Under the umbrella of The Bowling Proprietors' Association of North Jersey, an eclectic group of alleys work together to fill the region with the thunder of scattering pins. At most of Bowling Proprietors' bowling centers, bowlers keep track of pummeled pins with automatic scoring, and bumpers, which arrive at the call of a button, keep balls on course without filling the gutters with retired VCRs. Snack bars at some locations bolster ravenous bowlers, and game rooms in select centers keep hand-eye coordination in peak condition. Free WiFi is available in some centers so that winners can exercise bragging rights.
At Van Houten Lanes, bowling balls thunder down the waxed stretches of 16 AMF synthetic lanes—and crash through the neat rows of AMF pins waiting at the end. All the while, an AMF automatic scoring system keeps an up-to-the-minute record of each player's successes and struggles. And yet bowling isn't all that this modern alley has to offer—a large-screen TV, pool table, and an internet-connected jukebox render the cocktail lounge comfortable enough to pass for "the new apartment" when parents come to visit. The bowling facility's café fuels play with cheesy calzones and signature Hoboken-style 32-inch pizzas—all of which can be washed down with craft beer from Flying Dog Brewing. Thanks to these ample amenities, including family-friendly touches such as lane bumpers, Van Houten Lanes frequently hosts events ranging from children's parties to fundraisers.
Within its newly modernized facility, Astoria Bowl entreats visitors to spend days and nights spinning bowling balls down 28 synthetic maple-finished lanes and helping to domesticate the escaped penguins posing as pins. Black lights and lasers illuminate the lanes during glow-in-the-dark bowling, and new touchscreen automatic scoring monitors save bowlers the hassle of tabulating scores. Chef Vesna serves up burgers, meatloaf, and pub specialties that can be enjoyed while sipping refreshing libations at the sports lounge or alongside each family friendly lane.
Inside Whitestone Lanes, patrons engage in a never-ending pin barrage with bowling accommodations available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Forty-eight lanes span the facility, providing ample room for groups to bowl comfortably while serious strikers concentrate on gutter-hugging curves. Large, flat-screen televisions display scores and endearments for trusty spheres high above each lane, and a full caf?, bar, and lounge area keeps pin snipers stocked with hearty concessions and fast refreshments.
What could be better for a kid's birthday party than a fully-stocked arcade? Maybe a laser tag arena. Or maybe a fancy dining hall with gourmet catering. Or maybe all three in the same place. Established in 2005, Space Odyssey USA makes children's dreams come true with thrilling activities for all ages. A futuristic warehouse space lit by cosmic, neon-colored spheres, Space Odyssey USA offers video games old and new, from the adrenaline-pumping racing game Nitro to a competitive take on an old classic in four-player Pacman Battle Royale. And then there's birthday activities such as an indoor train, glow-in-the-dark sports, and elaborate floral arrangements so that older kids can enjoy a touch of class and younger ones can enjoy their favorite activity: counting small objects.
The sound of toppling pins scores the scene at Paradise Lanes, where guests hunt strikes and spares on synthetic bowling lanes. Automated scoring handles all the bowling math, allowing guests to focus all of their attention on their next roll. Bowlers can sate themselves with The Sunset Grille's homemade pizza, and play, party, and sing karaoke until 1 a.m. on Friday.