Happy Thanksgiving from Funcity Sk8!

The Thanksgiving holidays have finally arrived! We know kids are bounding with energy this week, while their parents try to keep up with their enthusiasm over the school break. But there are a million different reasons to be grateful this week. Here are a few of our favorites.

Why Funcity Sk8 is Thankful this Week

  1. thanksgiving scheduleA week of rest and relaxation. For some people that means calling in the calvary while you tackle a 20 lb turkey. For others that means exploring a new hiking trail with your kids. For the Funcity Sk8 team, R&R means enjoying all the exciting moments at our family fun center this holiday season. We love seeing smiles light up kids’ faces when they come skating with their families. If you’re looking for a fun family activity to keep the kids off the couch, don’t miss our Thanksgiving week skate events.
  2. The Webster community. We’re forever grateful that our jobs mean sharing awesome memories with our neighbors in Webster. Nothing beats seeing families skate their favorite cheap skating night for the fifth week in a row, watching a new skater master his wheels for the first time, or meeting new members of the Webster community as they discover our wholesome skate and laser tag center.
  3. Our friends and family. We love the people who stand by us every day. Our facility is closed Thanksgiving day so that our staff can celebrate the holidays with the people they love. After they soak up the good feelings and silly stories of their holiday crew, they’ll return with festive energy to spare!

Happy Thanksgiving, Webster!

3 Reasons to Love Skating this Thanksgiving

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Sometimes we need to take a step back and remember the meaning of the season. No, it’s not the tastiest turkey and the cleanest guest rooms. It’s giving thanks for the people you love. This holiday season, reinvest in the people around you. Ready for a day of play with your favorite people? Here are 3 reasons to love Thanksgiving skating at Funcity Sk8 and Play!

3 Reasons to Love Holiday Skating

  1. families skatingCheap entertainment. You have a house full of visiting relatives. You’re busy cooking, cleaning, and keeping your nieces and nephews from burning down the house. Those kids, however, are going stir crazy. What to do? Don’t shell out hundreds of bucks for meaningless entertainment. Take advantage of great deals at your favorite Webster family fun center. We have a whole week of family-friendly fun. Don’t miss Monday-Wednesday Skate and Play, Tuesday Dollar Night, weekend laser tag, and Saturday Adult Night BYOB.
  2. It’s great exercise. Feeling stuffed from that Thanksgiving stuffing? Play the calories away with Friday Night Skate and Laser tag. Roller-skating is excellent exercise. Not only does it work the legs, glutes, obliques, and core, it’s an excellent cardiovascular workout. And it’s easy on the joints, too! Stop stressing about getting a holiday gut. Skating is so much fun, you won’t even realize you’re working out!
  3. It’s a bonding activity. One of the things we love about skating is that it’s great for any age. Kids love wheeling around the rink to their favorite top 40’s, while their parents, grandparents, and other relatives enjoy the low-key skating that reminds them of their own childhoods. Skating is timeless, just like the Thanksgiving spirit!

Invest in the things that truly matter this Thanksgiving. Cherish time spent with the people you love with a day of play at Funcity Sk8.

Skating Families Image from Flickr

Giving Thanks for Holiday Fun

thanksgiving familyThe holidays are always hopping at Funcity Sk8! We know there’s a lot on your Thanksgiving plate. Moms wind up with a to-do list a mile long, struggling to cook and clean, strategize for Black Friday, and keep the kids busy before out-of-town guests arrive. We’re here to make life easier for families in Webster this Thanksgiving. Get the kids out of the house, entertain visiting relatives, or simply cut loose for a few hours at Funcity Sk8’s Thanksgiving skate days.

Thanksgiving Skate and Play

The kids are out of school, but you still haven’t bought the turkey, cleaned the guest linens, or found your great-grandmother’s sweet potato pie recipe. What to do? Keep kids active (and out from underfoot) with school break skating at Funcity. We have all day Skate and Play events the week of Thanksgiving, giving parents a break and kids a fun day of play! Enjoy unlimited skating from 11am-1pm for just $8. Do your kids love laser tag? Add a game for just $2. You don’t even need to worry about lunch! Come before noon, and your kids will get a FREE slice of pizza and soda with paid admission.

