 1963 to serve the greater Dayton area, MetroParks protects over 15,000 acres of open space and provides year-round recreation, education and conservation opportunities. Today, Five Rivers oversees biking and hiking trails, campgrounds, and scenic locales for things like ice skating and cross-country skiing.
At Skateworld of Kettering, families strap on their gliding shoes to coast across the rink to the sounds of kid-appropriate tunes. During themed skating sessions, guests can glide to Radio Disney tracks, Top 40 hits, and disco ballads before feeding one of many arcade games with their hard-earned tokens. Tired tots can refuel by sinking their teeth into pizza or working on the blueprints for their perpetual-motion clone at the concessions stand.