Children, teens ring in 2014 at Skate World
Dec. 31, 2013 at 6:31 a.m.
Makenna Fox got her first pair of skates Christmas morning - they were purple and pink with the enchanted Tinkerbell adorning the sides - and on New Year's Eve, she took them for a spin.
She held tightly to her dad's hand as she wobbled around the rink, her short, blond hair fanning around her face, and by the second lap, she was a pro. She even won the night's first contest: the Limbo.
"I'm not scared," she said, a charming smile on her face.
And then she fell.
Makenna and a few dozen other children joined the staff at Skate World in Victoria to ring in the New Year.
The annual all-ages event kicked off at 7 p.m., and to keep the party going, pop music poured from the speakers and contests marked each half-hour.
This was the first year that Makenna and her family attended the event. "It's the family thing to do," her mother, Kristen Howe, said.
Regina Matlock agreed.
She typically stays home for the holiday, but this year, she brought her 11-year-old daughter and her daughter's friends to the skating rink to celebrate 2014.
"It's great," she said about the party. "It's good for them to have something to do."
Kaitlyn and her friends said the best part was the music.
"It's fun," they said in unison.
Jada Sanchez, 12, said she goes to the rink every Friday, but this is her first time at the late-night skate.
She usually pops fireworks with her family but is trading in the tradition to spend the entire night at the rink.
General manager Raymond Garza Jr. said the New Year's celebration is something that Skate World has done for as long as he can remember.
He even skated at the party when he was a kid.
"It's tradition," he said. "It's something the kids look forward to every year."