It was my son’s birthday that week. We wanted to do something special and as a family. Family outings are important. If you can get along as a family you can get along in the world, I say.
We chose bowling! Loaded up the kids (all 4 of them) and headed over to AMF Bowling Lanes in Woodstock.
First off this place is enormous! 40 lanes in all.
The manager talked us through the first part, getting shoes for everyone. She was very patient as everyone needed to exchange a couple of times until they found a pair that fit. Everyone decided to get picky that day. Part two was rounding up our balls. Remember the prank phone joke as a kid, calling up the bowling alley? Hey do you have any…
And then we headed towards our lane. Five balls in the queue and we were almost ready to bowl.
The manager asked if we needed the Bowling Assister. Basically it’s like a ladder/walker looking contraption that allows the kids to get some speed on the ball before it heads down the aisle. You put the ball at the top of the roller coaster looking thing and it rolls down faster down the lane.
Because guess what happens if you don’t get enough speed.
And guess who gets to come over and push it down the lane because the space beyond the service line is sacred ground and you can’t go there?
If you guessed manager, than I say, you’re paying attention.
Anywhoo, she then pulled up the bumpers for us. This is so the ball wouldn’t go in the gutter, every single time.
Talk about making it easy for the family to go bowling!
Finally she even helped us get our computer set up with our names. Boy this is too easy.
And we got started.
And we ordered food. Did I tell you have the snack bar that actually is pretty good? The pizza did not taste like a ninety nine center from Totinos. The cheese sticks were average. And for dessert we had little fried doughnuts with cinnamon sugar on them and icing for dipping. Sugar and pizza, how can you go wrong?
After about an hour we finally finished our game. At one point, I realized my oldest had taken off his socks and was wearing his bowling shoes sockless. I tried not to gag (too much Monk lately). And explained why that was not a good idea. I don’t think 8 year old boys really care, even if you explain the germ factor.
Everyone had a blast and we really appreciated the family atmosphere at AMF Woodstock Lanes.
We returned our shoes and went home. And they begged to come back again soon.
Don’t worry we will!
Disclaimer: I am a US Family Guide Blogger and received a free AMF bowling certificate for my family as part of their Kids Bowl Free Summer Promotion. All reviews are 100% ZombieMommy.