The bowling ball's sleek spherical shape makes it aerodynamically ideal for rolling, as opposed to earlier unpopular models such as the bowling pyramid or the bowling to-scale model of the Taj Mahal. Lob precisely formed pin-obliterators with today's Groupon: for $29, you get 1.5 hours of bowling, shoe rental, and $5 arcade cards for up to six people (an $83.40 value) at Rowlett Bowl-A-Rama. Compare accuracy aptitudes with five friends on one of Rowlett Bowl-A-Rama's 26 lanes, each featuring animated computer scoring. Bowling shoes are included, but patrons must provide their own bowling monocles. Every Friday and Saturday night at 11 p.m., the Bowl-A-Rama switches over to its black-light generator for two hours of Glow-A-Rama, where traditional strikes and spares become vivid, fluorescent collisions. Joystick jocks can take a break from pin pummeling to build up digi-athleticism in the alley's arcade, populated with more than 35 arcade games.
Seven Insider Pagers give Rowlett Bowl-A-Rama an average rating of four stars:
- I have to admit that it has been a long time since I bowled, but I recently had a group event here and we had a blast. The scoring is done automatically so gone are the days when you had to do that yourself. It has a nice amount of lanes and you can have food and drinks in the pit which is unusual. Best time to come is the afternoons. – Shari H.
Though bowling is a timeless pastime, Rowlett Bowl-A-Rama keeps its lanes up to date. Players send balls gliding down 26 synthetic lanes, where their scores are kept by a computer, so no one has to brush up on their times tables before they play. Bumpers can be called into action at any lane, and on some nights the black lights illuminate the lanes. When it's time for a bowling break, players can escape to the 40-game arcade or grab a bite or drink at Splits Sports Grill, the onsite restaurant and bar.