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The 10 Best Roller Skates for Kids

With summer around the corner, you might be looking to get your kids some fun new toys to keep them busy. Roller skates for kids are a great choice not only for their fun-factor but for teaching balance and strengthening other gross motor skills too. While a great outdoor activity, roller skates can also be used indoors at roller rinks too, making them a value-for-money purchase.

Top Pick
Roller Derby Girl’s Trac Star Adjustable Roller Skate

The best roller skates for kids. Great for both beginner and intermediate roller skaters, the Trac Star is size-adjustable and suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

At the bottom of this article, we’ve added some useful information for you including an FAQ section, an important safety checklist, as well as a step-by-step guide (with diagrams) on how to build your own PVC Roller Skate Trainer.

Types of Roller Skates for Kids

There are two main types of roller skates for kids – quad skates and inline skates. Within both of these types, adjustable variants are also available. Let’s take a closer look at the two types:

Roller Derby Candi Girl Carlin Quad Artistic Roller Skates 1

Quad Skates

This is the classic style of skates typically found at indoor roller rinks. They resemble tennis shoes with wheels on them and are best for beginners and small children. As the name suggests, quad skates feature four wheels, two in the front, and two behind. This style of skates provides the best balance and stability and is a great starting point for all beginner skaters.

Inline Skates

Inline skates are slightly more advanced and require a good sense of balance to operate. The skill required to operate inline skates is similar to ice skating. Inline skates typically feature 4-5 wheels, each one behind the others. This type is best suited towards older children and teens, or kids who are already comfortable skating. Due to the more advanced skill level required, we’ve just included two options in our list.

PAPAISON Adjustable Inline Skates

How to Choose the Right Size Roller Skates

Selecting the right size roller skates for kids can be tricky. A snug fit is safest, but many children find this to be uncomfortable and oftentimes painful as well. With kids growing so quickly, you might be tempted to buy a pair of skates a few sizes bigger so that they get good use out of them.

However, it’s not recommended that you go more than one size bigger. Your child can end up with blisters from the constant friction caused by their feet moving around and rubbing the inside of the skate. Added to this, skates that are too big can cause children to fall or twist their ankle.

If opting to size up, use one pair of thick socks rather than two pairs of normal socks. Wearing two pairs of socks not only creates extra moisture but can also cause blisters.

Never compromise the safety of your children in order to save a few dollars. If your budget is really tight, rather opt for adjustable skates that can grow with your child’s foot size.

As each brand has their own sizing chart, refer to their chart when buying in order to get the correct fit for your child.

The Best Quad Roller Skates for Kids

1. Roller Derby Trac Star Adjustable Roller Skate

  • Size Options: 12J – 6
  • Chassis: Trucks with Cushions
  • Skill Level: Beginner-Intermediate
  • Versions Available Girls or Boys

The Roller Derby Trac Star is ideal for beginner to intermediate roller skater. The chassis is lightweight, with a reinforced polymer frame along with toe brakes on either skate. It features a push-button to adjust the boot up to 4 shoe sizes.

The boot itself is comfortably padded, providing a snug secure fit. The Trac Star features cam-lever buckles which makes it easy for kids to get on and off themself without needing any help to tie shoelaces!

Moving along to the wheels and bearings, the Roller Derby Trac Star comes with 54mm urethane wheels, suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. The G-Force 608ZB carbon bearings ensure a smooth glide.

The Trac Star is available in pink with mint trim or blue with pink and white trim. Alternatively, a boy’s option is also available: a black with red trim option or a blue with orange trim.

3 Reasons To Buy It

  • Great for beginners and intermediate skaters
  • Adjusts up to four shoe sizes
  • Buckles rather than laces

2. Roller Derby Fun Roll

  • Size Options: 7 – 2
  • Chassis: Plastic Tractor-Style
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Versions Available Girls or Boys

The Fun Roll, another Roller Derby variant, is a vibrant and fun looking roller skate for the beginner skater. Designed specifically with junior beginner skaters in mind, the Fun Roll caters towards a low center of gravity and a wide stance. Just like the previous option, this one is also size adjustable, expanding by 5 shoe sizes. The chassis of the Fun Roll features a polymer plastic frame with brakes positioned at the heel of the boot rather than the toe. This helps beginner skaters from falling backward.

