The 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 excellent for teaching balance and developing gross motor skills. While a great outdoor activity, you can also use roller skates indoors at roller rinks, making them a value-for-money purchase.

Roller Derby Trac Star

Roller Derby Trac Star

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

Types of Roller Skates for Kids

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

Quad Skates

Quad Skates

The classic quad style of skates is the skates your see at indoor roller rinks. They resemble tennis shoes with four wheels, two in the front and two at the back. This style of skates provides the best balance and stability and is a great starting point for all beginner skaters.

Inline Skates

Inline Skates

Inline skates are slightly more advanced and require good balance to use. Using inline skates is similar to ice skating, just minus the ice. Inline skates typically feature 4-5 wheels in a straight line down the shoe’s sole, each wheel behind the one in front of it. Inline skates are better suited for older children and teens or kids already comfortable skating. 

How Roller Skates Should Fit

Selecting the right size roller skates for kids can be tricky. A snug fit is safest, but many children find this uncomfortable and often painful. 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 is recommended that you purchase the same size as your child’s regular shoes or one shoe size bigger. But not more than that. Most manufacturers match their sizing to the popular shoe brands to help the customer find the best fit. 

A few sizing tips:

  • Check where your toes are when you first try your roller skates on. If your toes are barely touching the front of the shoe, you will be fine, but if your toes are squished or curled, consider trying a bigger size because this pair is too small.
  • While your skates are in, position yourself as if you are skating – knees bent. You will notice your toes moving slightly back into the shoe; this indicates how the shoes will fit after a few sessions. 
  • Have your child move their toes to the front of the shoes and check the space behind their heels. If there is about a pencil width, you have some growing room. Ensure the area is no smaller than a pencil but no bigger than a finger.
  • As each brand has its sizing chart, refer to their chart to get the correct fit for your child.

What are the benefits of roller skating?

Roller skating is a wonderful cardio workout for your children. It provides an opportunity to blend fun and exercise into one activity. 

  • It helps with weight control and calorie burning. 
  • It builds muscle strength.
  • It improves your child’s balance.
  • It exercises your heart.
  • It helps manage and prevent Diabetes 2.
  • It improves your endurance. 
  • It increases the dopamine levels in your body.
  • It is a low-impact cardio workout
  • It creates an opportunity to teach your children road safety and rules.
  • It helps your child develop their gross motor skills

How to Buy Roller Skates for Kids

The Size of the Shoe

When selecting a size, you want a shoe of the skate to have a snug fit while not squashing your child’s toes. Your child’s toes should barely be touching the front of the shoes, and there needs to be about a pencil space between your child’s heel and the back of the shoes. If you’d like to buy a size up, it’s recommended to stick to your child’s actual shoe size or one size bigger—no more than that. 

If you want a pair that will last a few years, consider purchasing a size adjustable roller skate. These are the skates where the skate is extendable length-wise to accommodate those growing feet, such as the Roller Derby Trac Star. 

The Brand

Some brands are known for their roller skates, like Roller Derby. Brands focusing on a specific niche tend to be more thoughtful and practical in their product designs. They have expert knowledge of the products and understand the customers’ issues and success using their products. 

The Chassis Design and Type

A chassis is the base frame of the roller skate. It provides the strength needed to support the weight of all the shoe’s components and the riders. The chassis is a significant component of the safety system of the roller skate; it keeps the shoe rigid and stable.

You’ll find three main chassis with quad roller skates for kids: tractor, truck, and torsion beam. 

The tractor chassis sits low on its four wheels. The two front wheels are much smaller than the two large rear wheels, like a tractor the chassis was named after. It’s kind of like having training wheels but for roller skates. The truck chassis sits higher on its wheels and has the traditional wheel arrangement—even-sized wheels on a chassis that carries weight across the chassis evenly. The torsion beam chassis has four wheels mounted onto a single axis suspended by springs. This design acts as a shock system that smooths the ride on rough terrain.


