Wheel Adventures: Where to Skate, Scoot & Ride Indoors

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If the winter weather has your little speed demons missing their sidewalk capers, fear not! Whether your kiddo likes to roller skate or prefers their scooter, we’ve rounded up the best rinks in the DMV that offer perks like toddler-friendly times with ride-on toys, family-fun hours and special pricing. Read on to find out where to get your skate (or scoot, or wheel) on.

photo: Caroline Hernandez via Unsplash 

BYO Ride-On Toys

Kiddos under age 5 aren’t always ready for skates, so check out these options for bringing their favorite ride-on toys (trikes, push-pedal cars, etc.) that let them get in on the action.

Cavalier Family Skating
Bring the tots and their favorite ride-on to Cavalier Family Skating on Wednesdays from 10 a.m.–noon for Stroll & Roll. Let them roll around the floor on their own toys, burn up some energy, and then head home for lunch and a nap.

Cavalier Family Skating
1924 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Stafford Va,
Online: cavalierfamilyskating.com

Skate-N-Fun Zone
Skate-N-Fun Zone offers Tot Skate from 10 a.m – noon every Friday. Bring your own riding toy and spin out on the smooth polished floor. If they get bored with the wheel fun, there’s also a tiny tot play area they can enjoy.

Skate-N-Fun Zone
7878 Sudley Rd.
Manassas, VA
Online: skatenfunzone.com

photo: Flickr


Rock-and-Roller Skate

For kids ages 5 & up, add a little extra sparkle to the idea of skating with these experiences.

Temple Hills Skating Palace
Temple Hills offers their Lit Saturday-Glow Night, where every Saturday night you can wear glow-in-the-dark clothing and skates. Listen to Hip Hop and R&B tunes as you enjoy the glowing fashion and glide around the floor.

Temple Hills Skating Palace
3132 Branch Ave.
Temple Hills, MD
Online: unitedskates.com

Lanham Skate Center
Lanham Skate Center offers Family Fun Night on the first, second, and fourth Thursday of each month. Admission to Family Fun Night is just $5 per person, plus $5 skate rental. It’s a great way to get some quality family time!

Lanham Skate Center
9901 Lanham Severn Rd.
Lanham, MD
Online: lanhamskatecenter.com

Skate Zone
It’s worth the drive to this roller rink in Crofton, MD on Friday nights to take advantage of skating under the black lights. It’s a unique experience that kids will love and will take you back to your high school days. While you’re there, take advantage of their Family Pack: 4 admissions, 4 skate rentals, a pizza and pitcher of soda, and 20 game tokens all for $57.99. Regular admission and skate rental runs $13.50/person, so this is a huge savings!

Skate Zone
10852 Route 3 South
Crofton, MD
Online: sk8zone.com

photo: Urban Air Adventure Park-Plymouth via Yelp

Extreme Speed

For those kiddos ages 6 & up who love to zoom faster than the speed of light, these adventures are the perfect fit.

Autobahn Indoor Speedway
With three locations in the DMV, this European-style indoor go-karting experience will let your speedster get up to speeds of 50 mph! Never fear, though, because the Italian-style go-karts also come with four-point safety harnesses and dual-disc brakes for superior braking to ensure top-knotch safety for every driver.

Autobahn Indoor Speedway
45448 East Severn Way
Sterling, VA

8300 Sudley Rd.
Manassas, VA

8251 Preston Crt.
Jessup, MD
Online: autobahnspeed.com

photo: Bob Dmyt via Pixabay

Worth-the-Drive: Go Skate Skateboarding Lessons
If you have a mini-Tony Hawk on your hands, this skateboarding boot camp is worth the drive to Richmond, VA. In a 7-day boot camp, the trainers at Go Skate will teach your tiny skater how to ride and push, position their feet, turn, stay steady on a downhill slope, and all the safety techniques they need to know. Your kiddo will come out of this camp feeling like a pro!

Bonus: they work with kids ages 4 & up, and they can come to you!

Various locations
Online: goskate.com

Adventure Park USA Spin Zone
Bring out the whole family’s competitive side with the Spin Zone Bumper Cars at Adventure Park USA. You might not build up much speed, but the whirling lights will make you feel like you’re moving at warp speed. Bump, spin and crash into each other and enjoy the time bonding.

Adventure Park USA
11113 West Baldwin Rd.
Monrovia, MD
Online: adventureparkusa.com

—Meghan Yudes Meyers and Wendy Miller

featured image: Alexander Belyaev via Pixabay


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