Ring in the New Year at Fun Spot

Dust off those noisemakers and grab your 2017 bling. On December 31st, Fun Spot rings in the New Year with double the fun!

Kid’s New Year’s Party

confettiBedtime shouldn’t get in the way of a good time. We’re opening our doors early for a special holiday celebration just for kids. If your child will be counting sheep before the clock strikes midnight, you’re in luck. Our early New Year’s Eve party is perfect for families with young kids (or families with other late-night plans). We’ll have all the fun of ringing in the new year, minus the grainy eyes on New Year’s Day. Here’s what you need to know:

  • New Year’s Eve Kids Party from 1-4pm
  • All ages welcome
  • $10 admission (includes regular skate rentals)

Get ready for crazy noisemaker celebrations, balloon drops and fun prizes, and a very special Countdown at 3pm.

Challenge Night New Year’s Bash

Make way for the night crowd! Ready to show off what you learned in 2016? Ring in the New Year with trivia, skating games, dance competitions, mannequin challenges, and more. From 7:30pm-1am we’re transforming Fun Spot skating center into the ultimate tribute to 2016. That means fun challenges like:

  • Mannequin Challenge
  • Andy Challenge
  • Juju on That Beat Challenge
  • Selfie Challenge (tag @FunSpot!)
  • Bean-Boozled Challenge
  • Baby Food Challenge
  • You Name It Challenge

The ball drops at midnight, but the fun rolls from 7:30pm-1am. $25 admission includes skate rentals, noisemakers, balloon drops, skating, dancing, and a Fun Spot t-shirt!

New Year’s Day Family Skate

If the adrenaline from New Year’s Eve hasn’t worn off, you can skate New Year’s Day away. Load up the car for Family Skate on January 1, 2017 from 1-5pm.

Old, young, or somewhere in between, we invite you to ring in the New Year at Fun Spot in Belleville.

How to Make the Most of Fun Spot’s Annual Skate Sale

What’s the best kind of Christmas gift? The kind that’s as useful as it is fun! Roller-skates don’t just make kids happy (although who could deny those smiles?), they also encourage kids to spend time with friends, stay active, and work hard to master new skills. Want a gift your child will still love by next Christmas? Put a new pair of roller-skates under the tree this year!

Are Roller-Skates the Right Buy?

Skates are a great gift for any age, from toddlers to grandparents who want a fun way to stay active. Whether you’re shopping for a new skater, an experienced sport skater, or someone in between, we have the skates you need to light up their holiday. Ask yourself these questions:

  • white roller skatesDo they have skates already?
  • If not, what kind of skate would they like? Quad, inline, speed skates, jam skates, or artistic skates?
  • If so, do their skates need replacing?
  • What fun skate accessories would make a good stocking stuffer?

Christmas Skate Sale

Buying your child roller-skates isn’t just an investment in future fun—it will also save you money in the long run. You can bring your own skates to Fun Spot, which saves you money on rentals and gives your child a better fitting skate. We know you have a lot of people on your Christmas list this year. We’re making it easy to find the perfect gift with our annual Christmas Skate Sale. We’re marking down every skate in stock for the holidays. At Fun Spot, we sell inline skates, quad skates, and specialty skates from top-notch brands like Riedell and RC Sports. Just make sure you make your purchase before December 19th. Otherwise they won’t arrive in time for Christmas!

For more information on holiday family fun, skate sales, and other specials, call Fun Spot in Belleville.

Holiday Fun, Special Events, and Skate Sales, Oh My!

Do you feel the chill in the air? Do you have a spring in your step? Are you secretly stressing about everything you have to do before the holidays arrive? Don’t worry! Fun Spot is here to make the holidays brighter, fuller, and a little more manageable. What holiday family events will you find at Fun Spot this season?

