In roller-skating, as in dangling from the edge of a cliff, it's important not to let the fear of falling make you miss an opportunity to hold someone's hand. Don't leave today’s Groupon hanging: for $30, you get a weekend roller-skating outing for up to 11 kids, with skate rental, one slice of pizza, and one soft drink for each kid, at Skate-A-Round Athens (a $65 value). This Groupon is only valid on Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. or 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Skate-A-Round Athens hosts wheeled revelers in its colorfully lit, wooden-floored rink. Gaggles of up to 11 children ages 3 to 11 (or any parents counted amongst the party guests) lace up their rented rolling shoes and show off their freestyle moves or vulture-like circling skills. A DJ-provided soundtrack fills the air as each youth dines upon a slice of pizza and sips from a soft drink to replenish energy lost during games of crack the whip. If this gathering is in celebration of a birth, wheelers may bring their own cake and Skate-A-Round will provide the necessary utensils, napkins, and plates via Happy Days-style carhop.
Enduring attention spans are rendered unnecessary at Fun Galaxy, where the staff oversees ample entertainment options in one huge facility. While smaller kids and toddlers tackle a multi-level playground packed with soft obstacles, their older siblings take a turn at roller-skating or exploring the indoor skate. A mechanical bull and more than 30 arcade games round out the attractions, which are also available for birthday-party packages.
Athens-Clarke County unified government (balance)
3030 Cherokee Rd.
Athens, Georgia 30605