Back to School Doesn’t Have to Be Stressful!

Can it be time for school to start already? It seems like only yesterday we were gearing up for summer break! Here at Fun Spot Skating Center in Belleville, IL, we’re interested in your success as much as ours, and we know how hard it can be to go back to school. Here are some tips to make the back to school transition easier! kids leaving school

  • Make Some Space. Setting aside two very important spaces in your house can really help keep the chaos down. First, make a Backpack Spot near the door. This doesn’t just have to be for backpacks, of course–coats, boots, lunches, and completed homework can also live here. Once kids come in from school, they can drop everything here rather than trailing it through the house. Second, make a Homework Spot for each child, away from distractions. Stock it with supplies, and keep homework and projects here.
  • Blow Off Some Steam. Exercise is good for the body and brain, and it’s a great mood-booster. Reward yourself and your kids for a job well done by coming out to Fun Spot for any of our open skates, or a Skate and Dance party! Getting active and having fun will help ease anxiety and give everyone something to look forward to.
  • Eat Well. Healthy, filling breakfasts and lunches are a must during school. Hungry kids can’t concentrate on schoolwork! Replace sugary snacks with fresh fruits and veggies, and consider swapping out wheat bread in place of white bread to help kids get the nutrition they need.

Back to school time is never easy, but with a little extra effort families can make the transition smoother. Don’t forget to talk about your feelings and spend time together as a family–Fun Spot Skating Center is a great place for that!

3 Family Fun Night Ideas Your Kids Will Love

family nightSetting aside time in your week for a family fun night is one of the best decisions you can make. Fun Spot loves when families hang out, play games, and plan adventures together. And since August is Family Fun Month, there’s no time like the present! Check out these three ideas for a family fun night your kids will talk about for weeks to come.

Roller Skating

  • Racing around the rink with your family is a great way to get out of the house and exercise! Plus, exercising is a great way to build family relationships. Getting active doesn’t have to be boring. On the contrary, roller skating is a fun experience with colorful lights, good music, and great food. Are you interested in throwing a family birthday party at Fun Spot? Check out all of our birthday packages!

$5 Shopping Spree

  • Taking your kids shopping may sound like an idea that can only end in disaster. However, if you make a game of it, they can compete against each other and have fun doing it! Give each child a set amount of money and challenge them to find something with a specific purpose (i.e. for the family, for the pet, etc.). Then sit back and see what they discover!

Game Night

  • Turn up the fun with a game night for the whole family! If you have an even number of boys and girls, make it a battle of the genders. Or if you’re feeling brave, play the parents versus the kids. Get out your favorite board games such as Monopoly or Clue and let the fun begin!

At Fun Spot skating center, we believe families need to have fun together. Come skate the night away with us!

Skate and Dance the Summer Away

School may be on the horizon, but don’t count out those summer nights just yet! There’s still plenty of time to hang out with your friends, go on summer adventures, and skate and dance the night away. Fun Spot’s annual Back to School Skate and Dance is officially on the schedule. Don’t miss the fun on August 25th!

Back to School Skate and Dance

happy teen - love symbolThe best night of the year is finally here. Catch up with your friends without the pressure of teachers, homework, and early morning wake up calls. Our back to school bash offers teens one last chance to make celebrate freedom. Roll into the rink at 7:30 pm for 3 hours of roller-skating fun. Admission is $8, and rentals are an extra $2. You can also bring your own skates (no wheelies, please) or upgrade your rentals to speed skates or inline skates for an extra $2. Love to dance until dawn? Bring an extra buck and shut the party down. After 10:30 pm we’re transforming the skating rink into a dance floor! Teens can show off their moves until 11:30 pm, then come back Saturday at 11 am for Skate-Bounce-Roll.

What to Expect at the End of Summer Bash

If you’ve ever attended a Back to School event at Fun Spot, you know we go hard. This year we’re stocked with fun prizes, exclusive giveaways, silly games, snack specials, and more. Don’t be sad about the end of summer. Make it the best night yet!

Students Can Learn about the Science of Skating!

It’s that time of year again. Back to school sales are in full swing, and educators are digging into another year of lesson planning and classroom budgeting. Field trips are a fun way to keep kids engaged while giving them a fresh perspective on the lessons they learn in the classroom. Looking for a fresh adventure to reinforce STEM lessons? Book a field trip at Fun Spot skating center.

