Without bowlers to control their population, bowling pins would quickly run rampant, infiltrating penguin families and ganging up to take revenge on baseballs at carnivals. Preserve the natural order with today's Groupon: for $19, you get one hour of bowling for four with shoe rental at Armadilla Lanes, with two locations at Armadilla Lanes in Pasadena and Armadilla Lanes II in Houston (a $39.95 value).
Armadilla Lanes welcomes quartets of sphere slingers for evenings of classic bowling. At both centers, automatic scoring tracks bowlers' progress toward the coveted 300, attained by throwing a strike while performing a 300-degree rotation on a skateboard. Bumper bowling welcomes beginners and angular-geometry buffs bored with the billiards table, and on Saturdays disco lights and live DJ beats wash over the lanes. After the game, Groupon guests can retire to the snack bar for a $2 discount on pizzas or duck into the game room for coin-based combat.
True to its eponymous mascot, Armadilla Lanes has burrowed itself into the entertainment scenes of both Houston and Pasadena. Both facilities buzz throughout the week with organized league play, which invites bowlers of all ages to rack up strikes and spares and compete in themed competitions. Outside of league play, the alleys also indulge casual competitors with standard pick-up games, special music nights featuring live DJs, and with optional bumpers outfitted on every lane. And for truly casual guests, each alley’s full-service snack bar dishes out burgers, pizzas, and nachos, all of which give fingers a break from having to hold a ball or point with conviction at unblinking pins.