Fun on 8 Wheels: The Best Local Roller Rinks
Get a heaping helping of healthy family fun with a side of nostalgia by taking your team to a
local roller rink! It’s the perfect indoor activity for the whole family: the littles can burn off that
energy (especially on a rainy day) while you take a roll down memory lane (throw back tunes
almost always included). And no worries if you’re not quite ready to get back up on those
skates—many rinks offer lessons and tutorials. Your kids will be shooting-the-duck in no time.
Read on for the best family-friendly rinks in the Bay.
The Church of 8 Wheels
Founded by D. Miles Jr. (he’s the guy in Golden Gate Park offering free disco skate moves every
weekend) the Church of 8 Wheels is a former church that is now being used for “rolligious”
purposes. They’ve recently added a specific family skate session on Saturdays from 3-5pm,
though kids are also welcome on Thursday evenings. And- they’re half price!
Hours: Family Skate Sat., 3–5 p.m. See schedule for additional times, as some nights are
Cost: $10/adults; $5/kids 12 and under; skate rental $5
554 Fillmore St. (at Fell)
San Francisco, Ca
The Golden Skate
One of the best in the Bay for the youngest rollers in your family, on Saturdays they have Little
People skating lesson at 9 a.m. for the 10 and under crowd followed by a Little People Skate for
kids 10 and under and their parents. The lesson costs $15 which includes the skate time after
the lesson, skate rental additional. They have skate mates available ($5) for new-to-the rink
toddlers and an all you can eat pizza night on Sundays, $14 including skate time.
Hours: See schedule on website.
Cost: $12; $10.50 on Sat.; Skate rental $4; Inline skates $5;
2701 Hooper Dr.
San Ramon, Ca
Clean and bright, Paradise Skate is old-school without the old. It boasts fresh carpet, a new
skate floor, skate mates for the wo