10 great places to let good times roll on skates

A huge skating facility with an attached full-service restaurant, Roll Arena has an unusual claim to fame: its own inline speedskating team, the Midland Rockets. "This year, three of the team's racers qualified for the national championships," Eversman says. The arena offers open speedskating practices and tryouts on Saturday mornings from September through May. Roller hockey is also offered. 989-496-2900; rollarena.net

Skate Center of BrentwoodBrentwood, Tenn.

"Where fun meets fitness" is the motto of this skating center in the Nashville area. Fittingly, the facility offers four party rooms, along with live DJs and an elaborate lighting and sound system. "Miley Cyrus skates here, and American Idol sensation Kellie Pickler's music video was shot at Skate Center," Eversman says. One amenity that harried parents may appreciate: supervised child care during daytime sessions. 615-373-8611; skatecenter.com

Northridge SkatelandNorthridge, Calif.

This family-owned skating center, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, has hosted more than 7 million skaters over that time. "Up to three generations of families have skated here," Eversman says, "including countless Hollywood celebrities." The 12,000-square-foot hardwood skating floor is surrounded by seven giant video screens, complemented by a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system. Several films, TV shows, commercials and videos have been shot at Skateland over the years — most recently a segment of Jimmy Kimmel Live and a music video by rapper Jay-Z. 818-885-7655; skateland.net

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