NYC Bowling Alleys That Welcome Kids

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Bowling is the perfect indoor family activity when you find yourself with some spare time (sorry—couldn't resist). It keeps you inside and warm during winter, and basking in air-conditioning in summer. Around age 5, children really start getting into it, and older kids and grown-ups enjoy it, too, so it's truly fun for everyone. Bowling birthday parties are also great for the school-age set and most venues offer packages.

There are traditional bowling alleys (think leagues, snack bars, pro shops) in the outer boroughs, but in Manhattan, they are luxe lounges with amenities like bottle service, fine dining, dress codes and age restrictions. Don’t worry though: Kids can still bowl in the borough—you just have to know when to go. Here are 15 places to bowl with kids in New York City.

Manhattan

Manhattan bowling alleys are scene-y and kids are usually not allowed after dark. However, families are welcome during daytime hours before the age restrictions kick in. Although these alleys offer drop-in bowling, it's best to make a reservation if you have a large group and ask for bumpers, too, to ensure no gutter balls. Iyou're looking for a less expensive, more old-school experience, you'll need to head to a different borough.

Frames Bowling Lounge – Midtown West
550 Ninth Avenue between 40th and 41st Streets
A swanky bowling lounge located in the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Frames features a bistro, a game room and a dance floor in addition to a 28-lane bowling alley. Food is available lane-side and includes kid favorites like chicken tenders, French fries and pizza. A family special can be purchased Monday through Saturday before 5pm, and all day on Sundays, and includes an hour of bowling, shoe rental, a $5 arcade card for each guest, a large pizza, a chicken bite platter, and soda or juice.
Age Restrictions: 21 and up after 8pm daily.

Bowlmor Times Square – Midtown West
222 West 44th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues
Ultra-cool and eye-popping, the midtown Bowlmor features 50 lanes in seven NYC-themed lounges. Kids will love banging a giant gong in the Chinatown area or warming up by the fire in the Central Park section. There's also a massive two-story sports bar onsite and delicious food can be delivered to your lane. Advance reservations suggested.
Age Restrictions: 21 and up after 10pm on Friday and Saturday, and during Monday Mayhem.

Bowlmor Chelsea Piers – Chelsea
Chelsea Piers, Pier 60 at 23rd Street and the West Side Highway
Though not as uniquely designed as the Times Square location, this Bowlmor is still super upscale, with 40 lanes featuring flat-screens blaring music videos, superior bar food, an arcade, a small laser tag arena and a challenging aerial ropes course open to children 48 inches and up. Look up when you walk in and you'll see it—don't worry, everyone gets a safety harness!
Age Restrictions: 21 and up after 10pm on Friday and Saturday, and during Monday Mayhem.

Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge – Midtown West
624-660 West 42nd Street near Twelfth Avenue
This Hollywood import offers 26 lanes of bowling plus billiard tables and local art on the walls.
Age Restrictions: 21 and up after 5pm on weekdays, and after 7pm on weekends.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Bowl – Williamsburg
61 Wythe Avenue between North 11th and North 12th Streets
A true hipster haven with 16 lanes of bowling, live concerts and great eats like challah French toast and fried chicken by Blue Ribbon. Most of the time it's adults only but there are family hours on weekends.
Age Restrictions: 21 and up except noon to 6pm on weekends.

Strike 10 Lanes – Mill Basin
6161 Strickland Avenue near Mill Avenue
Formerly called Gil Hodges Lanes, this bowling alley offers leagues for adults and children. Family Fun Packs cover two hours of bowling for up to five people. Be sure to check the website for other specials.
Age Restrictions: None

Melody Lanes – Sunset Park
461 37th Street near Fifth Avenue
Despite a renovation that brought flat-screens to its 26 lanes, Melody still feels authentically old-school, with after-school leagues for kids, a small arcade and specials like glow-in-the-dark bowling on weekend evenings. A daily family special includes two games, shoes, popcorn and soda for the kids.
Age Restrictions: None

Shell Lanes – Gravesend
1 Bouck Court near MacDonald Avenue
Locals have been bowling at this low-key, 32-lane alley for decades, and there are leagues for kids, too. A special on Monday and Wednesday afternoons will get you two hours of bowling for $5, and you can bowl all you want Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9am to noon for one low price.
Age Restrictions: None

Queens

Jib Lanes – Flushing
67-19 Parsons Boulevard near Jewel Avenue
Jib boasts a pro shop, cafe, free bowling lessons for kids and fun late-night cosmic bowling. It also has great specials including a weekend mornings all-you-can bowl deal, along with family packages.
Age Restrictions: None

