Maple City Bowl's 24 bowling lanes have a bit more versatility than your average stretch of hardwood. The Pro-Anvil synthetic lanes can take impact after impact from bowling balls without complaint, and the Brunswick Frameworx scoring system keeps track of every strike and spare. Bumpers provide a more forgiving game for youngsters, oldsters, or middlesters who might enjoy the weekly cosmic-bowling events held on Friday and Saturday, as well as solstices that coincide with planetary alignments.
With 18 sparkling lanes, fully automatic scoring, a pro shop, and a full bar and grill, Rainbow Lanes entices rollers of all ages to enjoy a classic pastime in a timeless environment. Quartets of bowlers lace up rented kicks before lobbing giant marbles down slicked-up lanes, with gutters guarded by optional bumpers to aid beginners and those writing dissertations on ricochets. While crashing through cliques of pins, groups can slake hungers with slices of a gooey two-topping pizza, great for pairing with conversations about celebratory dance techniques and sips from a pitcher of soda or beer.
Airway Lanes Fun Center's roots stretch back to 1958, when it opened as a 24-lane bowling alley but today this multifaceted amusement center has far surpassed what its original owners conceived. Bowling is still the lifeblood of the place, from the 39-lane traditional alley to the private eight-lane suite, which features its own bar, TVs, and plush couches for private parties of up to 75 people or just one guy who wants a place to nap in peace.
Beyond bowling, guests can hit the arcade, play laser tag, or try to best the laser maze?a game where participants must maneuver through a room filled with laser tripwires without touching any of the beams. Outdoors, families can hone their putting on the mini-golf course or speed around the Go-Kart track.
Pinz Kalamazoo celebrates classic tenpin competition throughout the week with open hours, league opportunities, and cosmic bowling sessions. On top of all 36 synthetic bowling surfaces, bowlers can await upcoming frames while relaxing on luxury couches or peering deep into flat-screen television sets. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the lanes take on glowing hues that emulate the experience of bowling under the Northern Lights without the inconvenience of getting frostbite. At the onsite bar and grill, guests can snack on hearty pub selections including burgers, wraps, corn dogs, and barbecue nachos. Pinz Kalamazoo?s game room is equipped with pool tables and dartboards.
A Kalamazoo Gazette readers' choice nominee for best bowling locale, Holiday Lanes leads spheres toward strike salvation via 32 shiny waxed pathways. Bring a trio of ball-tossers with you for a one-hour pin-smashing soiree ($3.50 per game per person), staying fueled with a one-topping pizza ($9) and a pitcher of beer ($7.25) or soda ($4.25). Before charging lane teeth with nine pounds of compounded plastic, each sanctimonious split-thrower can step into a snug pair of rented shoes ($2.75 per person), engineered to help bowlers stay focused by shielding their feet from feather dusters. Keep tabs on cheating friends and girlfriends with Holiday Lanes' easy-to-use Brunswick scoring system, which crowns only the evening's true kingpins.
Strikes & Spares Entertainment Center regales visitors of all sizes with a venue chiming with clattering pins, zooming go-karts, and flashy arcade games. The dazzling array of attractions lures visitors to the emerald alleyways of nine-hole black-light mini golf, a stable of cosmic and bumper bowling, and a new stock-car-racing simulator replete with a variety of virtual tracks and a digital milk-chugging station for the victor. Kids safely navigate the twisting labyrinth of the indoor go-kart tracks on eco-friendly electric steeds, and adults decompress with billiards, darts, and frosty brews on tap at Keglers Sports Bar. After enjoying outings at the prize-laden arcade or at the slick bowling lanes, groups can settle down with pizza, burgers, sandwiches, and ice cream at the diner.