Duckpin bowling is a little like ten-pin bowling, in that there are ten pins. But as patrons at Victory Lanes have been discovering since 1984, that's about where the similarities end. Between the shorter pins and the smaller, finger hole-free ball, it's a bit tougher to roll a strike in this game. But that's why players at this classic alley roll three times per turn, unlike the two shots you see in ten-pin bowling or the zero shots you see in magician-only bowling.
Bowling at Sparetimes is all about fun and convenience. Bumpers in each of the 32 lanes rise and fall with ease so that parents and children can share a lane, and an automatic scoring system keeps track of frames as pins clatter to the floor. The snack bar provides sustenance in the form of pizza and sandwiches, while the arcade offers a chance to stretch out fingers on both hands. Bowlers also take a break between games at the Winners Circle sports bar, where they can continue enjoy a game of pool or electronic darts. On the weekends, the lights go low during glow bowl, when music videos take over the two 10‘x12’ screens hanging above the lanes and black lights give white T-shirts a bluish gleam so that they can be used to direct approaching UFOs to the parking lot.
The roar of felled pins fills the spacious confines of Pinboy's At The Beach, an independently owned bowling center that has been in operation for 30 years. Ball-hurlers clad in smooth-soled rental shoes seek out strikes on their alleyways seven days a week, while trying not to stare at their own reflections in the polished wood floor. After 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, the lights are dimmed and tunes are pumped up for Pinboys After Dark. Billiard tables provide alternative forms of friendly competition, and Pinboys can close its doors for a variety of private party packages including kids' birthday parties and adult parties with 2.5 hours of unlimited bowling.
No matter the day, a sense of competition fills the air at King Pin Lanes. The sound of clattering pins and congratulatory high-fives echoes as bowlers roll strikes down the alley's 32 gleaming lanes. Automatic scoring systems allow visitors to focus on their upcoming bowls instead of adding up frames, and groups with kids 10 and younger can add bumpers to each gutter to help little ones get into the competitive spirit. Every Friday and Saturday, a DJ spins tunes to soundtrack cosmic bowling sessions with requests dominating after 9 p.m. At King Pin Cafe, King Pin Lanes' snack bar, bowlers gather all week long around plates of tater tots or freshly grilled burgers for conciliatory snacks after intense games or bowling shoe insults, while a full-service restaurant and lounge, Midlo's Bite is also available.
Swaders Sports Park fuels friendly competition between friends and family members with an endless series of sports and gaming opportunities. Guests jump into one of four different go-karts and zip around two tracks or guide golf balls past challenging obstacles and serene water features?such as waterfalls, streams, and nymphs holding water guns?on two 18-hole mini-golf courses. Golfers can also head to the driving range or smack a different kind of ball in the batting cages.
Inside the facility, a whirring collection of lights and sirens ricochet off the walls from more than 70 arcade games. A multilevel laser-tag arena conceals players behind towering glow-in-the-dark obstacles, and the Route 66 bowling alley allows guests to bowl on highway-themed lanes without the risk of potholes that comes from playing on regular highways.