At each of Fat Cats' five locations, strikes and spares light up the screens of automatic scoring systems. Bowling balls roll and skip down lanes in normal conditions, against retractable bumpers, or under the fluorescent glow of Thunder Alley, when the facility transforms into a music-filled fusion of a bowling alley and dance club. Each lane's crashing pins echo the softer clacking of putters at the glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course and the ringing lightshow of the arcade. Elsewhere, the scents of pizza and deep-fried bowling balls waft through the fun haven. Each Fat Cats location partners with different restaurants, including The Pizza Factory at its Salt Lake facility and Champzz Bar at the Westminster location.
• For $75, you get an individual summer pass for bowling and laser tag (a $280 value based on an average 2 visits per week; value could potentially be higher for customers taking full advantage of this Groupon). • For $299, you get a family summer pass for bowling and laser tag for up to six family members (a $1,680 value based on an average 2 visits per week). Additional family members can be added for $40 per person.
At All Star Bowling and Entertainment's four locations promise entertainment for all ages with some combination of bowling, video games, karaoke, bumper cars, and laser tag. The new Draper location features laser tag (also available at two other locations), bumper cars, and mini bowling with shrunken lanes and pins. The Sandy location a laser frenzy game, which is a labyrinth of lasers, mirrors, haze, and cosmic lighting that players must navigate. All Star Lanes Bowling's locations also feature restaurants and sports bars with plenty of food, drinks, and TVs equipped with professional sports packages.
Big City Bowl enlivens the nightlife with urethane orbs supersonically tumbleweeding down well-oiled lanes. With this deal, up to six pin-clobberers get two hours of unlimited play, as well as bowling-shoe rental (a $2.50 value per rental), two large pitchers of soda (an $11.50 value), and two large orders of french fries (a $6 value), which can be dipped into bowling ball holes for extra horseradish flavor. With two hours of unlimited play, groups of six casual bowlers should be able to play about two games, and groups of six philosophers can play one game followed by intense debate as to whether predeterminism renders the picking up of a 7-10 split meaningless. All globe-slingers should call ahead to dodge longer wait times on league nights.
The clatter of victimized pins echoes across Orchard Lanes's 18-lane alley and family-fun center. Unless there is a league on the floor, Orchard Lanes's staffers are happy to bring down the lights for glow-in-the-dark bowling at a customer’s request during any of its daily open-bowling hours. For special occasions, party packages are available to equip revelers with the necessary pizza, ice cream, and goody bags, and Orchard Lanes has even played host to a wedding. A computerized scoring system logs each player’s achievements, and between frames, a stop at the full-service snack bar yields pizza and soda to refuel sphere-tossing muscles. The center is also home to billiards tables and an arcade that, like the fairest time-out corners, has a redemption center.
Classic Fun Center's Layton facility shelters its various attractions in a pirate-themed playground. Guests can rack up strikes on the mini-bowling lanes or ascend a three-story rock wall. The park also hosts a bounce area with inflatable slides and obstacles courses, as well as an arcade with more than 50 games such as skee-ball and Deal or No Deal, where kids teach the computer how to pinky swear. Guests at Classic Fun Center's Riverdale location can cool off on the water park's four 300-foot slides, super-sized "fat" slide, kiddie splash ground, or inflatable slip-n-slide.