While the sport of roller skating is still a relatively low-tech outing, its legacy endures. For us parents, it’s a sure-fire way to get in touch with our inner child…gliding around a shiny rink, roller skates laced up tight, singing along to the rockin’ music. But the best part? Your kids don’t need any prior experience or expensive gear to enjoy the fun of cruising ’round the rink. If you’re ready to relive your glory days with your kids, dust off your roller skates and read on for a list of retro-fun spots that have stood the test of time.

Florham Park Roller Rink skating

photo: Florham Park Roller Rink

Skateland

Skateland regularly receives high marks for their music variety, their friendly staff and their reasonably priced food found in the snack bar. And their Wednesday night “cheap skate” deal should not be missed.

Open skate session times and prices are as follows:
Wednesdays from 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. ($2.25)
Thursdays from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. ($7)
Fridays from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. ($8)
Saturdays from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tiny Tots. ($7)
Saturdays from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. ($8)
Sundays from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. ($6)

1740 Northeast Fuson Rd.
Bremerton, WA 98311
360-479-7655
Online: skateland360.com

Rental fees: $1.50/person for roller skates; $3/person for inline and speed skate rentals.

photo: Auburn Skate Facebook page

Auburn Skate

“Rock And Roll, Shake Your Skates” is Auburn Skate’s slogan and they want you to come prepared to have an awesome time. Plan to go on Saturday and take advantage of their Special Family Pizza Package. For $35, you get one pizza, one pitcher of soda and regular skate rentals for up to four people. Check ’em out and see why they’re a family favorite.

Open skate session times and prices are as follows:
Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Cheap Skate. ($5)
Fridays from 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Evening Skate. ($8)
Saturdays from noon-4:30 p.m. Family Skate. ($8)
Saturdays from 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Evening Skate. ($8)
Sundays from noon-4:30 p.m. Family Skate. ($8)

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1825 Howard Rd.
Auburn, WA 98002
253-833-4990
Online: auburnsk8.com

Rental Fees: $1.50/person for roller skates; $3/person for inline or speed quad skates.

photo: Seattle Derby Brats 

Pattison’s West

If you’re looking for an affordable, fun and safe place the whole family will enjoy, Pattison’s West is for you. Providing family fun and entertainment to children, teens, and adults for over 30 years, this place is huge and not only offers a fab rink with a DJ, but a snack bar, arcade and hourly games with prizes. Planning a birthday bash? Have your party at Pattison’s and you can rent the entire rink.

Open skate session times and prices are as follows:
Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m-8:30 p.m. ($6)
Thursdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tiny Tots 9 & under ($5)
Fridays from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. ($9)
Saturdays from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ($8.50)
Saturdays from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. ($9)
Sundays from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. ($8.50)
Sundays from 6 p.m.-8 p.m ($6)

34222 Pacific Hwy. S.
Federal Way, WA 98003
253-838-7442
Online: pattisonswest.com

Rental Fees: $6-$9/person for roller skates (includes session); $6-$13 for inline or speed quad skates (includes session). Bring your own skates and save $1.

photo: Steven Depolo via Flickr

Southgate Roller Rink

Located in White Center and known as “Seattle’s Friendly Rink,” Southgate Roller Rink is sure to please any skate enthusiast. Weekends are dedicated to families which means you’re guaranteed family-friendly music, games and an awesome time. In addition to open skate times, Southgate Roller Rink also offers a learn to skate class for all ages for $10 every Sunday from noon-1 p.m. The best part? The Family Skate session, immediately following the learn to skate class, is included in the fee.

Open skate session times and prices are as follows:
Fridays from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. ($8)
Saturdays from noon-4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. ($8-$9)
Sundays from noon-4:30 p.m. ($9)

9646 17th Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98106
206-707-6949
Online: southgaterollerrink.com

Rental Fees: Roller skate rentals are free with admission; $4.50 for premium upgraded skates.

photo: Joni K. via Yelp

Lynnwood Bowl & Skate

What could be better than a place that offers a bowling alley, a roller skating rink and full-service concession stand? Not much in our book which is why we think Lynnwood Bowl & Skate is an amazing choice for some fab family bonding. When your kid crew gets tired of skating, hit the lanes for a game of bowling and order up the kid’s sampler platter.

