Life today is so busy and complicated. Over the last few decades the family life has deteriorated to the point that family togetherness is not a common occurrence. Families need to be encouraged to find activities that they can do together and have fun! I would like to suggest roller skating as a family and fun activity. All you need is a pair of roller skates and a place to skate and you are ready for a fun activity.
If you happen to live in a cul-de-sac or a very quiet street, the pavement could be used as a skating rink. Just make sure that the children do not venture away from the cul-de-sac or street to a place where they could be in danger. If you are skating on a quiet street, make sure that your children know what to do if a car approaches. If you don't have a quiet place to skate outside your home, what about skating indoors! If you have laminated, wood or concrete flooring in a room that is fairly large, you can easily use that room by pushing all the furniture to the walls or removing the furniture. Sometimes the basement is a great place for this activity. If you don't have a place to skate at your home, you can always go to the rink. Check their schedule and many times you can find very good prices on some of their specials.
As far as finding skates are concerned, go online and search for some used skates. You sometimes can get a good deal of used skates at some of the auction or trade sites on the internet. You could also try visiting the Salvation Army or other used thrift shops. You can even try relatives and friends. They might have some used roller skates in the attic. The difficulty will be finding a pair that is the size that you need. Also, if you are skating outside, make sure the wheel is soft enough for that use. If indoors, there is a little bit more leeway in the hardness or the softness of the wheel. But if you are skating outdoors, make sure the hardness is well under 90A. If you don't know, ask a professional at a skate rink. However, if you want new skates, shop the online stores. But don't buy too cheap a skate. Anything under $50 is usually a skate that will not last. If you want your family to have a good experience, please invest enough into the skates so that they will have a good experience
Finally, make sure that everyone's skates fit well. If the skates fit too tight or too loose, pick another size. Even if the skates were given to you, don't let a family member skate with improper fitting boots. Skates should never rub or make blisters on your feet.
With this bit of advice under your belt, you and your family are ready for an activity you can enjoy together. It can be something your kids will remember the rest of their lives.