At West Acres Bowling Center, sphere flingers unleash pin-pounding fury across 36 lanes, each of which comes equipped with automatic scoring. Thunderous strikes and spares produce the alley's soundtrack late into the evening seven days a week. On Friday and Saturday, cosmic bowling and live DJs launch frames into celestial spaces. In addition to accommodating birthdays, family outings, and work functions, West Acres also hosts lessons from two-time PBA champion Rick Steelsmith. Between games, players can gear up at the onsite pro shop or stop in at Crummy's Sports Bar, where big-screen TVs and weekend karaoke serve as diversions to low scores and the Bronx cheers of self-confident pins.
Rumbling balls and clattering pins create a cacophonous symphony at Seneca Bowl, where electronic scoring screens glint off 36 glossy, well-maintained lanes. Staffer and PBA bowler Lonnie Waliczek roams this family-friendly facility, doling out bowling tips during private lessons and schooling youngsters on the arcade's pinball machine. After the final strut and strike, bowlers can clink celebratory glasses of soda at the snack bar or meander into the pro shop to purchase night-vision goggles for the alley's next cosmic-bowling event.
A sprawling row of 48 bowling lanes sets the stage for friendly competition at Northrock Lanes. As automatic scoring keeps track of spares and strikes, bumpers keep balls and falling leaves from clogging the gutters. Meanwhile, the kitchen serves up snacks such as burgers, chicken, and pizza, and a pro shop helmed by a former collegiate bowler and current Newman University coach keeps players stocked with the latest equipment.
A family-owned emporium of alley-based athletics, Prairie Bowl combines the well-loved pleasures pin-pugilism and hot food to provide fuel and fun for every member of your familial strike force. After filling pie-shaped stomach vacancies with delicious slices of pizza, lace up and slip-slide out onto one of 16 lanes with up to three teammates to vie against one another for the title of best turkey-trotter. Saturdays are host to cosmic bowling, illuminated by black lights and set to hypnotic beats as bowlers toss their balls into an infinite void of milk bottle impersonators. Although not included in the Groupon, Prairie Bowl also boasts an arcade room to allow guests to reconnect with comforting un-reality, while late hours on Fridays and Saturdays make the alley a safe and friendly place to spend quality time with your brood until 1 a.m.