My daughter Lainey is 5 years old, and I love her. She recently attended a birthday party at a bowling alley and had fun.
The jumped in the and drove to Lanes and Games. We found the party bowling candlepin beside the arcade on the first floor. Lainey donned some bowling shoes and joined in the action.
“That’s the wrong lane, Lainey!” I yelled. “Bowl in 17, 18 or 19.”
Lainey nodded and moved a lane over. She chucked her ball pretty hard; it ricocheted off the gutter bumper and collided against the pinsetter guard.
“Alright,” I explained to the kids. “That shield will come down every three throws. OK? Try not to hit it.”
The advice fell on deaf ears. The kids were in free-for-all mode, tossing balls at a fast, steady pace.
“One at a time!” another parent yelled.
One boy dropped a bowling ball inches from my toes, and I regretted my decision to wear sandals.
“Dad! I knocked them all down!” Lainey cheered, picking up an 8-pin spare!
“Great job, honey!” I said. Must have been all that .
The kids soon abandoned the lanes for pizza and chocolate cake. The party-favor bags came next, which included a bouncy ball, stickers and four .
“Look!” Lainey smiled. “I got money.”
“Those aren’t just any coins,” my wife said. “Those are arcade tokens!”
Lainey’s face lit up, and she followed the line of partygoers into the videogame room. The arcade was a bit tricky, since the number of tokens varied for each game. Lainey played pinball for 3 tokens, leaving just one token. But the lowest priced game cost 2 tokens, so naturally we bought more.
After a meager attempt at the claw game, and another round of pinball, Lainey said goodbye to her friends and we left.
Overall, I ‘d recommend a Lanes and Games party. With the small candlepin balls, the kids can play easily, and since the festivities are obviously inside, bad weather can’t foil the plans.
Lainey will turn 6 next month, but we have a party idea already. So maybe we’ll bowl for age 7. This might be her sport after all—she has the name for it.