In a Galaxy Far, Far Away…

Help us, Fun Spot skating center. You’re our only hope.

Remember the days when your little boy would crawl up on your lap, throw his arms around your neck, and beg for a cuddle? For many moms, those days feel like they’re from a galaxy far, far away. But starships and adventures aren’t just for the men in our lives. Reconnect with your little Jedi at an even you’ll both love: our first ever Mother/Son Star Wars Skate.

Star Wars Mother and Son Skate

mother and sons Whether you love Luke, Leia, or the grin on your son’s face when he talks about Stormtroopers, you won’t want to miss Star Wars Skate. It’s Fun Spot’s first event just for moms and their boys. And just in time for Mother’s Day weekend! On Saturday, May 7th, you and your son can blast off in the Millennium Falcon into a world of light and dark, Stormtroopers and rebels, princesses and Jedis (and a few who are a bit of both). Skate with Chewie and a Stormtrooper, or bring your camera and get a picture! Here’s the plan:

  • Arrive on time for maximum fun (Star Wars Skate is from 5-7pm)
  • Bring $20 for a Mom and Son pair (and $7 for each additional son)
  • Don’t sweat rentals – they’re included in the price of admission
  • Watch your son train to defend the galaxy at Jedi Training Camp (with tips for mastering the force from Yoda himself!)
  • Win prizes in the Asteroid Hunt game
  • Enjoy special deals on lightsabers and Yoda Soda in the snack bar

Call Fun Spot skating center to learn more about special events and seasonal skating.

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End of School Celebration

It’s hard to believe that spring break is over. It seems like just yesterday that the kids were packing up their backpacks for a new year of school. But with the promise of summer comes standardized tests and final exams, which leave kids feeling stressed and overworked. Celebrate their year of hard work with and End of School skating party at Fun Spot.

End of School Parties in Belleville

boy with booksAre you an elementary room mom, middle school teacher, or a parent whose kid needs a serious mental reset? Summer will be here before you know it. It’s time to book an End of the Year party for your class, honors club, or neighborhood kids. When you book a Fun Spot celebration, we take all the stress out of planning. We take care of the entertainment, provide extra supervision, and do 100% of the setup and cleanup. All you have to worry about is capturing those mega-watt smiles for Facebook!

Private Parties and Group Events

No matter how wild and crazy the crew, we have the party for you. Treat your class to a day of fun with their friends. They’ve earned it! Have a big group? Our private party is perfect for you! Rent the rink for 2 hours of private roller-skating with your kids, their friends, and their teachers. Prefer a low key celebration? Book a group skating session for your kids and their closest friends.
Activities at Fun Spot

There’s fun for everyone at Fun Spot skating center. When you book a Fun Spot party, you’ll get:

  • Hours of roller-skating on our real maple skating floor
  • An afternoon of adrenaline as you skate to your favorite songs on our state of the art sound system
  • Friendly competition with singleplayer and multiplayer arcade games
  • A chance to beat the clock (and compare scores) in The Vault Laser Maze
  • Snacks and treats at the Snack Bar

Don’t let summer get away from you. Call Fun Spot to book your End of the Year school party in Belleville.

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We’re Fools for April Fun!

April Fool’s Day may be just around the corner, but family fun skates are no joke. We’re strapping on our skates for another month of fun, games, and fitness. What events roll into Fun Spot this month? Mark your calendars for April Fool’s Skate, Reunion Skate, and Cosmic Skate.

April Fool’s Skate

Everyone’s fair game on April Fool’s Day. Trust no one and let the pranks begin! This Friday, April 1st skating gets tricky for kids in Bellville. From 7:30-10:30pm you’ll have to dodge mischief from friends, family, and the Fun Spot jester. Be a fool and win a prize or win a trip into the Party Machine, which we’ve stocked will valuable prizes just for the occasion. Sound like a good time? Unleash your inner prankster and let the fun begin!

