The 2014 Winter Olympics concluded a few weeks ago, and one of the most popular events is the figure skating. While watching these amazingly talented athletes, you can’t help but think “They make ice skating look so easy.” And while that is part of the beauty of the sport, skating is easy for these Olympians. In most cases, they began skating on the ice at only 3 years old (or sometime around then). Starting that young makes skating second nature to them. They are completely comfortable on the ice, and skating comes just as easily as walking. The same “start them young” concept applies to roller skating as well.
Although you may not be training a future Olympians, if you want your kids to take to skating with ease and confidence, you have to start them young. We’ve seen skaters as young as 2 on the rink before. Basically, as long as they are walking without difficulty, you can introduce them to skates. There are tools to help make the transition from walking to skating as smooth as possible, including skates that attach to the shoes and skate mates. Skate mates (pictured to the left) help keep your young skater balanced by giving him/her something to hold on to while skating, and we have them available at our Texas roller rinks on a first-come, first-served basis for $3.
Every week, we provide the perfect setting for you to introduce your young kids to skating with our ‘Lil Bit Skate. The ‘Lil Bit Skate takes place Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon at both Skate Ranch and Skate-O-Rama, and it is restricted to kids 11 years old and younger, plus their families. The rinks will be filled with kids the same age and the same skate level as your own, so you don’t have to worry about big kids going too fast or weaving around your young skater. Admission is only $3 for the ‘Lil Bit Skate, and your Kids Skate Free passes are valid during this time.
If you have any questions about the best methods for introducing your young toddler to skating, please do not hesitate to contact us and we would be delighted to help.