Troll Roll

This is how we roll! Don’t ditch the kids for the madness of Black Friday shopping. Get your Troll Roll on at Fun Spot! We’re going big this Black Friday with team games (Bergens vs. Trolls), troll hunting, special prizes, coloring pages, and cupcake giveaways. Even better? If you see Troll Roll at the Historic Lincoln Theater, you can get a BOGO pass for Fun Spot’s Troll Roll Skate. Don’t miss it Friday, November 25th from 1-4pm. Admission is $8, skate rentals $2.

Holiday Skate Sales

boy in santa hatWant to give the gift of freedom, movement, and fun? Give your family roller-skates this year! We’re rolling back prices for a special Christmas roller-skate sale. But you don’t need to go crazy trying to shop during Troll Roll on Black Friday. Our skate sale lasts until December 19th, giving you plenty of time to play Santa before Christmas.

Holiday Family Fun

More hours, more fun, less stress for mom! Starting December 19th, we’re giving kids the freedom to play during the day. Spend a few hours skating with your kids, or send ‘em out to play while you check off the hundreds of items on your to-do list. When school is out, skating is in.

Holiday family fun rolls into Belleville next week! For more information on holiday skating, special hours, and our Christmas skate sale, call Fun Spot skating center.

Is It Time to Replace Your Child’s Roller-Skates?

The leaves are changing, the air is getting colder, and holiday events are popping up at Fun Spot. Christmas will be here before you know it. But before Christmas comes holiday sales, like the annual Fun Spot skate sale. If your child loves roller-skating, there’s no better gift than a pair of skates. After all, skating is fun, it encourages kids to stay active, and it makes a great family play day. But what if your child already owns roller-skates?

Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Skates

  • child's shoesThey’re too small. We know you want to squeeze a few more months out of those skates, but it’s not worth the pinched toes. Take advantage of our holiday skate sale and buy your kid a pair of skates that fits.
  • They’re old or deformed. You can replace individual parts like wheels or toe stops, but if the boots are starting to crack, the skate rubs or slips, or the footpad has an odor that just won’t go away, it’s time for a new pair.

Roller-Skating Accessories

If your kid’s skates still have some life in them, there are plenty of other fun gifts to be found at Fun Spot. Here are a few Christmas skate gear ideas:

  • Pop a wheelie. We have hard and soft wheels (for speed skating and tricks), colorful wheels, sparkly wheels, and even glow wheels. Wheels make great gifts and stocking stuffers for kids who love to skate.
  • Take your child’s skates to the next level with new bearings. Skate bearings affect your child’s speed and maneuverability.
  • Replace the laces with something fun or colorful.
  • Buy bright socks and help your skater make a statement.
  • Invest in some quality rink time with Skate Passes for your child’s Christmas stocking.

Looking for holiday family events in Belleville? Call Fun Spot to learn more about our upcoming events.

Costume Fun for the Children’s Halloween Skate

With Halloween less than two weeks away, it’s costume crunch time. How can you find a costume that strikes just the right note of sweet, silly, or spooky for the Fun Spot Halloween skating party? Of course, your kids don’t have to dress up . . . but that’s the fun of the costume parade! If you need a little skating costume inspiration, have no fear. Fun Spot has you covered with these last-minute Halloween costume ideas.

Halloween Family Fun in Belleville

child halloweenIf you need a costume, first you need an event. We’ve got you covered there, too! Teens and tweens will love skating, dancing, and hanging out with friends at Halloween Skate and Dance on Friday, October 28th from 7:30-10:30pm. Want to keep your younger kids “fright-free”? Don’t miss our Children’s Halloween Party on Saturday, October 29th from 1-5pm, featuring:

  • Family-friendly fun (no scary stuff here!)
  • Halloween games
  • A costume parade
  • A screaming contest
  • A candy toss

Find the Perfect Skating Costume

First, keep in mind that your kids will be roller-skating, scrambling for candy, and being their silly selves at Fun Spot’s Children’s Halloween Party. Yes, a mini Rubik’s Cube costume may be cute, but you’ll want to plan for costumes that give them a full range of motion. Here are a few other tips to finding an easy kids Halloween costume (without slacking on the cute-factor):

