Bowling provides a wholesome alternative to typical family activities such as gambling on Candy Land and playing Pin the Cat's Tail on the Dog. Escape your cabin's fever with today's Groupon: for $25, you get two hours of unlimited bowling, shoe rental, a large pizza, and soda for four people (a $49.95 value), or for $29, you get the same deal during cosmic bowling (a $57.95 value), at Blue River Bowl in Shelbyville. Cosmic bowling takes place on Fridays from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. and Saturdays from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m.
For more than half a century, Blue River Bowl's slick lanes have provided Hoosiers with a family-friendly space to properly punish wayward pins. After donning freshly sanitized rental kicks, your motley quartet can respond to silent taunts from the end of the lane with high-velocity bowling balls and passive-aggressive comments for two glorious hours, keeping track of the fallen victims with Blue River Bowl's automatic scoring system enhanced by animated graphics. Quell split-inducing thirsts with four medium fountain sodas in a kaleidoscope of flavors before sinking cheese-starved canines into a piping hot Noble Roman's pizza sprinkled with a topping of your choosing, including pepperoni or jalapeños sliced to resemble the wheels of the Batmobile.
Blue River Bowl's classic bowling alley décor, with sunny yellow walls and cushy carpeting, supplies the perfect recipe for a night of family fun devoid of awkward cinematic love scenes. The smoke-free alley boasts a full-service bar and a full-service pro shop stocked with balls, bags, and a bronze-level certified instructor.
Blue River Bowl
The game of bowling hasn't changed much since Blue River Bowl opened in 1959, but the building's 16-lane alley certainly has. Rather than manually computing scores, for instance, players can sit back while an automatic system tallies each roll and flashes entertaining animations across its screens. The latest sports flicker to highlight-filled life on 16 televisions and one giant projector screen, while the lanes themselves glows during periodic neon-tinted rounds of cosmic bowling. The smoke-free alley hosts open bowling sessions every day, as well as several leagues for youths, adults, and colonies of ants that want to see if they can collectively lift the ball.
No matter their skill or competition level, bowlers can grab new gear at Blue River's pro shop, which houses shiny new balls and bags ready to report for pinbusting duty. They can also unwind at one of three on-site eateries, where cooks satiate post-game cravings for pizza, subs, and frosty drinks.
1601 S Miller St.
Shelbyville, Indiana 46176