There are various types of skates, ranging in use and terrain. The two kinds of roller skates for kids on this list are inline and quad skates. Both types are for indoor or road use. Inline skates consist of four wheels in a straight line behind each other from head to toe. Quad skates are four wheels placed like the wheels of a car, two in the front and two at the back. 

Your Child’s Skill Level

The type of roller skate you purchase depends on your child’s skill level. Quad skates are generally for beginners, those new to skating and don’t have the needed balance skills. Inline skates are more for the intermediates, those who have roller skated before or have good balance. 

Indoor or Outdoor

Skating indoors or outdoors is a choice based on preference. It’s important to consider your child’s skill level, awareness of their surroundings, and how brave they are. Skating on tar or paved roads could require more balance because of the uneven surface, surface texture, and potholes. Your child should be aware of their surroundings when roller skating on the road for their safety. They need to be mindful of any oncoming vehicles. 

Roller Skating Safety Checklist

  • Safety Gear: Your child should always wear the correct safety gear when roller skating; this includes a snug-fit helmet, elbow, knee pads, 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 mainly included fractures, wrists, and lower arms sprains, taking us to our next point.
  • Teach your children to fall correctly: That might sound strange, but falling is almost guaranteed to happen while learning to roller skate. You can avoid the fractures and sprains mentioned above by teaching your child how to fall correctly. What’s the best way to fall? Try rolling with the fall and come down in a tumble form on your arm and side. Learning how to move with a fall is essential in avoiding broken bones. 
  • Stick to the appropriate skill level: Kids with no experience or skills in skating with quad skates will 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. How the wheels are positioned on a quad skate offers more stability by creating a lower center of gravity. This stability makes it easier for beginners to learn to skate and improve their balance and confidence. 
  • Avoid uneven surfaces: To prevent injuries and damage to their skates, encourage your child to avoid uneven paving, gravel, and dirty areas. Instead, stick to smooth, flat surfaces and paved areas. The smooth areas, such as even, quiet roads and maintained sidewalks, are the perfect place for beginners to skate. However, it is recommended to avoid uneven terrains because something such as a small stone can bring your skate to a halt, and the momentum could throw your child off balance. 
  • Obey traffic laws: When skating outdoors, teach your children the road rules. For their safety and everyone else on the road, they should obey all the traffic signals, keep right, and never weave through traffic. Never teach your child to “truck-surf” or hold on to moving vehicles while wearing roller skates.

How to Make a PVC Roller Skate Trainer (DIY)

Almost everyone rides 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 they can progress on to learning balancing next. It’s a great place to start for really young kids or those who are a little unsteady.

What you’ll need:


  • 14ft of 1-¼”. 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


  • Measuring Tape
  • Hammer
  • PVC Cutter / Hand Saw / Mitre Saw
  • Drill and Screwdriver OR PVC Cement

Step 1:

Using either a PVC cutter, handsaw, or miter 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.

PVC Step 2

Step 3:

Insert the 1-1/4″ Standard PVC Tees on the ends of the PVC pipes to create a base frame.

PVC Step 3

Step 4:

Connect the caster wheels to the caster fitting inserts.

PVC Step 4

Step 5:

Connect the assembled caster wheels to the base frame.

PVC Step 5

Step 6:

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

PVC Step 6

Step 7:

Insert the 90 Degree Elbows on the ends of the PVC pipes to create the handlebars.

PVC Step 7

Step 8:

Connect the handlebars and base frame to the renaming three 24″ PVC pipes.

PVC Step 8

Step 9:

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

PVC Step 9

Frequently Asked Questions

What Special Gear Should I Purchase?

Safety gear is the most important; ensure your child has a correctly fitted helmet, elbow and knee pads, and wrist guards. A PVC roller skate trainer is handy gear for fresh beginners. It helps kids learn the basic 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. It’s like training wheels on a bike; they’re easy to make yourself.

What is a Good Age to Start Roller Skating?

Around four to five years old. Most kids will be interested in roller skating and have 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.

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 has separate skates for each. Using roller skates designed for indoor use will wear the wheels down and prevent them from providing the grip needed for indoor roller skating.

Roller Derby Trac Star

Roller Derby Trac Star

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

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