At Vestavia Bowl Family Fun Center, kids are encouraged to knock things over. The staff strives to spread a passion for bowling through various youth incentives, from organized leagues to the Kids Bowl Free promotion—a system that awards children complimentary games to take up summer free time. The staff even lends out kits to area P.E. teachers as part of the In-School Bowling Program, furnishing classes with balls, pins, carpeted lanes, and lengthy lesson plans on how to find the ball's finger holes.
By tutoring youngsters in bowling techniques, the center hopes to instill the same fondness for the sport held by its managerial team. Certified bowling coach Keith Henderson heads the pack of competitive players—many of whom boast sanctioned 300 games on their records—and oversees 34 lanes equipped with computers and overhead scoring monitors. For an ethereal gaming environment, black lights illuminate the lanes during select hours and birthday parties. Guests can also test their dexterity at pool tables and arcade games. Meanwhile, the snack bar preps burgers, hot dogs, and wings to pair with draft beers; patrons can even take advantage of Eat & Bowl specials, which offer a combo meal and two games for one price.
Brunswick Zone has been a trusted name in recreational pin pulverizing for more than a century, providing good times to patrons across the country. Friends and families season afternoons with a pleasant peppering of strikes, spares, and easygoing gutter balls under classic bowling conditions, or take the next bold step in ball-hurling evolution and engage in a round of cosmic bowling, where dancing lights, thumping tunes, and black-lit gear light up the full sensorium. At XL locations, game rooms beckon with nimble joystick workouts on classic and modern arcade games.
• For $15, you get a bowling outing for two (up to a $32.50 value). The bowling outing includes the following: • One hour of open bowling any time except Friday and Saturday nights after 9 p.m. (up to a $20 value) • Two shoe rentals (up to a $6.50 value) • One pitcher of soda (a $6 value)
Across nearly three-fourths of the United States, AMF Bowling Co. reverberates year-round as families, friends, and competitors send bowling balls in search of upright pins careening down slick lanes. The company first established itself as an industry leader in 1946, the same year the sport introduced automated pinspotters.
Today, more than 20 million bowlers annually make AMF their battleground for wars against pins. As the largest owner and and operator of bowling centers in the US, AMF locations offer high-tech scoring technology, a classic design, and a menu stocked with American-inspired classics such as wings, pizzas, burgers, and beer.
Thirty glossy lanes await pin pounders of all stripes at Bama Lanes, a locally owned bowling center that has been racking up spares and strikes for more than 35 years. Players are first outfitted with a rented pair of slide-friendly soles (a $3 value) allowing them to take to the lanes with the same smooth, slick grace of butter melting on a Motown record. Duckpin-hunting season commences as bowlers test their backspin techniques in two 10-frame games (up to a $7.50 value) that can be shared with a friend or played-out in a double-dose of skill-boosting solitude. Between frames, Bama Lanes keeps somnolent strike-throwers energized with a complete snack bar and pro shop, and a postgame party lounge hosts pocket billiards and joyous karaoke sing-alongs that may inspire pins to knock themselves over in silent protest.
Ace Bowling Center allows folks of all ages to hurl spheres at pins like Zeus flinging a planet at the Rockettes. Pick team names based on favorite ice cream flavors, perfect synchronized post-strike dance moves, and bond with overgrown marbles at Ace Bowling Center. Nineteen giant projection screens are mounted throughout the space to accommodate the regular sports fan, and channels can be changed to keep your telenovela-watching record intact. Cosmic bowling presents an alternative to weekend laser-show routines, setting the mood with dark lighting and lively Friday and Saturday crowds. Classic bowling shoes are included in the deal. The bowling center is open seven days a week, so stop in for your shoe fitting and get in on the pin-bashing fun.