Get a heaping helping of healthy family fun with a side of nostalgia by taking your team to a local roller rink! It’s the perfect indoor activity for the whole family: the littles can burn off that energy (especially on a rainy day) while you take a roll down memory lane (throw back tunes almost always included). And no worries if you’re not quite ready to get back up on those skates—many rinks offer lessons and tutorials. Your kids will be shooting-the-duck in no time. Read on for the best family-friendly rinks in the Bay.
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The Church of 8 Wheels
Founded by D. Miles Jr. (he’s the guy in Golden Gate Park offering free disco skate moves every weekend) the Church of 8 Wheels is a former church that is now being used for “rolligious” purposes. They’ve recently added a specific family skate session on Saturdays from 3-5pm, though kids are also welcome on Thursday evenings. And- they’re half price!
Hours: Family Skate Sat., 3–5 p.m. See schedule for additional times, as some nights are adults-only.
Cost: $10/adults; $5/kids 12 and under; skate rental $5
554 Fillmore St. (at Fell)
San Francisco, Ca
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The Golden Skate
One of the best in the Bay for the youngest rollers in your family, on Saturdays they have Little People skating lesson at 9 a.m. for the 10 and under crowd followed by a Little People Skate for kids 10 and under and their parents. The lesson costs $15 which includes the skate time after the lesson, skate rental additional. They have skate mates available ($5) for new-to-the rink toddlers and an all you can eat pizza night on Sundays, $14 including skate time.
Hours: See schedule on website.
Cost: $12; $10.50 on Sat.; Skate rental $4; Inline skates $5;
2701 Hooper Dr.
San Ramon, Ca
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Clean and bright, Paradise Skate is old-school without the old. It boasts fresh carpet, a new skate floor, skate mates for the wobbliest ones, and a general festive atmosphere. Check the website for updates to hours for summer, holidays, and other special events and ongoing theme nights. It’s super family-friendly, and great for birthday parties or group skates.
Hours: See full schedule on their site.
Cost: $8/session, includes skate rental. Wed. & Th. 3–5:30 p.m., $5. $5 for each additional session. Prices vary for special themed nights.
1201 West 10th St.
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Redwood Roller Rink
This retro rink is all about the skate, and has been for more than 60 years. It’s got a perfect ‘80s vibe and their birthday party prices can’t be beat: public sessions start at just $7/person. They offer skate lessons on Sat. for all ages, both beginner and immediate. Classes are $40/series of four. The hours are limited and they close from 4 – 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays (but then reopen for Disco Night!) so it’s probably a good idea to check the website or call the rink before heading over.
Hours: Check their site as hours tend to change.
Cost: $7-$10, skate rental $4 (check for early-bird specials that include free rental)
1303 Main St.
Redwood City, Ca
Photo credit: WalterPro via Flickr
A bit further north you’ll find Rohnert Park’s Cal Skate, a clean and family-focused skating rink that offers a kid’s skate on Monday and Thursday, from 9:30 -11:30 a.m. Parents can walk or skate with their kids ages 10 and under for just $6.50, which includes skates and instruction. Families will appreciate Saturday family skate night: $7/person plus $3/skate rental. For $58 you get four skate rentals, skate time, and a large pizza (one adult per group of four). Sunday is all-you-can-eat pizza night for $10/person, plus $4 skate rental.
Hours: Open every day, check schedule online for open sessions.
Cost: $5-$9. $5/skate rental, $4 inline skates
6100 Commerce Blvd.
Rohnert Park, Ca
What’s your favorite place to skate in the Bay Area? Let us know in the comments below!
–Melissa Bouse, Erin Feher and Amber Guetebier