The weather is no longer as brutal as it was, but I continue to seek indoor activities for myself and my children. Recently, we went bowling with a group of friends at Liberty Lanes at Massaponax, off of Southpoint Parkway. On Tuesdays, Liberty offers $2 games and $2 shoe rentals. They also have bumpers in the lanes to prevent gutter balls and ramps to assist young children with pushing the ball down the alley.
This wasn’t our first time bowling, so my children were already familiar with the concept of changing their shoes and using the assist ramp. They know the object is to knock the pins down, and they know where to look for their ball to return after their first turn. However, they don’t really understand that they get two rolls per turn and they often lose focus in between their turns. With a big group, it is especially difficult to maintain their interest because it can sometimes be a long wait.
Maggie and Brendan were particularly moody the day we went bowling. Perhaps they didn’t eat enough breakfast, or perhaps the game wasn’t moving fast enough for them. In hindsight, I should have packed a snack or bought food from the concession stand. About halfway through our game, Brendan had to use the bathroom and he discovered the arcade games. He lingered just long enough to divert his attention, though I didn’t actually pay for him to play. Maggie, too, decided she had enough and she let Brendan take several of her subsequent turns on the alley. Toward the final frames of the game, they both got renewed energy and finished strong… and with smiles!
Bowling is a great way to spend a morning indoors with young children! But I’m sure you can agree that the success of any outing depends on the mood of your children. I was glad we went on a morning when the games are inexpensive and it wasn’t crowded. If it’s your first time, I recommend trying Liberty Lanes on a Tuesday morning!