Bowling is one of those sports that cuts across generations and is always a fun time (kinda like mini golf). Located in Alameda, Bowlero provides a modern space to play the old-school game. This bowling alley caters to families by offering bumper bowling, bowling ramps, an arcade, and kid-friendly food options.
What to Expect at Bowlero Alameda
On a recent weekday evening, my family enjoyed an impromptu bowling night. Bowlero was a natural choice because it’s centrally located in the East Bay. Plus, as far as bowling alleys go, I think it’s rather clean and has an all-ages vibe. Bowlero offers visitors the option to reserve a lane in advance through its website. However, this reservation option is based on time spent rather than games played and may be more pricey than you need.
Beginner Bowling Options for Kids at Bowlero
We were able to get set up with a lane and shoes within minutes. Because my kids (ages 6 and 3) are beginners, we opted for bumper bowling to keep the game moving and avoid the savage disappointment that comes from gutter balls. I also grabbed a little ramp to assist my toddler; there is a handful of these available on a first-come, first-serve basis. (Pro Tip: Request bumpers when you pay for your lane to save time.)
My kids had a blast! They tested out various bowling styles, helped each other line up the bowling ramp, and danced after scoring. The pumping music, glowing lights, multiple TV screens, and staying out late on a school night also added to their excitement. We bowled one game and it was just enough to create a memorable experience. Any longer and it may have created boredom because the game is repetitive and lengthy in nature. My kids are at a perfect age to follow the rules of the game and manage the bowling ball without much assistance. My husband and I are happy we chose Bowlero to introduce them to the unique sounds, movements, and terminology that can only come from being in a bowling alley.
Arcade at Bowlero
If your kids aren’t into bowling, they might like the dozens of games in the arcade. There’s a nice mixture of classic and contemporary games. The arcade is located next to the registration area, so it’s a bit hard to avoid. There’s also a billiards area. We didn’t venture there, but I would imagine children aren’t welcome because there’s also a bar in that portion of the bowling alley.
Kid-Friendly Dining at Bowlero Alameda
Bowlero has a sports bar that serves food directly to your bowling lane. The menu has kid-friendly options, like pizza, hot dogs, quesadillas, and milkshakes. Our family didn’t dine while bowling, but I can see how that would add to the novelty of a visit.
Plan your visit to Bowlero
If you’d like to take your kids bowling, Bowlero is a solid option. It’s modern, clean, and welcoming to families. Add it to your “where to go when school’s out” list of activities. Located near South Shore Shopping Center and the beach, it’s easy to add on other Alameda-based activities before or after bowling a game. Bowlero also offers birthday party options.
Address: 300 Park Street, Alameda, CA
Hours: Sunday: 12 pm – 11 pm; Monday – Friday: 4 pm – 12 am; Saturday: 12 pm – 12 am; Special hours during holidays.
- Shoe rental: $7 per person
- Price per person, per game: $8 – $13, or so. The bowling alley staff keeps pricing a bit close to the chest. I was told it changes based on the day, and increases after 6 pm. It’s best to call the day off to get the most accurate pricing information.
- Half-priced arcade games on Wednesdays;
- Night Strike offers unlimited bowling for $22.49 from 9 pm to close on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (includes shoe rental)
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