Looking to take your family night on the road this week? Consider hitting the lanes and taking your family bowling. Bowling is an activity the entire family can enjoy and it seems to be a fan favorite amongst the kids. Since introducing our daughter to bowling last year, we hear a constant refrain of “Let’s go bowling!”
- Family Night: What are your plans?
Depending on the size of your family and how many games you bowl, bowling can be a relatively inexpensive evening or afternoon out. Below, we’ll provide you with the rates of our local bowling alleys.
If you’ve got toddler-size bowlers, you’ll want to look for a couple of things when choosing where to land in your bowling adventures.
- Do they have bumper bowling? (see video)
- If desired, do they have the handy-dandy bowling ramps, especially for the littlest of bowlers?
Keep in mind that snacks seem to be an inevitable part of bowling, so be sure to include those projected costs in your budget for this family outing. Perhaps, give your children a set amount that they each get to spend on snacks and drinks and once it’s gone – that’s it.
So, let’s go bowling!
- Fireside Lanes – Located at 1431 Industrial Avenue in Billings and their number is (406) 245-3678.
- They do offer bumper bowling, but no ramps.
- Cost: For children age 11 and under and for seniors over 55 – $2.75 per game per person. Everyone else, the cost is $3.25 per person per game. Shoe rentals are $2.00 per person with no charge for children.
- Open bowling sessions: During league seasons (which it is right now) it is: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Sundays, and weeknights there is open bowling after 9:00 p.m.
- Sunset Bowl – Located at 1625 Central Avenue in Billings and their number is (406) 656-6211.
- They offer both bumper bowling and the ramps.
- Cost: For children age 12 and under, it’s $2.50 per person per game and for all others the cost is $3.00 per person per game. Shoe rentals are $1.50.
- Open bowling sessions: 10:00 a.m. – 4:40 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. Sessions vary on the weekends, as they have a lot of first come, first serve times.
- Special Sessions: They take reservations on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 1:00 p.m. They also offer a package of $14.00 per hour per lane, which includes your entire group, shoes and everything.
- Palace Bar & Lanes – Located at 305 East Main Street in Laurel and their number is (406) 628-8788.
- They offer both bumper bowling and they have one ramp available for usage.
- Cost: $2.50 per person per game and shoe rentals are $1.00.
- Open bowling sessions: This weekend (February 5 and 6) there is open bowling on Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. and on Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. There will be open bowling on Tuesday after school, Thursday from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Friday from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and after 9:00 p.m. *Note: From February 12-27 there will be no open bowling on weekends, as there will be tournaments for three straight weekends.
- Special Sessions: On Mondays you can bowl for $1.00 per game from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and after 9:00 p.m.
A gentle reminder: Real live, actual bowling is quite different from Wii bowling, so just because you’re a super star at home, that often doesn’t translate to being a super bowler in real life…As this Examiner can sadly attest to.
- Family Night: Wii tournament
Enjoy your family!
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