Strike Up Some Fun!

2015-02-04_11-31-30 via Lucy Probert/ BergenCounty.com

Bowling is the number one participation sport in the United States, and it’s one of the few activities that kids, parents and even grandparents can enjoy together. You have a lot of places to choose from in Bergen County. All bowling centers in Bergen County offer bumper bowling for little ones and beginners (no gutter balls!) and host fun birthday parties.

For adults, there are bars, big-screen TVs for sports, billiard tables and fun late-night events with fun effects such as music, “dancing” laser lights, black lights and glow-in-the-dark lanes and bowling balls. Many also have corporate event packages. Before you go, here are a few tips:

* Find a bowling ball that is suitable to the size of the bowler. Try different weights to see which one feels best. Practice with a few and pick the one that is easiest to grip and then release. Heavier balls will eventually be needed, because they carry more power, but ease of handling is important for a beginner.

* Learn to release and aim the ball using the arrows in the center of the lane, not the pins.

* Keep your focus and try to block out all the outside noise (music, kids’ parties, etc.). And roll the ball; throwing it might damage the lane.

Nearby and notable: The Englewood Field Club on Engle Street, a private year-round sports and activities club, has four “retro” bowling alleys; two of the lanes have gutter guards for kids. And Lucky Strike Lanes in Palisades Center, West Nyack, N.Y. has 12 bowling lanes, billiard tables, lounge areas, projectors and plasmas that show non-stop sports, a game room, and a DJ booth.

Bowler City Lanes, 85 Midtown Bridge Approach in Hackensack, 201-343-3545: Bowler City features 50 lanes, two bars, billiard tables, arcade games and four party rooms onsite. Rock-n-Bowl with lights starts 10 p.m. on Saturdays. Here, Members of the Teaneck Senior Services Center choose bowling balls at Bowler City in Hackensack, where they participated in a “Learn to Bowl” summer program.

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