Strike Zone Alleys hosts leagues, tournaments, parties, and open-bowling sessions, allowing visitors to knock down bowling pins for hours on end. Strike Zone's team accommodates those lengthy contests by staying open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. On select days, the 20-lane facility also turns up the music and turns on its black lights for glow bowling.
Colonial Fitness' technicolored gym boasts a battalion of exercise equipment and energetic group classes to motivate guests of all ages and abilities to reach their fitness goals. The certified trainers lead high-energy cardio-fitness classes to pump up muscles and heart rates alongside relaxing yoga classes to increase flexibility and decrease stress. Guests face off on racquetball courts or hit home runs on the basketball courts, toning muscles and burning calories while enjoying some friendly competition. As adults push their bodies' limits, they can rest assured while sending their children off to cavort in the child activity center under the staff's watchful eye. To rejuvenate after a calorie-torching workout, guests can unwind during a massage or tanning session, refuel with a protein-packed smoothie at the Hydration Station, or relax in the sauna and steam rooms.
Forty-eight gleaming, wooden lanes shimmer under bright lights as polished, multicolored bowling balls careen toward pins waiting at the other end. As friends, families, and bitter enemies take aim and release balls, flat-panel scoreboards automatically update scores alongside irresponsibly hilarious monikers. Occasionally, glow bowling dazzles the senses with pumping music, heady fog, and magnificent laser-light shows.
Beyond bowling, guests can also amuse themselves at one of the Billiard Hall’s 5 full-size pool tables, play their favorite tunes on the room’s private music system, or hit up the on-site pro shop to get tips, equipment, or inspiration for a new juggling routine. They can also grab a bite on site at The All-American Sports Pub, a space known for its HD TVs, karaoke nights, and the occasional rowdy round of pong or bar trivia.
For more than 15 years, the Reading Comedy Outlet has been busting guts with its weekly slate of up-and-coming laugh larks and old-hand guffaw gurus. Arrive early on a Friday or Saturday evening to stake a prime plot of side-splitting real estate for comic concerts including Vancouver chuckle-chucker Phil Hanley on April 15 and 16, and the two-for-one combo of headliners Davin Rosenblatt and Cal Verduchi in late April. Ticket prices average between $13 and $14 per person. While not included in today's Groupon, the Alley Oops Sports Pub cooks up a full menu that includes sandwiches, funnel-cake fries, and slushies mixed with the flavorful tears of sad clowns.
After undergoing renovations in 2007, Jay Lanes Bowling emerged with 24 freshly resurfaced lanes, brand-new furniture, and electronic scoring monitors. Patrons slip into bright-orange and highlighter-yellow bowling shoes before hurling three-holed balls conveniently color-coded by weight—6 to 16 pounds—and body mass index. Jay Lanes Bowling also hosts Friday- and Saturday-night glow bowling and houses a pro shop with for-sale balls and shoes.
The clatter of fallen pins makes for a great party soundtrack at Stanton Lanes. Kids as young as three can host their birthday celebrations here, and to make sure that they score on the lanes, the staff engages ramps, bumpers, and motivational speakers that follow each rolling ball. Teens also throw parties to the tune of current hit songs, whereas adults gather for pizza- and coffee-fueled soirees. Of course, in the absence of a special event, bowlers arrive to pummel pins during open bowl.