The newly renovated Ranch Bowl fuels friendly competition with fully automated lanes, flat-screen TVs, and on-site eats at Ranch Bowl bar and grill. Throughout the week, the alley's smoke-free policy encourages families to unwind and breathe deep as they roll their way toward pin-crushing dominance. The center hosts both casual and competitive leagues to keep bowlers on their toes. And to keep aliens confused and cooperative, Ranch Bowl maintains Kosmic bowling hours on Friday and Saturday nights.
Ward Parkway Lanes facilitates retro-inspired entertainment throughout the week with a well-maintained array of synthetic bowling lanes equipped with all-ages-friendly bumpers. Rock & Bowl takes place each Saturday and Sunday, featuring music selected and spun by live local DJs. In addition to bowling, the alley houses a full bar and grill, a billiards room, a video arcade, and a full-service pro shop for folks looking to pick up bowling bags, shoes, and balls to replace the ones they lost in the alley's challenging water hazards.
Open late seven days a week—until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and until midnight the rest of the week—Z Strike Bowling plies its patrons with bowling, comfortable couches, and a full sit-down restaurant. Bowlers can scatter pins on lanes reserved in advance, a practice that prevents long waits and frustrated customers rolling balls at piles of street shoes. Between games, visitors can nosh at the onsite eatery, with a menu filled with cheeseburgers, pork sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, and a full bar.
Voted Best Bowling on the Kansas City A-List in 2008 and 2009, Gladstone Bowl has entertained strikers, rollers, and turkeys for more than 50 years. Ditch the usual weekend routine of sitting at home in the dark and come experience galactic bowling, where you can bowl in the dark. Gladstone Bowl is transformed as black lights hypnotize regular lights into setting the alley aglow. Send radiant comets shooting down a glimmering lane as neon lights tango with the pins. Spirited music sets rental-clad feet in motion, and automatic scoring flashes above each sleek lane on an overhead screen, announcing winners, losers, and innovatively concise nicknames.
Diamond Bowl, a refreshing fusion of bowling alley and robust restaurant, serves as a hangout for pin-battering rollers hungry for lane-thundering action and thirsty for food. Games ($5) on Diamond’s eight lanes keep hook-happy fingers limber, and shoes ($3) safeguard feet from toe-stomping sore losers. Follow up your fourth turkey with tangible foodstuffs from Diamond's full menu, such as the blackened-salmon sandwich on a kaiser roll ($7.99), the well-rounded bowling burger ($7.49), or the crispy chicken-tender salad ($8.99). Serious contenders can take a break from finger calisthenics to enroll in one of Diamond Bowl's leagues, and casual players can pair their match play with drinks from Diamond’s fully stocked bar, or they can watch a less phalange-intensive sport on one of nine crystalline HD TVs. Hourly games are also available.
Glossy hardwood bowling lanes explode with the sounds of crashing pins at Aaron's Family Fun Center, where an arcade, outdoor mini-golf course, and six sand volleyball courts keep all manner of attentions entertained. The 32-lane array gives ample space for individual and league play, though larger parties can opt to reserve The Den, a private, elegant bowling alley featuring six lanes, library-paneled walls, and no restrictions on false old-timey mustaches. The mini-golf course challenges putters to 18 holes with a range of colorful obstacles for year-round enjoyment, though unfavorable weather may limit off-season play to all but the most wind-resistant of miniature athletes.