Like joggers crossing a highway, bowlers should avoid nearby bumpers and resist the temptation to chase wayward balls into neighbouring lanes. Roll carefully with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a 1.5-hour bowling outing with one lane and shoe rental for up to 10 bowlers at Lake City Bowl (up to a $30 value).
Lake City Bowl lines the pins up so family and friends can knock them down to thunderous applause. Up to 10 bowlers or two sets of Jackson 5 impersonators can sleekify feet with bowling shoes before heading to the lanes for 1.5 hours of 10-pin bowling. Patrons can pop in for parties or a night out with friends anytime Sunday–Thursday, or anytime before 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Groups of boulder chuckers interested in space-themed bowling can also send orbs trundling to music under flashy lights during Cosmic Bowl Sunday–Thursday from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Though snacks and drinks are not included in this Groupon, parties can wet their whistles at the bar, hit the snack machine, or order a hot bite from the snack bar. Those driving to the alley can also take advantage of copious parking, allowing cars to socialize, frolic, and rue the fact that the band name "The Cars" is already taken.
Lake City Bowl
Every night at Lake City Bowl, balls pirouette down the lanes until 1 a.m., dancing to the centre's state-of-the-art sound system and cosmic lights starting at 7 p.m. daily. During the daylight hours, bumpers let pint-sized bowlers bombard the pins with accuracy, exacting revenge as if they were a schoolyard bully or a trash-talking civics teacher. Between frames, four regulation-size pool tables transpose spherical competition to the felt, and an arcade puts gamers behind the wheels and paddles of driving simulators and air-hockey tables. Chefs dish out a menu of burgers, sandwiches, and appetizers at the snack stand, and live bands every Thursday night—and live DJs every weekend—crank out fresh tunes to overshadow the mechanics' drum solos from behind the pinsetters.