Strike! Family Bowling Fun and Birthday Parties in and Around Marin
Remember those fun times you had bowling when you were a kid? Guess what—it hasn't changed all that much, although it seems that there are fewer spots where you can bowl these days. Actually, it's even more fun for the little ones now with the advent of bumper bowling and ball ramps. Also, you have to love a sport where you can get an order of chili cheese fries while you're playing. It's a great active rainy day activity, too.
There are still a few fantastic family friendly bowling alleys in Marin and the Bay Area, so go rent some shoes, pick out your ball (that red one looks pretty cool!) and bowl a few games with the kiddos. Most of these bowling alleys also offer birthday parties for kids, as well. You remember how fun those were, right?
88 Vivian Street, San Rafael 94901
Located in San Rafael, Marin's only bowling alley offers 40 lanes, automatic scoring, and plenty of bumper lanes for the little ones. On-site food is provided by Villa York Pizza and Grill, and they even have 24 beers on tap. In case that's enough, they have pool tables and an arcade, too. Several different birthday party packages are available; call (415) 456-4661 to book your lanes. Check their website for hours and pricing.
1100 Petaluma Boulevard South, Petaluma 94952
AMF Boulevard Lanes, located at the south end of Petaluma, features 40 bowling lanes as well as pool and an arcade. Bumpers and ramps are available for the little ones. Food, including pizza, burgers, and sandwiches, and cocktails are available on-site. Three different kids' birthday party packages are available. Check their website for hours and pricing.
300 Golf Course Drive, Rohnert Park 94928
As its name implies, Double Decker Lanes offers not one but two levels of bowling action, with 50 state-of-the-art lanes with automatic scoring and bumper bowling for the kiddos. A full on-site snack bar offers food and drink, and there's a video arcade and pool tables, too. Double Decker Lanes is also the first bowling center in the USA to be solar powered! They offer Family Value Nights on Sundays—between 5 and 7 pm you can get two hourse of bowling, shoe rental, a 12-inch pepperoni pizza, a pitcher of soda for up to 8 people for just $49 per lane ($39 without the pizza). You can reserve birthday parties online. For hours and pricing visit their website.
93 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco 94129
This intimate 12-land bowling alley is located in the heart of the Presidio of San Francisco National Park. This small but action-paked bowling alley features automatic scoring, bumpers for kids 8 and under, a grill with a full menu, 50 kinds of beer, and 19 kinds of wine. Children's birthday parties are available. Visit their website for hours and rates.
750 Folsom Street, San Francisco 94107
SOMA's Yerba Buena Gardens area is home to this 12-lane bowling center, along with a year-round ice skating rink. Bumpers are available for the little ones, as are kids' birthday parties. On-site food and beverage service is available. Check their website for hours and rates.
200 King Street, San Francisco 94107
Also in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood, the upscale Lucky Strike bowling center offers 12 lanes, as well as a private two-lane suite. You can order food from on-site restaurant A2 Kitchen's full menu. Birthday parties for kids are available. For hours and rates check their website.
3176 17th Street, San Francisco 94110
Mission Bowling Club in San Francsico offers six regulation-size bowling lanes, each outfitted with automatic scoring. It's primarily a 21-and-over venue, but family bowling hours are offerend on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 7 pm. Kids must fit into a size-12 kids' bowling shoe to participate, and at least two adults must be present at each lane. Award-winning brunch fare is served on weekend from 11 am to 3 pm. For more info, visit their website.
Epicenter Sports and Entertainment
3215 Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa 95403
7Ten Social has 16 upscale bowling lanes, including four private lanes, with LED lighting, lane chat/texting, and a 60-foot video wall. Options for kids include bumpers, ramps and a variety of customizable game options. For more info. visit their website.
540 San Pablo Avenue, Albany 94706
The East Bay's Albany Bowl is a family-style bowling center with 36 lanes in three separate rows, with bumper bowling for little ones as well as an arcade room and pool tables. The on-site Albany Bowl Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Birthday parties, complete with glow-in-the-dark bowling—are offered for all ages; party packages cost $20 per child with a minimum of 8 children. For hours and rates visit their website.