Reunion Skate

retro dance partyBreak out those landlines and call the 1997 crew . . . Reunion Skate is almost here! Party like you’re in high school again! We’re rolling back the years with throwback skating songs, fun games, and plenty of your favorite snacks. See if you can fit into your old disco duds or fish out a neon scrunchie from that box you swore you’d never reopen. Want to really embarrass your kids? Bring them along and show ‘em how you roll! Reunion Skate is open to all ages. Roll into retro fun on Sunday, April 3rd from 6-9pm.

Cosmic Skate

You think you’ve glimpsed the universe? Get ready to blast off into a world unlike anything you’ve ever seen! We’re taking our glow party into a whole new galaxy with Cosmic Skate on Friday, April 22nd. Get ready for:

  • Blackout skating
  • Glow everything!
  • Atmospheric fog effects
  • Glow skates
  • Glow-in-the-dark skating games
  • Cosmic Bingo
  • Exclusive deals on glow toys and accessories
  • A trip to the party machine for the most out-of-this-world neon glow skater!

Learn more about roller-skating in Belleville. Call Fun Spot skating center.

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Good Old Fashioned Family Fun

Spring is finally here, and we truly feel it in our bones. After an unpredictable winter, families can’t wait to get out there and have a blast. Fun Spot has plenty of spring and summer family activities to keep you busy this year, from our kids welcome Reunion Skate to weekly skate events like $2 Tuesday. Don’t sweat family fun this spring! Get moving at Fun Spot skating center.

Family Fun in Belleville

family having funThese days, getting the kids active is a challenge all of its own. Between TV, tablet computers, and smartphones, kids as young as preschool are settling into couch-mode for good. But there’s a non-LED light on the horizon! Getting kids plugged into the real world is as simple as lacing up their skates. Roller-skating is a fun family activity proven to boost mood, improve cognitive function, and keep kids physically fit. It teaches kids dexterity, flexibility, and strength training without burning them out on staying active. After all, what’s more fun than hanging out with your family while you roll to your favorite music? Plan a healthy dose of quality time with skate days at Fun Spot.

Roller Skating at Fun Spot

At Fun Spot skating center, we take any excuse to have a good time. That means monthly special events like our upcoming Reunion Skate Night. It also means affordable, weekly events for kids, families, and other members of the Belleville community. Skate with us each week at:

  • $2 Tuesday
  • Friday Night Fun
  • Saturday Skate-Bounce-Roll
  • Sunday Matinee

Does your family play together? Have more fun! Come skate at Fun Spot in Belleville.

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Tips for Your First Skating Lesson

Another round of skating lessons start on Saturday, April 9th. Our 6 week skating lesson course helps kids, teens, and adults learn the basics of roller-skating, from safety and balance to maneuverability and speed. Master your wheels in no time with these tips for your first skating lesson.

Tips for a Successful Skating Lesson

  1. kid wearing dad's shoesDress right. Want to get more out of your skating lessons? It’s all about the outfit. You won’t master your skates if you’re wearing constrictive clothing, clothes that catch, or uncomfortable accessories. Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes or stretchy workout gear to make the most of your skating lesson.
  2. Arrive early. Our skating lessons take place Saturdays from 10-11am. That doesn’t mean you should roll into the rink at 9:59. Arrive 10-15 minutes early. Give yourself time to check in, try out your free rental skates, and get settled before the lesson begins.
  3. Listen up. It’s easy to get ahead of the instructor, but she’s in charge for a reason. Listen to all safety information, basic skating tips, and personalized instruction your instructor gives throughout the lesson.
  4. Be honest. There’s no need to be embarrassed if you’re struggling to keep up. The instructor is there to help you out (and trust us, the other skaters are in the same boat). Let the instructor know if you’re having trouble mastering a skating technique. He’ll give you individualized instruction to help you succeed.
  5. Have fun. You’ll never become a pro skater if you dread lacing up. Think of all the family skating sessions, birthday parties, and holiday events you can take part in once you gain control of your skates. Find a buddy or skate solo. Just have a blast!

Take control of your wheels. Sign up for skating lessons at Fun Spot skating center.

