Thanks to amusement parks, "family fun" can mean more than nine-hour violin recitals and bedtime lectures about the inflation rate. Keep familial units entertained with today's Groupon: for $32, you get one hour of bowling for up to four people (up to a $25 value), shoe rental for up to four people (up to a $16 value) at The Bowling Barn, and two amusement center packages (a $24 value) at Big Bear Funplex in Big Bear Lake (up to a $65 total value).
Big Bear Funplex rules over a trifecta of family-friendly fun with an amusement center, The Bowling Barn’s bowling alley, and a sports bar. Gangs of friends and sadistic bowling pins can strap on rented gentle-soled shoes for an hour of bowling down 1 of 16 lanes. Automatic scoring reduces the risk of feud or pin scams, and bumpers keep the game easy for kids. After the bowling extravaganza, an amusement center package gains admission to one ride on the Himalaya mini rollercoaster, along with a rapid-fire 15-minute laser-tag session, and a ride on the bumper cars, releasing drivers from road rage and cars from blasé existences within white painted lines.