Fun for All Generations

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Bowling is one of the few activities a whole family can do where every family member is able to participate.


Trying to bring Grandpa out on the volleyball court or football field isn’t usually the best idea.. But the bowling center, that’s a whole different story! When done properly, bowling can be great fun for the whole family. It’s a great cross-generational activity for all ages!

A lot of parents feel like their families spend way too much time on their phones and other forms of technology. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a night where everyone set their phones down and spent time together? Having a family bowling night would be the perfect opportunity for everyone to step away from their devices and interact a little!

Out of all sports, bowling isn’t hard to learn. You can make relatively easy adjustments if you pay attention to where your ball is going, and where you want it to go. If you keep hitting the pins a little too far to the left, a simple adjustment to the right is most likely all you need. It’s great practice for hand-eye coordination. Bowling can also help a young person learn about cause and effect, and develop problem-solving skills. With our automated scoring system it’s easy to stay focused on bowling itself, without worrying about keeping score.

At Laurel Lanes we carry a ton of shoe sizes, everything from a kids 6 to a men’s 16!(Sorry Shaq, no size 22’s..) Just about anyone is able to come enjoy this fun sport! As well as owning enough shoes to practically open a shoe store, we also have a vast range of house balls. All of our balls are drilled to be able to fit as many size hands as possible, so there are no excuses! Our balls range in weight from a super light 6 pound ball, which would be appropriate for a child, to a 16 pound ball, which is the maximum weight allowed by the USBC. Will you be bowling with someone needs to use bumpers? Have no fear, they can be set to pop up automatically for anyone who needs them. If you have any issues with lifting and rolling a bowling ball, we have ramps available that will surely help.

It is not uncommon to see a Grandfather or Grandmother take their Grandchild bowling. It goes to show you that this sport truly knows no age. Many people start bowling as a child and continue on well through their senior years. It doesn’t matter how old you are, when you get a strike you can’t help but feel a sense of accomplishment! Some families come to bowl with 3 generations of family members, after all, the more the merrier!

Since anyone can bowl, it shouldn’t be hard to find someone to join you. Any age family member, neighbor, coworker, or friend can be a potential bowling buddy! While anyone can bowl, it’s important to pass healthy traditions and hobbies down to the next generation. It doesn’t take much to bring a kid bowling, so why not create a lasting memory and be the one to teach them how to bowl? The learning and bonding experiences are priceless, and you’ll see how great it is for two people relatively far apart in age to have fun doing the same activity at the same time!

First Date? Get the Ball Rolling with Bowling!

Have you ever thought about asking someone on a date but can’t stand the thought of another dinner filled with awkward silences?  Look no further than Laurel Lanes!  There are a lot of different aspects to a night out bowling that can help you quickly determine whether your date is a good match or not.

Forget going to the movies, where although you may be sitting next to someone for a considerable amount of time, it’ll most likely be without any conversation.  How about dinner?  It may be romantic, but when you’re with someone you really don’t know too well, it’s really easy to feel awkward and get caught up in those moments of silence..

Instead you could be in a fun, stress-free environment like Laurel Lanes!  There’s much more to do than just bowl here.  We have a large arcade with games for all ages, Splitz Bar & Grill (which has an extensive American Grill Menu), a second full-service bar right behind the lanes, and Tony Luke’s, the real taste of South Philly!  No movie theater or restaurant will provide you with options like that.  We even have a new scoring system with built in games and the ability to take pictures right at your lane’s table!  You can look up to your scoring monitor after every frame and see your faces cropped into animations doing random silly things.  Needless to mention, our two bars are well stocked and sure to keep anyone 21+ happy, which can certainly be a big plus on a first date!

You can learn a lot about someone’s personality while bowling on a first date.  Do they put their name in the computer as something funny, or are they straight forward and put in their real name?  There’s a big difference between typing in “Steve” vs typing in “Dr.PinCrusher”!  You can also see the way your date reacts to competition.  If they’re able to joke about themselves not doing too well, you may have found someone it’d be easy to spend some time with.  On the other hand, if they repeatedly slam their fist against the ball return because they got a gutter ball, you might have found someone you’ll see on the news in the near future. But hey, maybe that’s your thing.

Bowling also provides you the opportunity to show that you have good manners, showing respect as you step to the side while your date walks down toward the ball return, by picking up their ball and handing it to them, or even just getting refills on drinks.  If you’re pretty comfortable with your date and they’re still struggling with bowling, you might even take advantage of the opportunity to stand behind them and help guide them.  OoOoh how romantic!

Everyone knows a first date can be a little stressful, but you don’t have to let it be.  Choose bowling and make it a lot more comfortable and easy to enjoy your time together!  Just remember, even if worst comes to worst and you’re not crazy about each other, you can still enjoy your time bowling!

How Three Strikes became a “Turkey”

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How Three Strikes became a Turkey – Have you ever heard someone use the word “turkey” when talking about bowling?  In bowling, a turkey means shooting three strikes in a row.  This silly name might sound like something someone came up with as a joke, but it actually has roots dating back hundreds of years ago!

During bowling tournaments way back in the 1800’s, some bowling centers gave food items out as prizes to anyone who could shoot three strikes in a row.  Around the time of Thanksgiving in the United States, some centers decided it would be appropriate to give a turkey to anyone who could achieve this feat.  When a player got three strikes in a row, their teammates would yell out “Turkey!” to let whoever was running the center know that someone had earned their prize.

In the 1930’s, the Great Depression left many families poor and hungry.  Bowling centers used this to their advantage and would offer turkeys as sweepstakes prizes during Thanksgiving and Christmas time.  When you hear about someone giving away a turkey, you might think of a frozen turkey that you buy for Thanksgiving.  But some of these centers actually gave out live turkeys!  Can you imagine if Laurel Lanes did that?  We’d need a turkey farm on the roof!

You might be thinking “Wow, I’ve hit three strikes in a row a lot of times, why haven’t I been rewarded?”  Keep in mind that back in those times bowling worked quite differently.  Automatic pinsetters hadn’t been invented yet, so all the pins were set by hand.  This often led to an uneven setup of the pins.  Some bowling centers would actually put weights in the bottom of some pins during tournaments to make it even more difficult to knock them down.  Back then, lanes were still cleaned and oiled by hand.  There was very little consistency from lane to lane, and you didn’t know how a ball was going to react.  To top it all off, bowling balls were made of a hard rubber, which made it even harder to throw accurately because they weren’t balanced too well.

It wasn’t easy at all to bowl back then, let alone get three strikes in a row.  Lucky for you, now we have a machine that
consistently cleans and oils all of our lanes.  You have a much better shot of bowling a turkey these days.  But when you do, all
you’re going to win are bragging rights!