Cheap Skate Roller Rink

Concerts & Venues, Events / Sunday, December 18th, 2016

When it’s bitter, frigid cold in Minnesota, it’s tough to think beyond wrapping yourself up in a quilt and hiding in the house. Let me pose an alternative, if you’re willing to brave the plummeting temperatures. Venture to a place where the glow of the pinball machine illuminates the bold colored walls. The metal lockers, with their bright orange keys protruding, create a backdrop for the double patterned carpeted seating. Rows of roller skates expertly organized fill each passerby with a nostalgic embrace. Memories of your childhood have your heart bursting and yearning with sentimentality. I give you the Cheap Skate Roller Center in Coon Rapids.

I grew up coming here. Birthday parties and massive cakes, all-nighters and sleeping on the air hockey tables, Saturdays out for family fun days – any chance I could put on my rollerblades that didn’t include a trek around my own neighborhood, I took it. Cheap Skate was a palace, filled with strobe and flashing lights, popular music, giant pizzas, fog machines and more than anything, all of my friends. The archetypal roller rink is still everything it was when I was little; inviting, inexpensive, fun, family-focused, kid-friendly, full of games like Wheel of Fortune, Foosball, Snapshot Dome Hockey and Skee ball, concession-style food, and a roller rink the size of a hockey rink.  While my childhood is forever tied to this place, it is perfect for kids but really it’s for anyone.  Out of the ordinary, sure. Worth the trip, absolutely.

One Reply to “Cheap Skate Roller Rink”

  1. I too have many fond memories of my local roller rink, “The Spectrum,” in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. My brothers and I had our birthday parties there and every couple of months our school had a family night of skating on a Friday night. Those were the days when you couldn’t wait to see your, friends, skate to the “limbo lower” song, and hope someone would ask you to skate to a slow song.

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