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The Luck of the Irish

We may not be Irish, but we won’t let that stop us from throwing the best St. Patrick’s day party in Belleville. We’re going all out, decking the rink in green and glittering gold. Looking for a fun family activity this St. Patrick’s Day? Fun Spot is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

St. Patrick’s Day Party

gold in shamrock hatIf you’re looking for affordable family fun this St. Patrick’s Day, look no further. We may be gaga for green, but we’ll let you hang onto yours. It’s just $8 admission for a night of skating to your favorite tunes, laughing with the people you love, and getting competitive in the Fun Spot arcade. When you need a break from the fun, kick back and relax with hot pizza or a cool snack. Our St. Patrick’s Day Party is Friday, March 11th from 7:30-10:30pm. Here’s what you need to know about the celebration:

  • Come one, come all. Fun Spot’s St. Patrick’s Day Party is perfect for kids, teens, adults, and families.
  • Go green! The skater who makes us go green with envy will win a trip into the Fun Spot Party Machine.
  • Score prizes from our Pot of Gold. It wouldn’t be a Fun Spot bash without games and prizes
  • Show off your Irish spirit! We want to see your biggest smiles when we check Facebook and Instagram on Friday night. Want to spread the fun? Use the hashtag #StPaddySkateFS on social media.

To learn more about spring events at Fun Spot, call our skating center.

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March Skating Madness

Fun Spot is dedicated to giving kids and families a fun place to play, no matter what holiday, celebrity, or fun new film we’re celebrating. This month is no exception! Gather up the kids for a full month of skating, games, and incredible prizes. Spring skating is picking up!

Pulaski Day Fun Skate

Monday, March 7th we’re celebrating the father of the American cavalry with music, food, and roller-skating fun. Take advantage of the school holiday with roller-skating from 1-4pm. Admission is just $7 and includes chips, soda, and a hot dog.

St. Patrick’s Day Skate Party

Is your soul Irish? Show off your inner green at our St. Patrick’s Day party on Friday, March 11th. We’ll have fun games, prizes from our pot of gold, and a trip into the party machine for our greenest skater!

Spring Break Fun Skates

kids doing homeworkForget about homework; this spring break is all about FUN! Fun Spot has a full week of family-friendly activities for the Belleville school holiday.

  • Thursday, March 24: What would you do for candy? Go crazy for candy at our 1-4pm matinee.
  • Friday, March 25th: Minute to win it! Can you beat the clock? Show off your reflexes as you race against time to win our wacky games. 
  • Monday, March 28th: Deal or no deal? You choose! There are good prizes and bad prizes; you have to figure out which is which. Make your best deal and see what you win at our Monday matinee.

Easter Bunny Skate-Bounce-Roll

On Saturday, March 26th the Easter Bunny hops into Fun Spot. Take a picture with the Easter Bunny, search the rink for treasure in our Easter Egg Hunt, and become the champion of our Vault Contest. 11am-1pm.

Fun Spot Reunion Skate

Get ready to throwback! We’re gathering our old skating crews for a night of classic tunes and retro fun. Skate with your oldest friends or bring the kids and show them how you used to roll. The fun kicks into high gear on Sunday, April 3rd from 6-9pm.

Ready for some fun? Visit Fun Spot skating center for family events this spring.

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6 Weeks of Lessons, a Lifetime of Fun!

Roller-skating isn’t just a fun, family-friendly way to spend an afternoon. It’s a skill kids will have for the rest of their lives. Skating teaches kids about hard work and having fun. It helps them develop balance, flexibility, problem solving skills, and improved health overall. It’s great for afternoons after school or birthday celebrations. And it’s inexpensive, too! If you’re worried about your kids at the rink, have no fear. Our upcoming skate lessons will make them champion roller-skaters!

Fun Spot Skating Lessons


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Our skate lessons are open to kids of all ages. Whether you’ve forgotten how to skate or you never learned, you’re wobbly on your feet or you just want to gain confidence, there’s no wrong reason to sign up for skate lessons. Our instructor will teach the kids about balance and speed, footwork and rink safety. Your kids will learn how to push their skills to the next level while still respecting other skaters. They’ll learn about the health benefits of roller-skating, as well as new ways to have fun, from tricks to skating games. Fun Spot skating lessons begin Saturday, February 13th from 10-11am. For just $60, each student will receive:

  • 6 weeks of lessons
  • Skate rentals
  • 2 hours of skating after the lesson

Don’t wait to learn to skate! Help your kids develop a lifelong skill (and have a blast while they’re at it). The Fun Spot skate lesson program teaches kids to stay active and have fun. Sign up online or call our skating center to learn more.

