Not into skating? You'll be able to find something you like (unless fun and food are not your thing).
After a delayed debut due to the pandemic, Sk8 House in Virginia Beach was able to open its doors to a public thirsty for entertainment—and this place certainly seems to deliver. Originally set to open back in March, the grand opening of Sk8 House was delayed until July. However, even then, it would be some weeks before the additinal attractions were up and running. But now, a couple of months after opening, the food vendors are in place, safety precautions are in full swing, and the place—quite literally—is ready to roll.
All of the "mandated safety and sanitation requirements" are being met, according to their website. All patrons and employees are temperature-screened before they can enter the building, and masks are required at all times. For now, the maximum capacity for the entire building is 250 people. The specific site restrictions are 125 people on the main rink and 20 for the auxiliary one. Forty children are allowed into the Jungle Gym area at a time. Also, every Sunday evening, the entire building is sanitized after closing.
Just off of South Lynnhaven Road (very close to Lynnhaven Mall) the Family Entertainment Center lies in wait and is ready to take your mind off work, virtual learning, the pandemic, or whatever else has been bothering you lately. There isn't a better title than "Family Entertainment Center" for this place because,in addition to the two skating rinks (with a combined total of over 9,000 square feet), patorns can find foosball, ping pong, cornhole, video games, escape rooms, and five different food and drink vendors. There's a jungle gym for children 4-10 years old, and they host "Family Skate Night" Fridays and a theme for the evening every Saturday. You can come in for karaoke or even sign up for skate lessons. This place seems to have it all, so check out their Events page on Facebook to stay on top of things.
Hours for the establishment are Sunday–Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Thursday–Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Entry to the building is free but it's $13.65 for an all-day skate pass for ages 10 and up plus the skate rental (there are group discounts). The "Sk8 Lawn" is where you'll find the foosball and ping pong which charges separately ($6.50/hr for foosball; $10.50/hr for ping pong). The concession stands are obviously separate charges but so are the Escape Rooms and Gaming Lounge. Of course, one would be hard pressed to do all of those things in one day, so presumably you'll be planning your experience based around which attraction you're interested in at the time.
Not only does Sk8 House offer all of these different things, but everything is locally owned as well. Local artists have contributed for the murals and artificial graffiti. For the Gaming Center, they've partnered with Game On who has their own set up in Virginia Beach and also provides the Gamer Bus for events and parties. They provide games for PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and VR Occulus. Their hours differ slightly from the building proper, opening later in the day Thursday through Sunday, so check the website for days and times.
Extreme Escapes is another VB company partnered with the entertainment center; they're making their debut at Sk8 House with the escape room "The Tomb of Doom" and two other themed rooms are scheduled to follow in the coming months!
The food vendors that have partnered with the establishment also hail from the 757.
Jelly Ball may be the most well-known with two other locations in the area, but there are newcomers like Wing It and Native Taphouse that are making their debut at the Sk8 House. Column 15 is a nitro-brewed coffee shop that opened its premiere location in Williamsburg in 2019 and can now be found within the building; and Casual Eats is a food truck business that now has a less mobile addition for folks to continue to enjoy.
They also offer merchandise and rooms for events even before they open to the public for the day. So, no matter what you're looking for, chances are you can find it at Sk8 House. In addition to the roller skating, it provides a friendly and casual place to enjoy some food, games, and a spot to hang out with friends and family.
When will you be checking out Sk8 House? Have you already been? How was it? Let us know in the comments below!