Camille is a freelance ghost blog and web content writer. She's also a musician and an "Autoimmunee". She loves learning and sharing about how to live life with positive energy and meaning.
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Published August 4th 2012
If you're like me, you loved rollerblading as a kid but now that you're an adult, you probably haven't been rollerblading since. This weekend my partner (knowing how much I used to love it) decided to surprise me and took me to the Rollerdrome Family Skate Centre located in Caloundra. While we were probably the only couple skating around without kids, I fell in love with it all over again.
Obviously this would be the best pick for families looking for some fun that everyone can enjoy – even the teens. But it's great for couples like my partner and I, who were looking for something a bit spontaneous and fun. Couples who don't mind a place filled with kids will also appreciate Rollerdrome Family Skate Centre. We didn't mind the kids - it was fun to be around so many happy people!
Like many other roller blading/skating venues, there was happy atmosphere and a nice vibe to the Rollerdrome. There's a cafe offering all your favourite goodies. The DJs play funky pop music, from Delta Goodrem to the Black Eyed Peas, and I felt like I was 12 again (a great time in my life that I look back fondly on). Funny thing is – the Rollerdrome also holds 'Blue Light Disco Nights' – dances which I loved at that age too. For those who have tweens (pre-teens or early teens) the Blue Light Disco is held here every last Friday of every month and is a non-skating event.
Me rollerbalding by myself - apologies it's a little dark as they put the disco lights on, great fun :)
As it is school term right now, the entry price is different each day of the week and at different session times, which is understandable given that different groups of people skate at different times. The Under 7s are allocated for Thursday 9.30am-11am and it costs $10 to join the session. While the learn to skate/blade class is allocated Saturdays from 9am-10am and costs $15 to join, but this also includes the morning session 10am-12nn. There's also sessions on Saturday from 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. My partner and I went to the 2pm-4pm one. But if you'd like to go another day, there's an extensive list of information and times for both the school term and school holidays, which can be viewed on their website.
You don't have to use roller blades. You can use roller skates instead too. Both are available for hire at $5 per pair.
From October to late January, the Rollerdrome transforms into an ice skating rink. For more information about this please also see their website.
The Rollerdrome is the only skating rink on the Sunshine Coast. There are areas around the coast to skate/blade but not at a proper indoor rink like this one. We really enjoyed the Rollerdrome and they have very friendly staff – definitely a place we'd go back to and bring friends & family along too.
Great article, but I guess it depends on what generation you belong to, as to what you wore on your feet... Growing up in the 70s and 80s we only had rollerskates. It wasn't until I was a teenager that rollerblades came along.
Now I feel old.
I wonder what my kids will be wearing. Hoverskates?