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HOT: Sunshine Roller Skating Centre, 38 McIntyre Rd, Sunshine

sunshine roller skating

If you were a child of the 80s (like me) then relive your childhood memories with your kids now at Sunshine Roller Skating Centre!

This old-school roller skating rink is definitely a throwback to a bygone era. Other than the pop music on the speakers, ask it could have been circa 1989.

sunshine roller skating

You still have to hand in your shoes to get some rickety old roller skates (though you can also get roller blades) from a youngster behind the counter who’s zooming around on skates like a pro.

sunshine roller skating

The lights are dim and the disco lights twirl as everyone zooms along in one direction, round and round and around. They still play games on the rink involving heads and tails or hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades.

There are a few advances since my last venture out on the rink and they all help make the experience more enjoyable for under 5s who may not be all that great on skates.

Firstly, there’s a small area at the back for learners who people can totter around the handrail as long as they want. The inline skates have two training wheels on the back for those just learning. If you don’t fancy skating at all there’s a free jumping castle or paid arcade games.


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Best of all – you can take a scooter car onto the rink and zoom around that way! After a few goes on the skates Lady AB’s preferred mode of transport was definitely the scooter car, where she could travel at high speed and control her direction by steering the front wheel and using her feet.

A trip to Sunshine Roller Skating Centre is as cheap as it was back in the 80s too. Hire skates for $3 and general skating entry is $10 weekdays and $12 weekends and school holidays. They can organise birthday parties too with full catering.

sunshine roller skating

Note that you can’t bring food in (other than a birthday cake) and he kiosk food is definitely of the junky variety – fried stuff in bain maries, packets of chips and chocolate etc.

On Monday 8 June they are holding a special event for $12 with games, face-painting, a jumping castle and of course skating!

Sunshine Roller Skating Centre, 38 McIntyre Rd, Sunshine 9364 8583

Open 7 days from 10am, check session times.

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cropped Kristyna Hess Lockdown Portraits x

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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