The boot of the Roller Derby Fun Roll is also comfortably padded, providing a snug supportive fit. Just like the Trac Star, this model also features cam-lever buckles that make getting them on and taking them off again effortless.

As for wheels and bearings, the Roller Derby Fun Roll features basic urethane wheels suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. The Fun Roll features the same G-Force 608ZB carbon bearings to ensure a smooth glide.

Roller Derby Fun Roll comes in two design options: a vibrant pink with yellow and white trim, and a fun emoji print. Alternatively, a black with yellow and blue trim, along with an action comic print is also available. There are two size options: either a small, which fits shoe sizes 7-11 or medium which is suitable for sizes 11-2.

3 Reasons To Buy It

  • Best for junior beginners
  • Designed for a low center of gravity to reduce falls
  • Size adjustable, up to 5 shoe sizes

3. Roller Derby Candi Girl Carlin Quad Artistic Roller Skates

  • Size Options: 3 – 11
  • Chassis: Metal Trucks
  • Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced
  • Versions Available Girls Only

The Candi Girl Carlin is a premium, high-quality roller skate featuring a beautiful brushed sued boot on an aluminum chassis with metal trucks. The boot features a padded lining with classic laces to ensure a perfect fit. These roller skates are better suited towards the intermediate or older skater who has the basic skills already mastered.

Featuring large 66mm x 38mm Candi Girl Outdoor Wheels, the Candi Girl Carlin is perfect for outdoor use and provides excellent grip on paved surfaces. The design provides the skater with great control in turning and maneuvering, while the Bevo Silver-5 race-rated chrome bearings are built for speed.

The Roller Derby Candi Girl Carlin is available in four different color combinations: Seafoam, Raspberry. Periwinkle, and Royal Blue. These are not size-adjustable skates, but the lace-up design does allow for a snug fit if you decide to size up one.

3 Reasons To Buy It

  • Premium brushed suede boot
  • Hig quality aluminum chassis with PU outdoor wheels
  • Bevo Silver-5 race-rated chrome bearings

4. Chicago Rink Roller Skate

  • Size Options: J10 – 4
  • Chassis: Adjustable Trucks
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Versions Available Girls & Boys

The Chicago Rink Roller Skate is the classic traditional style quad skate. It features a vinyl boot with a padded ankle. They’re lace-up boots with velcro power straps for quick on-the-go fit adjusting. As the name suggests, these skates are designed for indoor use but are suitable to be used outdoors as well. They’re great for beginner to intermediate skaters.

The Rink Roller Skate is lightweight, featuring a nylon chassis with a double-action adjustable truck, and toe-brake. The wheels are over-sized and high impact, measuring 60mm each, with 608Z semi-precision bearings.

Available in sizes from J10 through to 4, the Chicago Rink Roller Skate is available in a white vinyl boot with baby pink wheels, as well as a plain black boot with cherry red wheels.

3 Reasons To Buy It

  • Premium brushed suede boot
  • Hig quality aluminum chassis with PU outdoor wheels
  • Bevo Silver-5 race-rated chrome bearings

5. Roller Derby Firestar Roller Skate

  • Size Options: J12 – 4
  • Chassis: Torsion Beam
  • Skill Level: Beginner-Intermediate
  • Versions Available Girls & Boys

The Firestar from Roller Derby moves away from the typical boot design and leans more towards a sneaker look. While still being comfortable to wear and features a padded ankle collar. It is a lace-up skate with a single power strap for quick adjusting.

The Torsion Beam chassis is lightweight and patented. It provides excellent control when turning, striding, and maneuvering both on the rink as well as the sidewalk. A non-marking toe-brake is positioned on the front of each skate.

Roller Derby’s Firestar features 54mm urethane wheels with smooth-rolling G-Force 608ZB carbon bearings. It is suitable for both indoor as well as outdoor use.

