We went bowling again yesterday. For Will’s birthday, a few weeks ago, we went to the center just down the street. The boys really enjoyed that, so we thought we’d try it again with my local Mom’s group. This time, we headed to a different bowling alley that had a special room for kid’s bowling with half-length lanes and 2.5 pound balls. On the pro side, it was cute and they had fun. As for the negatives:
- Ben was disappointed that the balls didn’t have finger holes and Will cried because bowling shoes were not required. We like to be authentic. 🙂
- The lanes were token operated, one 2 dollar token each kid, each game. Not cheap.
- The computer operated game allowed 30 seconds a frame before you lost your turn. We lost many a frame to our preschool-speed style of bowling. Annoying to me, especially knowing the cost, but not that big a deal to the kids.
- Due to our slower, not very powerful bowling, the balls kept getting stuck and I had to climb back near the pins several times to unstick them. The children followed me, of course, and got a kick out of seeing the pin setter up close.
So, really, overall, the arcade-style bowling was good. We enjoyed ourselves. But, we’ll probably stick to real bowling next time.
If for nothing else, the shoes. 🙂