Whitestone Lanes – Flushing
30-05 Whitestone Expressway between Farrington Street and Linden Place
Bowling is available 24 hours a day (really!) at this colorful, bright bowling alley with 48 lanes, a snack shop, bar and pro shop. There are kids' leagues and a weekend morning all-you-can bowl special.
Age Restrictions: None

Astoria Bowl – Astoria
19-45 49th Street between 19th and 20th Avenues
This traditional bowling alley lies in the shadow of LaGuardia Airport and is pretty far from mass transit. (Thankfully there's a parking lot.) You'll find 28 lanes, a bar, snack shop and league bowling. With balls as light as four pounds, even the youngest bowlers can get in on the action here.
Age Restrictions: None

AMF 34th Avenue Lanes – Woodside
69-10 34th Avenue between 69th and 70th Streets
Enjoy 35 lanes of bowling, plus pool tables and sports video games. This place is kid-friendly during daytime hours and welcomes families and school field trips. While not specifically a family deal, the Play Pack gets you two hours of bowling, shoe rental, a large pizza and a pitcher of soda.
Age Restrictions: None

Staten Island

Rab’s Country Lanes – Staten Island
1600 Hylan Boulevard between Raritan and Delaware Avenues
This huge bowling alley has more than 40 lanes, three private party rooms for birthdays, leagues for kids and this cool laser maze that you can navigate like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible. Visit the website for current promotions.
Age Restrictions: None

The Bronx

Bowlerland – the Bronx
2417 Hollers Avenue between Pinkney and Hutchinson Avenues
This 32-lane, no-frills joint offers inexpensive games and numerous specials, like unlimited pizza and bowling at various times throughout the week. It also hosts an adult-and-child bowling league.
Age Restrictions: None

Van Nest Lanes – the Bronx
1756 Bronxdale Avenue near Morris Park Avenue
For a super-old-school experience that will probably blow your kids' (and your!) minds, try this under the radar Bronx alley. No food, no TV screens, no website and no electronic scoreboards, which means you need to keep track by hand on paper. But there are 12 lanes and an awesome vintage facade that's shown up in a few movies.
Age Restrictions: None

Find more indoor fun in our Inside Activity Guide.

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This post was originally published in January 2010.

 

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Frames Bowling Lounge
550 Ninth Avenue
10018 New York , NY 40° 45' 26.19" N, 73° 59' 36.1428" W
New York
Bowlmor Times Square
222 West 44th Street
10036 New York , NY 40° 45' 28.44" N, 73° 59' 14.5896" W
New York
Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge
624-660 West 42nd Street
10036 New York , NY 40° 45' 41.112" N, 74° 0' 3.2688" W
New York
Bowlmor Chelsea Piers
23rd Street and 11th Avenue Pier 60
10011 ‎ New York , NY 40° 44' 56.0904" N, 74° 0' 25.5168" W
New York
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
11211 Brooklyn , NY 40° 43' 18.7536" N, 73° 57' 27.6336" W
New York
Strike 10 Lanes
6161 Strickland Avenue
11234 Brooklyn , NY 40° 36' 47.4552" N, 73° 54' 44.1288" W
New York
Melody Lanes
461 37th Street
11232 ‎ Brooklyn , NY 40° 39' 9.81" N, 74° 0' 11.142" W
New York
Shell Lanes
1 Bouck Court
11223 Brooklyn , NY 40° 35' 20.238" N, 73° 58' 26.4936" W
New York
Jib Lanes
67-19 Parsons Boulevard
11365 ‎ Queens , NY 40° 43' 58.6092" N, 73° 48' 36.3708" W
New York
Astoria Bowl
19-45 49th Street
11105 Queens , NY 40° 46' 23.2752" N, 73° 53' 40.596" W
New York
Rab's Country Lanes
1600 Hylan Boulevard
10305 Staten Island , NY 40° 35' 19.9608" N, 74° 5' 19.428" W
New York
AMF 34th Avenue Lanes
69-10 34th Avenue
11377 Queens , NY 40° 45' 7.668" N, 73° 53' 47.7096" W
New York
Whitestone Lanes
30-05 Whitestone Expressway
11354 Queens , NY 40° 46' 13.1592" N, 73° 50' 0.8052" W
New York
Bowlerland
2417 Hollers Avenue
10475 Bronx , NY 40° 53' 9.8016" N, 73° 49' 24.0168" W
New York
Van Nest Lanes
1756 Bronxdale Avenue
10462 Bronx , NY 40° 50' 46.6908" N, 73° 51' 31.518" W
New York