When is the last time you went to the bowling alley? I used to love bowling birthday parties in elementary school, and I can remember glow bowling became all the rage in my teen years. Bowling really has become an underappreciated pastime and I think it deserves to make a comeback alongside the current resurgence of tie dye and neon! It is a low strain activity that ALL ages can easy enjoy with no previous experience required.
Since Family Day ended up being bitterly cold, our family opted for indoor fun and decided to take advantage of the special Bonnie Doon Lane’s was running. It has been a good couple years since any of us had bowled, so I didn’t quite know what to expect from our 9 and 11 year old. I was prepared for a few more complaints about the rental shoes, and was caught a bit off guard when they started the game with “Why do these balls have no holes?!” It hadn’t dawned on me that the kids most recent memories would have been 10 pin bowling at Gateway Lanes, so our game started with a quick lesson in the differences between 5 pin and 10 pin bowling.
Once the confusion was cleared, we all ended up having a really fun afternoon together as a family. Even with the gutter guards up, none of our scores were great, but I guess that leaves room for improvement the next time we return to a bowling alley!
Bowling Alley’s in Edmonton:
Address: 8330 82 Avenue NW (Basement level in Bonnie Doon Mall)
5 pin bowling, neon bowling, birthday parties, and a licensed concession.
Address: 8882 170 Street NW (Floor 3 in West Edmonton Mall)
10 pin bowling, glow bowling, kingpin bowling, billiards, arcade, Alien Escape room, and a fully licensed restaurant/lounge.
Address: 3414 Gateway Boulevard
10 pin bowling (with lightweight balls for the kids), glow bowling, birthday parties, laser tag, billiards, virtual reality, an arcade, and a fully licensed restaurant/lounge.
Address: 12940 127 Street
24 Lanes of 5-pin bowling, glow in the dark bowling, bumper bowling, parties, special needs equipped, plus a fully licensed lounge & snack bar.
Address: 12143 54 Street
5 pin bowling, Glow bowling, parties, teen nights, plus a fully licensed snack bar.
Address: 1725-99th Street NW
4 lanes of 10 pin bowling on the second floor. South Edmonton Common location only.
Address: 975 Fir Street, Sherwood Park
16 lanes of 5 pin bowling, Glow in the Dark bowling, Rock n Bowl, bumper bowling, plus a fully licensed lounge & restaurant.
Address: 102-5910, 50th street, Leduc
Website: Facebook Page
8 lanes of 5 pin bowling, neon bowling, kids parties and licensed catering.
Address: 14 Inglewood Drive, St. Albert
5 and 10 pin bowling, redemption games, outdoor mini-golf (seasonal), plus a fully licensed lounge & restaurant.