Tuesday Dollar Night

It may be the holidays, but your favorite activities are still around. Don’t miss an extended night of cheap skating and priceless fun from 6-10pm on Tuesday the 24th. Dollar Night means $1 admit, $1 pizza, $1 drinks, and $3 laser tag games.

Thanksgiving

Just like you, we want to spend Turkey Day with our families. Funcity Sk8 and Play is closed Thanksgiving Day. But don’t worry: we’ll be back Friday for a weekend of fun family events.

Weekend Skating Fun

Need to entertain visiting guests now that the holiday festivities are done? We have a full weekend of holiday skate events for the whole (extended) family! Don’t miss:

  • Friday Night Skate and Laser Tag (7-11:30pm)
  • Saturday Skate and Laser Tag (1-9pm)
  • Saturday Adult Night BYOB (9:30pm-12am)
  • Sunday Skate and Laser Tag (1:30-5pm)
  • Sunday Advance Skate Night (8pm-12am)

To learn more about holiday family activities in Webster, call Funcity Sk8 and Play.

The Perfect Skate, the Perfect Present

roller-skating houstonThe holidays are almost upon us. Across the country, families plan for out-of-town guests, parents scour the stores for presents, and kids start scribbling additions to their Christmas lists. If you’re looking for a great gift, look no further than Funcity Sk8 and Play. Roller-skates are fun, affordable, and encourage physical activity. If you’re looking for a present that’s kid loved and parent approved, buy roller-skates as a holiday gift.

Roller-Skate Christmas Presents

There are as many kinds of skates as there are skaters. Parents can customize the wheels, bearings, boot type, and brakes for each child. That’s before you get to the fun stuff like color, sparkle, and print. But with so many options, how can you be sure to choose the right roller-skate?

  • Jam skates have a unique low-cut boot design and lack a toe stop, making it easy for jam skaters to stay on beat. The boot has a lightweight frame that prioritizes agility over speed, giving jam skaters the mobility they need to show off their wheeled dance moves without risking injury.
  • Speed skates do just what you’d expect: give skaters the ability to race on skates. While many people think “inline” when they imagine speed skates, they’re available in quad form as well. Speed skates fit closely to the foot and have little padding, giving the skaters greater control. They feature a toe stop for easy braking and lightweight plates to reduce fatigue for racers.
  • Derby skates feature a low-cut boot design, additional padding, and a combination of laces and velcro to keep the foot properly placed during roller-derby competitions. To learn more about roller-derby, ask our team about local competitions and derby leagues.

The holidays will be here before you know it! Keep an eye on Funcity Sk8’s Facebook page for Black Friday skate sales and other holiday promotions.

Out of School Fun

We’re reaching the point in the school year when things get hectic. The rush of meeting new teachers and catching up with old classmates has worn off, leaving kids ready for winter break. Parents plan fall and winter holidays around homework, sports teams, and other school events. We want to get kids excited again! Don’t miss these opportunities for kids to get active and have a blast at Funcity Sk8 and Play.

Out of School Skate

There’s nothing kids love more than school holidays. We’re taking a good thing and making it great with Funcity’s School Holiday Skate! School’s out on November 3rd, and we’re making the most of it. Grab your best friends and skate 11am-4pm! Here’s what you need to know:

  • FREE pizza slice and 16oz drink with paid admission before noon
  • $8 unlimited skating
  • $10 unlimited skating + 1 game of laser tag
  • Skate rentals $3.50

Home School Skate

homeschool skateDo you find it hard to keep your home schoolers motivated? Want to implement a social program without losing valuable education time? Need to get the kids involved in physical fitness? Don’t miss Home School Skate every 2nd Wednesday of the month! Skating is a great way for homeschool students to shake stress, meet new friends, and stay active. Teach kids about the science of motion and gravity, educate them about the different muscles they use roller-skating, and tell them about the benefits of regular physical activity. It’s just $5 to skate from 1-4pm. Upcoming dates:

  • November 11th, 2015
  • December 9th, 2015
  • January 13th, 2016
  • February 10th, 2016
  • March 9th, 2016
  • April 13th, 2016

At Funcity Sk8, we engage kids in Webster with physical fitness, wholesome fun, and opportunities to learn as they play. To learn more, call our Webster family fun center.

