Like learning to use chopsticks, roller skating takes patience, dedication, and a particularly dexterous set of toes. Show off how flexible your feet are with today's Groupon: for $12, you get admission for two, two pairs of rented skates, and playground access for two at Starlite Skating Center in Stockbridge (up to a $26 value).
Starlite Skating Center satiates clans of fun-seekers with old-fashioned yet timeless delights. Glide with the grace of a swan and the rolling ease of a minivan across Starlite's genuine hardwood maple floors as youngsters all around you discover what life was like for mankind’s wheel-footed, proto-human ancestors. Free WiFi allows tweeting teens to broadcast their enthusiasm to friends, and an on-site arcade fulfills adolescent button-pushing quotas. A snack shop (food and drink are not included in this Groupon) keeps ravenous rollers from gnawing on their skates. Children 10 and younger who measure 49 inches or shorter can regain their equilibrium in Starlite's two-story playground, where a kiddie kingdom of chutes and ladders keeps younglings amused while parents are busy renewing their vows during romantic trips around the rink.
Starlite Skating Center
Top 40 hits blast from speakers on the walls at Starlite Skating Center, sending skaters bouncing to the beat as they glide across the rink. Though the music is modern, the roller rink itself is a throwback: it's made of genuine hardwood maple, like the ones that were so popular in the 1960s. Zooming on top of it is as easy as picking up a pair of rental skates—but for those who’ve never traveled on eight wheels, the centers offer skating lessons, teaching students skills from basic balancing to skating while you're in a handstand.
The centers entertain families off the rink, as well. Players can test their skills on 50 arcade games, while littler children jump and swing in the padded playgrounds. The Sharpsburg location also has a laser tag arena, where siblings and friends square off in space-age shooting matches.