Family-Friendly Bowling Alleys in Westchester and the Hudson Valley
A family bowling outing is a classic go-to activity no matter the season. Nowadays, bowling alleys have become flashy, multi-faceted venues with added attractions like arcades, rides—even ax-throwing.
Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. If you arrive at a venue that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do. Keep in mind, many of these venues are enforcing capacity limits, and reservations or timed-entry tickets may be required. Click through to each venue for current details before heading out.
As with any indoor activity, COVID-19 safety measures include reduced capacity, mask requirements, and increased cleaning. Although cleaning procedures have been ramped up, be mindful of the need to disinfect balls and other high-touch surfaces before starting your game.
Get your glow on with your little ones during a bowling day at Monster Mini Golf. Photo courtesy of the venue
Family-Friendly Bowling Alleys in Westchester
Monster Mini Golf – Yonkers
2021 update: Masks and social distancing are required. Attractions remain open.
Though mini golf is the highlighted attraction here, this Ridge Hill venue also offers mini bowling and an arcade. Tailored to little ones, the mini bowling balls are lighter and the lanes are shorter than those at conventional bowling alleys, plus, regular street shoes are worn. Pricing allows for either a la carte purchases or discounts on multiple activities.
Spins Bowl – Mount Kisco
2021 update: Reservations are required, and COVID-19 waivers are mandatory. Masks and temperature checks are required, and heightened cleaning procedures are in place. Customers can also clean the ball they use using with the new Squeeki sanitizing machine.
Located within Grand Prix, families can park one time and enjoy bowling, go-karting, arcade games, a climbing wall, a ninja course, and more. Lane-side dining is available.
Bowlmor – White Plains
2021 update: Bowling is open with modified business hours. A maximum of six people may share a lane. The arcade remains closed.
A modern bowling alley, Bowlmor offers black-light bowling, plush seating, and prominent video screens, bowling ramps and bumper lanes, as well as assorted arcade games. Dining is available, including a kids' menu and tempting sweets like milkshakes.
Cortlandt Lanes – Cortlandt Manor
2021 update: Masks are required, and additional sanitization measures are in effect.
Devoid of bells and whistles, Cortlandt Lanes focuses on bowling, leagues, and tournaments. The alley opens as early as 9am on Fridays and Saturdays, serving breakfast sandwiches, juice, and coffee. Visit its website for weekly specials.
Go for a strike at Spins Bowl.
Family-Friendly Bowling Alleys in the Hudson Valley
Spins Bowl – Multiple Locations
2021 update: Reservations required, and COVID-19 waivers are mandatory. Masks and temperature checks are required, and heightened cleaning procedures are in place. Customers can also clean the ball they use with the new Squeeki sanitizing machine.
See the website for locations.
The Spins chain offers similar features across its sites, with laser tag and arcades offered in addition to roughly 26 bowling lanes. Ax-throwing is offered to those ages 16+. Dining is also available.
Patel’s Kingston Lanes – Kingston
2021 update: Capacity is reduced to 50%, and masks must be worn at all times. Cosmic bowling has been temporarily moved to Sundays.
A sizable space at 6,000 square feet, Patel’s boasts 40 lanes in a contemporary setting, as well as laser tag and an arcade for added fun. On weekends, pump up the action with cosmic bowling in black-lighting.
Pat Tarsio Lanes – Newburgh
2021 update: Masks and social distancing required. Dividers have been erected between lanes.
This old-school bowling alley dates back to 1959 and lacks the new-fangled glitz recent venues showcase. It’s all about bowling here—no laser tag or ax-throwing. One modern perk: You can enjoy cosmic bowling on Saturday nights.
Quinnz Pinz – Middletown
2021 update: Masks and social distancing required. Only every other lane is in use, with a maximum of 4-6 players per lane. Dining is allowed at lanes only.
This recently renovated family entertainment center has 20 bowling lanes, an arcade, escape rooms, and dining on-premises.
Local Family-Friendly Bowling Alleys That Are Temporarily Closed
Life The Place to Be – Ardsley
2021 update: Life is open for parties and other private events.
This indoor play center offers mini bowling for little kids, with two miniature lanes and lightweight balls. Additional attractions include laser tag, a rock-climbing wall, and a soft play center for kids ages 9 and under. A small café serves light refreshments. The venue sometimes closes to the public to allow for private parties, so call ahead to verify availability.
Lucky Strike – West Nyack
2021 update: Temporarily closed due to COVID-19.
Located within the Palisades Shopping Center, Lucky Strike offers 12 lanes of bowling, as well as billiards, pingpong, and arcade games. Dining, including a kids' menu, is also available, and many more attractions for kids of all ages are within the mall.
Unless noted photos by the author