  • Shop thrift stores. You never know what you’ll find!
  • Get creative! You’d be amazed at what you can make with plain clothes and a few simple props. For example: pin pale pink balloons to light-colored clothes for an instant bubble bath. You can also dress your child in all black (ninja), cover them in cobwebs (spiderweb), or paint squares on their face to make a pixelated Facebook photo.
  • Become a DIY master. Does your son love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Paint a disposable turkey pan green and voila! Instant Raphael shell. Is your daughter all about Pokemon Go? Dress her in a red shirt, white skirt, and black belt with a white craft paper circle over the buckle. Pokeball, go!
  • Recycle. Make use of last year’s costume by passing it down to a younger sibling, trading with the neighbors, or adding a few details to make a brand new costume.

Ready to show of your kids’ Halloween costumes in the cutest parade Belleville has ever seen? Don’t miss the Children’s Halloween Party on October 29th.

Improving Your Skating Endurance

stretchingIn order to maximize your skating workout, you want to have as much stamina as possible, right? Right. So the Fun Spot team has put together some easy tips to improving your skating endurance. Take a look.

Stretch – It is important to make sure to stretch before doing any kind of workout and roller skating is no exception. Stretch your legs, thighs, hips and torso-these areas are used the most when roller skating.

Intervals – When building endurance, especially in the beginning, it can be difficult to give it your all for a long time. This is why you push yourself in intervals. Work as hard as you can for about 20 seconds and then rest for 40 to 45 seconds. Repeat the pattern 15 to 20 times. Focus on the intensity.

Weights – When you feel comfortable, add weights to your roller skating workout. You can grab dumbbells or add leg weights. No matter which option you select, you will be building your leg muscles and ultimately increasing your roller skating endurance.

With these quick tips you will be able to take advantage of your roller skating endurance and start increasing it today. When building endurance, be sure to listen to your body and know the signs of exhaustion. Building endurance takes time, so be patient with yourself and keep pushing toward your goal. Join us at Fun Spot Skating Center, where we’re happy to cheer you on!
For more information our sessions at Fun Spot Skating Center, visit our website or give us a call at (618) 234-4502.  Do you enjoy rollin’ at Fun Spot? Rate and share your experiences with us in the review section of our Facebook page today. We enjoy hearing from you!

Preparing To Roll

StretchSome people may not think to stretch before roller skating, however, the American Heart Association recognizes roller skating as a top rated aerobic exercise. That means, stretching before lacing up your skates can help you a great deal. According to Livestrong.com, “ stretching improves flexibility and makes up an important part of an exercise routine.” Take a look at a few stretches the Fun Spot team has found that are good for stretching your hips, thighs and legs before stepping onto the rink.


Quad Stretch

This will stretch your hip flexors, quads and hamstrings. Kneel on floor with both knees bent, shins on floor. Put your right leg forward, so right knee is bent 90 degrees in front of you, right foot is flat on floor directly under knee, and left leg is still bent underneath you, parallel to right. Put both hands on top of right knee and press back hip forward, leaning into stretch, keeping torso upright. Hold for 30 seconds and release. Switch legs and repeat.

Reclining Pigeon

This will stretch your lower back, hips, glutes and hamstrings. Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor. Cross flexed right foot over left thigh, hook arms around left hamstring, and lift left foot a few inches, keeping back and shoulders on floor. Gently pull right leg in toward you, until you feel a stretch; hold for 45 seconds to two minutes. Lower back to start, switch legs and repeat.

Foldover Stretch

This will stretch your neck, back, glutes, hamstrings and calves. Stand tall with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, arms by sides. Breathe out while you bend forward at the hips, lowering head toward floor, while keeping head, neck and shoulders relaxed. Wrap arms around backs of legs and hold anywhere from 45 seconds to two minutes. Bend knees and roll up slowly to release.


