By Heather Wampler
It’s always tough trying to think of things to do with the kids or at least finding something the 3-year-old and the 12-year-old will like. There aren’t many things out there that can appeal to a wide range of age groups. Especially when snow is covering the ground and school has been canceled for days. Usually someone ends up bored or thinks that the activity is “lame.” Well, there is something that may not be the coolest thing to do, but it is fun whether you’re 3 or 73.
Arsenal Bowling Lanes
Hours: Monday – Thursday: Noon – Midnight; Friday: Noon – 2:00 a.m. ; Saturday: 11 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. ; Sunday: 11 a.m. – Midnight
$3.75 until 6 p.m., $4.25 after 6 p.m., Shoe Rental: $4.25
If you have older kids or you’re just looking for a fun night out, Arsenal Bowling Lanes offers a party every day. They offer food, music and promise a good time.
Check out Arsenal Lane’s Friday evening special. Every Friday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Arsenal offers a great deal for families. For $8 per person you get unlimited games, shoe rental, a slice of pizza and soda.
AMF Noble Manor Lanes
Hours: Monday- Thursday: Noon – Midnight, Friday- Noon – 2:00 a.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 a.m., Sunday 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Cost: Call for lane availability & reservations. Bowlers pay per person, per game plus the cost of shoe rental. Please call your local AMF bowling center for prices.
If you’re looking for a great night out with the kids, minus the DJs, AMF could be the place for you. They have great party packs and are reasonably priced.
The AMF Fun Pack
They try to pack a lot of value into this special offer for up to six people. Perfect for a night of family fun or even some late-night bowling with friends. The AMF Fun Pack includes two hours of bowling, shoe rental, one pitcher of your favorite soda and one large tub of popcorn. Call for pricing.
The AMF Pizza Bowl
If you want to eat while you bowl, this package is the one for you. The AMF Pizza Bowl includes two hours of bowling, shoe rental, one pitcher of your favorite soda and a large cheese or pepperoni pizza. Call for pricing.
Brunswick Zone Belle Vernon
Monday and Thursday: 10 a.m. – Midnight
Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. – Midnight
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Cost: $1.99 – $3.99 (price varies depending on day and time), $3.99 shoe rental
Brunswick. My top pick.
This particular bowling alley brings back a flood of memories starting in elementary school. It was the local bowling alley that my friends and I would go to. It’s where the “cool” birthday parties were held at and it always made for a cheap and fun family night out with mom and my brother. We would be able to bowl for hours, get pitchers of soda and an entire pizza or whatever other snack we wanted from the concession stand. As the years progressed the alley transformed. Today, it is no longer the simple bowling alley of my childhood. Now, they have major leagues, a very nice bar with pool tables, they still have birthday parties, bumper lanes and that wonderful concession stand.
Of course, if you’re not in the mood for bowling alley food, right down the road is Bill’s Golfland. It’s a mall restaurant that has been in Rostraver longer than I’ve been alive. It offers a variety of eats, treats and fun times.
Heather is a mom and blogger living in Pittsburgh with her husband and twin boys. You can find more of her writing at www.thepittsburghhousewife.wordpress.com.