The end of school holidays is a fortnight away, with parents all over the land looking for new ways to entertain their kids.
Crowds have already discovered the fun to be had at Rollerway Skate Centre, but if you’ve been in the dark until now, centre manager Ashlie Aparcico says it’s not too late to make the final countdown to school a time to learn (or take back up) roller skating.
Ashlie, who grew up playing hockey at Rollerway and is the fourth-generation manager at the longstanding family business, reckons roller skating is perfect for all ages – from littlies to grandparents.
“Anyone can have a go,” she says. “And there’s nothing like seeing kids – who can barely lace up their skates – learn to skate in a matter of minutes.
“The rink has music, bright lights, high-quality rental skates and an amazing atmosphere. Everyone seems to love it and it’s quite special to see grandparents skating with their grandchildren and tiny tots having a go.
“We’re now seeing kids who learnt to skate here bring their own kids in. It’s such a great family activity and an awesome way to entertain teens as well.”
Ashlie’s father Raul, who owns the centre, tells how his family has a long line of roller skating enthusiasts.
“My grandfather helped my dad as his skate mechanic at Rollerway, now my daughter Ashlie is the manager, and soon her nephews will be hitting the rink – and they’ll be the fifth generation with an attachment to Rollerway.”
So there’s a lot of local history at Rollerway, but for school holidays, it’s fun to the forefront. And if a birthday party or other celebration is coming up, read in next week’s edition about how Ashlie and her crew can make it a” happening”.
Rollerway Skate Centre, 6-8 Lambert Avenue, Newtown. Opens daily during school holidays. Inquiries: 0411 335 544 or visit rollerway.com.au.