One of the ways we keep our kids all tight and friendly around here is a weekly family night. Sometimes we go out. Sometimes we stay in. There is almost always a treat involved, and the kids love it every time. This past week, for our Family Activity Night, we took the kids bowling, and it was one of our best family nights yet.
Here are the 5 reasons we decided bowling was a great Family Night Activity:
- It’s incredibly fun!
- Anyone can do it (Thank goodness for bumpers!!)
- It gets everyone moving.
- It’s probably more affordable that you think.
- It’s available essentially everywhere, all year long.
Now let me just say that I haven’t been bowling in years, a lot of years. When the employees asked who needed bumpers, I turned them down on principle, but that was a poor decision. I came in dead last. Do you have any idea how embarrassing it is to lose to a 3-year-old in bowling? At least he doesn’t get it. My 6-10 year-old girls started walking along side me, offering tips and helpful suggestions. Grrrr, but thanks for caring.
The kids were excited from the moment they received their shoes, to selecting just the right ball, and then walking across the wood floor and letting their ball fly, literally. Sorry fellow bowlers. We only lost the ball to a neighboring lane once, and a very cool employee was right there to retrieve it. I loved watching the kids lean the direction they hoped their ball would roll as it stubbornly continued down its wayward path, and then staring expectantly at the ball return waiting for their weapon to appear.
My husband and I watched with partially hidden giggles while the kids tried out different forms and strategies. My 6-year-old proved to be quite intense about her method. I loved that they were having fun while being active and hefting weighted balls across the floor.
One of the reasons we haven’t gone bowling often is because of the expense. As our family grows, the cost does as well. I was concerned about paying for games, shoe rentals, and possibly even food. You can imagine how I was excited to learn that our local bowling alley, offers a family package on weeknights. For under $50 a family of 6 is equipped with shoes, balls, and 75 minutes of game time. The package included dinner as well, so while they waited for their turns to bowl, our kids were feasting on pizza, breadsticks, and soda.
Another reason bowling makes such a great Family Night Activity idea is that it is indoors and open all year long. If it’s raining, the bowling alley’s open. If there’s snow on the ground, you can stay warm and still get active at the bowling alley. If it’s way too hot outside, the bowling alley is air conditioned and you can move without worrying about the heat.
So pick a night this year and take your family bowling. Make memories, take pictures, and don’t be embarrassed to request the bumpers.
*FatCats Bowling Center provided our family with this fun night in exchange for our review. The opinions and stories expressed are all ours, even the part about my losing to a toddler;) We appreciate their generosity, and we encourage you to visit them for your next bowling trip if you live near their locations in UT, CO, ID & AZ.