All Dressed Up and Ready to Skate

kids halloween costumeSpooky skating rolls into Funcity this Halloween weekend. From Friday Fright Night to Spooktacular Saturday, it’s going to be nonstop games, prizes, costume contests, and creepy crawly fun. But it wouldn’t be Halloween without some killer costumes. Get inspired by easy Halloween costumes you can create right in your own home.

Easy Halloween Costume DIYs

  • Scarecrow. Looking for a classic Halloween costume that will knock everyone’s socks off? Wear an oversized flannel shirt and patched jeans, stuff the extra space with plastic bags, and tie pieces of rope around your ankles, wrists, and waist. Stuff bits of straw through button holes and around your wrists and ankles. Ready to really go for it? Paint a triangle on your nose, rosy circles on your cheeks, and a bright smile on your mouth. Grab a straw hat and you’re good to go!
  • Throwback Rock Star. Snag a grunge, neon, or metal t-shirt from the closet. Wear ripped up jeans. Grab a fake guitar, and style your hair for the appropriate decade (friz is always a rock star winner). Congrats, you’re ready to rock!
  • Throwback Anything. Raid the attic. Don’t worry, we won’t tell.
  • Rubik’s Cube. Cut arm, leg, and head holes into a cardboard box. Paint brightly colored squares at random, and pair it with snug, black clothing.
  • Bubble bath. Wear a skin colored shirt and leggings. Blow up white balloons and put them in a clear plastic bag to wear around your waist. Wear bathroom slippers, grab a scrub brush, and throw a towel over your shoulder. For extra fun, practice your most surprised, “get out of here!” expression in the mirror.
  • Princess. You don’t have to go all out to be gorgeous. Wear your favorite dress, make a tiara out of tin foil, and you’re ready to rule.

You’re all dressed up . . . now find somewhere to go! Enter the Funcity Sk8 costume contests during both of our Halloween weekend skate events.

Halloween Costume Image from Flickr

Get Ready for a Ghostly, Ghoulish Halloween Weekend!

Do you hear that ghostly wail on the wind? Creepy creatures are crawling into Webster for Funcity’s frightful Halloween-fest events. Prepare, if you dare, for the freakiest fun in the great state of Texas. Funcity Sk8’s Spooktacular Halloween weekend.

Fright Night

Are your innards itching to get out? Do you aspire to life as a witch toiling over her cauldron? Is the Ghostbuster gear right up your alley? Don’t miss a frightful night of spooky haunts at Funcity Sk8 and Play! We have ghoulish games, crazy costume contests, and spooky skating for teens and families. Fright Night is coming!

  • Prizes for the funniest, scariest, and cutest (kids 7 and younger) costume
  • Classic Halloween tunes like “Thriller”
  • Haunted laser tag maze

Win a FREE pair of roller-skates, free skating passes, All Night Passes for the New Year’s Lock-in, and much, much more. Don’t miss Fright Night on Friday, October 30th from 7-10:30pm.

Spooktacular Saturday

spooktacular saturdayTrick or treat! Get your kids off the streets to enjoy their Halloween goodies. Our Spooktacular Saturday skate party is the perfect Halloween event for Webster families. Save $3 off admission when you come in costume. Then get ready for one fun afternoon! Kids will participate in a costume contest, candy scramble, and more. We’ll have snacks, prizes, and plenty of fun for the whole family. Don’t miss Spooktacular Saturday, this Halloween from 1-6pm!

At Funcity Sk8, we’re in the business of family fun. Our events are kid-ready and parent-approved, giving everyone a dose of safe spooks and fun frights this Halloween. To learn more about holiday skating, call our Webster family fun center.

3 Reasons to Love National Roller-Skating Month

It’s our favorite time of the year. Not only do we get to celebrate Halloween this month, the powers that be have also dedicated October to a celebration of all things roller-skates. It’s National Roller-Skating month! Why should you celebrate?

