Like dancing at prom, success at bowling requires careful hand placement, laborious shoe selection, and the ability to evade your mom's disposable camera before the flash warms up. Keep cool under pressure with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get six games of bowling, shoe rental for three people, and a pitcher of soda at any of the Maple Family Centers (up to a $50 value). Choose from locations in Brooklyn, Flushing, Rockville Centre, Farmingdale, or Coram.
Balls have careened across the polished wood of Maple Family Centers for 50 years. A clan of lane aficionados own and operate all five facilities, proving dedication to the sport by recently commissioning the leveling of lanes at the Farmingdale location for a more precise game and regularly eating bowling pins for breakfast. Weighty orbs whirl down the well-glazed runways, ricocheting off bumpers available upon request, as feet matched with proper footwear pitter-patter across the playing field. Cosmic bowling transforms alleys into weekend destinations, playing thumping beats and casting an illuminating black light over brightly colored globes as they flirtatiously bump each other on the ball return (cosmic-bowling times vary by location).
Maple Family Centers
When combined, the thunderous rolling of balls, clattering of pins, and whip-like clashing of high-fives form the soundtrack for Maple Family Centers' string of family-owned alleys. Open seven days per week, each emporium's array of slicked lanes host everything from youth programs and leagues to birthday parties as competitors of all ages duel with or without bumpers. During cosmic bowling on weekend nights, Maple Family Centers honors the sport's discothèque origins with glowing lanes and thumping tunes. A full menu of pub fare re-energizes fatigued fingers, and on-site pro shops help improve players' games by providing the latest equipment or fitting older balls with new prescription glasses.