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Boston Bowl Family Fun Center is a modern yet nostalgic bowler’s haven thats open 24/7 all-year round with 30 traditional tenpin lanes as well as 14 ever-tricky candlepin lanes. Fully automated scoring systems keep track of every roll, and optional bumpers prevent balls from appearing in the gutters or into the nightmares of first-time bowlers. Once 10th frames have come and gone, Boston Bowl keeps players entertained with other forms of hands-on entertainment. In Dorchester, such activities include billiards, outdoor batting cages, and an arcade of more than 80 high-tech interactive video and prize games. The recently expanded Hanover location now includes state-of-the-art party rooms for private post-bowling soirees as well as a larger game room. In addition to the pizza and handcrafted beer, both locations offer an extensive catering and party menu for private events.
820 William T Morrissey Blvd
Dorchester,
MA
US
With an arsenal of informative magazines, elegant photographs, and illuminating documentaries, National Geographic has inspired planetary responsibility and natural wonderment for more than 120 years. Their latest filmed adventure, The Last Lions, ushers viewers into the wetlands of Botswana's Okavango Delta, where a lioness named Ma di Tau and her cubs fight for their survival. From fleeing raging fires and cub-killing rival prides to wading through crocodile-infested rivers and the supermarket at rush hour, this family suffers perils that leave audiences touched and awestruck. Crafted by award-winning filmmakers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, and narrated by Jeremy Irons, The Last Lions aims to raise awareness of dwindling big-cat populations while sharing a compelling story of hope. The film is rated PG for depictions of the food-chain cycle without the accompaniment of an Elton John song.
1 Kendall Sq
Cambridge,
MA
US
What makes it great: 26 candlepin lanes, 28 tenpin lanes, game room with pool tables and keno, craft beers on tap, and a lounge with flat-screen TVs, burgers, and pizza
195 Concord Tpke
Cambridge,
MA
US
Perfect for a casual night out with friends, Jillian's offers traditional American fare in a laid-back setting. Dieters beware — Jillian's does not offer low-fat cuisine. Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from Jillian's' full bar. Perfect for parties on the larger side, Jillian's also has a private area available for use. Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days. Music lovers will appreciate Jillian's' freshly mixed tunes spun by live DJs. A relatively loud restaurant, this is not the place for a quiet night out. If you plan to hit the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to fend off the crowds by calling ahead for a reservation. No need to dress up for a trip to Jillian's — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire. If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead. Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Jillian's offers catering. For diners who choose to drive to the restaurant, parking is readily available — the nearby lot offers optional valet, and street parking is also accessible. If you're too tired to drive, public transportation will also suffice; right around the corner are stops at Kenmore Station (Green), Yawkey (Framingham/Worcester), and Blandford St. (Green). The menu at Jillian's is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
145 Ipswich St
Boston,
MA
US
Inside Kings, it can be hard to pinpoint the source of clattering sounds and uproarious cheers. The noise might stem from the bowling section, where glowing squares of abstract, retro wall art bookend the alleys. It might also come from ricocheting billiard balls, a well-aimed skee-ball, or a shuffleboard shot in the game room. Maybe someone spotted a celebrity—Bill Murray, Salma Hayek, and Lady Gaga are all on an extensive list of past famous visitors. Wherever their origins, the telltale echoes of competition and camaraderie beckon to guests throughout the venue. They're accompanied in the air by the scents of comfort food, from staples such as sesame ginger wings to inventive fusions such as cheeseburger spring rolls. Sweeter aromas waft from multiple bars as the staff flavors martinis with gummy bears, pop rocks, and ice cream instead of the traditional fixings, olives or entire lemons on toothpicks. As for sights, the surroundings blend vintage flair with luminous technology. More than 30 high-definition televisions line the space, broadcasting sports games and bowling scores. Though the game-room amenities differ slightly based on the town—Boston's Back Bay has six Brunswick Gold Crown pool tables, and Dedham boasts four miniature-roller-ball lanes—each Kings location hosts group events, including parties and corporate getaways where you can finally laugh at your boss's ridiculous shoes. Weekly themed nights for the public also encourage dancing, karaoke, and trivia.
50 Dalton St.
Boston,
MA
US
Rack 'em up! Pool hall Scholars American Bistro and Cocktail Lounge in Boston is a great spot for an evening out. Low-fat foods are not on the menu at Scholars American Bistro and Cocktail Lounge, though, so plan to indulge a bit. TVs are also readily available in the bar area to broadcast the best games. Long guest list? Not a problem at Scholars American Bistro and Cocktail Lounge, where big parties will find plenty of room to spread out in comfort. Music lovers will appreciate Scholars American Bistro and Cocktail Lounge's freshly mixed tunes spun by live DJs. The bar can get full to bursting on a busy Friday or Saturday night, so the safest bet is to call ahead for a reservation. No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Scholars American Bistro and Cocktail Lounge — it's strictly casual. If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead. Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the bar. Checks are bigger than average at the bar, so prepare your wallet. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Scholars American Bistro and Cocktail Lounge, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
25 School St
Boston,
MA
US