Bowling alleys have come a long way since our childhood. These days, most alleys are extremely family-friendly and accommodating to the tiniest of bowlers. And most boast cool extras like arcade games, groovy jams, gourmet grub and even ginormous screens playing your favorite sports teams. From souped-up hipster havens to totally traditional lanes, scroll down to see our favorite bowling alleys that will have you and your kids shouting for strikes, spares and gutter balls!

photo: Kristina Moy

Round 1 Bowling & Amusement

This 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art entertainment and amusement facility located at Westfield Southcenter has 14 bowling lanes equipped with electronic bumpers (that raise and lower automatically for selected players), dinosaur ramps and kid-sized bowling balls. Gutter balls are so last year. If you’re one of the lucky ones to have the Moon Light Strikes game land on your turn, get ready to show off your stuff. With the lights down, everyone bowls at once for the chance to win prizes. With ginormous lane screens playing your family’s favorite sports teams, prizes and music, your family won’t strike out here.

In addition to bowling: This entertainment mecca offers private karaoke rooms (with more than 100,000 songs), four tournament size billiards tables and one of the biggest arcades in the state. Your kids will love playing some of the most popular arcade games on the market along with driving games like Mario Kart DX, rhythm games, sports games, exclusive arcade games and brand-new games including the popular Disney Tsum Tsum game. If your kids are into redemption games (where tickets can be exchanged for prizes), there are plenty of those to choose from, including skill games like basketball tossing and ball throwing as well as carnival classics. And for families who want to round off their bowling experience with a thrill, the Typhoon Motion Theater comes with six different simulated rides. Hold on!

Round 1 Bowling & Amusement
2351 Southcenter Mall
Seattle, WA 98188
206-243-2787
Online: round1usa.com/location/south-center-mall

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ACME Bowl - Bowlero

Families living in Seattle’s south-end love bowling at ACME Bowl in Tukwila which was acquired by the Bowlero Corporation in October. Even if you’re not on that side of town, the drive is worth it to this family-friendly alley. ACME is like bowling at your favorite alley from when you were a kid, but with a major upgrade. It’s clean, the food from the grill is delicious and the shoes are fresh. ACME is also a great birthday party location.

In addition to bowling: ACME Bowl’s arcade features the latest and greatest games as well as old school favorites like Air Hockey, Pop-A-Shot and Skee-Ball. There are a variety of games that will test you kids’ abilities and will even reward them with awesome prizes. That giant stuffed animal is just waiting to hitch a ride home with you. Psst...the arcade is open during all hours of operation, so you can load your arcade card with credits, grab the controls and have a blast!

ACME Bowling
100 Andover Park W.
Tukwila, WA 98188
206-340-2263
Online: bowlero.com/location/acme-bowl

Bowlwinkle Lanes at Tukwila Family Fun Center

The newest bowling alley on the block just happens to be a bowling ball’s throw away from Round 1 Bowling & Amusement and ACME Bowl in Tukwila. Located inside the Family Fun Center—the popular kiddie hangout off I-405— Bowlwinkle Lanes is a 16-lane, high-tech bowling alley that has all the latest bells and whistles, including lighting that moves with the music, ginormous screens at the end of each lane, automatic bumpers for pint-sized bowlers and bowling balls that look like billiard balls.

In addition to bowling: The Family Fun Center has a large indoor playground called Kidopolis (where kids can climb up a labyrinth of ladders and passageways and slide down an extravagant play structure) as well as small indoor rides, rows of arcade games, carnival-style games and interactive games as well as bumper cars and an entire floor dedicated to laser tag. Outside is equally as entertaining with two miniature golf courses, batting cages, kiddie rides, bumper boats, bumper cars and go-karts to keep everyone in your brood happy and amused.

Family Fun Center & Bullwinkle’s Restaurant
300 Fun Center Way
Tukwila, WA 98188
425-228-7300
Online: fun-center.com/tukwila/attraction/bowlwinklelanes

Lucky Strike

Imagine what would happen if a nightclub and a bowling alley had a baby – you’d get something pretty similar to Lucky Strike. Located in Bellevue’s Lincoln Square, Lucky Strike is, by far, the fanciest bowling you’ll ever visit. Lucky Strike offers premium bowling on 16 spacious lanes, chef-driven American cuisine and live DJs spinning your favorite tunes. Whether you head to Lucky Strike on a date night or make a reservation during the day with the kiddos, a trip to this bowling alley is always a fun experience.

In addition to bowling: This 23,000 square foot facility boasts two tournament-level billiards tables, a private party lounge with four lanes and a separate bar, plus two dance floors, a state-of-the-art arcade with games like Air Hockey, Skee-Ball and popular high-tech games and awesome kids’ birthday party packages.

Lucky Strike Lanes
Lincoln Square, 2nd Floor
700 Bellevue Way, Suite 250
Bellevue, WA 98004
425-453-5137
Online: bowlluckystrike.com/locations/bellevue

Lynnwood Bowl & Skate

First a bowling alley and a nightclub had a baby, and now a bowling alley and a roller skating rink? Wow! Lynnwood Bowl and Skate, north of the Seattle, deserves an entire day of fun–start with bowling, have some lunch, then put on your skates for a few rounds. Lynnwood Bowl and Skate isn’t the fanciest bowling alley you’ve ever seen, but the 24 wooden lane alley is clean, it doesn’t cost too much to bowl and the environment is always kid-friendly.

