The latest update for this article is written by Lindsay Podolak.
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. Luckily, 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. 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 and activities as well as disco lighting. Special themed events such as Character, Throwback, Blackout or Caribbean Skate Night are held from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm every Wednesday. They also have open skate times scheduled throughout the week. Lessons for children and birthday parties are available at the space too.
Why I like it: Adult Skate Night is every Sunday night from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am, so get a sitter and leave the kids at home!
More info: www.unitedskates.com or call 973-482-8900
Deptford Skating Center
Location: 510 Deptford Avenue, Westville
Details: Bring the whole family to this 15,000-square-foot rink which can hold more than 350 skaters at one time. The kids can’t complain they’re bored at this facility, which houses an arcade, indoor jungle gym and inflatables, as well as a 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.
Why I like it: Hammonton Skating Center is this rink’s sister facility, located 25 miles away but with all the same fun activities!
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 pm to 7:30 pm.
Why I like it: If you have a large group or a special occasion, rent the entire rink out for an hour and a half-long party. This option starts at $350 for a group of 25 skaters, with skate rentals included.
More info: www.florhamparkrollerrink.com or call 973-377-0465
Frenchtown Roller Rink
Location: 2995 State Highway 29, Frenchtown
Details: This is one rink that loves to party! Whether it’s the Spooky Skate Halloween party or a day of skating with Santa in December, there’s always something fun happening at this spot. Parents receive free admission when coming with children and the facility always has extra skating hours when it’s a school holiday. You can also host your event or party here and lessons are available upon request.
Why I like it: When skating isn’t in session, the rink hosts group fitness classes on Tuesday and Friday mornings. Check the Facebook page for updates!
More info: www.frenchtownrollerrink.com or call 908-996-6313
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. You can also 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 pm to 9:00 pm – it’s just $4 per person for admission and $3 for skate rentals. Throw your kid’s birthday party here on select afternoons and evenings.
Why I like it: When school’s out in New Jersey, skating’s in! Holiday Skating & Fun Center frequently hosts special discounted skate sessions on school holidays, so be sure to check the website.
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 Tuesdays from 10:00 am to noon, drop in on the Tykes Tuesday classes, perfect for children ages 3-6. Visit on Friday nights to enjoy a pizza buffet from 5:30 to 8:00 pm, along with skating and jump time on their inflatables.
Why I like it: Newly open is the Tiny Tykes Town area, an imaginary play town for children under 4 years old and a great place to occupy siblings who are too young to go skating!
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 a 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 out, 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.
Why I like it: You can’t beat the price of $3 admission for Family Skate Nights.
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. Family Skate Night on Mondays are the perfect way to spend a weekday night. Pay $18.95 for a pizza, drinks and game tokens. Kids can also play one of the arcade’s 20 games, where they can earn tickets and win prizes. Additionally, the rink holds a summer skate camp and can host a private party for your child, school, sports team or Scout troop.
Why I like it: Check the schedule online to find out all the discount admission times, from $0.50 Monday nights to Dollar Days on Wednesdays and Fridays (skate rental is extra).
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 and backwards. They’ll also 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 pm to 10:00 pm, Skate 2000 also hosts All You Can Eat Pizza Night. Additionally, visit on Thursdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm for their weekly Family Discount Night.
Why I like it: Take the Saturday morning skating lesson for just $8 and skate the rest of the morning for free!
More info: www.sk82000.com or call 856-459-3666
South Amboy Arena
Location: 270 N. Stevens Avenue, South Amboy
Details: Like its sister facility, Jackson Skating Center, the South Amboy roller rink has a large maplewood floor and a full service snack bar as well as a skate shop. An extensive Learn to Skate program has eight different skill levels, so all students will be placed appropriately. Classes are held Wednesday nights from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm for six weeks and include 30 minutes of instruction and 30 minutes of practice.
Why I like it: Host a birthday party here and all you’ll have to bring is the cake – South Amboy Arena takes care of the food, drinks, invites, balloons and paper goods.
More info: www.sk8rollermagic.com or call 732-727-1122
Young’s Skating Center
Location: 763 Park Road, Mays Landing
Details: Young’s Skating Center has all the traditional roller rink offerings, such as public skate sessions, lessons, birthday parties, family nights. Plus, there’s also a roller hockey league! Boys and girls under the age of 12 can join the league and have ten weeks of instruction, scrimmaging and real games…culminating in playoffs and a championship match.
Why I like it: Kinderskate For Tots sessions, held every Wednesday from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm, allow little kids to experience the joy of skating in a slower, safe environment without lots of big kids around.
More info: www.youngsskatingcenter.com or call 609-625-1191