Lynnwood Bowl and Skate has sprung from a history so illustrious that the city of Lynnwood awarded its owners with a certificate officially recognizing its impact on local culture. That history began in 1956, when Lynnwood Lanes first opened. Two years later came Lynnwood Roll-A-Way, which was a separate endeavor until Lynnwood Bowl and Skate's current owners merged the businesses in 2006 with a major revamp. In August of that year, a renovation team resurfaced the lanes and roller rink, updated the computerized bowling system to accommodate the entirely new post-Y2K numeric system, and installed a glass door between the bowling alley and skating rink.
In addition to structural renovations, a fresh staff worked out the kinks that previously plagued the Bowl and Skate; they abolished leagues in lieu of exclusively open bowling hours and further diversified the center's activities by erecting the Asteroid climbing wall, a space-themed expanse of glowing handholds. Once visitors have exhausted their energy stores at the climbing wall, bowling lanes, or skating rink, they can gear up for round two at The Roll Bar, where cocktails flow alongside burgers and pizzas and skate-clad visitors flatten out too-thick crusts by rolling over them.
During the day, the space echoes with sounds like thunderclaps, but on weekend nights, black lights and thumping music move in and take over. It could be one of two things: a bowling alley or a rave on Mount Olympus. Spin Alley Bowling Center is the former?a playground for friendly competition, where mythology is made with every 7-10 split or series of strikes. This bowling alley features five big-box speakers and a large screen that broadcasts music videos, as well as a full bar and a restaurant that dishes out piping-hot pizzas. Every Friday and Saturday night, Spin Alley lets its hair down during cosmic bowling, a multisensual experience where sound, light, and fog add a festive element to the game.
For the last 55 years, Kenmore Lanes has given locals a safe, family-friendly place to celebrate birthdays, engage in friendly competition, or just drop by for some pancakes and pin-demolition. Besides containing a whopping 50-lanes, and on-site pro shop, and a 20-game arcade, the alley also boasts a full-service restaurant
serving everything from early bird breakfast specials to bleu cheese burgers. Meanwhile, in the 11th frame lounge, adults will find plenty of excuses to hang around well-after the last strike, including nightly bartender specials, dart boards, and a juke box. And, if they stick around, players can enjoy free games of pool every night from 10 p.m. to closing or until their mom comes to pick them up.
Good old-fashioned, family-friendly fun is the focus at Evergreen Lanes, where guests find plentiful open-bowling times in addition to special events such as cosmic bowling. An onsite arcade allows guests to challenge their hand-eye coordination over a game of pool or pinball, and a full-service restaurant welcomes bowlers to refuel with fish and chips or spicy barbecue ribs while catching the game on one of the six flat-screen televisions.
The clatter of tumbling pins precipitate cheers over strikes and high scores in Roxbury Lanes & Casino’s bowling arena, and silent staring contests precede shouts of victory and wails of defeat in the venue’s daily poker tournaments. The tables feature many stripes of the classic card game, including Texas hold'em, four card, and pai gow, as well as double-deck blackjack. To refuel for further sporting, visitors retire to the built-in sports bar, where they chow down on new york strip steaks, custom burgers, and a full selection of breakfast eats in the comforting glow of flat-screen televisions and the bartender’s neon-rimmed glasses.
Time has a way of slowing down inside Skyway Park Bowl. People hold their breath for those few moments after they release their bowling balls. In the Lucky Dragonz Poker Room, dealers run frequent Texas Hold'em tournaments. The air is ripe with anticipation, especially when there's an opportunity to win some money, as happens regularly.
Other evenings bring more special events. On Thursdays, cosmic bowl turns on the black lights. Karaoke takes place every night, and live bands show up on weekends, like office workers who want to beat Monday traffic. The nightclub room doubles as a dining destination, where an onsite restaurant serves BBQ duck noodle soup and other Vietnamese cuisine. The nightclub room can also be rented for weddings, birthday parties, and other events.