In addition to bowling: Lynnwood Bowl & Skate offers all ages skate times on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. for only $8 and Friday evenings from 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. for $9, as well as Learn to Skate lessons on Saturday mornings for $15. If your kiddo prefers blades to wheels, for $3.25 you can purchase the inline upgrade. And if a birthday bash is in your future, the facility offers bowling, skating and extreme bowling party packages (think lights out, black lights on and flashing lights on the lanes) to really put your crew in the mood to p-a-r-t-y.

Lynwood Bowl and Skate
6210 200th St. S.W.
Lynnwood, WA 98036
425-778-3133
Online: bowlandskate.com

Bowlero Lynnwood

In 2018, Brunswick Zone Majestic Lanes in Lynnwood received a brand-new name and a major remodel. Now known as Bowlero, this new and improved bowling alley features 42 blacklight lanes with lane bumpers for the littlest bowlers along with plush laneside loungers, delish pub fare and gigantic screens that run the length of the building. Check their website for details on weekly deals which typically run Mon.-Thurs. If a birthday bash is in your future, Bowlero offers kids' party packages that include bowling, arcade games, lane bumpers, kid-sized bowling balls, party prep and more.

In addition to bowling: Bowlero has interactive games for all ages along with more than 40 arcade games and redemption games. Charge up your arcade card and enjoy carnival-inspired games, 4D adventure games, the world's largest Pac-Man game and much more!

Bowlero Lynnwood 
1222 164th St. S.W.
Lynnwood, WA 98087
425-743-4422
Online: bowlero.com/location/bowlero-lynnwood

TechCity Bowl

One of the only alleys in the Seattle-area where kids ages 5 and older can participate in Cosmic X-Bowl, TechCity Bowl is a family-friendly bowling alley on the Eastside. Jump online to make reservations–this fun bowling experience for ages 5 & up costs $22/hour for the first person and $15/hour for the second person and includes free shoe rentals, which is well worth it for bowling with a fog machine, colored light shows, live DJ music and more. Or book a babysitter and make Cosmic X-Bowl at TechCity a fun date night! Psst..be sure to check their website for specials like All You Can Bowl and Blacklight Bowl. 

In addition to bowling: TechCity has two pool tables for those who want to get in a round of pool either before or after their bowling. The TechCity arcade is where you will also find over 30 different games including Skee-Ball, pinball-style games and Nascar racing as well as sports games, Air Hockey and Dance Dance Revolution. Psst...the skill games are redeemable for prizes and most games take 1-2 tokens to play.

TechCity Bowl
13033 N.E. 70th Pl.
Kirkland, WA 98033
425-827-0785
Online: techcitybowl.com

West Seattle Bowl

Seattle’s beloved bowling alley, West Seattle Bowl, has been a family favorite since it opened, over 60 years ago! But don’t worry, West Seattle Bowl has done some updating–in fact, they have some of the coolest, most kid-friendly bowling alley tech available. When you are assigned to your lane, they enter all your names in the computer at the desk, allowing them to assign bumpers to only those bowlers who need them. So, mom and dad can bowl normally, and then the bumpers automatically lower when it’s a child’s turn. Bowling brilliance!

In addition to bowling: West Seattle Bowl knows how to throw a memorable birthday party. The facility offers two different party packages for kids ages 4-8 and 9 and older. Both come with two private bowling lanes, pizza, soda and a birthday bowling pin for the special guest of honor. In addition to birthday parties, West Seattle Bowl's hosts Breakfast & Bowl Sundays. You heard us right! Roll out of your jammies and into West Seattle bowl on Sunday mornings from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. to throw a few strikes with your eggs and bacon. Each person in your crew will receive two free games of bowling with the purchase of a breakfast entrée from the High Strike Grill. Psst! Breakfast can be enjoyed on the lanes or in the restaurant.

West Seattle Bowl
4505 39th Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98116
206-932-3731
Online: wsbowl.com

photo: Lisa Barker

Ocean5

Families in the South Sound can roll with it on one of Ocean5’s 22 bowling lanes. This awesome family entertainment complex, which opened its doors in Gig Harbor last spring, offers both 10-pin and duckpin bowling. If you’re feeling traditional, 10-pin is the way to go, and you’ll find all the standard family-friendly options here that make things easy for your kids to play, like bumpers, ramps and small ball sizes. But if you want to change things up, we recommend duckpin bowling. Not only are the smaller, chunkier pins super cute, but the ball is too. Just five pounds and no holes means even the tiniest bowling fans can easily roll it down the lane in their quest to score. It’s the prefect game for first-timers or pint-sized rollers who just wanna have some fun.

Games are priced on a per hour basis ($25-$35/hour), and prices vary based on day and time; shoes are just $4 to rent. Monday through Thursday, bowling is just $5 per person per hour from 3 p.m.-9 p.m. and includes shoes. Score! Be sure to reserve a lane ahead of time through the online system or plan a weekday visit to avoid long wait times.

In addition to bowling: After you've bowled to your heart's content, challenge your kids to a round of laser tag inside Ocean5's epic two-story arena. The intricately designed game room takes laser challenge games to the next level, both during game play and with gaming elements. Then, hit the arcade where families will find everything from traditional faves, like Skee-Ball, the toy claw and a ginormous Pac-Man four-player game, to newer arcade titles like Jurassic World. If all this bowling, laser tagging and gaming has worked up your family’s appetite, you’re in luck. Ocean5’s own restaurant, Table 47 is just inside the front door, and its focus on locally sourced, sustainable dishes will leave you as pumped to eat here as your kids are to play. 

Ocean5
5268 Point Fosdick Dr. N.W.
Gig Harbor, Wa 98335
253-857-7529
Online: o5social.com

—Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla

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