File this one under what’s old is cool again. I know this isn’t a birthday-party blog, but our latest outing just happened to be the twins’ 6th birthday party at one of their most favorite places in town — Semoran Skateway in Casselberry.
We embraced the “retro-ness” of the skating rink and threw a roller-disco 1970s-themed party complete with rainbows and sparkles, Elvis sunglasses, and puffy fake mustaches. But even if it’s not anyone’s birthday, Semoran Skateway is a great way to be active on a hot summer day or have a night of family fun.
This skating rink has been around since 1978 (one party guest’s mom even recalled rocking and rolling here when she was a kid), and they’ve gotten everything down to a science — from doing the “Hokey Pokey” and the “Electric Slide” to keeping everything clean and organized despite being overrun with children on a daily basis (and, really, who among us can say that!?).
We skated during the Tiny Tot/Pre-teen session from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Kids under 13 (no teens allowed!) skate for just $7.50, and parents with a skating kid can roll for just $3.50. There’s also $5 family night from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays ($6 for each skater). Non-skating parents are always free. Personally, I avoid the more crowded public skating sessions since it’s easier to lose sight of small children. (More skating times here.)
Many of our young guests were new skaters and spent the bulk of the hour-and-half roll time getting their “skate legs” on the beginner rink located in the back while parents kept a watchful eye nearby. A few graduated to the rail-less “grown-up” rink before heading back to party room. Something about the skateway seemed to bring out parents’ inner child, and even the twins’ grandpa rocked a pair of skates.
Our party went off without a hitch — a skate-rink hostess helped set up, served pizza, beverages and the cakes we brought from home, and then cleaned up behind us. She even bagged up all the birthday gifts for us. We just grabbed our stuff and hit the road. (Birthday party info is here.)
And everyone left happy. Bruised and tired, but happy.
If you go: Pack socks. I didn’t, and that little mistake cost me $3. You can use credit and debit cards for admission, but there’s a small discount if you pay cash. Also, the snack bar is cash only. There’s an ATM in the lobby, but you know about those fees … Address: 2670 Cassel Creek Blvd. Casselberry. Phone: 407-834-9106
Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for this review.