Before skateboards and electric, pay-as-you-go scooters, there were roller skates. Go a little bit retro by lacing up some skates and taking a spin around the areas raddest rinks for a bit of free-wheeling fun that the whole family can enjoy.

girls skatingPhoto: Marcus Metropolis via Flickr

Cavelier Family Skate
This rink, which has been on a roll since 1997, knows that you’re not really a proper skate rink if you don’t offer theme nights. From $1 Wednesdays to family night, there’s something for everyone. Sporty types might be interested in speed skating team or roller derby, which is offered weekly. And, word on the street is that Cavelier is one of the best places in town to throw a kid party.

1924 Jefferson Davis Hwy. (Stafford, VA)
Cost: $1-$9/per person; $2/skates

Skate N Fun Zone
Located in the heart of Manassas and just off route 66, the Skate N Fun Zone is the place to be for all little ones from the preschool set on up. Parties are available for all ages but the real fun is in the Tot Rock ‘n’ Roll Skate, weeknight free skate time slots and the Saturday day-long Mega Skate event. Skate assists are available, free pizza and other food options are also on tap on certain days. A tiny tot play area for those five and under is also on site. Whatever you decide the Skate N Fun Zone will capture your kids heart while burning through their crazies.

7878 Sudley Road (Manassas, Va)
Cost: $6-$9/per person; $4.50/skate rental

Temple Hills Skate Palace
Near the Branch Avenue Metro station on the Green Line the Temple Hills Skate Palace takes you back to the old school days when kiddos ruled the rink. Go for a quiet skate on Sunday morning or get in the mix on Saturday afternoon and evenings when families and friends pile on to the rink. Drop-in skate lessons, a full concession stand and a DJ that plays a mix of pop music from yesterday and today lets little ones get their skate boogie on.


3132 Branch Ave., (Temple Hills, Md)
Cost: $1-$10 admission, skate rental $4

Thomas Jefferson Community Center
From October to mid-March family skate night is where it’s at to stay warm and take a spin around the rink at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center. Packed with families taking part in the moon bounce, a live DJ and a fresh pair of skates there is fun to be had all around. Book a twirling good skate party for your four to eleven year-old too at a party rate that dates back to the roller rinks hey day.

3501 S 2nd St. (Arlington, Va)
Cost: $2 per person (cash only), Skate Rental $3 per person (cash only)

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady and Victoria Mason