The Firestar is available in sizes J12 up to size 4, in either a black monochrome print or a variety of brightly colored options including Pink Camo. Purple/Black/Mint, White/Mint, White/Pink.

3 Reasons To Buy It

  • Sneaker-style design
  • Patented chassis
  • Bright color options

6. Chicago Sidewalk Roller Skate

  • Size Options: J12 – 5
  • Chassis: Adjustable Trucks
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Versions Available Girls & Boys

Another skate that breaks the mold of traditional design, the Chicago Sidewalk Roller Skate is still a high-top boot but looks more like a sneaker. It is comfortable to wear and a popular choice for the rink as well as for outdoor skating too.

The chassis is high-impact and double adjustable. It’s lightweight and features premium oversized urethane wheels with semi-precision bearings. The Sidewalk is designed for gliding.

Moving on to laces, the Chicago Sidewalk Roller Skate features three lace-up loops along with a Velcro strap for extra security. On the front of the boot, you’ll find a toe stop, while the ankle cuff is padded for comfort

The Chicago Sidewalk Roller Skate is available in sizes J12 up to size 5. It’s available in either a white and pink color scheme with teal trimmings, as well as a black, red, and blue color combo.

3 Reasons To Buy It

  • Sneaker-style design
  • Designed for gliding
  • Stable oversized wheels

7. C SEVEN Roller Skates for Kids

  • Size Options: 1 – 5
  • Chassis: Wide-Suspension Trucks
  • Skill Level: Beginner-Intermediate
  • Versions Available Unisex

Sporting a retro-style boot, the C SEVEN Roller Skates for kids are a great choice for those looking for that classic skate look. The chassis consists of wide-suspension trucks, with 54x32mm 95A urethane wheels. The high-top boot is made of a flexible and comfortable faux leather. It features a lace-up design with extra support in the ankle area.

The C SEVEN skates are designed for indoor use, with the ABEC 6 carbon bearings ensuring a smooth glide. The wheels also feature two steel shields on either side of the wheel to protect them from any dust build-up.

The design of the C SEVEN Roller Skates is very minimalistic but still fun. Opt either for a white boot with a pop of color to the wheels and laces, or a totally black elegant theme.

3 Reasons To Buy It

  • Designed to Last
  • Classic Retro Style
  • True-to-Size Fit

8. Otw-Cool Adjustable Roller Skates

  • Size Options: 10 – 3
  • Chassis: Plastic Trucks
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Versions Available Boys & Girls

Another illuminating wheel option, the Otw-Cool Adjustable Roller skates for kids are great for beginner skaters. The size adjustable feature allows the skates to grow with the child, while the illuminating wheels power themselves.

The these roller skates for kids were designed to last. They feature pure urethane wheels with ABEC-7 full-precision bearings. The boot is made of a durable polymer plastic which is also impact-resistant. Perfect for beginner’s who are prone to falling frequently!

Additionally, the boot is also thickly padded, with lace-up ties, a power strap, and a safety ratchet for a safe snug fit. Toe brakes are included on both skates as well.

The OTW-Cool Roller Skates are available in three different design options: Pink, Pink/Black, or Vibrant Blue. There are are two size options to pick from, either a small which fits sizes 10-13 or a medium which is suitable for sizes 13-3.

3 Reasons To Buy It

  • Illuminating Wheels
  • Adjustable Size
  • No Batteries Required

The Best Inline Roller Skates for Kids

1. Roller Derby Stryde Inline Skates

  • Size Options: 2 – 5
  • Chassis: Reinforced Nylon
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Versions Available Girls & Boys

The Roller Derby Stryde is a great inline roller skate option for beginners. It features adjustable sizing for growing feet – adjusting between sizes 2 to 5. The frame is made of a durable reinforced polymer with 4 72 mm urethane wheels and a heel brake on the right skate. However, the brake is removable, which means you can move it to the left skate if you prefer.

The Stryde is suitable for both indoor as well as outdoor use. It features fast Silver-5 Speed Rated carbon bearings, providing excellent glide. The boot is very well padded with a combination of speed laces, straps, and buckles ensuring a snug fit.

