Family members young and old enjoy hours of bowling, billiards, and arcade gaming inside the friendly confines of Carl Richard Bowling Centers. Visitors dine on food and soda from the snack bar, enjoy cold brews in the lounge, or perfect their game during tournaments or league matches for both adults and children, as well as blacklit bouts of cosmic bowling on Friday and Saturday nights.
Broken Arrow Lanes facilitates pin-crushing revelry throughout the week with youth and adult leagues and open-bowling hours on 36 lanes. Flat-screen televisions suspended above each lane display players' scores and heated debates between news pundits and teleprompters. The alley also envelops a pro shop, a redemption-based game room, and a full-service dining area, where patrons can snag handheld meals such as burgers, sandwiches, and pizza slices but not bowling balls.
As a kid, Micky Bolin roamed Sahoma Lanes, lending a helping hand to his grandfather, who opened the bowling alley in 1960. Over the years, the business switched hands from his grandfather to his father, with Micky taking over as manager in 2005. Today, the alley's 24 lanes still foster a fun, competitive atmosphere but with the added bonus of automatic scoring and a fully loaded video-game area that would've caused accusations of time travel or Russian-spy connections on opening day. The center buzzes with energy during Saturday night cosmic bowling, when what Micky calls the "mom-approved" tunes and current music videos are emblazoned across 10-foot screens. Nearby, patrons clamor for a chance to net mammoth catches before humanely releasing them back into the motherboard of the Big Bass Pro arcade game or refuel with pizza and burgers at the snack bar. The bowling center hosts a roster of leagues, but the Colorama League stands out from the rest with more than $3,400 worth of cash prizes, which can fund future games or cover the cost of a bowling ball crushed during a fit of frustration. Yet staff members prefer Thursday-night leagues, when they lace up bowling shoes and join players in the lanes.
At Battlefield Lanes, the rumbling of rolling balls and clattering of pins fill the air as the alley’s flat-screen televisions keep score. On select nights, glow bowling transforms the facility with psychedelic colors set ablaze with black lights. To fuel orb-flinging arms, the alley’s snack bar dishes up pizza, popcorn, and hot dogs. After a nibble, guests can vary their competitive activities in the arcade room or at the fleet of billiards tables, where circling sharks munch on dropped pool cues.
Sixteen glossy lanes outfitted with hydraulic bumpers and automatic scoring machines await pin crushers of all stripes at Lighthouse Lanes, a Christian-owned bowling center that racks up spares and strikes for wholesome entertainment. Grab a pair of fashionable tri-tone kicks (a $2 value) and bowl to the pulsating rhythms of music under the stars during cosmic bowling hours, held every night of the week and throughout the day on weekends (up to a $4 value/game). A gentle learning curve for beginners and an exciting environment free of smoke and alcohol makes bowling at Lighthouse Lanes the most family-friendly sport not named Finnish wife-carrying. Bowlers tired of basting turkeys on the lanes can socialize with their pin-pummeling peers in several party and meeting rooms, check out the custom ball work in the pro shop, or challenge each other to billiard grudge matches in the arcade.
At Tilt Studio, black lights shine down on mini golfers playing 18 holes, the glow of neon green, pink, and orange fixtures lighting up their faces. Paintings of animal and human onlookers watch them as they shoot for hole-in-ones, sending balls flying beneath a bright obstacles, such as a miniature Eiffel Tower or a prowling tiger. In the jungle-themed laser-tag arena, players duck behind mock rocks and hide in the shadows beneath luminescent images of twisting pythons and laser-toting apes. This jungle theme extends into the arcade, where players will see a snarling King Kong looming above their heads. By filling their space with neon and larger-than-life decor, Tilt Studio transports patrons to another world, much like the elevator that connects Earth and Mars.