The crash of pins is one of many familiar bowling alley sights and sounds that brings back those special childhood family outings to the bowling alley. Whether you are escaping the Portland rain or celebrating a birthday party, the bowling alley is still an entertainment staple. Which Portland-area lanes are worth their rental shoes? Read on to find family-friendly bowling alleys that offer affordable pricing and additional entertainment options that will engage the non-bowlers in the family as well! Read on for more.
Grand Central Bowl
Considered a boutique bowling alley, Grand Central is a family-friendly stop for the family who loves great food and comfortable digs. The bowling alley offers 12 lanes with four large screen projectors and great lounge seating. There is also an arcade area for the non-bowlers in the group. Lane reservation inquiries can be done by phone or at their website and are highly recommended in order to get a bowling lane when you come in.
Pro Tip: Come hungry! The Grand Central menu is more like a restaurant menu than a bowling alley menu. Get everything from sushi to artisan pizza. There is even a weekend brunch menu.
Costs: Costs vary from the day of the week and time of the day and range from $3 a game to $7.
808 SE Morrison St.
Need to get some energy out on a rainy Portland day? SuperPlay in Beaverton is just the spot to strike some pins and run around in the laser tag arena! The 24 bowling lanes at SuperPlay featured brand new scoring systems including 55" monitors and a virtual waiter that will allow bowlers to order food and beverages right from the lanes. The SuperPlay space also features a 3,200 square foot laser tag arena and a video arcade featuring more than forty games along with five Virtual Reality stations.
Pro Tip: Visit the SuperPlay website to see their weekly specials. They often feature specials such as half-priced arcade games or Mix and Match specials that include three games of bowling or laser tag plus an arcade card.
Cost: Shoe rental is $3.50. Price per games for traditional bowling vary by day of the week and time. Prices range from $1 per game to $4.95 per game.
9300 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy.
Beaverton, OR 97005
Recently remolded with locations in Beaverton and Portland, KingPins is a new state-of-the-art venue featuring bowling, an arcade, and laser tag. Bring your appetites and grab a bite from the onsiteTapHouse Bar & Grill. Your young gamers will enjoy racking up points in the arcade. Exclusive to their Beaverton location is a laser tag arena, featuring 3,800 square feet of glow-in-the-dark action. Make a day of it. Your family won't want to leave once the fun has begun.
Cost: Shoe rentals are $3.29 size four and under and $3.79 size five and up. Open bowling prices vary by day of the week and time but range from $19.99 per hour to $32.99 per hour. Hourly rentals include one lane of up to six guests.
2725 SW Cedar Hills Blvd
3550 SE 92ND Ave.
The Beaverton and Vancouver locations of Big Al's feature 42 bowling lanes and 12 VIP lanes in addition to an arcade, bar, and full food menu. With special deals for the family as well as bowling bumpers, lighter weight balls, and ramps Big Al's makes for a fun outing for older and younger guests. Big Al's recommends up to six bowlers per lane. Walk-ins and reservations both welcome. Bring friends and snag a couple of lanes together.
Pro-tip: Sunday through Thursday the Family Fun Pack is available for parties of four or more. The Family Fun Pack includes 2 games of bowling, shoe rental, and a $5 FUN card per person for $13.50 each. This is a great deal for the family to enjoy Big Al's together without breaking the bank.
Cost: Adults in the PowerHouse Upscale Lanes are $4 per game before 5 p.m. and $5.75 per game after 5 p.m. $2 games before 5 p.m. for Juniors (12 and under), Seniors (60+), and Active Military and Veterans. Shoe Rental is $3.50. Slider Alley costs are $20 per lane per hour before 5 p.m. and $40 per lane per hour after 5 p.m..
14950 SW Barrows Rd.
16615 SE 18th St.
Mt. Hood Lanes
East of Portland and wanting a fun bowling day without the trek to the city or Beaverton? Mt. Hood Lanes brings a traditional bowling feel with great prices as well as a game room for kids and lounge area for adults. Cosmic Bowling on the weekends dims the lights, pumps the music and adds lighting effects to the normal bowling routine.
Pro Tip: Sign up for their mailing list for a free $10 Open Bowling Certificate plus news, events, and additional discounts delivered to your inbox.
Cost: Open bowling at Mt. Hood Lanes begins at $4.50 per game per person and range to $5.50 per game per person. Cosmic Bowling on Friday and Saturday evenings includes two hours of bowling at $65 per lane with six people per lane. Shoe rentals are $3.00 per person.
2311 E. Powell Blvd.
Park Lanes Family Entertainment Center
The Park Lanes Family Entertainment Center is not just a bowling alley, but it also features an arcade, jungle gym, and batting cages. Families can roll a couple of games and then spend the rest of the day playing in the jungle gym or hitting the arcade.
Pro Tip: Call ahead and reserve your lanes so you know that you'll have them for the time that you want to visit.
Cost: Open Bowling before 6 PM is $4.25 per game for adults, $3.75 Juniors (17 years and younger) and Seniors (55 and over). Open bowling after 6 PM is $5.25 per game for adults, Juniors, and Seniors. Visit Park Lanes on Sundays for half price bowling from 9 AM to noon.
6360 SE Alexander ST.
Hillsboro, OR 97123
—Jenni Bost (Updated by Annette Benedetti).