Benefits of STEM Lessons at Fun Spot

boy and girl doing science experimentsWe’re now booking STEM field trips for August, September, and throughout the fall. If you haven’t attended a field trip with us before, you may be wondering how skating helps kids master science. The truth is that there are plenty of STEM lessons in roller-skating. Our program offers a unique, hands-on approach to science, math, engineering, and technology, reinforcing the lessons kids learn in the classroom. Many students are kinesthetic learners, so the hands-on approach is a major plus in getting lessons to stick. And we tailor lessons to a variety of ages and curriculums, so that each teacher can get the most out of their time with us.

What to Expect from a STEM Field Trip

When you arrive at Fun Spot, the kids will meet our certified STEM instructor. For one hour the students will dive headlong into a learning adventure full of interactive education, tactile learning, and creative problem-solving. When the lesson ends, kids can break for lunch or a snack. Then they’ll have two hours of open skating to up the fun, keep them active, and give them a fresh perspective on the STEM lesson they just learned. Depending on the lesson you choose, your students may learn about:

  • Friction and motion
  • The science of light and sound
  • Rink design
  • Engineering roller-skates
  • Skating and physical fitness
  • and more

Book a STEM field trip for Belleville students by calling 618-234-4502 or emailing us at funspotrocks@sbcglobal.net.

Private Skate Parties!

Are you looking for a great place to host a private party in the Belleville, IL area? Look no further than Fun Spot Belleville! Whether you’re hosting a birthday, day care, summer camp field trip, sports team, youth group, church function, or any other group, we’d love to help you put together an amazing event that your guests will never forget!  
roller skate parties

When you book a private party with Fun Spot Belleville, we take care of everything: set up, clean up, food, decorations, music, activities, and even themes. All you have to worry about is inviting everyone the guest list, and having a great time when you’re here! Your guests will have a blast skating on our real maple wood skate floor, and can also enjoy “The Vault,” our incredible laser maze, plus the pro shop, snack bar, great music and state-of-the-art lights, and the company of all your friends.

We have a variety of standard packages available for any need, all including admission and skate rental, but if you want something really special, we can create a custom package for your group. Are you having a really special event? We even offer all-inclusive packages with food and sodas! 

Private parties are available evenings, during the following days and times:

  • Monday and Wednesday: 4-6 pm, 6-8 pm, 8-10 pm
    Tuesday: 4-6 pm
    Thursday: 5-7 pm, 7-9 pm
    Friday, Saturday or Sunday: 5-7 pm

Slots fill up quickly, so book early.

It’s never too early to start putting together a spectacular private event. Contact Fun Spot Belleville today and let’s get to work planning yours!

The Value Pass: The Best Value for Summer Fun

Are you looking for the best value for summer fun in Belleville, IL? Stop looking–check out the Value Pass special at Fun Spot Skating Center in Belleville!

For just $40, you can come skate ten separate times during regular business hours. That’s just $4 per session, half off regular admission price! It’s an unbeatable price for frequent skaters. This is a great value for families, playgroups, childcare arrangements, or just groups of friends. Value Passes can be given as gifts, or even shared (remember, no more than two admissions can be used per pass at one time). Skate rental, entry to The Vault, and concessions are not included in the Value Pass price. Drop your kids off for a whole afternoon of fun. Of course, non-skating parents are always welcome! white roller skates

Summer vacation can quickly turn into marathons of TV and video games, or even worse: a never-ending chorus of “I’m bored!” With a Fun Spot Value Pass, kids will have endless opportunities for active fun this summer in a safe, clean, supervised environment. Parents can even join!

Fun Spot Skating Center has so much more than skating. Join us for Skate and Dance on Fridays after skating hours, sign kids under 14 up for free skating, enjoy the arcade, try your skill in The Vault, or check out our Beauty and the Beast Ball on Saturday, June 17!

Questions about our awesome Fun Pass deal? Contact us today. We can’t wait to see you this summer at Fun Spot Skating Center in Belleville!

Some Enchanted Father’s Day

Father/daughter dances are a time-honored tradition at Fun Spot. And what better theme than princesses? After all, a girl’s father is her knight in shining armor. And nobody makes a girl feel like a princess quite like her dad can. Are you ready for a night of magic, memories, and more? Don’t miss the Beauty and the Beast Ball on Saturday, June 17th.

A Night of Enchantment

princess with toy castleWho needs a fairy godmother when you have such enchanting inner beauty? We’re inviting girls to show off their beautiful brains (and ball gowns) just like Belle! But if Mom wants to play Madame Wardrobe and help her Beauty get all dolled up, we’re sure there won’t be any complaints! When your daughter is dressed to impress in her favorite gold, pink, or blue gown, it’s time for the ball. Dads, you officially have our permission to let those beards grow wild and beastly. As long as you wear some dapper duds, you’re totally in character!

