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Best bowling alleys for New York City families

Enjoy life in the fast lane at these bowling hotspots with extras like arcade games, tasty finger food and group discounts

  • Bowlmor Times Square

  • Bowlmor Times Square

  • Brooklyn Bowl

  • Frames

  • Lucky Strike Lanes

  • Lucky Strike Lanes

  • Maple Lanes

  • Maple Lanes

  • Rab's Country Lanes

  • Rab's Country Lanes

Bowlmor Times Square

Bowling alleys are perfect for when you want to stay indoors, have some competitve fun, or just munch on disco fries. These local ten-pin venues have something for everyone, from all-you-can-bowl sessions, to theme nights, to cameras that let you check out your technique while you aim for a strike.

Manhattan

300 New York at Chelsea Piers

If you've been missing the nightclub scene since you had kids, you can catch a facsimile of it any afternoon with the whole family at this Chelsea Piers alley, where glitz meets gutter balls.

  1. Eleventh Ave, (at 23rd St), 10011
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Bowlmor Lanes Union Square

  • Price band: 2/4

Take five-and-older kids to the original Union Square mainstay, and tell them it's Willy Wonka's personal bowling alley. They'll totally believe you. Kids not allowed after 7pm on weekends and after 9pm on weekdays.

  1. 110 University Pl , (between 12th and 13th Sts), 10003
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Bowlmor Lanes Times Square

  • Price band: 2/4

Opened in 2010, this NYC-themed bowling spot features seven funky lanes (only five are appropriate for kids, though). At the "Chinatown Lounge," young players can hit a giant gong when they bowl a spare or strike; there's also a three-dimensional dragon that pops off the wall. For Skee-ball, caramel corn, and carnival kitsch, head to the Coney Island room*. Other kid-friendly lanes include Central Park, Art Deco and Pop New York. As with most bowling alleys, lightweight balls and bumpers are available for tykes. If you get hungry while bowling, order treats from chef David Burke's menu (mini corn dogs** are a kid fave) and they'll be delivered straight to your lane.

  1. 222 W 44th St, (between Seventh and Eighth Aves), 10036
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Frames

  • Price band: 1/4

Though this swanky bowling mecca (formerly the less chichi Leisure Time Bowl) has obvious appeal for grown-ups (cocktails, a lounge and dance club), it also offers packages for families. Twenty-five bucks per person covers bowling, soda, shoes, pizza and a chicken-bite platter. Monday through Saturday before 5pm and all day Sunday. Kids' parties and family brunch are also available.

  1. 550 Ninth Ave, (at 40th St), 10018
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Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounge

  • Price band: 2/4

This Hollywood-inspired alley enforces a strict dress code at night, but families that visit during the day can take advantage of a more relaxed atmosphere. An extensive menu (mac and cheese bites, soft pretzel dippers, and truffle goat cheese mini burgers) rounds out the experience. Kids not allowed after 5pm Mon–Fri, and after 7pm Sat–Sun.

  1. 624–660 W 42nd St, (at Twelfth Ave), 10036
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Brooklyn

Brooklyn Bowl

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Although this concert-venue-cum-16-lane-alley typically attracts party-seeking, PBR-drinking twenty-somethings, on weekend afternoons it opens its doors to all ages. Nosh on comfort-food faves like Sloppy Joes and fried chicken while trying for a lucky strike or two. Family hours Sat–Sun noon–6pm.

  1. 61 Wythe Ave, (at North 11th St), 11211
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Maple Lanes

  • Price band: 1/4

If you're looking to knock down some pins before dinner, gather up that pocket change and head to this 48-lane locale for 99 cent games Monday through Friday from 3 to 6pm. Or take advantage of the Family Pack, $50 on weekdays and $70 on weekends and includes two hours of bowling for up to six people.

  1. 1570 60th St, (at 16th Ave), 11219
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Melody Lanes

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Every night is kids night at this straight-up alley with non-ironic bowling teams. From 5-6:30pm daily, families pay $17 per person for two games and shoe rental, complete with soda and popcorn.

  1. 461 37th St, (at Fifth Ave), 11232
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Shell Lanes

  • Price band: 1/4

This classic nine-pin joint offers $3 games on weekends: Saturdays 9am to 6pm and Sundays 9am to 5pm. The venue's pretty basic, but the prices make this hub worthwhile.

  1. 1 Bouck Ct, (at Shell Rd), 11223
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Strike 10 Lanes

  • Price band: 1/4

Strike a bargain at this spacious spot with two hours of play plus shoe rental for up to five bowlers for $50 on weekdays, $70 on weekends. Spend your savings on sinful cheese fries to celebrate a good game. Kids must be accompanied by adults after 9 pm.

  1. 6161 Strickland Ave, (at Mill Ave), 11234
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Queens

Astoria Bowl

  • Price band: 1/4

Formerly Maric Lanes, the revamped bowling spot boasts glow-in-the-dark lanes and touchscreen scoring monitors. With bumpers and arcade games for kids, and a swanky sports lounge and bar for parents, Astoria Bowl offers fun for everyone.

  1. 19-45 49th St, (between 19th and 20th Aves), 11105
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Jib Lanes

  • Price band: 1/4

Get ready to play! Enjoy two hours of bowling and free shoe rental for up to six people 9am to 5pm on weekdays for $59.99, and $69.99 on weekends. Strike!

  1. 67-19 Parsons Blvd, (between 65th and Jewel Aves), 11365
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Whitestone Lanes

  • Price band: 1/4

Early risers can catch $19 all-you-can-bowl sessions from 8am to 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays, as long as they don't mind eating chicken wings and fries for breakfast.

  1. 30-05 Whitestone Expwy, (at Ulmer St), 11354
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Staten Island

Rab's Country Lanes

  • Price band: 1/4

Gutter balls be gone at this alley, which uses automatic bumpers that can be turned off when aspiring Lebowskis play. Bonus: Bathrooms are squeaky clean, perfect for washing those little hands before hitting the in-house pizzeria.

  1. 1600 Hylan Blvd, (at Raritan Ave), 10305
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Showplace Entertainment Center

  • Price band: 1/4

This alley is perfect for tech-loving gamers. Video screens let you watch yourself bowl, while ice cream, ices and shakes keep everyone fueled for multiple games of air hockey and Skee-Ball in the game room. Monday through Friday from noon to 5pm, enjoy one hour of bowling, four shoe rentals and a pizza for only $25—just be sure to mention the deal at check-in.

  1. 141 E Service Rd, (at Wild Ave), 10314
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