Open skate session times and prices are as follows:
Wednesdays from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. ($7.50)
Fridays from 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. ($9.50)
Saturdays from noon.-3 p.m. & 4 p.m.-7 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. ($9)
Sundays from noon-3 p.m. & 4 p.m.-7 p.m. ($8)
Sundays from 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. ($7)

6210 200th St. S.W.
Lynnwood, WA 98036
425-778-3133
Online: bowlandskate.com

Rental Fees: Admission includes quad roller skates. Inline skates are $3.25 additional. You are welcome to bring your own skates as long as they are clean and in good condition. And be sure to join Lynnwood Bowl & Skate for their learn to skate class on Saturdays from 11 a.m.-noon. The class is $15 per person and includes the noon skate session.

photo: Everett Skate Deck website

Everett Skate Deck

Home of the Jet City Roller Girls Roller Derby, Everett Skate Deck has been in business for over 50 years and it’s easy to see why they are a family favorite. They really have it all covered between the rink complete with a mirrored disco ball and DJs playing your favorite tunes, to the inflatable toys, arcade games, concession stand and big screen TVs. If you’ve got a crew of newbie skaters, beginner skate classes are offered on Saturdays from 11 a.m.-noon for $60. The price includes four classes along with roller skate rentals. The first class starts on the first Saturday of every month.

Open skate session times and prices are as follows:
Fridays from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. ($9)
Saturdays from 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. ($8)
Saturdays from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. ($9)
Sundays from 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. ($8)

9700 19th Ave. S.E.
Everett, WA 98208
425-337-0202
Online: everettskatedeck.com

Marysville Skate Center

Step back in time to music from the ’70s to current hits, and skate on a real maple hardwood floor at Marysville Skate Center. Special “Family Carnival Days” are held on Sundays from 1 p.m-4:30 p.m. and include free cotton candy and face painting. ($20 for a family of four). Learn to skate classes are held on Sundays from 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m. for just $6.

Open skate session times and prices are as follows:
Fridays from 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. ($7)
Saturdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Cheap Skate. ($5)
Saturdays from 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. ($6)
Saturdays from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. ($6)
Sundays from 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Family Carnival. Day. ($6/person or $20/family of 4)

7313 44th Ave. N.E.
Marysville, WA 98270
360-659-3900
Online: marysvilleskatecenter.com

Rental Fees: All admission prices include free quad rental skates. Specialty speed skates and inline skate rentals are $3 more.

photo: WalterPro via Flickr

Alki Community Center

Kick off your TGIF by heading to the Alki Community Center where they offer family skate every Friday night during the school year starting in September. Kick the weekend off right with awesome games, music and some serious roller skating fun.

Open skate session times and prices are as follows:
Fridays from 5:45 p.m.-7:45 p.m. ($3)

5817 S.W. Stevens St.
Seattle, WA 98116
Online: seattle.gov/parks/find/centers/alki-community-center

Rental Fees: Skates are provided with admission.

Bitter Lake Community Center

After a long week, relax and have some fun at family skate night at the Bitter Lake Annex. A popular spot for families, this is a perfect place to meet up with some friends or make new ones. Family skate night takes place on Fridays during the school year.

Open skate session times and prices are as follows:
Fridays from 6:30 p.m.-8:15 p.m. ($4)

13035 Linden Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98133
Online: seattle.gov/parks/find/centers/bitter-lake-community-center

Rental Fees: Roller skates are included with admission. Feel free to bring your own skates or borrow a pair from the Community Center. Toy skates are not allowed.

photo: Skate Tiffany’s – Roller Skating & Family Fun Center Facebook page

Skate Tiffany’s: Roller Skating & Family Fun Center

Formerly known as Tiffany’s Skate Inn, this awesome rolling skating center features the state’s largest skating surface, new redemption game room and a snack bar that is a step up from others serving pizza, chicken wings and more to hungry skaters of all ages. Psst…if you have time, check out their outdoor mini golf course, too!

Open skate session times are as follows:
Tuesdays from 5 p.m.–8 p.m.($2)
Thursdays from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. ($7)
Fridays from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. ($7)
Saturdays from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. ($7)
Sundays from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. ($7)

Skate Tiffany’s Roller Skating & Family Fun Center
1113 N. Meridian
Puyallup, WA 98371
253-848-1153
Online: skatetiffanys.com

Rental Fees: $7-$10. View skate schedule for current prices.

—Jeffrey Totey & Allison Rasmussen

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