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The best kids' bowling alleys in NYC

Strike! Our favorite kids' bowling alleys offer glow-in-the-dark games, tasty bites, cool arcades and more.

Allie Early
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Danielle Valente
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Allie Early
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Lace up those funky shoes and ready that throwing arm! Our favorite kids' bowling alleys in NYC are sure to inspire some friendly competition amongst your brood. 

There's a lot more to bowling these days than lanes, balls and pins, alone. While you can still find relatively old-school alleys at Astoria Bowl and Whitestone Lanes, some of the venues on our list have taken the game next-level. At Bowlore Lanes at Chelsea Piers, for example, there is lounge seating, a wall of giant televisions and meal delivery straight to your lane - oh, plus laser tag and an arcade. And at Brooklyn Bowl, there's regular live music, including the family-friendly event Rock N' Roll Playhouse where the band plays classic rock hits from groups like The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. There are also lots of options on our list for little ones who tend towards gutter balls instead of strikes: Bumpers are available at Rab's Country Lanes, Bowlmor Lanes Times Square and Bowlerland. Kick things up a notch by visiting during black light/glow-in-the-dark bowling hours. If you've got something special to celebrate, several of these spots even have awesome birthday parties for kids. Don't forget the socks!

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  • Greenwood
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The vibrant Sunset Park bowling alley is perfect for anyone in the who is in search of a little competition. Thanks to a variety of specials and leagues, visitors of all ages and skill levels will find something that suits them. The colorful venue becomes even more so on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7pm thanks to glow bowling. When the kids tire of the game, be sure to refuel at the snack counter or change the pace with a visit to the arcade. Learn more about each special and pricing online

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It comes as no surprise that the mecca of NYC sports would have nothing less than a jaw-dropping bowling experience for its visitors. Those who venture to Bowlmore Lanes at Chelsea Piers will find 40 lanes, lounge seating, meals delivered right to your lane and giant TVs, which is perfect for the little ones who get antsy while waiting for their turn! Oh, and when you're done, don't forget to check out the laser tag and arcade. We recommend coming fully energized to this epic entertainment destination. 

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Although the Manhattan hotspot caters to an adult clientele, the whimsical, lively venue, accentuated with comfy accommodations and chic neon lights, is also great for families. Lanes start at $60/hr or your crew can take advantage of a package which offers two hours of fun competing against one another, shoe rentals and even grub! That's right: feast on chicken tenders or pizza in between rounds. You'll need to refuel to gain a top score!

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Arguably the hippest spot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bowl practically screams "cool" thanks to its exposed brick and shiny lanes. The hipster vibe is taken a step further with great eats; in between turns, visitors can munch on bites like mac & cheese balls, ribs, smoked wings and other comfort food options courtesy of Blue Ribbon. Part bowling alley, part venue space, the destination is also home to fun live performances, including the family-friendly Rock N' Roll Playhouse on Sundays at noon, where musicians cover the greats like The Beatles, Hendrix and other notable classic rock bands. Be mindful that the venue is 21+ after 6pm, but you can take advantage of Family Bowl from noon–5pm on Saturdays and noon–6pm on Sundays. The cost is $25 per lane per half hour with up to eight players on a lane. 

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The Queens bowling alley boasts plenty of kid-approved amenities: glow-in-the-dark games, birthday parties, leagues and—a huge win for mom and dad—reasonable rates. Although prices range from $6–$8 per person ($12–$16 per hour), you have to make an effort to get there before 6pm Monday–Friday: That's when juniors and seniors get to play for $4! Sounds as lovely as a strike! 

Bowlmor Lanes Times Square
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This NYC-themed bowling spot features 48 lanes in seven private bowling lounges inspired by different times and places in New York history. Example: In 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. Lightweight balls and bumpers are available for tykes. If you work up an appetite, next-level pub fare can be delivered straight to your lane. 

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7. Bowlerland

Open seven days a week, this 32-lane bowling hotspot offers plenty of cool stuff to enjoy, including black light bowling, finger food (like chicken fingers) for the tykes and bumpers if they're needed. Bowlerland also doesn't charge for shoes. Leave the credit cards at home because this venue is cash only. BowlerlandBronx (bowlerlandbowling.com)

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It offers 48 lanes (all with bumpers), touch-screen score computers and a snack bar in case you get hungry, and there's a Laser Maze challenge to walk through (for a small fee). Rab's is also the place to be if you have a mini bowling fanatic on your hands, since it offers tons of youth league bowling opportunities throughout the year. Weekday rates range from $28–$35 and weekend rates range from $37–$42. 

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Lucky Strike is a hip hangout spot for the 21 and older crew after 7pm, but this is still a great bowling venue for families and their kiddos during the day. Lace up your bowling shoes and roll to your heart’s content while tummies are satisfied with grilled cheese sandwiches, mini corn dogs and burgers. 

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10. Whitestone Lanes

Whitestone Lanes is open late for serious bowlers, but with little ones, we'd suggest visiting on Monday and Tuesday nights and on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The venue also offers amazing party packages for kids. Whitestone Lanes, Queens (whitestonelanes.net). 

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