Do you have fond memories of Friday evenings spent socializing and skating at the local roller rink with your favorite tunes blasting in the background? A staple of the 1980s, roller skating doesn’t just have to be a memory of your youth. New Jersey is home to several wonderful skating rinks that keep the tradition alive.
Roller skating is a fun and healthy activity the whole family can enjoy. And kids can’t complain—they can listen to music and hang out with friends. Check out one of the state’s top roller skating rinks on your next family fun night.
Branch Brook Park Roller Skating Center
Location: 7th Avenue and Clifton Avenue, Newark
Details: One of the largest facilities in the tri-state area, this center holds up to 1,000 people at each skate session, coming alive with music, activities and disco lighting. Special theme events like Character, Throwback, Blackout or Caribbean Skate Night are held from 6:00 to 9:00 pm every Wednesday. They have open skate times scheduled throughout the week. Lessons for children and birthday parties are available at the space too.
More info: www.unitedskates.com or call 963-482-8900
Deptford Skating Center
Location: 510 Deptford Avenue, Westville
Details: Bring the whole family to this 15,000-square-foot rink which can hold over 350 skaters at one time. The kids can’t complain they’re bored at this facility, which houses an arcade, indoor jungle gym, inflatables, café and ice cream shop. Learn to Skate programs are offered on Thursday evenings or Saturday mornings. Kids will learn basic skating etiquette and participate in fun games at the end of each lesson. They’ll also gain admission to the skating session after the class. Check out their skate shop for new skates, bags and accessories.
More info: www.dscdeptford.com or call 856-845-7353
Florham Park Roller Rink
Location: 192 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park
Details: This classic old-school roller skating rink will definitely remind parents of their youth. Learn to skate with pay-as-you-go, come-as-you-can group lessons, which are held every Saturday morning. For one-on-one attention, they also offer private lessons. Want to throw a unique event? Host a Pajama Party at the rink. Partygoers wear their PJs on the first and third Friday of every month from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
More info: www.florhamparkrollerrink.com or call 973-377-0465
Holiday Skating & Fun Center
Location: 1775 Creek Road, Delanco
Details: Skate on the center’s maple floor as you listen to today’s tunes or live organ music. Then have plenty of fun at the arcade’s video games and air hockey table. Watch the day’s games on the large, flat screen TVs and take advantage of the free Wi-Fi. Family Fun Night is held every Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. Throw your kid’s birthday party here on select afternoons and evenings.
More info: www.holidayskatingcenter.com or call 856-461-3770
ISC Mount Laurel
Location: 1 Hovtech Boulevard, Mt. Laurel
Details: Hit up this 12,000-square-foot rink where more than 350 people can skate at one time. Then play some traditional arcade games and redeem your tickets for prizes at the Stuff Shop. On Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, drop in on the Learn to Skate classes, perfect for children 6 and under. Visit on Friday nights to enjoy a pizza buffet from 6:00 to 8:30 pm, along with skating and jump time on their inflatables.
More info: www.iscmtlaurel.com or call 856-273-2828
Jackson Skating Center
Location: 2270 West County Line Road, Jackson
Details: Jackson boasts a large maplewood floor, special effects lighting and powerful sound system. Hit up the full-service snack bar or test your luck in the arcade area. Their Learn to Skate program caters to beginners just starting on, as well as experts seeking to perfect their double bunny hop. Stop by every Wednesday night from 6:30 to 9:00 pm for their Family Skate Night.
More info: www.sk8rollermagic.com or call 732-363-2222
Millennium Skate World
Location: 1900 Carman Street, Camden
Details: Take advantage of beginner lessons and skate mates to help ease the learning curve. On the first Thursday of every month, Millennium hosts a Bounce and Skate from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The $6 price includes admission, skate rental and bounce house access. Fuel your skaters with some snacks from the Roller Café. Kids can also play one of the arcade’s 20 games, where they can earn tickets and win prizes. The rink holds a summer skate camp and can host a private party for your child, school, sports team or Scout troop.
More info: www.unitedskates.com or call 856-757-9460
Skate 2000 Family Fun Center
Location: 1748 South Burlington Road, Bridgeton
Details: Want your child to learn how to skate better? Take advantage of the lessons here that help kids skate faster, backwards and even learn some new tricks to show off to their friends. Lessons are held every Saturday morning for an hour. On Friday nights from 7:30 to 10:00 pm, Skate 2000 hosts All You Can Eat Pizza Night. And visit on Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:00 pm for their weekly Family Discount Night.
More info: www.sk82000.com or call 856-459-3666