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Penrith Skatel Indoor Rollerblading Rink

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by Laura (subscribe)
I am a writer doing my best to look at Sydney every day with tourist eyes.
Published February 3rd 2012
It was once the hip place to go when Olivia Newton John was dancing around in spandex Xanadu-style, but sadly rollerblading has slowly been knocked off the radar for entertainment over the years.

Rollerblading rink in Penrith Skatel

There is now only one place left in Sydney keeping the retro fun going with an indoor rollerblading rink, and that is Penrith Skatel in Emu Plains.

Penrith Skatel
Penrith Skatel in Emu Plains

Sure, there are still plenty of places to go ice skating here, but there are vast differences between the two. For one, the floor you are trying to skate on does not melt at any point in a rollerblading rink and the chances of witnessing someone who you would rather not see in lycra are considerably lower. Plus it's a great excuse to pull out all those elbow pads, knee pads and funky head bands you have been looking for an excuse to wear.

People of all ages enjoy skating at Penrith Skatel

If it has been a decade or so since you have put a pair of rollerblades on then patience and plenty of sturdy things to hold onto is key to start off with. But give it time and soon enough you will have the wind in your hair and that childlike feeling of freedom running through you as you glide around the rink.

For an especially old school good time, I recommend going here on a Saturday night for some family disco fun. That way you can skate along to your favourite funky 80s songs and play classic games like head or tails and limbo.

Arcade Games
There are also some old school arcade games here to play

If you have children that have only been rollerskating via a video game, now is the time to show them how kids used to have fun back in the day. They can even have their next birthday party here.

Those who have never set foot in skates before can try the Learn to Skate classes on Saturday mornings. And those with a little more expertise have the options of artistic skating, speed skating classes, roller derby and in-line hockey.
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Why? If you are going to fall over you might as well do it in style
When: Friday: 7:00pm to 10:00pm; Saturday: 10:30am to 12.30am, 2:00pm to 4:30pm and 7:30pm to 10:30pm; Sunday: 10:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: 120 Russell Street Emu Plains
Cost: Between $8 and $10, plus $3 for skate hire
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