Updated March 2017
This post has me humming Pat Benatar. Yep, I’m that old.
Roller skating is good exercise and good family fun. It can get spendy if you’re not careful, but I’ve got tips for how you can keep this outing affordable.
Your kids can’t skate? Did you know you can have the wheels tightened? Just take them over to the rental counter and have those puppies tightened until they turn into, well…..shoes. Your little one will clomp all around the rink and tell you what a great skater she is!
All these rinks also offer birthday parties, classes (not a bad idea if you don’t live near sidewalks), punch cards for frequent rollers, questionable snacks, and that certain roller rink smell. PS Lately, lots of these rinks have been on Groupon, so check there before you go.
South Sound Roller Rinks
Rollin 253 Tacoma Fircrest This is the rink that used to be Wheelz. It’s under new management by local skating fans.
Pattison’s West- Federal Way Pattison’s is semi famous as the rink where Olympian Apollo Ohno got his start. It’s an old school rink with wooden floors. Family Night is their best deal.
Tiffany’s Skate Inn Puyallup Another wooden rink with a fun family atmosphere. 2.00 Tuesdays and kids skate free during the summer. Lots of specials offered via their fb page or email list.
Auburn Skate A great, old-school rink where the owner prides himself on keeping the atmosphere family friendly Their best deal looks to be Tiny Tots. Kids 8 and under get in for 4.00 with free skate rental and parents are free. They also offer a Cheap Skate night on Tuesdays when 4.50 gets you admission and skate rental. You can save a buck by bringing your own, or spend two dollars more for rollerblades. Saturday and Sunday family nights aren’t a bad deal either, although I’m not sure I want to eat pizza at any roller rink.
Know a good one I missed? Let me know!