ALTON – Parents who desire a new place to let their children burn away some energy and kids who want a fun, cool place to hang out have a new destination in Riverbend Skate and Indoor Family Fun Center.
Boasting 14,000 square feet of activities, Riverbend Skate, located at 508 W. Delmar in Alton, held a ribbon cutting ceremony late last month. Chris and Jocelyn Harris, senior pastors in Alton who own and operate the skating center, said Riverbend Skate is their biggest community outreach venture to date.
“This has been a journey and we are glad to be here and make history,” Chris Harris said at the ceremony. Riverbend Skate is the only children’s activity center in Alton.
The fun emporium officially opened for business on Dec. 1. Regular business hours will be Monday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Fridays, 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sundays, 1 to 8 p.m.
Riverbend Skate is designed as a safe space for youth and families, and space is available for rent to schools, churches, non-profits and small businesses.
Within that 14,000 square feet are a 5,000-square-foot roller skating rink, floor games – an arcade, pool, air hockey, etc. – a Laser Maze, a climbing wall with foam pit and Knockerball. A Knockerball is a single-chamber, inflatable bubble with inner handles and adjustable shoulder straps. Knockerballs range from four to six feet in size.
Other activities include Glow Dodge Ball, Nerf games and Paint Skate, which features music, food, painting and skating in a single event setting. There will also be a party room and a large, private event room for rent and a café.
Riverbend Skate will feature science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives plus host school-related field trips and workshops for K-12 students to learn while having fun.
There will be monitors to manage each activity space and to provide help with party room rentals.
Chris Harris went on to describe Riverbend Skate as an amazing place for children in the community.
“We are planning on putting up the quote by Kofi Annan that reads, ‘Any society that does not succeed in tapping into the energy and creativity of its youth will be left behind,’” he said.
Alton Mayor Brant Walker expressed his excitement for the opening of the Riverbend Skate at the ribbon cutting event.
“Every community need places for our children to go,” Walker said.
General admission is $5. Skate rentals are $3. For additional prices and more information about Riverbend Skate, to schedule an appointment or book a room rental, call (618) 433-USK8 (8758) or visit www.riverbendskate.com.
Source: The Telegraph