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Bowling for families and kids in Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware

While you can still put up bumper lanes for the little ones, these bowling centers in Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware are also appealing for grownups, some with funky retro décor and full-service restaurants serving grub & drinks for all. A bowling trip doesn't have to be just for the kiddies!

North Bowl, Philadelphia

North Bowl

This isn’t your typical alley. In 2006, the former mechanic’s garage was transformed into a colorful, modern-meets-the-’50s-style bowling center, with pool tables and arcade games. It doubles as a bar/restaurant and boasts an impressive menu of finger foods, including a famously long list of fancy tater tots. Try North Bowl on a Saturday or Sunday, when the lanes open at 12noon (5pm on weekdays). On weekends, bowling is $5.95 per person per game; shoe rental for kids under 12 is free (cash only for bowling). After 9pm, it’s 21+, a great date night! 

Arnold’s Bowling Bistro & Bar, Oaks, PA

Check out black-light bowling, a live music stage, pool tables and a restaurant & bar. The kids (and adults, too) will love the go-carts, laser tag & rock climbing wall. On Fridays, early birds can bowl for 50 cents per game starting at 10am (prices increase by the hour).

Pinsetter, Merchantville, NJ

This retro-themed bowling alley and bar/restaurant features 34 lanes and lots of specials throughout the week. On Mondays, games, shoe rentals & drinks (for adults!) are just $2 each, and on Fridays, teachers bowl free for happy hour, 4-7pm. Lanes open at 11am every day except Sunday, when they open at 12noon.

Bowlerama, New Castle, DE 

Find 62 lanes and a KidZone arcade at this family-owned-and-operated center, established in 1959. Kids 14 & younger can bowl for free through Sept. 6. Register your kids on the website for two free games every day.

Pleasant Hill Lanes, Wilmington, DE

Established in 1962, this family-owned-and-operated bowling alley offers lanes for just $3-$4.25 per person per game. 

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