Beauty and the Beast Ball

We’re giving dads a special chance to spend time with their little girls before Father’s Day. Here’s what you need to know about the Beauty and the Beast Ball:

  • It takes place Saturday, June 17th from 5-7pm
  • There will be no skating – spend the evening twirling around the ballroom!
  • Tickets must be purchased in advance (don’t worry, we made it easy for you!)
  • Admission is just $20 for Dad and his little girl. Have more than one princess at home? Tickets for each additional daughter are only $8
  • Sorry moms, this event is for dads and daughters only. Send along an enchanted iPhone so you can glimpse the magical event from home
  • Your princess can get a picture with the Belle and the Beast!

For more information on special events for Belleville families, call Fun Spot skating center.

School’s Out? Time to Jam!

In mere weeks, school will officially be out. What’s our first act of summer vacation? Party! Don’t miss the Fun Spot School’s Out Skate and Dance on Friday, May 26th.

Skate, Dance, Celebrate

teen dance moveIt’s been a long year of tests, homework, and hard work. You’ve earned a break! Gather your closest friends and celebrate 2 ½ months of test-free, stress-free fun. It doesn’t matter if your fancy footwork involves wheels or sneakers, we want to see your best moves! Show off roller-skating tricks, fancy dance moves, and general goofy fun at School’s Out Skate and Dance at the end of May. Skate around the rink to your favorite top 40’s tunes from 7:30-10:30pm for just $8. Feel the beat in your soul? For just $1 more you can dance from 10:30-11:30pm! Bring your yearbook for classmates to sign, buy Fun Spot t-shirts and sharpies to scribble notes and funny quotes with your friends, and celebrate the end of school at Fun Spot skating center. We’re even breaking out the big games like “Sing That Song.” Score fun prizes and win bragging rights for the rest of the night!

Roller-skating is a night of fun both teens and their parents love. Our facilities are clean, safe, and supervised, so parents know just what their kids are getting up to. But with the best songs and nonstop jamming, kids will want to dance until dawn (sorry, kids, you’ll be home by midnight). Just can’t get enough? Come back with the rest of the kids for Saturday sessions at Fun Spot.

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Summer may be the perfect time to participate in outdoor activities like swimming, fishing, and going to the beach, but there’s another kind of activity that also defines the summer: family reunions. With children out of school, it’s not uncommon for relatives from near and far to gather together again for some family fun. But nobody wants to sweat it out at the park to catch up with family. If you’re looking for the perfect family reunion venue that both children and adults will enjoy, then Fun Spot skating center is the spot for you.

All For Fun, and Fun for All

roller skatesWhile the summer weather may seem like an ideal setting for a family reunion, sunny days can often be too hot, making the outdoors a difficult place to bring families together, especially ones with young children or elderly people. At Fun Spot, families can gather together for a day of catching up and roller skating. Skating is an activity that’s been around a long time because of how much fun it is for everyone! When you take advantage of Fun Spot’s group and party rates for your family reunion, you can plan an event that’s a perfect fit for everyone’s needs. Children will be to skate around on the rink and catch up with relatives that way while the grown-ups can reminisce on the sidelines or join the fun.
Fun Spot has something for everyone. By booking a family reunion here, you can get access to our roller skating rink, music, games, activities, food and drinks, and more! Let us put together the party package that best fits the type of celebration you and your family love most. Visit our Facebook page for more information, or contact us today to start planning your family reunion.

Skate to School Year Finish Line

The summer season is almost here, which means that – believe it or not – the school year is drawing to a close. Time flies when you’re having fun, doesn’t it? As lesson books close and pencils are put down until fall, only one final question remains: Where’s the end-of-school party?

Why Fun Spot is the Best Spot for End-of-School Parties

  1. kids leaving schoolRoller skating is fun for all ages. No matter what age your kid and her friends may be, everyone is bound to love a day of play at Fun Spot. Roller skating is an activity that’s been around for ages because it’s a blast for everyone . . . and that’s not going to change anytime soon!
  2. Partying at Fun Spot is more than just mindless fun. When your child’s class spends the day at Fun Spot, they’re not just having fun. Roller skating is great exercise, meaning that your child gets all the active playtime he or she needs to stay energized!
  3. A day of fun at Fun Spot won’t break the bank. While some class field trips may require you to sign form after form or put down a lot of money, Fun Spot’s group and party rates are affordable for schools in Belleville.

This school year has undoubtedly been filled with joy, learning and new friendships. So why not celebrate all of those things outside the classroom with one final party to cap off the school year? Fun Spot is the perfect place to host your child’s end-of-school-year party. Learn about party and group rates, or call us today and to set up your child’s end-of-school party.