Whether or not you have a June birthday to celebrate, there's another reason to have a party this month: Father's Day. One of the best ways to "strike" up a conversation with dad? Take him bowling. Our family of five did it on a recent Sunday afternoon, and we had a blast. The baby loved the lights and the older girls worked on their signature "moves," as they called them. Assisted by a coupon I found on the web, I was impressed by how affordable it was. Meanwhile, ever-competitive Dad enjoyed showing off and reconfirmed his standing as the best bowler in the family.
There are five bowling centers in the Kids VT circulation area, most of which offer food, arcade games and party packages that are sure to please for a birthday — or a Dad!
Champlain Lanes, Shelburne
Champlain Lanes offers the Champ Party Pak; that is perfect for children 14 and under. The party — for eight children — includes invitations, party hats and balloons, themed place settings, bowling, shoes, bumpers if requested, lightweight balls, and a host or hostess — all for under $100! Additional children are $9 each. The birthday child receives a T-shirt and a bowling pin to sign. All guests receive a free game coupon, soda and a slice of cheese pizza.
Spare Time, Colchester
Spare Time offers birthday parties with a minimum of six children for $14.99 per person. The two-hour party includes bowling, shoe rental, host, bumpers, cheese or pepperoni slice, drink, and party-themed place settings. Each guest receives five free game tokens; goodie bags can be included for an additional $2.50 each. Each child gets a free kids meal coupon for the City Sports Grille and a free bowling pass to bring home. The birthday child receives five additional game tokens and a bowling pin to sign.
St. Albans Bowling Center 524-3785
This northern bowling alley does not offer specific birthday packages, but the rates are extremely affordable. It costs $2.75 per game per child during the week, and $3 on the weekend. Parents are encouraged to bring food, as the facility does not sell refreshments.
Twin City Lanes and Games, Barre
Twin City offers two packages for families: one with pizza; one without. Package No. 1 is $65, and $10.95 for additional guests. It includes a beverage, 1.5 hours of bowling and 30 minutes in a party room for up to six people. Package No. 2 is the same with the addition of two pizzas for $77; $12.95 per additional guest.
This bowling alley offers à la carte options from $12 to $15 per person for parties with a minimum of eight children. The birthday child bowls for free with a party of 10 or more! Twelve dollars per person includes bowling, shoes, bumpers, invitations, party favors, balloons and soda. For $13, you can add cake and ice cream. For $14, you get the base package plus pizza. And for $15 per person, it's the basic package plus cake, ice cream and pizza!