For more information about Fun Spot Skating Center, visit our website or give us a call at  (618) 234-4502. Do you enjoy rollin’ with us? Rate and share your experience with us in the review section of our Facebook page today. We love hearing from you.

4 Skating Games You Have To Play

roller skateEverything is better on roller skates, right? Our team at Fun Spot Skating Center says “absolutely!” Roller skating is a great way to build endurance and get in shape. Check out some cool games to play next time you’re at the rink.

Freeze Tag
Lace up your skates and have fun with friends with this classic game. One person is selected to be the “tagger.” This person goes around trying to tap their friends, while everyone else tries their best to stay away from the tagger because if they are tagged-they’re frozen!
Limbo
A classic game of limbo, on roller skates! See how low you can go on skates. Don’t touch the stick.
Relay races
Classic relay races are also fun on roller skates. Pick up speed and bring your team to victory!
4 Corners
Everyone skates until the music stops then everyone has to skate to 1 of the 4 corners of the rink. With their eyes closed, one designated person calls out a corner 1-4. If your corner is called out, you are eliminated. The game goes on until only 1 person is left standing.

These are just some of the fun games kids can play on roller skates. It’s a fun way to get the kids moving. Join us this week for Open Skate at the rink. Visit our website for session hours and admission details.

For more information about Fun Spot Skating Center, visit our website or give us a call at (618) 234-4502.  Do you love rollin’ with us? Rate and share your experience with us in the review section of our Facebook page. We love hearing from you!

Taking Care of Your Skates

Skates

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Buying a skates can get expensive and at Fun Spot, we understand that after buying a pair of skates you want them to last awhile. That’s why we’ve put together a few key tips that will extend the lifespan of your roller skates. Check them out!

With the exception of some roller skates, most roller skate trucks should be tightly fitted to the boot. Therefore, skaters should routinely check their roller skate trucks to make sure they are tight and secure.

Many roller skates come with adjustable toe-stops so be sure to set your toe stop is set to the position that works best for you. You may have to experiment with a few adjustments until you determine the right toe-stop position.

Skaters also should occasionally check their skate wheels to make sure they are spinning properly and haven’t become excessively worn. If the wheels are not spinning freely you should check for damage, or buildup from dirt or other debris.

Most roller skate bearings are enclosed and considered maintenance free, however, it is still good to make sure the bearings on your roller skates stay dry and clean. It is good to wipe the roller skate bearings from time to time.

With these quick tips you’re sure to be taking proper care of your roller skates. Roll on!

For more information about Fun Spot Skate Center, visit our website or give us a call at (618) 234-4502.
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The Health Benefits of Roller Skating

Roller skating

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An age old question…is roller skating good for your health? Of course it is. At Fun Spot, we know roller skating can help improve your endurance, strength and more, so we want to share what we know with you! This blog breaks down the health benefits just a few of the benefits of roller skating. Check them out.  

Health Benefits of Roller Skating

Get your heart going. – Even at a moderate rate, roller skating can greatly impact your cardiovascular health. Roller Skating International says the aerobic workout provided by roller skating equals that provided by running once your speed reaches 10 mph or more. Roller skating is also known to cause less stress on your joints than running.

Strengthen your legs. – According to Livestrong.com, roller skating can strengthen your legs and lower body. When roller skating, your thighs, calf, hip and butt muscles work together to propel you forward.

Weight loss – Where ever you have exercise, you usually have weight loss, right? Right. According to Roller Skating International, roller skating helps encourage weight loss by burning calories and by toning muscles.

These are just a few ways that roller skating can improve your health. So whether you’re a beginner or an experienced skater, you can guarantee to get a meaningful workout every time you lace up your skates.

For more information about skating at Fun Spot Skating Center, visit our website or give us a call at (618) 234-4502.
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