Keep it Cool: Why Summer is Better at the Lanes

We love the summertime, but we don’t love getting all sweaty while trying to have some fun. The good news is you can beat the heat and still make the most of summer by hitting the lanes! (Who ever said summer isn’t the best time to bowl anyway?) You can enjoy a fun night of fun, friendly competition without sweating the humidity with cool ways to spice up your next outing at the lanes. Trust us, they’re right up your alley!

Bond with Your Team
One thing that doesn’t seem to care what season it is: work. But that doesn’t mean you can’t play a little this summer too! Getting out of the office is important for team bonding and growth, but the same table at the same happy hour spot isn’t getting anyone excited.  So why not really get your team working together and getting to know one another by planning a company bowling night! You don’t have to be a great bowler to enjoy a game or two competing for the ultimate office bragging rights.

How can you make things more fun?  Come up with a list of gags that each team has to perform based on the score. Maybe for every spare, someone has to act out their favorite movie scene, or every strike requires a victory dance. The more creative you get, the more you’ll learn about your coworkers!

Plan a Date Night
Forget the typical “hey, let’s grab dinner,” and skip the walk in the park to avoid those pesky bugs. Nothing helps you get to know someone better than seeing their competitive side! The perfect date night activity to help you open up and let loose for those who don’t like just sitting around. Or worrying about getting sweaty (or stinky!) while they do! Make it even more interactive by having the bowler with the higher score answer a question asked by the leader after each set of frames. And of course, loser overall has to buy the snacks afterward!

Make it a Party
No summer birthdays? No problem! There’s plenty of reasons to celebrate with a bowling party. Graduations, new jobs, Fourth of July, Labor Day, back to school, just because! Get your crew together and rent out a whole space to yourself to make a whole night of it! Enjoy pizza, wings, cheese fries or something delicious from the grill. With so many tasty treats to choose from, you can find something for everyone.  Then celebrate the winners with a drink at the outdoor bar!

Even if it’s just you and a couple of friends, you can still celebrate whatever occasion at our Bobby K Dance Party! Or keep an eye out for other events at the lanes this summer!

Get Competitive
For those of you who love a good competition, keeping score isn’t the only way to raise the stakes. By adding your own fun games in the mix, you can create a lot more chances to win, especially for those not-so-great bowlers in your group.

Bowling Poker just requires a deck of cards between two teams. After each frame, the bowler selects cards based on his score. Two cards for a strike and one for a spare, 7-10 split, or if only the 7 or 10 pins remain. No cards for all other scores. At the end of the game, or when the deck runs out, each team will put together their best poker hand with the cards they have to determine a winner!

If you plan ahead, Bowling Bingo is a great way to make things more interesting. By creating a 5 by 5 grid with a free center space and filling each box with a game scenario (spare, split, strike, etc.), you can make every frame a chance to win! Play 5 in a row, 4 corners, or switch it up each game!

Lastly, Race Against the Ball will give the smarties on your team a chance to shine. Waiting for others to bowl isn’t always the most fun, so let each roll serve as a timer to get everyone involved. From the time it leaves the bowlers hand to the time it hits the pins, give a team member a challenge. For example, name as many cereals as possible, say the alphabet backwards or sing a nursery rhyme. See who can get the farthest!

It’s time to find out why summer is better at Parkway Lanes! Beat the heat and have a ball with us this summer by planning your next outing today.