When the weather outside is frightful, whether too hot or too cold, a great indoor activity to get the kids moving is roller skating. Atlanta has several roller skating rinks located throughout the metro area, so if you are thinking where is a skating rink near me, we’ve got you covered.
It was called Starlight Arena. My friend Gina had a royal blue corduroy jacket with the name emblazoned on the back. It made her look like a regular at the skate rink. I was hoping for the same effect with my snow-white skates. The worn grey rentals with the scuffed orange wheels seemed to say, “I’m new here so watch out, I may knock you down.”
It may seem like a blast from the past, but kids still love roller-skating. Atlanta residents may ask where are skating rinks near me? Well, here are several. Got a favorite? Let us know.
Sparkles Skating Rink
Sparkles has several skating rinks on the North side of Atlanta. There is Sparkles Kennesaw, Sparkles Smyrna, Sparkles Hiram and Sparkles Gwinnett. All Sparkles skating locations have public roller skating sessions. The Sparkles Smyrna and Sparkles Gwinnett locations also have adults only skate nights.
In addition to skating, all the locations offer other activities, such as an indoor multi-level, soft and bouncy playground, and an arcade. All locations with the exception of Sparkles Gwinnet offer an awesome program called Tiny Tots where preK age children and younger can bring their favorite ride-on toy to tool around the rink.
All locations, with the exception of Sparkels Smyrna also offer laser tag for the older kids. For coupons, and special events, visit each location’s website. The Frozen and Star Wars nights at Hiram and Kennesaw look pretty cool. Bonus for parents, there is free wi-fi, so you can do a little work while the kids roller skate.
Sparkles Smyrna: 666 Smyrna Hill Dr, Smyrna, GA 30082 | (770) 432-6222
Sparkles Gwinnett: 1104 Grayson Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30045 | (770) 824-3397
Sparkles Kennesaw: 1000 McCollum Pkwy NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144 | (770) 428-3941
Sparkles Hiram: 4054 Jimmy Lee Smith Pkwy, Hiram, GA 30141 | (770) 943-4446
6766 Mt Zion Blvd, Morrow, GA 30260 | (770) 960-1400
Take some roller skating lessons here from Bill Butler, the same teacher who taught Cher and Olivia Newton John, plus choreographed the majority of routines for Roll Bounce, a roller skating film from 2005. Use your new skills on family night, or show off at the teen skate night.
The Cooler, Alpharetta
10800 Davis Dr, Alpharetta, GA 30004 | (770) 649-6600
The Cooler, Alpharetta is best know for it’s ice skating rinks, but it also has roller skating rinks, s well as youth and adult roller hockey leagues, as well as public roller skating sessions.
Cascade Skating Rink
3335 M.L.K. Jr Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30331 | (404) 699-9559
Cascade Atlanta Roller Rink has public and adult only skate nights, as well as special nights for teens only. On weekends they offer inflatable fun before the skate sessions.
1959 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30315 | (404) 767-7125
Previously called Metroplex ATL, roller skating is just one of several activities at this 120,000 square foot mega entertainment complex. In addition to the roller rink, there are 38 lanes of bowling, an arcade and laser tag. For adults there is a billards room, and a sports bar with an outdoor patio. Sheesh, you could get lost in there.
Golden Glide Skating Rink
2750 Wesley Chapel Rd, Decatur, GA 30034 | (404) 288-7773
Golden Glide is a family skating rink that also offers adult and teen skating, as well as an arcade so you can look busy when no one asks you out for the couples skate.
Hot Wheels Skate Center
228 Farm Ridge Dr NE, Woodstock, GA 30188 | (770) 592-4688
This roller skating rink in the northern suburbs is family owned and operated by the Findley family. In addition to skating, there is an arcade and concessions stand of you get hungry.
Let’s Rock Skate ‘n Fun Center
5065 Piney Grove Rd Cumming, Georgia 30040 | 770-888-5000
Like many of the other rinks, this one has various skating packages for families, including a buy one, get one evening. Patrons can rent a ‘skate mate’ for young kids (or unsure adults). It’s a learning aid to help beginner skaters find their balance, and keep you off the walls.
Roller Skating Rinks around Georgia
3030 Cherokee Rd, Athens, GA 30605 | (706) 546-5951
129 Stark Rd, Jackson, GA 30233
Kids Skate for Free
Kids Skate Free – Kids Skate Free is a program where kids get a free pass to roller skate at a local roller rink (skates are extra). Participants must register with their local rink and then receive emails with passes.
Roller Skating Atlanta rinks that currently honor the program include: Sparkles Kennesaw, Sparkles Smyrna, Sparkles Hiram, Sparkles Gwinnett, Hot Wheels Skate Center in Woodstock, Let’s Roll Skate ‘n Fun Center in Cumming, and Skate Zone in Morrow
For a list of other rinks, visit the Kids Skate Free website. Once you find your local rink, simply click on the green “Register for This Skating Center” banner.
Once you have filled out the form, you will receive an email asking you to verify your email address. Once you have done that you will a registered member of Kids Skate Free. The first set of passes is emailed the Sunday following your registration.
Note that each skating center selects their own age requirements; so be sure to consult the center where you want to secure a pass to see their rules.
Roller Skating: Atlanta Church Skating Rinks
For a simple skating experience, try a local church that has a large gym. Many offer skating afternoons in the gym. I know we’ve skated at Northside United Methodist Church and Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church.
You don’t need to be a member and sometimes they even have skates you can rent. Although these ‘roller rinks’ aren’t as flashy as the dedicated roller skating rinks, it’s a fun (and inexpensive) afternoon.
Here are three places we’ve visited. Be sure to call before for you go to make sure they are still offering skate nights. Usually these events are seasonal.
Northside United Methodist Church
2799 Northside Dr NW | Atlanta, GA 30305 | (404) 355-6475
On Wednesdays, Northside United Methodist Church hosts open skate, where kids (and adults) can roller skate for free or pay just $1 to rent skates. There is no registration required, just come out and have fun.
Peachtree Presbyterian Church
3434 Roswell Road Northwest | Atlanta, Georgia 30305 |404-842-5800
Peachtree Presbyterian on Roswell Rd., hosts Friday Night Skates. If you don’t have skates or equipment, don’t worry, they have everything you need and it’s included in the $5 admission fee (gym members are free). They provide skates, protective equipment, and helmets if needed or bring your own.
Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church
2715 Peachtree Road NE | Atlanta Georgia 30305 | 404-266-8111
We used to take the kids to Second Ponce to skate on Wednesday afternoons. In addition to skates, they’d have wheeled sleds the kids could scoot around on.
Does your church offer Skate Nights? If so, tell us. We want to know where, when, how much and what it includes.
Ice Skating Atlanta
If you can’t find a roller skating rink near you, you may want to try ice-skating. Atlanta has several seasonal ice-skating rinks. Ice-skating in Atlanta can also be done year round at the Cooler, Alpharetta Ga.