Bowling Is Low Cost Family Entertainment

By: Jim Brown

It is not uncommon to find families at the bowling alley on weekends, but many families are finding it more cost effective if they go to the bowling alley during the week. Bowling alleys like to offer specials during the week that will allow a family of four to bowl for one or two hours at a cheaper rate than on weekends. This extra savings can be used to buy yummy treats at the concession stand.

There are other benefits to be found when families bowl during the week. Many bowling alleys honor coupons that are on food cartons and these coupons pay for free games of bowling. Other coupons can be found that will pay for bowling shoes if the lanes are rented on certain days, and during certain hours. Families can realize very quickly that bowling can be a low cost source of family entertainment if someone takes the time to clip a coupon out of the newspaper.

Most concession stands will offer great prices on foods that children are certain to eat. No child will turn down a good pizza, or a stack of French fries that are plentiful enough for several people to eat at one sitting. The hot dogs that are kept warm throughout the day are offered with condiments such as ketchup, mustard and relish and at some bowling alleys people can enjoy some onions. There are always plenty of soft drinks to be enjoyed and families can eat their snacks on a pretty table.

Some families find that they can spend time together in the game room before they begin to bowl. Many bowling alleys have installed video games and other game machines, as well as pinball machines that will bring back good memories for most parents. These machines have always been popular with the younger crowd but Mom and Dad like playing them too if there is some family competition involved. These games are an affordable way for families to be entertained and enjoy being close for a short while doing something special.

Some parents will give bowling balls as Christmas gifts and select a matching bag in designer colors with graphic designs on them too. Some bowlers require certain accessories to be in control of the bowling game and parents might buy bowling gloves if a child finds them to be useful while carrying an oversized object that they are unfamiliar with. Some people just use powder to remove moisture from the hands, and cost conscious families might just rely on the built-in fans that are installed on every bowling lane.

Bowlers can budget their fun very easily because bowling alleys rent the lanes by the number of games of bowling that are actually played. A family could spend more time than is needed to finish the game and nobody at the bowling alley will say much about it. If leagues are in session, it might be difficult to find an open lane and families understand this and work their games in around them.

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