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 $38, you get a party package for up to eight kids, including skate rental, a large one-topping pizza, two pitchers of soda, and four game tokens per child, at United Skates of America, Inc. in Tampa (a $76.96 value).
United Skates of America soundtracks crackerjack skate-moves with electrifying, kid-friendly tunes, earning it a place as one of USA Today's top-ten roller rinks in America in 2008. From a reserved party area, roller-tykes can plan their domination of the rink while demolishing a large one-topping pizza and two pitchers of soda, aided by or ignoring a full supply of serving-ware and utensils. The birthday kid gets to mount the lofty heights of the DJ booth to choose a mini playlist and legally oblige all attendees to do the Locomotion. Then, he or she can take a trip to the Funny Money Machine to be showered in all the windblown fake cash his or her paws can scoop up, which can be traded in for prizes in the Stuff Shop. All guests can attempt to win goodies or last-minute birthday gifts with four game tokens each in the arcade.
Throughout the 2- to 2.5-hour event, an energetic, experienced party host will keep the festivities on track. Though skate rental is included, rollers are welcome to wield their own wheels, but rocket skates are strictly forbidden.
United Skates of America, Inc. Roller Skating
A member of a previously undiscovered species known as skateasaurus stakes its territory, tracing figure eights along the rink's hardwood floor. Dressed in blue-and-white shorts and a red trucker hat, the plush, green-and-yellow dinosaur—otherwise known as Skato—eschews eating children, and instead prompts them to shake it all about in rounds of Hokey Pokey. This fun ambiance extends to the rest of United Skates of America's roller rink, surrounded by lime-green walls and manned by a smiling staff.
5121 N Armenia Ave.
Tampa, Florida 33603