Kids' bowling alleys
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. We recommend participating in Family Night. The daily offering (from 5–7pm) is a $16 per person perk that entitles broods not only to two games and shoe rentals, but popcorn and soda for the kiddos. 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.
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.
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. For $29.95 per person, you and your crew can head to the attraction and take advantage of the family package, which offers two hours of fun competing against one another, free 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!
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.
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 $5–$6 per person ($10–$15 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 $3.50! Sounds as lovely as a strike!
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.
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. Bowlerland, Bronx (bowlerlandbowling.com).
It offers 48 lanes (all with bumpers), touch-screen score computers and a snack bar in case you get hungry, and there's also 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 $24–$80 and weekend rates range from $32–$90.
If bowling is more about the game than the frills, this Gravesend spot keeps the good times rolling while keeping costs down (open bowl starts at $4 per game). With 32 lanes there’s plenty of space, plus youth leagues for the dedicated young bowler. What’s more, they host kid birthday parties at very decent prices.
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 during and roll to your heart’s content while tummies are satisfied with grilled cheese sandwiches, mini corn dogs and burgers.
Whitestone Lanes is open 24/7 for those serious bowlers, but we’d suggest visiting on Monday and Tuesday nights and on Saturday and Sunday mornings for all-you-can-bowl specials ($19/person). The venue also offers amazing party packages for kids. Whitestone Lanes, Queens (whitestonelanes.net).