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21 Days to Play – Wheels Fun Park

Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about making time to play, at local sports facilities, live music venues, indie movie theaters and fun places and spaces all around the Triangle.

Wheels Fun Park

Everything old is new again. Retro is rad (see how I went all 80s there). Skating on a rink with double disco balls is your kind of fun. If you agree with any of those statements, then Durham’s Wheels Family Fun Park might become your new “old” favorite. 

This locally owned, family business has been around since 1977, first as just a roller skating rink. In 1992 the business relocated to its current location (near Highway 70 and 85 interchange) in Durham and expanded the activities. In just one visit you can try your hand at the batting cages, satisfy your need for speed with the go karts or just let the kids go wild in the play gym for a while. One of the newer attractions is the Amazing Maze, where you race against the clock (or friends) to find four checkpoints before you cross the finish line. Oh, and there’s mini golf – my favorite kind of golf!

Of course it all started with the roller rink. There’s just something about rolling across hard wood floors on four wheeled skates, with the big stopper at the toe, that brings me back to childhood, every time. Oh, and during the Summer there’s a special “Cheap Skate” deal every Wednesday night (7 to 10 pm) for just $3.00.

If you’re not up to skating yourself, you can watch the pros do it. Make plans now to catch the next home bout of the Carolina Rollergirls at Wheels on July 27 (tickets available at the link). But don’t wait til then to get out and have some fun at Wheels – they’re open seven days a week!

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