Kids are notoriously hard to please, and finding a sport for teens, tykes and toddlers can be a bit of a challenge. Plus, with all this rain around at the moment, 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: tenpin 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…
One of the oldest and largest tenpin 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.
Kallang Bowl, 5 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397693, p. 6345 0545, e. email@example.com; www.leisurepark.com.sg
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 tenpin 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: miniature bowling for kids, with shorter lanes, automated bumpers and lighter bowling balls for tiny hands. There’s also a pretty awesome Dragon Ramp where you can roll your ball down a dragon’s back for (hopefully) a strike or two.
Orchid Bowl, Various locations at Orchid Country Club, Our Tampines Hub, SAFRA Punggol, SAFRA Yishun and THE CHEVRONS, p. 6583 1622; www.orchidbowl.com.sg
For hours of affordable family fun, head over to a SuperBowl where prices are low (including at 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 games.
SuperBowl, Various locations at HomeTeamNS-JOM, Jurong, Mount Faber, Toa Payoh, Keat Hong CC and Tampines; www.superbowl.com.sg
If you like your bowling with a bit of ultraviolet light thrown in for good measure, head to Forte Bowl, where you’ll find 20 Brunswick bowling lanes with light effects and high-tech touchscreen consoles. If your kids are night owls (yep: ours), then try out cosmic bowling happening every Saturday night from 10pm to 1am. Or just ditch them for a date night.
JForté Sportainment Centre, 50 Hougang Avenue 1, Singapore 538885, p. 6289 2121; www.jfortesports.com.sg
Featuring 24 lanes, 180 bowling balls, and 450 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 – perfect for a post-shopping spend cleanse! This also makes a great option for a birthday party that packs a punch.
Westwood Bowl, Civil Service Club, 91 Bukit Batok West Ave 2, Singapore 659206; www.csc.sg/westwoodbowl
File this one under party ideas for the teen: 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!
K Bowling, 313 Orchard Road, 313@Somerset, #03-27; kbowlingclub.com
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