We used to love going bowling and used to take Abbey, Callan and Kian frequently when they were younger, but we have never taken Isaac, Eliza and Sebby.
Isaac was invited to a bowling party a few weeks ago but was sadly ill and ever since has been nagging us to take him, so we arranged to go as a treat for Sebby’s birthday.
Our nearest bowling alley is Hollywood Bowl at Tower Park, Poole which has recently undergone a £3 million makeover. Boasting 24 state-of-the-art bowling lanes, they have moved and opened up the bar area, changed the pool tables to money per play rather than a timed session and have a fantastic American style diner where you can eat in comfort, rather than have a basket style meal at the bowling lanes.
The arcade area has also had a makeover with Namco providing the games machines, which include all the arcade favourites as well as air hockey and grabber machines.
Of course the kids couldn’t wait to get started. We were all set to change our shoes when we were advised that we didn’t have to as were all wearing trainer style shoes. They do still have the traditional bowling shoes to borrow if you wish though.
Setting up the games was easy – it is all done on a tablet on each lane and you can add / amend names, turn the lane bumpers on and off or set them to automatically come on for certain players turns and even re-do a turn.
It was very clear that Hubby, Kian and I were very out of practice and the littlies took to the lead straight away, aided by having the bumpers up of course.
Eliza was our little bowling demon and was leading all the way until the end before being pipped to 1st place by Abbey and a couple of strikes.
Yes, that really is me languishing in last place – I really need some practice sessions!
Bowling over it was time to try out their new diner which served a selection of hot dogs and burgers.
The kids all wanted to sit in the Ford Mustang table but sadly it wasn’t big enough for all of us, so we took some pictures instead as we waited for our meals to arrive.
The food was freshly cooked and delicious and everyone cleared their plates before getting stuck into an ice cream treat for dessert.
No visit to the arcade would be complete without taking a couple of turns on the machines. Kian made up for his bowling disappointment by thrashing everyone on the air hockey table, Nanny tried and failed to win a teddy on the grabber machines and the kids had a go on the coin pushers.
We had a brilliant evening and will certainly be back very soon – I need to make up for my horrendous score and fast!
Hollywood Bowl costs from £5.49 per game for under 16’s and £6.49 for adults which I think is very reasonable and perfect entertainment for a rainy day. Do check their deals online at www.hollywoodbowl.co.uk as they also run events and special offers.
Disclaimer: We were guests of Hollywood Bowl Tower Park for the purpose of a review. All thoughts are our own.