Available in either a girl’s purple and white color option, as well as a boy’s black and orange variation.

3 Reasons To Buy It

  • Great for Beginner Inline Skaters
  • Adjustable Sizing
  • Removable Heel Brake

2. PAPAISON Adjustable Inline Skates

  • Size Options: J11 – 7.5
  • Chassis: Aluminium Alloy
  • Skill Level: Beginner-Intermediate
  • Versions Available Unisex

These PAPAISON inline skates are an excellent all-rounder. They are size adjustable, with sizes available for kids and adults. The frame consists of a sturdy reinforced aluminum alloy, with wear-resistance 82A polyurethane wheels. All 8 wheels illuminate, powering themselves through motion, which means you never need to worry about replacing the batteries!

The wheels also feature ABEC-7 bearings that are made from high-quality carbon steel, providing an excellent smooth and quiet ride.

The PAPAISON skates are available in a purple and black design, or white and black. Provided with the skates are a free pair of skate socks which have a reinforced heel and toe area. The socks are breathable and comfortable to wear.

3 Reasons To Buy It

  • Light-Up Wheels
  • Adjustable Sizing
  • Quite-Ride Wheels

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve put together some of your most asked questions around roller skates for kids.

What special gear should I purchase?

Safety gear is the most important, make sure your child has a correctly fitted helmet, some elbow and knee pads, and wrist guards. For fresh beginners, a PVC roller skate trainer is a really useful piece of gear. It helps kids learn the basics motions of how to skate while aiding their balance. Once they get the hang of the footwork, they can move on to trying without the trainer. Sort of like training wheels on a bike. They’re easy to make yourself, see our how-to guide for step by step instructions.

Here’s what we suggest:

JBM Roller Skating Helmet

These JBL helmets are impact-resistant, providing the essential protection your child needs. They’re made of a strong and durable PVC & PC, EPS foam which helps to absorb the impact during a fall. Available in small, medium, and large, each size features adjustable straps to further ensure a snug fit. They come in a variety of fun colors and are suitable for both boys and girls.

Triple Eight Saver Series Pad Set

The Triple Eight protective pad set consists of:

  • 2 x knee pads
  • 2 x elbow pads
  • 2 x wrist guards

The knee and elbow pads are made with high-quality fabric, with EVA foam padding as well as full-coverage polycarbonate caps. The wrist guards are made of high-density, impact-resistant ABS splits and 4-way stretch nylon mesh. Thanks to the sleeveless design, the pads are easy to get on or to remove.

What is a good age to start roller skating?

Around four to five years old. Most kids around this age will have an interest in roller skating, as well as some of the essential abilities required (like balance).

Which roller skates are best for beginners?

Quad skates are best for beginners. They are easier to maintain balance and learn the basics of skating.

What are the benefits of roller skating?

Roller skating is a wonderful cardio workout. It burns calories and strengthens the leg, glute, and core muscles. It also helps strengthen joints, while providing 50% stress on the joints as compared to running. Roller skating also helps to strengthen balance and other gross motor skills. When skating outdoors, roller skating provides a great opportunity to teach children road safety and the rules of the road as well.

Should my child roller skate indoors or outdoors?

This will largely depend on whether you have the ideal outdoor skating conditions for your child to skate on. Both indoor and outdoor roller skating is fine, but you should have separate skates for each. Using roller skates designed for indoor use outside will wear the wheels down and prevent them from providing the necessary grip needed for indoor roller skating.

Roller Skating Safety Checklist

01

Safety Gear

Your child should always wear the correct safety gear when roller skating. This includes a snug-fit helmet, elbow and knee pads, as well as wrist guards and gloves. Did you know that nearly half of all kids showing up in emergency rooms for skating injuries weren’t wearing any safety gear? These injuries included mostly fractures and sprains of the wrists and lower arms. Which takes us to our next point.

