We went there today (Saturnday 1-22-2011). We had a great time. There were LOTS of children there. The staff was friendly, helpful and understanding. We had made a mistake (by not setting up our game). The lady called out to stop us from starting to bowl because we had not set it up yet. Some may think that is yelling but we didn't. She was simply letting us know we had not set it up yet.
Then the lady had a young man help us set it up. We had a newborn (who obviously was not bowling), a 3 year old, and us three ladies. There were I think 3 separate birthday parties going on and LOTS of children there. They all seemed to be having a great time. No yelling (from the staff or the children), then again most of the children seemed to be minding and most parents were watching their children making sure they were minding.
We would walk up with the toddler to make sure she was not going into other people's lanes. We also stayed with her while she bowled. I have seen this too many times with parents not paying attention (expecting others to watch out for their kids) and thinking it is no big deal that their toddler throw the ball down someone else's lane or let the ball go by accident. It IS a safety issue and could be a liability issue if someone were to get hurt and it is usually the establishment that gets hammered having to pay for medical expense if something like that happens.
If the parents are not watching or paying attention to their children then someone HAS to.
Take your children there. It is family friendly and kid friendly. My three year old had a great time. There were some kids who started to bowl after we had started. All three would run around while we were trying to bowl. We had to stop several times because when we went to bowl they would dance right into our lane. The parents were doing what? Not paying attention! These children had to be 6-8 years old. They were dancing around which is fine but when they are doing it while other's were trying to bowl and doing it when we were getting ready to let the ball go.
So I encourage parent's with small children to go there! The staff seemed friendly and helpful. However, I would fully understand it if they were telling children to mind and what to do IF the parents were not doing it themselves. I thought the staff did a great job.
We paid $19 total for one game and 4 shoe rentals. They have a pub next door. I am not sure if it is directly connected to the bowling alley but it has an outside door. They have a pool table, air hockey, some video games. The rest rooms, bowling lanes and lobby area were clean. Too bad it isn't bigger.
If I have a negative experience then I will change it but so far great place and decent price for an hour or more of fun.
In this area we have Lake City Bowl and Thunder Alley in Live Oak. If you are a serious bowler and don't enjoy kids go to Lake City Bowl. Because they are flat out rude to kids. If you want to take your kids out for FUN, which bowling should be, then take them to Thunder Alley. They have an awesome bowling alley, an arcade and pool tables. And they are nice to everyone there.
Lake City Bowl caters only to league players from my experience.
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