It’s summer break and your kids are ready to hang out with their friends, play sports, and relax. Then they tell you that they really want to get into skateboarding. If you are a skater yourself you grab your board and drop in on the nearest quarter pipe with your kids. If you don’t know what any of that means or you are nervous for your kids to start skating then we have just the place to start.
Minus Skate Shop of Carmel is the perfect place for families to learn about skating, get fitted for all the coolest gear and find a community of skaters to bond with. Owner Aaron Vaughn has been skating since his teens and is passionate about helping families learn about skateboarding and finding the right gear to help make skateboarding safe and fun. Aaron took over the old RISE skateboard shop in Carmel and rebranded it in conjunction with the Minus Skate Shop on 54th Street in Indianapolis. Minus Skate Shop serves kids, teens and adults from beginner to life-long skaters. Aaron is an expert at helping skaters find the right size board and equipment to make skating fun and safe. Skaters choose their board based on shoe size and desired graphic as well as shape. Minus Skate Shop has build-your-own decks, complete kits and long boards as well as apparel.
Skateboarding can be an amazing sport for kids to learn because it requires a ton of patience, dedication and grit to keep trying even if you fall down and fail. Aaron recommends beginners try out lessons at The Monon Community Center or Q Skatepark (see below). Both facilities offer lessons for beginner and intermediate level skaters. Youtube videos are also an excellent resource for young skaters as they add tricks to their repertoire.
Minus Skate Shop is a really cool and welcoming place, especially for families new to the skateboarding scene. If you and your family are thinking about skateboarding or want to learn more, start with the experts at this shop. Not only is shopping local cool, but it lets you build a relationship with established skateboarders so you can get your questions answered and feel more confident about your kid dropping in on a concrete quarter pipe. Located at 622 South Rangeline Road in Carmel or call at (317) 843-9980.
Check out our list of local skate parks to try with your family. It’s important to always wear helmets and other safety gear and to practice safe and supervised riding. If you want some inspiration, check out Sky Brown, an amazing 10 year old skater. Watching her skate is really something to behold.
Marion County Skate Parks
Lake Sullivan Skate Park (Major Taylor Velodrome)
3649 Cold Spring Road
The Velodrome is an Indianapolis institution. This skate park allows skateboards, rollerblades and BMX. Visit https://www.visitindy.com/ for more information.
1727 Stout Field East Drive
This AMAZING INDOOR skatepark is a must visit for local skateboarders. Q Skatepark hosts lessons for beginners and intermediates as well as Skate camp. If your kids are interested in skating or just starting out, this is a must visit facility. Visit https://www.qskatepark.com for more information.
Hamilton County Skate Parks
701 Cicero Road
Forest Park is home to many unique amenities including a 1920’s Herschell carousel, a Tom Thumb miniature golf course, a 9-hole regular golf course and a skate park. The skate park is fenced in right near the playground and miniature golf course. Families can spend a whole day enjoying all this park has to offer. The skatepark is fairly large and located in the heart of the park. Visit https://www.cityofnoblesville.org/ for more information.
James A. Dillon Park
6001 Edenshall Lane
James A. Dillon Park has a nice combination of amenities including spray park, disc golf, playgrounds and a skate park. This park has something for everyone. Visit https://www.cityofnoblesville.org for more information.
Monon Greenway Skatepark
1235 Central Park East Drive
This skate park is awesome and includes all the things skateboarders want in one location. This huge park has lots of cool features and will surely impress your kids. Skateboarding lessons are offered through the Monon Center at this skate park. Visit https://apm.activecommunities.com? to learn about lessons. Visit https://www.carmelclayparks.com for more information.
Johnson County Skate Parks
Franklin Action Skatepark
South Main Street
This skate park is connected to the Historic Greenway Trail system and has several elements for budding skateboarders. Visit https://www.festivalcountryindiana.com/franklin-action-skate-park for more information.
Monroe County Skate Parks
2602 North Kinser Pike
This concrete skatepark has lots of cool features and the deepest bowl in Indiana. Visit https://www.visitbloomington.com for more information.
Madison County Skate Parks
West 10th Street and Madison Avenue
This nice sized skatepark has something for everyone including concrete stairs to practice tricks on. Visit https://www.cityofanderson.com for more information.
Howard County Skate Parks
4200 South Park Road
This nearly 10,000 square foot skate park features a full pipe that is sure to impress kids (and adults) and lots of other elements. This park welcomes BMXers. Visit http://www.cityofkokomo.org for more information.