3 Reasons to Celebrate National Roller-Skating Month

  1. roller skate rentalsSkating is fun. After all, there’s a reason it’s been popular for over a century. And now roller-skating is more fun than ever. With skating parties, top 40’s, and fun games like skate limbo to keep you occupied, you won’t even need laser tag (but we can’t deny that CROSSFIRE takes Friday night skating to a whole new level). Try out new tricks, jump into the world of jam skating, or take it easy as you glide around the rink. As long as you’re safe, there’s no wrong way to skate!
  2. It builds the community. Funcity Sk8 and Play is kid and parent approved. With fun seasonal events like the New Year’s lock-in, kids have the opportunity to explore their independence under the watchful eye of our staff. Whether they’re skating all night with their peers or rocking and rolling on the weekend with their family, skating is a great way for kids and teens to develop strong, healthy relationships. After all, quality time + fun and games = one unbeatable bonding experience.
  3. It’s great for your health. It’s hard to stay healthy. Too often exercise feels like another (torturous) checkbox on your daily to-do list. Roller-skating helps kids, adults, and families stay active while having a blast. It builds muscles in the legs, glutes, abs, and even arms while providing an excellent cardiovascular workout. Not only that, but it’s also easy on the joints! No wonder experts list roller-skating as a top workout for cardiovascular health.

Ready to rock n’ roll? Tell us why you love skating when you visit Funcity Sk8 for National Roller-Skating month.

Frightful Fun at Funcity Sk8

Can you feel that chill in the air? The season of spooky specters and ghoulish ghosts has finally arrived. Fright Night brings freaky fun to Funcity Sk8. Are you prepared to face your doom?

Fright Night Skate

halloween skate eventAre you a distressed damsel, a hunter of the undead, or a freaky fiend from the other side? Show off your spooky skating style at Fright Night, the scariest Halloween event in Webster. Our night of freaky fun features games, contests, and prizes for skaters of all ages.

  • Friday, October 30th from 7-11:30pm
  • Admission $8
  • Skate rentals $3.50
  • Laser tag $5 single game, $8 unlimited
  • $12 bundle includes unlimited skating, a game of laser tag, a slice of pizza, and a 16oz drink

Halloween Fun for Kids in Webster

Are you daring enough to gear up? Brave the day of the undead with our spooktacular haunted laser maze. Face off against friends and foes as spirits from beyond invade Funcity Sk8. Play a single game or test your sharpshooting skills in battle after battle with the forces of the undead. Just don’t miss our costume contest at 9:30. We’re handing out incredible prizes like a brand new pair of roller-skates ($130 value), All Night Skate passes for the New Year’s Lock-in, free skating passes, and more! We’ll announce winners for:

  • The funniest costume
  • The scariest costume
  • The cutest costume (kids 7 and younger)

What will you do when the undead walk the earth? Strap on your skates and show them who’s boss! We’ll see you at Fright Night on October 30th at Funcity Sk8.

Teach Kids to Be Happy and Healthy

Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic in America. Every day kids become less active, less healthy, and more likely to develop adult health issues like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness month, a campaign to educate America about the dangers of childhood obesity and how to prevent it.

How can you help kids get healthy?

Healthier Snack Options for Kids

It’s okay for kids to enjoy their favorite foods, but they need to learn how to balance their nutrition. Instead of loading up on 4 slices of pizza every time you skate, switch it up with a chicken sandwich, boneless wings, and snacks like fried pickles. Love skating? Your kids are probably burning off the extra calories anyway, but teach them the value of eating protein and other essential nutrients. Eating healthy carries through to the days when there’s less time for physical activity.

Keep Houston Kids Active

boy roller skatingThe best way to prevent disease is to keep kids active. And how do you do that? By teaching them that exercise is fun! Instead of sending them on laps around the neighborhood, bring them to Funcity Sk8 for our almost daily skating sessions. Not only is roller-skating an excellent cardiovascular workout, it helps build muscles all over. Not just in kids’ legs, but also in their glutes, obliques, abs, and even arms! Want to teach your kids the value of lifelong fitness? Join in the fun!

Do your part to overcome the childhood obesity epidemic. Get moving with roller-skating events for Houston families this fall.