Westlake Skate Center’s expansive indoor rink twinkles under a hanging canopy of lights as four-wheeled feet soar across the sleek floor. Music and black lights crank up the energy as guests lace up traditional skates or rollerblades and blast off after friends. The rink hosts birthday parties complete with drinks and ice cream, and provides lessons that introduce students to quick stops, graceful turns, and Vlad, the talking roller skate.
At Texas Skatium, roller skaters roam the rink as a disco ball spins from the center of the ceiling, with dozens of flags hanging above them and speakers pumping out Top 40 jams. Originally opened in 1989, the recently remodeled building houses both a roller rink and a play area complete with brand-new bounce houses and arcade games. The upgrades from the renovation also brought in a state-of-the-art A/V system and projection screen. The 33,000-square-foot space is ideal for private or public events, which range from kids' birthday parties to after-hours adult soirees with alcohol, a DJ, and screenings of uncut episodes of Murder, She Wrote.
A coalition of ice arenas endorsed by the Dallas Stars, Dr Pepper StarCenters help nurture athletes of all ages and skill levels with activities on or off the ice. Dr Pepper StarCenters house NHL-regulation ice-hockey rinks that host hockey leagues for players of all ages, eradicating the need to play on dangerous frozen lakes dotted with irritable frozen geese. StarCenters' skate academies instill students with the fundamentals of ice hockey or figure skating, allowing them to progress to hockey leagues and local skating competitions if they choose. To warm up after laps around the Euless ice rink, skaters can check out the onsite baseball stadium, batting cages, soccer fields, and Texas Star Golf Course. All locations are open for birthday parties and special events; see each location's website for details.
Dr. Pepper StarCenter stands as a giant, icy footprint in the middle of Texas, one of six StarCenter rinks that serves as home to the Dallas Stars hockey team, as well as a community of countless ice skaters. The Plano location regularly hosts public skates, but also serves as a classroom where licensed Learn To Skate instructors teach kids and adults how to skate using methods endorsed by the Ice Skating Institute. In addition, they host adult recreational hockey leagues and figure-skating competitions, which are not, as some might think, competitions where people throw molded plastic dolls across the ice to see which one can go the farthest.
The full-sized Allen Community Ice Rink hosts open skate times, learn-to-skate programs, and adult and youth hockey leagues. Off the ice, the facility boasts locker rooms, an equipment shop, and skate rentals, plus seating for more than 300 spectators. Skaters can even rent the rink for special events, such as birthday parties or zamboni family reunions.
Dad’s Broadway Skateland's rink entertains feet bored of walking with some blissful smooth sailing. After lacing up their wheely-boots (a $1 value/pair), skaters can grab hold of the beat and roll contentedly through the hours, performing elaborate figure-11s or skating against the flow in order to change the past. Owner Randy "Dad" Dryk powers gilde parties with music spanning disco to Christian rock, with bass-heavier hip-hop and R & B on Friday nights from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. On Thursday nights from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., parents skate free with their children to a Dad-curated selection of family-friendly grooves.