Today’s Groupon invites you to follow up your tryptophan-tinged, fuzzy memory of Thanksgiving feasting with a far more elusive turkey—the kind that takes three strikes with a bowling ball to carve. For $25, you get two hours of bowling and shoe rental, plus a pitcher of soda, at MaxBowl Centers for you and up to five friends, family members, or rivals from the snobby Icelandic bowling team (a $52 value). You can use your Groupon at MaxBowl Centers’ North and East locations, except on league nights. Call ahead to make sure the pins are available for you to unleash heck on them."The Curse of the Swamp Ghost": When the Investigation Van breaks down next to a spooky swamp, scaredy-cat teen Rufus is sent to the nearest town to find a mechanic. While he's gone, Tom and the other bowlers swap stories about losing their virginity. The swamp ghost is revealed to be an old man worried about losing his swamp hut.
Del-Mar Lanes is set up for bowlers of all abilities: If you want to take your game to the next level, you can sign up for their league-bowling competitions, which meet five nights a week. Alternatively, players can also choose to plug the gutters with optional bumpers, which help level the playing field for younger players or those who prefer to bowl with footballs. As guests chase strikes and spares, Del-Mar Lanes’ snack bar keeps appetites at bay with fried mushrooms and hot dogs, which can be washed down with soft drinks or beer.
For six weeks, groups of 20- and 30-somethings meet to laugh, socialize, and share drinks with old and new friends. Oh, yeah—they also hurl heavy balls toward pins with hopes of winning the game, or something like that. Though Better Off Bowling Houston brings people together for regular bowling games, it doesn't make competition the star of the show. The co-ed league simply wants people to have fun, make new connections, and get out of their homes during winter months. Experts and complete newbies are both welcome, since teams—which can consist of up to 10 people—only count the scores of their top four bowlers. In fact, much of the event doesn't even take place in a bowling alley. After a couple of games, the festivities move to a predetermined bar where all the various teams mix and mingle.
It's not everywhere that a full speed collision results in peals of laughter—and it's kind of rare to see an amusement park ride rise and fall under a roof—but at It'z Family Food and Fun expectations tend to shatter. The muffled crashes of bumper cars swell and dissipate as youngsters scale a nearby 20-foot rock-climbing wall and grip the controls of more than 150 blinking, buzzing video-game consoles. But this utopic play land isn't for children alone. Adults can tap into their inner kid during a ride on the Disk-O, a whirling and twirling roller coaster or regret never having equipped their sedan with a nitrous booster. One of the most popular features, though, is bowling. The location spreads out regulation-size Brunswick lanes equipped with black lights, automatic scoring, and lounge areas brimming with comfort couches.
To keep their guests fueled, the staff also operates a buffet, where visitors choose from more than 40 salad fixings, al-dente pasta in an assortment of signature sauces, and oven-baked pizzas topped with italian sausage, basil, and jalapenos. Four dining rooms enhance meals with different themes: the vintage diner with cosmic black and silver chrome, as well as a stage and film screen, or the cartoon-themed cafeteria with checkered floors, Technicolor walls, and red benches.
Get Active! Get Social! helps singles and couples bust out of ruts to discover fun activities throughout the city, designing outings so that members make new friends as they go. "We like to think of ourselves as a downtown social club," says the event leader. She's in charge of organizing an itinerary of three or more activities per week that range from private cocktail parties and theater outings to skydiving and weekly social dance classes. Here, members connect through genres of Latin, swing, and country/western, which rotate on a monthly basis. "We strongly believe in the 'Live, Work and Play' motto," she says, "And it's fabulous when you can do it all in the same general area, and build friendships with those in your neighborhood."
Bowling isn’t just a hobby at 300 New York—it’s a vibrant social experience worthy of luxurious flourishes. That’s why cushioned lounge seats flank each of the 32 mood-lit lanes in the main concourse area. Each of these lanes faces a large screen that flashes music videos and tutorials on how to remove stuck fingers from bowling balls. Up in The Loft, bowlers can lounge and take in views of the concourse while sipping cocktails from the full-service bar. A dedicated wait staff connects them to offerings from the onsite bar and restaurant—an eatery known for serving dishes from executive chef Chad Bowser’s menu. Some of Chad’s creations include two-bite chicken or beef sliders and hand-battered fried calamari that can be paired with anything from beer to specialty martinis.