This summer, Holiday Bowl will be full of bowlers of all ages who look forward to escaping the heat for an opportunity to relax, eat good food and mingle at the lanes.
"We have actually seen more younger people bowling," says General Manager Brittiney Grimes. "We have put together some fun summer leagues geared more toward younger generations - like our Beer and Pizza League, the Sassy Singles Social League and Wine Down Wednesday Leagues. We also have a new league this summer called the Lunch and Bowl, where everyone comes in and gets lunch and then bowls two games. They can come out, have some fun and meet new people."
Most of Holiday Bowl's summer programs start at the end of April or into the first week of May, but the company's popular local bowling alleys are always adding new bowlers to leagues throughout the season.
As a special offer this summer, all the bowlers who bowl in a 12-week league will get two free games per day, all summer long. The fun incentive for summer bowlers is a $750 value for those who use their coupons every day.
"We also have special group rates for the local day care and day camps in the area for field trips," Grimes says.
She encourages parents and teachers to think of bowling as a learning opportunity. Kids learn how to wait patiently between turns, to cheer on their fellow teammates and even use a little math to keep score. Grimes says it isn't unusual for teachers to print off their students' overall scores after a field trip to Holiday Bowl, because they can take the numbers back and use them for math lessons their students will be able to relate to.
"Bowling is a great way to get exercise for adults and kids," Grimes says. "You use more muscles and move more than you would think, and you have a blast doing it."
Holiday Bowl hosts a summer league for kids every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. The summer junior league director is Candi McGowan, who hosts parties on holidays and at the end of the junior league season for her young bowlers.
Holiday Bowl is also focusing on adding healthier foods to the menu this summer, such as a few new salads including a fresh chef salad, and wrap specials. Grimes says many guests don't realize that the lane-side grill offers breakfast on the weekends and features everything from sausage biscuits to omelets and hash browns.
"We have a great lane-side grill staff that is very welcoming and takes extra pride in the food they prepare for everyone," she says. "We try to make sure we have the best quality and freshest food we can get."