02

Teach Your Children to Fall Correctly

That might sound like a strange thing to say, but falling is almost guaranteed to happen while learning to roller skate. By teaching your child how to fall correctly, you can avoid the fractures and sprains mentioned above. What’s the best way to fall? Try roll with the fall and come down in a tumble form, on your arm and side. Learning how to move with a fall is an essential skill in avoiding broken bones

03

Stick to the Appropriate Skill Level

Kids without any experience or skills in skating with quad skates are going to struggle with inline skates. Start your child in quad skates and only graduate to inline skates once they’ve fully mastered the fundamental skills required in skating.

04

Avoid Uneven Surfaces

In order to prevent injuries, and damage to their skates, encourage your child to avoid uneven paving or gravel and dirty areas. Instead, stick to the smooth flat surfaces and paved areas.

05

Obey Traffic Laws

When skating outdoors, teach your children the rules of the road. For their safety, and everyone else on the road, they should obey all the traffic signals, keep right, and should never weave through traffic. Most importantly, never teach your child to “truck-surf” or hold onto any moving vehicles while wearing roller skates.

How to Make a PVC Roller Skate Trainer (DIY)

Almost everyone begins riding a bicycle with training wheels until they learn how to balance correctly, roller skating is not too different. A PVC roller skate trainer will help your child get the hang of the movement first so that they can progress on to learning the balancing next. It’s a great place to start for really young kids, or those who are a little unsteady on their feet.

What You’ll Need:

Hardware:

  • 14ft of 1-1/4 in. PVC Pipe
  • 3 x 1-1/4″ PVC Caster Fitting Inserts
  • 2 x 1-1/4” Standard PVC Tee
  • 2 x 1-1/4” 90 Degree Elbow
  • 1 x 1-1/4” 4-Way Tee
  • 1 x 1-1/4” 3-Way Elbow
  • 3 x Threaded Caster Wheels

Tools:

  • Measuring Tape
  • Hammer
  • PVC Cutter / Hand Saw / Mitre Saw
  • Drill and Screw Driver OR PVC Cement
1-1/4” Caster Fitting Insert
1-1/4” Caster Fitting Insert
1-1/4” Standard PVC Tee
1-1/4” Standard PVC Tee
1-1/4” 90 Degree Elbow
1-1/4” 90 Degree Elbow
1-1/4” 4-Way Tee
1-1/4” 4-Way Tee
1-1/4” 3-Way Elbow
1-1/4” 3-Way Elbow
Caster Wheels
Caster Wheels

Step 1:

Using either a PVC cutter, hand saw, or mitre saw – cut the PVC pipe into 7 x 24″ sections.

Step 2:

Join two 24″ PVC pipes into the left and right sides of the 1-1/4” 4-Way Tee.

How to Make a PVC Roller Skate Trainer (DIY) - Step 2

Step 3:

Insert the 1-1/4” Standard PVC Tee’s on the ends of the PVC pipes to create a base frame

How to Make a PVC Roller Skate Trainer (DIY) - Step 3

Step 4:

Connect the caster wheels to the caster fitting inserts

How to Make a PVC Roller Skate Trainer (DIY) - Step 4

Step 5:

Connect the assembled caster wheels to the base frame

How to Make a PVC Roller Skate Trainer (DIY) - Step 5

Step 6:

Join two 24″ PVC pipes to the 3-Way Elbow

How to Make a PVC Roller Skate Trainer (DIY) - Step 6

Step 7:

Insert the 90 Degree Elbows on the ends of the PVC pipes to create the handle bars

How to Make a PVC Roller Skate Trainer (DIY) - Step 7

Step 8:

Connect the handle bars and base frame to the renaming three 24″ PVC pipes

How to Make a PVC Roller Skate Trainer (DIY) - Step 8

Step 9:

To secure all the connection points and prevent the frame from coming loose, either drill holes and secure with screws or use a PVC cement to hold the parts in place.

How to Make a PVC Roller Skate Trainer (DIY) - Step 9

Top Pick
Roller Derby Girl’s Trac Star Adjustable Roller Skate

The best roller skates for kids. Great for both beginner and intermediate roller skaters, the Trac Star is size-adjustable and suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

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