Nationwide Bowling orchestrates a cacophonous symphony of clanking pins and cheering bowlers at 11 modern bowling centers located throughout New Jersey. Center size varies from the Hudson-Bayonne location where 60 lanes with automatic scoring, a grill, sports bar, and arcade games accommodate armadas of bowlers to Garden Palace, which houses 16 lanes, a bar, and a snack shop. At all locations, staffers host birthday parties and corporate events and organize leagues for competitive bowlers or people who just like to chuck heavy objects as hard as they can.
Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that comprise America can unite in common cause and topple a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $10.98 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (up to a $4.49 value).
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.
Space Odyssey USA is dedicated to curing chronic boredom among children, teens, and adults with the use of its expansive event space. Rockstar children are given name tags and wristbands emblazoned with their group’s name and, just like actual rock stars, are supervised for the duration of the party by staff members. The perks of the party package begin with a personalized menu and a posh VIP room adorned with sleek white leather couches. Fun-finders can divide their time between Space’s myriad activities. A heavenly host of black lights and LED disco flickers flank lanes in the glow-in-the-dark bowling alley, turning white pins into a tapestry of about-to-supernova cosmos. An arcade features an array of fresh titles to tire out hyperactive thumbs, and obstacle-laden laser tag and paint-free paintball arenas offer unfettered exhilaration for kids 12 and up. Traditional sports are also offered to sweat-seeking partiers, in addition to a three-level indoor playground.
LIFE The Place to Be is like a chameleon in the form of a giant 25,000-square-foot building. The space can serve many different purposes: a venue for weddings, the site of Sweet 16 parties, and a fun center with activities for all ages. Aside from the event space—which incorporates amenities such as projection screens and a sound system—the facility houses a rock-climbing wall, four mini AMF bowling alleys, and 3,000 square feet of arcade games.
NYC Skeeball League brings players from around the city together for structured, social rounds of the classic boardwalk game. At bars across Manhattan and Brooklyn, league members test their mettle against one another during game nights featuring two matches of seven games apiece. Although winners enjoy the sweet taste of victory, all participants receive the benefit of meeting new people as well as free games of skee-ball on league nights and frequent after parties at host bars. Players in groups of four or more can form their own league team, and individual players can sign up as free agents, where they will be paired with others after fierce contract negotiations sweetened by bonus high-fives.