If you’ve ever been to Brunswick Zone Majestic Lanes in Lynnwood, you’ve been to the site of Bowlero; the newly renovated bowling alley in Lynnwood. But, this new and improved bowling alley is so thoroughly transformed that it's like a whole new world. The venue features 42 blacklight lanes, interactive games, an extensive menu of pub fare and 40-some arcade games for all ages.
The bottom line
I took my family of six to Bowlero’s grand opening on a recent weekend. My kids range in age from preschool to middle school, so it’s hard to find activities our whole family can enjoy together. Bowling at Bowlero was a rare exception. For us, it was good, old-fashioned, all-ages family fun.
The vibe at Bowlero is hip and modern with neon lighting and loud, mostly family-friendly dance music plus a plentiful snack and appetizer menu that appeals to older and younger kids alike. The variety of adult bevvies on offer make the experience fun and festive for grown-ups, too.
The main activity is, of course, bowling and if your kids are like mine, they can lose patience with bowling while having to wait for their turn. This did not happen for us at Bowlero. Each lane’s seating is set up like a diner booth, perfect for lounging and snacking. Though this may seem like a small perk, even I found myself considerably more comfortable than at a more traditional bowling alley. In fact, my family bowled two whole rounds — a first! We typically have the patience for only one.
Another perk for me was that there's no schlepping food and drinks because Bowlero offers table service. Menus are provided at your lane and a server comes by to take your order; if you don’t happen to see one, push the service button in your booth to call one over. With snacks at the ready, the kids weren’t just comfortable, they were occupied while waiting to make their next lucky strike.
With a surprisingly extensive variety of food and drink offerings for a bowling alley, there’s something to please nearly all palates, even picky eaters. The kids’ menu features simple fare with smaller portions and price points. My family’s favorites were the good-for-sharing Coney Mega Dog and the Supreme French Fry Sampler.
Bowlero offers kids' party packages ranging in price from $15.99 to $28.99 per child, depending on the food and game options you choose. Just be aware that if you have a child with food allergies, Bowlero won’t allow outside food or drinks.
Tips for parents
The pricing system at Bowlero is complex and for some inexplicable reason they seem to want to keep it under wraps. There is no pricing information listed on Bowlero's website: not for bowling, food or arcade games. This is annoying for those of us who want to know what we're getting into.
We did ferret out some pricing info (see full details below) and Bowlero is quite pricey compared to other bowling alleys with one game plus shoe rental hitting around $10 per bowler. For a family, this adds up. A spokesperson for Bowlero said that reserving a lane for 2.5 hours for up to eight bowlers would cost around $95 on a Friday or Saturday evening, plus shoe rental. Though the weekly specials on their website feature discounts on bowling and arcade games, most of those specials seem centered on late-night events for adults.
Depending on what time of day you go, the music, lighting and food cater to the crowd. Morning bowlers can expect cartoons on the screens and lane bumpers for toddlers and preschoolers; happy hour-time patrons should expect the look and feel more like a bar, though kids are welcome at any time.
If you go...
Hours: Bowlero is open seven days a week with varying hours daily: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.–midnight; Tuesday 9 a.m.–midnight; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.–2 a.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m.–midnight.
Pricing: Annoyingly, there is no pricing information listed anywhere on Bowlero's website. We called and the front desk gave us the following information:
Reserving a lane: Bowlero's corporate office handles lane reservations. If you want to be sure to have a lane at your preferred time, call ahead to reserve at 425-743-4422 and press 2. To reach the front desk at the Lynnwood location, dial the same number and press 9.