Keeper of the Plans

Party of the weekend in Wichita is at ... a roller rink?

Carousel Skate Center will host its monthly Adult Skate Night event this Saturday, which brings out big crowds.
Carousel Skate Center will host its monthly Adult Skate Night event this Saturday, which brings out big crowds. Special to The Star

Remember going to the roller rink for skate nights as a kid?

Those dimly lit nights full of cotton candy, classic rock and skinned knees?

They’re coming back in a major way – but with an adult theme.

This Saturday night, Carousel Skate Center is hosting its monthly Adult Skate Night event.

From 11 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday, the roller rink is open exclusively to people 21 and older. There’s a full-service bar and music by DJ Carbon.

And it’s a killer time, said James Bobetsky, aka DJ Carbon.

“It’s my favorite night of the month,” he said. “I’m all about the throwbacks. It’s a nostalgia thing.”

An admission fee of $7 gets you in the door, along with a skate rental.

Bobetsky said more than 100 people typically come out for adult skate nights, held every first Saturday of the month at Carousel.

“It’s a really eclectic mix – not only do we have people skating but we also have a lot of people that just hang out because they like the retro atmosphere,” Bobetsky said. “It’s just a different place to go than your normal bars. Half of the time, people barely get their skates on.”

Skaters of all abilities are welcome – from experienced skaters that perform synchronized “roll-bounces” to couples that haven’t strapped on skates in a decade.

And retro costumes are certainly welcome, Bobetsky said.

“One of my first nights DJing (for the adult skate nights), there was someone on roller skates in a full neon-blue bright suit,” said Bobetsky, who has been DJing the events all year long. “I was like, ‘Dude, this is the best night ever.’”

Bobetsky, who is known locally for his “Refresh” parties typically thrown at Abode Venue, said he plans on hosting a lavish ‘90s-themed party at Carousel Skate Center later this year as well. More details on that are forthcoming.

So perhaps it’s a good time to get your skating legs back in shape, after all.

Matt Riedl: 316-268-6660, @RiedlMatt

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