The Best Places To Go Bowling In Brisbane
If you are looking for a fun way to spend some time with your family that is not weather dependent, gets them up and moving and also challenges both their minds and body then Ten Pin Bowling may be just the activity you are looking for. With many centres scattered over numerous locations in Brisbane and surrounds, the alleys you will find today may still follow the same rules and layout of those of your own childhood but the centres themselves now have so many other things on offer to keep kids entertained.
Why Ten Pin Bowling?
More to the point, why not? Ten pin bowling is not your typical Aussie sport and for this reason is a unique activity that will easily gain the attention of your entire family. Catering for all ages, kids can have just as much fun as teens or adults and with some centres offering arcade games or laser tag on the side it doesn’t need to be a quick two game turnaround either before you all head home.
On top of the physical aspect, Ten Pin bowling works on coordination and also provides kids with a hidden lesson in maths as well. Although the computers keep tally of the score kids will need to work out how many pins they still need to knock down in order to calculate their score or catch up / stay ahead of their other team players.
It is also the perfect way to escape the weather on a rainy or exceptionally hot day!
Facilities for Children
Ten Pin Bowling centres around Brisbane actually cater extremely well for the smallest members of your family. Whether that is with balls that come in different sizes (6lb is the smallest), ramps that children can use to roll their ball directly down the alley or bumpers along the sides that mean a dreaded gutter ball is rendered impossible. If you let the staff know before you bowl which names are those of children in the team these bumpers will automatically lift when it is their turn to play.
Some centres also offer special Learn to Bowl sessions that are designed for children and will provide them with the basic skills that are needed to improve their game. It’s worth asking the centre near you if they have any special classes for kids if it looks like they are keen to play often.
Things to Know
Nearly all centres offer great specials, deals or discounts on bowling via their websites so it is a good idea to do a little research before you head out to make the day as budget-friendly as possible. There are regular deals on sites like Groupon (affiliate link) for bowling as well.
A fashion statement of their own, the ‘trendy’ bowling shoes are generally included in the cost of your game. Toddler size 5/6 is usually the smallest and these are a necessity to play. If you want socks and have forgotten your own you can usually purchase some from the centres if needed.
Most alleys are set up for up to 6 people per game. If you have a group larger than this then it would be a good idea to call ahead and book so that you can be guaranteed two lanes that are side-by-side.
Kids parties are catered for at all ten pin bowling centres and are a fantastic idea if you have a little one who is due to celebrate theirs. Just call the centre nearest to you to find out more details.
Ten Pin Bowling alleys all cater for those with disabilities too. Direct wheelchair access to the lanes, ramps for easy release of the balls and light-weight balls all help to make this game super inclusive for all.
Ten Pin Bowling Venues in Brisbane
Based in the heart of Brisbane City, Strike Bowling is so much more than just your average ten pin bowling alley. Home to 12 bowling lanes, an amazing laser tag arena, pool tables, private karaoke rooms and three exciting escape rooms there is actually almost too much here for just one day. The bowling alley is awash in neon lights and catchy music and food and drinks available via lane-service there is little else left to worry about except getting that elusive strike!
Bowling costs $15 per person per game and if the kids want to have a game of laser tag as well this is $12 per person. You can book a lane from 10am until late 7 days a week!! Strike Wintergarden actually has a bar as well and so due to liquor licence rules no children are allowed in after 8pm at night.
Aspley 10 Pin Bowl is a hugely popular choice for families due to its great prices and numerous deals. Here, adults can play for $12.50 and kids are only $10 per game. The more games you play the cheaper it gets too! It is definitely a good idea to go to their website before you head in as the centre offers plenty of great deals at certain times of the week as well as some special food and play packages that are worth checking out. On Saturday and Sunday nights they have great deals like $5 games (not including shoe hire) or $20 for 3 games (including shoe hire) that may make for a bit of nighttime fun for kids.
If you want to have a party at Aspley 10 Pin Bowl then all the details you need to know can be found here.
AMF Bowling is one of the biggest chains in Australia with Queensland centres in Richlands, Mt Gravatt, Capalaba, Loganholme and Robina. Like Strike, it is not only bowling on offer with the family also able to book in and play laser tag or the arcade games as well. AMF has plenty of packages and deals on offer so definitely check out their site before going and school holidays in particular bring with them food, multi-games, laser tag and shoe hire deals that are well worth the price. Check them out here.
From 6pm Sunday through to 3pm Friday you will pay off peak prices for a games. These are $14.90 for adults and $12.90 for kids ($2 shoe hire not included). From 3pm Friday until 6pm Sunday you will pay the peak prices of $16.90 for adults and $13.90 for kids.
Strathpine Hyperbowl is all about bowling and offers fantastic game prices to match. With adults only $13, students $12 and kids $10 it is one of the more affordable options for ten pin out there. They also offer discounts for groups and the more games you play the cheaper they get as well! As with the other centres, school holidays are a chance for some awesome deals so make sure you head to their site and check them out here if you are going during that period. You will also find other great weekend and family deals on their site as well.
Open 7 days a week from 9am until late they ask that you book a lane in advance by calling them on 3205 4033.
Gold Pin Ten Pin Bowling has a few centres in driving distance from Brisbane. Caboolture, Strathpine and Mt Warren Park are all home to one and boast party lighting, music, modern cafes and a fun atmosphere for all who are looking to play a game. Their website has some ‘learn to play’ videos you can check out before going if you are a beginner and like all the others there are plenty of fanstastic deals to be found for different times during the week and on school holidays.
For something a little different why not head out for a drive to Caboolture and combine your ten pin with your golf? Along with 18 ten pin bowling lanes, Caboolture Bowl and Mini Golf also has a 9 hole mini golf course, amusement machines and laser force as well. If you are after some fantastic deals then you would be crazy not to check out the discount section on their website before going. Here you will find an array of specials for families as well as cheap Tuesdays info and golf and bowl packs. There are also vouchers for cafe and information on the weekend cheap game prices too.
Caboolture Bowl and Mini Golf also offer an 8 week junior program specifically designed for school aged children that is aimed at teaching them the fundamentals of the sport. Called Bowl Patrol, you can find out everything you need to know here.
A large chain in both Australia and New Zealand, our Queensland King Pin offering is based in Chermside and is well worth the longer drive from town if you are after a full day (or more) of fun. King Pin promote themselves as the full package of entertainment and with bowling, arcades, laser tag, escape rooms, rope course and table tennis all available it’s not hard to see why. Along with the party lighting and music there is also a bar and a quality menu that boasts more than just your average cafe offerings. You can buy packages online and combine with their arcade games downstairs if this is something you are interested in.
Prices for bowling are extremely reasonable with adults at $12 and kids for $10. Although their mind-challenging Escape Rooms are only for those 14 years and older, all other entertainment here like the ropes course and table tennis are available to all.
So, next time you are looking for something different to do, an activity that is for the whole family and that is guaranteed to be both fun and competitive (in a good way!) then why not check out one of the ten pin bowling centres listed above. Just be sure to look on their sites for deals first and pack your socks! Happy bowling.