NYC Bowling Alleys That Welcome Kids

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Bowling is a perfect indoor family activity when you find yourself with some spare time (sorry—couldn't resist). At about age 5, children really start enjoying it, making it an ideal family outing. Bowling birthday parties are a hit for the school-age set and most venues offer special packages and pricing.

There are traditional bowling alleys—think leagues, snack bars, pro shops—in the outer boroughs, but Manhattan's spots err on the side of grown-ups. Don’t worry though: Kids still can bowl in the borough—you just have to know when to go. Here are 16 places to bowl with kids in New York City, across all five boroughs.


Manhattan bowling alleys are often luxe lounges with amenities such as bottle service, fine dining, dress codes and age restrictions. Kids generally are not allowed after dark, but families are welcome during the day. Although these alleys offer drop-in bowling, it's best to make a reservation. If you have a large group, ask for bumpers to ensure no gutter balls. If you're looking for a less expensive, more old-school experience, high-tail it to the outer boroughs.

Kids bored with the lanes? Try the aerial ropes at Chelsea Piers.

Bowlmor Chelsea Piers – Chelsea
Chelsea Piers, Pier 60 at 23rd Street and the West Side Highway
Though not as uniquely designed as Bowlmor's Times Square location (below), Bowlmor at Chelsea Piers 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 taller. Look up when you walk in and you'll see it—don't worry, everyone gets a safety harness.
Age restrictions: 21 and older after 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

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The Chinatown-themed section at Bowlmor Times Square is one of seven NYC themes. Photo courtesy of the venue.

Bowlmor Times Square – Midtown West
222 West 44th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues
Ultra-cool and eye-popping, the Midtown Bowlmor features 48 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 two-story sports bar on site and delicious food can be delivered to your lane. Reservations suggested.
Age restrictions: 21 and older after 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

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 pool tables, a ping-pong room and a dance floor in addition to a 28-lane bowling alley. Food is available lane-side and includes kid favorites such as chicken tenders. A family special can be purchased Monday to Saturday before 5pm and all day Sunday that includes two hours of bowling, shoes rental, a large pizza, a chicken bite platter and soda or juice. 
Age restrictions: 21 and older after 8pm daily.

Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge – Midtown West
624-660 West 42nd Street near 12th Avenue
This Hollywood import offers 26 lanes of bowling, plus billiards tables and local art on the walls.
Age restrictions: 21 and older after 5pm on weekdays and after 7pm on weekends.


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 French bread pizza and fried chicken from Blue Ribbon. Most times it's adults only but there are family hours on weekends.
Age restrictions: 21 and older except 11am to 5pm on Saturdays and 11am to 6pm Sundays.

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Glow-in-the-dark bowling at Melody Lanes in Brooklyn. Photo by calamity sal via Flickr.

Melody Lanes – Sunset Park
461 37th Street near Fifth Avenue
A renovation brought flat-screens to its 26 lanes, but Melody still feels authentically old-school, with after-school leagues for kids, a small arcade and specials such as 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 Wednesday afternoons gets 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.

Strike 10 Lanes – Mill Basin
6161 Strickland Avenue near Mill Avenue
Formerly 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.


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. AMF 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, shoes rental, a large pizza and a pitcher of soda.
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 a bit 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 4 pounds, even the youngest bowlers can get in on the action.
Age restrictions: None.

Jib Lanes – Flushing
67-19 Parsons Boulevard near Jewel Avenue
Jib offers a pro shop, cafe and bowling lessons for kids. It also has great specials, including a weekend mornings all-you-can bowl deal.
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 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.

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, including 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, try this under-the-radar Bronx alley. No food, TV screens, websites or electronic scoreboards, which means you need to keep track by hand on paper. But there are 12 lanes and an awesome vintage facade that has shown up in a few movies.
Age restrictions: None.

If your little one is still trying to figure out the nuances of bowling, many lanes offer children’s leagues and free lessons. Photo courtesy of Rab’s Country Lanes.

Staten Island

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

Showplace Entertainment Center – Staten Island
141 East Service Road
This Staten Island spot is a mega entertainment complex with 32 lanes of bowling, an arcade, comedy club, snack bar and sports bar. It has leagues for all ages, and juniors and children's leagues receive free coaching. Visit on Friday and Saturday nights for XTREME bowling, which features glow-in-the-dark bowling with laser lights and music videos.
Age restrictions: None.

Top image: Kids enjoying a bowling birthday party at Bowlmor Chelsea Piers.

This post was originally published in January 2010.

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
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
Showplace Entertainment Center
141 E Service Road
10314 New York , NY 40° 35' 19.9608" N, 74° 11' 29.6304" W
New York