My daughters like to roller skate, and we used to go to Rock 'n Rollers in Avon, Ind. on a fairly regular basis until the place fell into disrepair, got dirty, and the video games robbed my girls of quarters or tickets on a regular basis. We stopped going, and apparently most other parents did too, as Rock 'n Rollers closed.
In early December of 2013, however, roller skating returned to Avon in the same spot where Rock 'n Rollers used to be -- on Casco Drive behind Terry Lee Honda. The roller rink has a new name -- Hot Skates -- and new owners, who have previous experience running a facility like this.
Encouraged by my fellow Visit Hendricks County blogger, Jennifer Donovan, and her recent blog post about Hot Skates, I decided to risk it and take my kids there a few days ago.
I'm here to say that it's safe to return to Avon to roller skate.
The new owners have changed the layout a little bit, repainted the whole place, and done a lot of cleaning. It's a fun, bright place to be in now, and I was immediately eyeing the party room for any number of kid-related events that I'm involved with. I'm also curious to learn more about the fundraisers they offer there, as I'm a part of several kid-oriented not-for-profit organizations.
The new owners also replaced the skating surface, installing a pine floor that is polished up and ready to be rolled on.
One of my favorite additions is the availability of skating helpers constructed out of PVC pipe and skate wheels that help little ones -- such as my youngest -- get out on the skating rink on her own while getting some help with her balance. It gave her a sense of independence, and it saved me from holding her hand and walking her around the rink, lap after lap after lap for hours.
Skate rental was $3 each, plus $5 for the little helper-thingy. I think roller blades can be rented there, too, for $4 each.
The food is good and reasonably-priced for a skating rink. I ordered some chicken fingers for $4.00 and was pleasantly surprised to get four good-sized pieces that were moist and tasty. They even fixed up a slice of pizza with only sauce on it for my dairy-intolerant daughter who ordered a cheese pizza slice without the cheese.
They serve Coca-Cola products there, although curiously do not serve Diet Coke. I, being a Diet Coke-aholic, had to settle for a Coke Zero, which doesn't taste the same. But that was my only "harumph" of the day at Hot Skates.
The video games work -- my youngest hit the jackpot on just her second spin of the Spin-n-Win game, nabbing 250 tickets! -- never robbing my girls of coins or failing to spit out the tickets that they had one. They gleefully traded in their tickets for the typical temporary tattoos, pencils and cheap plastic toys that you find in any arcade.
Hot Skates has free Wi-Fi for the parents, clean bathrooms, coin-operated lockers for coats and shoes and valuables, plenty of large tables to sit around, and a super friendly staff. I was really impressed by how friendly and helpful every employee was while we were there.
They even offer half price off of admission over Winter Break via the coupon below:
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