Skating is good exercise and is great fun for all ages – even if some have to clutch onto the railings for dear life. Check websites before you go. Here are some family options:


Cascade Roller Rink. $3 Tuesdays, 7-10 p.m. Also enjoy family skate time Fri., 7:30-11 p.m.; Sat., noon-6 p.m.; Sun., 3-7 p.m. 3335 MLK Jr. Dr. Atlanta. 404-699-9559. Cost: Fri.-Sun., $8 to skate only, $10 combo ticket includes inflatables and rides. Skate rental included.

Skate Towne Roller Rink. Family skate times: Sat., 1-6 p.m. and 7:30-11:30 p.m. ($6 plus $2 skates rental); Fri., 7:30-11 p.m. and Sun., 3-7 p.m. ($5.50 plus $2 skates rental). 5570 Old National Highway, College Park. 404-768-0095.

Cobb County

Sparkles Family Fun Center. Come for “Monday Madness” (6-9 p.m.), when admission for skating and skates rental is $2. Or on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, enjoy skating, laser tag and  play zone for $8.50. Wednesdays: “Family Fun Night,” 6-9 p.m., $8. Thursdays: dads skate free with a child. Hours/skate-only prices: Mon., Tues., Thurs., 4-8 p.m., $8.50; Fri., 4-11 p.m., $12; Sat., 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m., $8 (“kid time” for 7 and younger is 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.), $8; Sun., 2-7 p.m., $7. Locations in Kennesaw, Hiram, Gwinnett and Smyrna.  770-943-4446. Visit website to learn when kids can skate free.

Gwinnett County

Skate-A-Long USA. On Mondays after 6 p.m., it’s just $1 to skate. On Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m., two can skate for the price of one. 744 Beaver Ruin Rd., Lilburn. 770-921-0800. Open daily; admission varies from $3-$6; skate rental, $2.

Sparkle’s Family Fun Center. See previous listing.

Fulton County

The Cooler/Alpharetta Skate Center. Public skating Tues. and Thurs., 3:30-5:45 p.m.; Fri., 3:30-5:30 p.m.; Sat., 1-5 p.m.; Sun., 1-4 p.m., 10800 Davis Drive, Alpharetta. 770-649-6600. Skate Tues. and Thurs.-Sun., $7; Sat., $8; children under 4, $4; Skate rental $3.

DeKalb County

All American Skating Center. Center has a smaller rink perfect for kids just learning. Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: $3 to skate. From 6-9 p.m. on Mondays only, pay $1 to skate, $1 for skate rental, $1 for a slice of pizza (plus other $1 deals). Family Skate Night: Fri. from 7-11 p.m., $7; Sat., 7-11 p.m.; “Girls Night” is Wed., 6-9 p.m. (all girls and women free). On Sun. from 1-4 p.m. parents skate free with a child’s admission; $6. Skate rental: $3. 5400 Bermuda Rd., Stone Mountain. 770-469-9775.

Golden Glide Roller Rink. $3 Tuesday nights. Adult night and Saturday Night Teen nights offered. Tues., 7-10 p.m.; Fri., 7:30-11 p.m.; Sat., noon-6 p.m.; Sun., 3-7 p.m. Cost: Fri.-Sun., $8 skate only; $10 combo. Tues. and Thurs., $5 skate only; $7 combo. Skate rental included. 2750 Wesley Chapel Road, Decatur. 404-288-7773.    

– Jaclyn Turner                                                                                        


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