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28 Aug, 2008

Kids and bowling : a match made in heaven

Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Ottawa for kids|Easy ways to make kids happy

We went bowling… glow-in-the-dark rock’n bowl at Merivale Bowling Centre to be exact. :)


It was a bit of a challenge to find ourselves some shoes that fit, but we all had a great time.

Not only was the music pumpin’, but to our relief we discovered it physically impossible to throw a gutter ball, which can be the frustrating for us non-bowlers. (The lanes had little rails on them. So each ball made it to the end.) Emma enjoyed it so much she’s decided she wants to have a bowling party.

Did you know one of Mark’s first jobs was as a “pin boy?” I should let him tell that story someday.

8 Responses to "Kids and bowling : a match made in heaven"

1 | porter

August 28th, 2008 at 11:19 am


I personally don’t like bowling, but back in Feb (gosh it was that long ago?) we took the girls bowling and they both loved it. We must try the glow in the dark bowling because I’m sure it’s even more fun.

2 | andrea

August 28th, 2008 at 8:11 pm


I am not that into the sport of bowling either, but the dance club music made it really fun. Emma danced up a storm in the next lane over. It was hilarious.

3 | Rosie : )

August 29th, 2008 at 8:40 am


We are not huge fans of bowling either, but we went to a glow-in-the-dark kid birthday party, and the kids loved it! We should take the family out to play sometime soon too. :) Glad you had fun!

4 | Lynn

August 29th, 2008 at 2:27 pm


Oooh, I’ve been wanting to take the kids bowling (it’s on my own “big list of fun” that I created at the beginning of the summer). This place looks perfect — five pin and no gutters. Next rainy day, we are there!

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September 16th, 2008 at 8:48 am


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6 | New York City Personal Trainers

December 4th, 2008 at 8:52 pm


There is nothing more fun on a Saturday night than a night of moonlite bowling. For the serious bowlers, it’s their night to just let loose and have fun w/o having to worry which way their ball goes. For the casual bowler: A night filled with group activity or that one-on-one craving of attention for each party involved. I think that when all is said and done, the combination of a light activity coupled with black lights and good music playing make for a great evening.

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8 | izabela

August 4th, 2014 at 4:03 pm


Better bowling than video games :)

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human offspring: Emma (23) and Sarah (21). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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