Spiffy footwear, a bit of friendly competition and even some cosmic lighting: we've found the best bowling alleys in Singapore for families...
Kids are notoriously hard to please, and finding a sport for teens, tykes and toddlers can be a bit of a challenge. Plus, we’re not too keen on booking outdoor classes that end up cancelled (the drama of a change in plan for a tot is, at times, pretty award-winning). But if you still fancy keeping the kiddos (and you) active, then we know a fun-packed sport that absolutely fits the bill. Ten-pin bowling! A bit of friendly competition and a snazzy pair of shoes is sure to liven up an otherwise dreary weekend, so here are the kid-friendly bowling alleys in Singapore where you can score a strike at…
Kid-friendly ten-pin bowling alleys in Singapore
1. Kallang Bowl
One of the oldest and largest ten-pin bowling centres in Singapore, Kallang Bowl has definitely kept up to speed with all the latest bowling tech. All 22 competition lanes are equipped not only with bumpers, but with state-of-the-art technology and touchscreen controls! Look out for league details to ramp things up a notch and book ahead if you can – it gets busy! Once you’re done with bowling, we say head upstairs to cool down with a spin or two around the ice rink at Kallang Ice World. Or pop over to FilmGarde Kallang to catch a mid-afternoon movie screening.
Where: Kallang Bowl, 5 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397693, p. 6345 0545
2. Orchid Bowl
Orchid Bowl has locations all over Singapore (some of which are in family-friendly shopping malls: the perfect pay off for persuading the kiddos to join you for that essential supermarket dash). Enjoy cosmic bowling – glow-in-the-dark ten-pin bowling complete with disco lights – during weekdays for a cool after-school activity. Or head to Orchid Bowl @ Our Tampines Hub where smaller tots will love the Highway 66 sessions. Think miniature bowling for kids, with shorter lanes, automated bumpers and lighter bowling balls for tiny hands. There’s also an awesome Dragon Ramp where you can roll your ball down a dragon’s back for (hopefully) a strike or two!
Where: Orchid Bowl, various locations at Orchid Country Club, Our Tampines Hub, SAFRA Punggol, SAFRA Yishun and THE CHEVRONS
For hours of affordable family fun, head over to a SuperBowl where prices are low (including special weekend rates) and you’ll find lanes aplenty. And yes, SuperBowl Jurong has a whole arcade fitted with rows of racing, fighting and shooting games for when the kids take a break between bowls.
Where: SuperBowl, various locations at HomeTeamNS-JOM, Jurong, Mount Faber, Toa Payoh, Keat Hong CC, Tampines and Khatib
4. Forte Bowl
If you like your bowling with a bit of ultraviolet light thrown in for good measure, head to Forte Bowl. Here you’ll find 20 Brunswick bowling lanes with light effects and high-tech touchscreen consoles. Perfect for a date night.
Where: Forte Bowl, JForté Sportainment Centre, 50 Hougang Avenue 1, Singapore 538885
5. Westwood Bowl
Featuring 24 lanes, 180 bowling balls, and 500 lockers for rental, Westwood Bowl has some of the best knock-down adventures to be had around the island. It also has one of the cheapest rates in Singapore – $3.40 per game ($2.60 off-peak) – perfect for a post-shopping spend cleanse! This also makes a great option for a birthday party that packs a punch.
Where: Westwood Bowl, Civil Service Club, 91 Bukit Batok West Ave 2, Singapore 659206
6. K Bowling Club
File this one under party ideas for teens. K Bowling’s neon-lit alleys, dart machines and arcade officially make it one of the coolest hangouts; just be prepared to shell out at least $10 per game. The good news is that if you’re playing chaperone, you can sneak a cheeky pint at the onsite bar while the teens play on. Or round up the gang for a girls’ night out!
7. Timezone Vivocity
First time getting your kiddo to try out bowling? This is the perfect place to introduce them to the sport. The bowling alley here uses smaller and lighter bowling balls, which allows players to grip them better. Sure, it may not be a proper bowling alley, but it’s still a fun spot to bowl with friends! And when you’re done, check out the other arcade games and zones within Timezone.
Where: Timezone Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk #02-43, Singapore 098585