Winter weather always has us looking for cheap thrills to entertain the tots. Double up on those socks and lace up your skates as Atlanta offers some old-school roller rinks that serve up skating with a side of soul. Be sure to hit these spots during less crowded times as there are some serious skaters in town who like to rule the rink during the “adult-only” skates. Not a pro? No worries. Hit the rink during a family skate and just roll with it.


Cascade Family Skating
You might recognize this skate spot from the movie ATL. The regulars like to come out and boogie to the beat as the live DJ spins Hip Hop and Gospel tunes, but the rink can get busy so go during off hours. Enjoy discounted entrance on family nights Monday from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday 7:30 to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m.

Address: 3335 Martin Luther King Jr Dr. SW
Phone: 404-699-9559


Golden Glide
Described as “Soul Train on skates,” the Golden Glide is an old-school spot that you have to see to believe. The serious pros like to rule the rink here so plan to come during off hours if you need some space to skate with your littles.
Address: 2750 Wesley Chapel Rd., Decatur
Phone: 404-288-7773


Sparkles Family Fun Center
Check their monthly schedule online for family-friendly programs like the Tiny Tots sessions designed for parents to bring their pre-school aged children and younger out to skate or ride on their push toys. Or, sign up for skate lessons through Skates Out which offers youth lessons for ages 5 and up on Saturdays from 1:15-2:15 p.m.

Address: 666 Smyrna Hill Dr., Smyrna
Phone: 770-432-6222


Alpharetta Family Skate Center
This chill spot offers both ice and roller skating for a steal. $6 buys you 2 hours of ice skating, or register for their six-week Learn to Roller Skate program offered for ages 4 years to adult.

Address: 10800 Davis Dr., Alpharetta
Phone: 770-649-6600


Where does your family like to roll? Have you given skating a spin in Atlanta? Tell us about it below!

—Phebe Wahl

Photos courtesy of Creative Commons via FlickrCascade Family Skating, Golden Glide and The Cooler Rink via Facebook