Have time to spare and looking for something new to shake up the quality-time-with-the-family routine? Look no further! We have the perfect venue to play host to an afternoon of family togetherness. Read on to learn about the new family destination in Lincoln Park that appeals to parents as much as kids, something not always easy to accomplish.

Kings Bowl Chicago

Kings Lane Lincoln Park is a 24,000 square foot entertainment facility and the newest tenant in the recently completed NEWCITY Lincoln Park, a mega-complex spanning 8 1/2 acres located at the North Ave., Clybourn Ave. and Halsted St. intersection. This family fun center has space for up to 550 guests, 16 ten-pin bowling lanes, 4 full-sized billiards tables, 2 and 4-person air hockey tables, shuffleboard tables, a foosball table and two restaurant options.

IMG_0834photo: Kings Bowl via Maria Chambers

The Ambiance
The space has a very modern, sophisticated feel with lots of bright colors and fun lighting. If you think ahead, have the kids wear something white so they can see themselves glow as they bowl.  The state-of-the-art sound system pumping out dance-worthy tunes make an impromptu dance party occurring highly likely, so be sure to bring a camera to capture their groove.

Max and Leo's Pizzaphoto: Max and Leo’s

Where to Fuel Up Before or After the Game
Within the bowling alley, Kings Bowl has tables, a bar and a full-service menu that includes wings, pizza, burgers, seafood dishes, ribs, salads and more! (The house-made wontons, loaded potato bites, fried mac and cheese bites and sundaes are big hits with the kids!) Also onsite is Max & Leo’s, which offers coal-fired pizza cooked to perfection in a 900-degree oven.

Kings Lane Rosemont Private Roomphoto: sample of a Kings Lane private room

Birthday Parties
Kings Lane employs an Event Planner to assist parents with kids ages 6-12 in birthday party planning. Each party features the option to use bumpers, automatic scoring, plenty of lightweight balls perfect for growing muscles and fun on-screen graphics during gameplay.  Parents can choose to reserve anything from a single lane to a private room, or you can even go as big as a total buyout of the facility. Food and drink packages are available, as are minimally customizable cakes, or you can bring your own. Prices vary as the packages are highly customizable, so call or complete the online form for pricing specific to your needs.

One-of-a-Kind Fan Favorite Activity
Be sure to save energy for a stop by the air hockey tables.  Especially be on the lookout for the 4-person, custom-built table that you won’t find anywhere else. Imagine the excitement of a normal air hockey game, doubled and quadrupled. You have twice as many players, 4 instead of the normal 2, and there are 4 (yes, 4!) pucks in play. The table is a square, with a person on each side. Each person has a digital counter on the table in front of them that starts at 5. Every time a person gets scored on, their number goes down.  The last person to keep 5 shots from going into their goal is the last man (or kid)  standing, and the winner. It’s fast-paced and unbelievably fun – just watch little fingers resting on the table so they don’t get hit in the crossfire.

IMG_0817photo: Kings Bowl via Maria Chambers

Cost to Play
The cost to bowl is broken down by time of day and day of the week. Similar to taking in a movie with the family, planning a day at the alley before 6 p.m. will cut down the cost.  Before 6 p.m., Tues.-Thurs. it’s $6/person and $7/person Fri.-Mon. After 6 p.m. Sun.-Thurs. it’s $7/person and Fri.-Sat., you’ll pay $10/person.  Shoe rental is an additional $5/pair and if you forget your socks, you can pick up a pair for $3.

Both foosball and the 2 or 4-person air hockey are $1 per person per game.

Good to Know
If you’re planning on eating and bowling, call ahead to make an “Eat Then Bowl” reservation. If everyone orders an entree or equivalent, you move to the top of the bowling wait list once you’ve finished eating.

Kings also makes for a great date night destination.  After 9 p.m. they offer daily specials that range from all-you-can-bowl nights to live DJ and dancing nights.

Kings Bowl NEWCITY Lincoln Park
1500 N. Clybourn Ave.
Lincoln Park
Online: kingsbowlamerica.com

Have you played at Kings Bowl? Share your experience in the Comments below!

—Maria Chambers