Before getting into the specifics of the hottest scooters in skate parks, it’s important to understand something very important. Skate parks have rules and those rules are rarely if ever posted. Skate culture disseminates these rules in a natural way. This is largely because riding a skateboard is very hard to do at first, and those who get good at it learn from others and by the nature of their skill, have a high commitment to it. Scooters are easy to learn to use, so unlike skateboards, one can learn on one’s own and think one is ready for the skate park without the contextual knowledge of skater culture, or any way of gauging one’s skill by comparing it to others’. TLDR: If you show up to a skate park with a scooter, the skaters will not be happy because they will expect you to be a dangerous beginner.
The basic etiquette of the skate park has to do with right of way. The skate park isn’t a sandbox, so it’s important that riders be willing to take their turns on the obstacles. If everyone tried to go all at once it would result in crashes. Imagine cutting someone in line for an obstacle, but they’re already in motion and going faster than you. This will result in a collision and you could get seriously hurt. This is true for skateboarding and for riding a kick scooter.
If you plan on visiting a skate park with your kid and your kid rides a kick scooter, you should first make sure your kid knows the rules, so visit a few times just to watch. Talk to some of the skaters (and or their parents if they are there) to learn the rules of the road. Once your kid is hip to the rules, you need to make sure they have the right gear. This is where the scooter itself comes in.
So what kinds of scooters are kids riding at the skate park? They are called Pro Scooters or Stunt Scooters, keep reading to checkout stunt scooters by Arcade brand.
Arcade Pro Scooters – Stunt Scooter for Kids 8 Years and Up
If your child is eight or older and this scooter fits them, then this is a budget-friendly option for having fun at the skate park. This Stunt Scooter may be built for kids, but it has a mature look. It can be purchased in a number of colors, or a “murdered-out” all black model that begs to be covered with stickers. It’s essentially an adult kick scooter sized for kids, so no corners were cut making it. This slick ride has a smooth ride thanks to excellent bearings and a brake with a steel reinforcement built in. It comes in at about $60-$70USD so if that price appeals and the shoe fits, give it a shot.
Arcade Pro Scooters Plus Stunt Scooter for Kids 10 Years and Up
For children aged at least ten, the Arcade Pro Scooters Plus Stunt Scooter for Kids 10 Years and Up is the most hardcore choice for the age group without going to a custom build. This model is more than just a scaled up version of Arcade Pro’s scooter for younger kids. This kick scooter comes with pegs on both wheels, forward and aft, and while the wheels look plastic, they aren’t! The wheels are made out of aluminum and covered in PU to protect the internal structure. The chromoly tubing used in its construction is the same material used to make Trek mountain bikes and will take plenty of punishment.
Fuzion Z300 Pro Scooter Complete Trick Scooter – Stunt Scooters for Kids 8 Years and Up, Teens and Adults
For older kids or adults within this kick scooter’s tolerances, the Fuzion Z300 Pro Scooter Complete Trick Scooter – Stunt Scooters for Kids 8 Years and Up, Teens and Adults is a pick for the serious rider. This is a full scale trick scooter with a steel fork and a deck built not just to handle the weight of the rider but some heavy impacts. Coming in at about $140-$150USD, this scooter is actually worth the investment if it fits the rider’s body type. The deck is wide, with a steel ladder forming its spine, allowing a concave dip in the center of the deck, allowing the rider to maintain contact while leaning the scooter way over to one side. For serious scooterists in the skate park, nothing but the best will do.