Roll into February Fun!

If you thought January was fun, you won’t know what hit you this February! We’ve filled the calendar with back-to-back family events for every holiday we can think of: Mardi Gras, the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, and President’s Day are just the start! Join us for winter family fun in Belleville this month.

Mardi Gras Party

mardi gras beadsIt’s all about the beads at Fun Spot’s annual Mardi Gras extravaganza! Bring ‘em, win ‘em, buy ‘em . . . whoever has the most beads at the end of the night wins a trip into the Fun Spot Party Machine! Want to get an edge on the competition? Roll over to our Mardi Gras Selfie Station. Snap a pic and check in online to win extra beads!

The Fun Spot Mardi Gras Party is Friday, February 5th from 7:30-10:30pm. Admission is $8 (skate rental extra).

Soup-er Bowl Sunday

Score big for the Belleville community! Our Sunday Super Bowl celebration doubles as a canned food drive! How can you participate?

  • Swing by Fun Spot on Sunday, February 7th between 1pm and 5pm
  • Bring soup! We’ll take $1 off your admission for each can
  • Got 8 cans? Get in for FREE!
  • Enjoy a full afternoon of games, prizes, and fun for the whole family
  • Kick back and relax! We’ll donate the collected cans to area food banks

Valentine’s Party Chocolate Olympics

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without an excess of chocolate! Bring a date, a friend, or a the whole family to our Valentine’s celebration on Friday, February 12th. Games include:

  • The Valentine’s Day Match Game
  • Candy Heart Jar (guess the right number and win!)
  • Pudding Eating Contest
  • Couples Games
  • and more!

President’s Day All Day Skate

When the teachers are away, the kids will play! Get out of the house and into the fun with All Day Skate for the school holiday. On Monday, February 15th we’ll live it up from 11am-5pm with games, prizes, and all-you-can-eat pizza and soda!

For more information on fun family activities in Belleville, call Fun Spot skating center.

Do You Derby?

When you hear the words “roller sports” you probably imagine adrenaline junkies competing extreme sports style a la the 1990’s. But roller-skating sports aren’t all grinds and spins. In fact, even 80 years after its invention, roller derby remains one of the most popular skating sports in existence.

The History of Roller Derby

Before Ellen Page and Drew Barrymore laced up their skates for the big screen, many people didn’t know much about roller derby. This sport may have started over 80 years ago, but it hasn’t lost its lustre. A primarily female sport, leagues for people of all ages and genders still run rampant across the country. But how did it gain such popularity?

Inspired by early marathons and bicycle races, Leo A. Seltzer decided to host a roller marathon in Chicago. 50 skaters were selected to compete in 25 male-female teams in a competition that kicked off on August 13, 1935. 20,000 spectators arrived to witness the skaters complete 3,000 miles around the track. The rules were simple: one member of each team must skate during the daily 11 ½ hours allotted for skating, and the team to complete the distance in the shortest time would win the marathon. The derby went on until September 22nd, when skaters Clarice Martin and Bernie McKay won the race. Only 9 of the original 25 teams completed the marathon.

Modern Roller Derby

roller derby teamLike every sport, roller derby has changed over the years. An increased level of physical contact changed derby from pure endurance to a competitive sport. In today’s competitions, two teams of five compete to score points by lapping members of the opposing team. Both defense and offense are required in a series of jams (short races). Today, roller derby includes roughly 1,200 amateur leagues. Almost half of these teams play in the United States. Derby may not have the spectators it once did, but it’s a popular, athletic sport. In fact, roller derby was under consideration for inclusion into the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Derby teaches athletes a strong sense of perseverance. In the words of Kristen Wiig, “Put some skates on. Be your own hero.”

Want to learn more about roller derby, skating sports, or basic skating lessons? Call Fun Spot in Belleville.

Photo By Chris Bojanower [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons