DiDonato Family Fun Center: Fun For All Under One Roof


Finding a happy medium for kids, tweens, and toddlers is a tough order, but the activities at DiDonato Family Fun Center located in Hammonton fits the bill when it comes to all ages and any time of year. With bowling for every age, a train that comes alive with holiday themes, a scenic village, The Alley Bar and Grille, and Pin Deck Ice Cream, your family can make magical memories. Ready to spend a day here? Scroll down for what you need to know before you go. (featured photo taken at DiDonato Family Fun Center)

There are so many lights to see during the holiday season. Photo taken at DiDonato Family Fun Center

Family-owned and operated since 1952

In 1952, the doors first opened to DiDonato Family Fun Center as a 4-lane bowling alley, and it has since grown into a one-stop family fun center. With something for everyone, no matter your age, the center has a 26-lane alley as well as an outdoor open-air train ride. When you are done throwing strikes down the lane and enjoying a fun ride, stop by the upscale bar and grill, where a frozen tap awaits your favorite beers, local brews, and delicious signature drinks. 

The kids will love riding on the Holiday Train and seeing all the lights. Photo taken at DiDonato Family Fun Center

Take a ride on the holiday train

With seasonally themed rides, including the Easter EGGspress, ALL A Boo Trick-or-Treat train, and the Magical Holiday Express, this is one activity you don’t want to miss. The train rides through the scenic village, and depending on the season, there are lots of fun additions to the village that will get you in the holiday spirit. On the Magical Holiday Express, the train takes you on a journey through millions of Christmas lights and visits Santa’s workshop, where his elves are busy, and Mrs.Clause is helping Santa get ready for the big day. There’s also a holiday movie tent to take a break and snap selfies with everyone’s favorite snowman. Walk through the Holiday Village, pick up a toy at the Toy Cottage, and enjoy a special gift from Santa. One of the best surprises is you get to ride the train twice on the one ticket purchase, which means traveling through the tunnel of lights again. Beyond Christmas, the train runs year-round and is fun for the whole family.

Enjoy a meal and a sweet treat

DIdinato Family Fun Center isn’t just for playing games—lunch or dinner at The Alley Bar & Grille appeals to both kids and adults (did someone say frozen beer tap?). With menu items like a delicious Filet Mignon, an ahi tuna bowl, burger sliders for the kids, and housemade potato chips, there is something that everyone will enjoy. After, make sure you indulge in homemade ice cream at the Pin Deck. Their ice cream is made from scratch, and during the holidays, they offer a peppermint bark ice cream pie, a DIY Christmas-themed sundae kit, frozen hot cocoa, and more.

Such a fun place to go bowling with the fam. Photo taken at DiDonato Family Fun Center

Get a strike

The 26 all-hardwood lanes are the centerpiece of the DiDonato Family Fun Center and will delight the entire family, even the little ones. You can challenge your friends and family to 10 frames of bowling while you relax in plush seating at each lane. For the little ones, there are animal-shaped bowling aids and bumpers so they can join in on the fun. If you are looking for a place to host a birthday party, whether it’s for a little one or adults, there are multiple different packages and a planner to help you plan your special day. Are you a professional bowler? Join a team in the league or form your own team and get your game on.

What to know before you go

Ticket prices for the Holiday Express range from $19.95 to $ 24.95, which includes the train ride, a gift from Santa, a cookie treat, one FREE Game of Bowling, and one shoe rental per person. If you are planning to ride the holiday train, make sure you purchase tickets ahead of time because some days will sell out. When inclement weather requires the train to close, tickets will be refunded. The bowling alley is open Monday-Sunday and shoe rentals with socks are available. You can purchase gift cards for the perfect birthday or holiday gift.

For more information, visit the DiDonato Family Fun Center websiteFacebook, and Instagram.

DiDonato Family Fun Center
1151 S. White Horse Pike
Hammonton, NJ 08037

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