Sometimes even 100 things to do aren't enough to keep active kids entertained. If you're looking for a family-friendly activity but keep striking out, why not try your hand at bowling? It's a sport that's easy to learn for most age groups and there's something very satisfying about knocking things over.
A number of bowling centers across Suffolk County offer kid-friendly options such as lighter balls, ramps, and even leagues for little ones. Some alleys have options for adults to enjoy while their kids bowl. Order a pizza or one of the specials from the center's restaurant and make a night of it. And when the bowling shoes come off, a few of these centers even have arcades for more gaming fun.
Check out our list of Suffolk bowling centers sure to bowl you over with fun. And if you're in Nassau County or on the East End, don't worry, we've rounded up a list of the best lanes for you.
AMF — Locations across Suffolk
2183 Jericho Turnpike, Commack
5660 Sunrise Highway, Sayville
200 Landing Avenue., Smithtown
430 Sunrise Highway, West Babylon
40 Horseblock Road, Centereach
Parents can book a child's bowling party online in minutes. Depending on location, there's more to do than just bowl at AMF lanes, including arcades, billiards, and a pro shop. AMF alleys offer plenty of lanes and dining options, including pizza, healthy, grilled, and more.
Bowl Long Island — Patchogue
138 West Avenue
Sunday is family day at Bowl Long Island. From 9:30 to 1pm, families can enjoy specials and games for $3 per person. Kids as young as 4 can join one of the youth leagues or a family league that includes scholarships for junior bowlers and free coffee and bagels each week.
Coram Country Lanes — Coram
615 Middle Country Road
Here, kids can enjoy mini bowling, complete with pint-sized lanes and balls, ideal for kids ages 2 to 6. The center also offers mini leagues. Email for more information. Youth leagues and programs are available for older kids. There's a special every night of the week, and lanes can be reserved online.
East Islip Lanes — East Islip
117 East Main Street
From paint nights to youth leagues, this center has tons for kids to do. Youth leagues include bumper bowling basics, "Rock 'n Glow," and "Pee Wee & Me," a league for adults and younger children. East Islip Lanes offers specials during school holidays, 25-cent games, and a "Burger Bowl" deal that's great for families.
Unlike baseball, a strike is always a good thing at Farmingdale Lanes.
Farmingdale Lanes — Farmingdale
999 Conklin Street
This center has been family-owned for three generations. Families can get a fun pack that offers two hours of bowling and use of shoes for up to six people. It also offers a Kids Bowl Free summer program starting May 1 and continuing through Labor Day. Kids can join a youth league, where they can choose a bowling ball or bag/shoe package. "Cosmic Bowling" (glow in the dark) is offered on Fridays from 6pm to closing and Saturdays, 9:30pm to closing.
Port Jeff Bowl — Port Jefferson Station
31 Chereb Lane
From "Dollar Mania" days to paint nights, character meet-and-greets and school holiday specials, Port Jeff Bowl has family-friendly events covered. Kids can join a youth league, and there's even a mommy-and-me program every Wednesday for caregivers with children age 3-5 years old. Contact the center for more information on its special-needs bowling program.
Strike 10 Lanes — Deer Park
849 Long Island Avenue
This alley offers "Bowlympics" competition for youth bowlers, and has a grill and lounge with big-screen TVs for adults and kids looking for a break from the lanes. On Friday and Saturday nights bowlers can enjoy Rock 'n Bowl. On $2 Tuesdays everything cost $2, including shoes, games, food, and more.
Glow-in-the-dark options make bowling at The All Star in Riverhead a colorful experience.
The All Star — Riverhead
96 Main Road
Backlights, movies projected over the lanes, music, and glow-in-the-dark bowling make this East End experience extraordinary. Enjoy arcade-style games, skee ball, air hockey, basketball, and redemption-style games. An attached restaurant, Smitty's American Grill, offers a full menu of appetizers, burgers, entrees, and desserts.
Top photo: Bowling at an AMF facility in Suffolk is, well, a ball. Unless noted, photos courtesy of the facilities.