Bowling in NJ: The Best Places To Roll With Kids


What better way to bond as a family than to plan a day of bowling in NJ? Sure, it’s the go-to activity on a rainy or chilly day, but we love it anytime because all ages can get on board, knock down the pins, and even sneak in a little friendly family competition. But bowling in NJ is more than just a bunch of lanes—many offer arcades, laser tag, games, and gourmet cuisine that have come a long way from your grandma’s bowling leagues. Scroll down to find places to rack up and strike out with the fam. And if you are looking for another indoor activity, why not try some mini-golf? (featured photo credit: istock/agrobacter)

Bowling in NJ: Roll away at these 50+ spots

Bowling in Northern NJ

Circle Bowl and Entertainment
With over 20 lanes and a charged-up vibe, kids will have a ball hoping for a strike. And after that, the arcade has over 30+ games and a laser tag room.
1107 Route 46 W., Ledgewood, NJ 07852

Garwood Lanes
This family-owned bowling center and bar has open bowling, bar and grill, leagues, and parties for both kids and adults.
346 North Ave., Garwood, NJ 07027

Holiday Bowling Center
You can find bumpers for the under-5 set at Holiday Bowl and a jukebox to bowl and rock out. End the games with some fun in the arcade.
29 Spruce St., Oakland, NJ 07436

Bowling, an arcade with prizes, batting cages, and a laser maze? Humdingers has plenty of unique activities that both parents and kids will love.
64 E Midland Ave., Paramus, NJ 07652

Jersey Lanes
Jersey Lanes has 42 technically advanced lanes with automatic scoring on synthetic lanes and bumpers that appear when less skilled players roll down their balls. And with the recent addition of solar panels, they are also the biggest solar-powered bowling alley in New Jersey.
30 Park Avenue, Linden, NJ 07036

Lodi Lanes
A family-owned bowling alley since 1961, bowl with a live DJ at night, and don’t miss the trippy cosmic bowling on Sunday nights that promises an out-of-world experience. 
58 Terhune Ave., Lodi, NJ 07644

Montvale Lanes 
Family-owned since 1958, they have bumper bowling, synthetic lanes, leagues, and birthday parties. Hungry? Lane 39 serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and yummy snacks like chicken wings and mac and cheese bites. 
14 W. Grand Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645

Oakwood Lanes
Pick from 26 lanes or visit their arcade for recreation any day of the week. They also have youth programs and scholarship opportunities.
234 NJ-31, Washington, NJ 07882

Parkway Lanes
Parkway Lanes offers a fresh twist on old-fashioned fun. With a chill vibe and cafe for burgers and wings, you can kick back and relax while rolling with the family.
200 US-46, Elmwood Park, NJ 07407

Rockaway Lanes
This family-friendly alley offers bumper bowling days with lightweight bowling balls so beginners and littles can work on their skills. 
365 US-46, Rockaway, NJ 07866

Sparta Lanes
Whether you are looking for league bowling, tournament bowling, open bowling, or live concerts, this 55-lane bowling alley has it all.
43 Theatre Center, Sparta, NJ 07871

T-Bowl Lanes Inc
You can host a birthday party at T-Bowl, which the littles will love. Check their website for half-off bowling specials throughout the week.
300 Preakness Shopping Center, Wayne, NJ 07470

Westbrook Lanes Family Bowling Center
These budget-friendly lanes have bumpers for littles during the day and special effects lighting with upbeat music at night for older kids. 
1 Creek Road, Brooklawn, NJ 08030

Bowling in Central NJ

AMF Strathmore Lanes
With 54 bowling lanes, an arcade, billiards, private rooms, a lounge area, and more, bowling at AMF Strathmore is fun for the whole family.
1061-G NJ-34, Aberdeen, NJ 07747

Asbury Lanes
Make a night of it by bowling in their state-of-the-art alley with a custom pin-setting system. Afterward, check out their retro-diner on-site with comfort food faves like sliders, fried PB&J, and custom milkshakes. 
209 4th Ave. Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Bradley Beach Bowl
Look out for their specials on Mondays and Thursdays, or join a league instead.
1217 Main Street, Bradley Beach, NJ 07720

Colonial Bowling
Bowl every night to get a deal—there is a special price for almost every day of the week. Beyond the 24 bowling lanes, you can also play a friendly game of laser tag.
2420 Brunswick Ave., Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

East Windsor Bowl & Rec Center
Shoot some hoops in the arcade or bowl some turkeys in the lanes—kids will love the bowling, arcade, and special menu with all their faves, like mac and cheese bites and chicken nuggets to feast on while they bowl.
529 US-130, East Windsor, NJ 08520

Howell Lanes
Howell Lanes has been a spot catering to families since the ’50s. With cosmic bowling and billiards, there’s something for everyone.
1002 US 9, Howell Township, NJ 07731

Knob Hill Country Lanes
With cosmic bowling in the dark or competitive or fun league bowling during the day, Knob Hill has many options and lots of open bowling opportunities.
363 Route 33, Manalapan, NJ 07726

Majestic Lanes
As a family-run bowling center for 40 years, Majestic Lanes caters to adults and kids. Kids can choose a snack while you take a break at the snack bar.
525 US 9, Hopelawn, NJ 08861

Middletown Harmony Bowl
Middletown Harmony is known for their tournaments, but they also have lots of family-friendly bowling opportunities.
1815 State Road 35, Middletown, NJ 07748

Ocean Lanes
Leagues, open bowling, and a pro shop are the highlights of this Ocean County bowling center.
2085 Lanes Mill Road, Lakewood, NJ 08701

Playdrome Lanes
If you are looking for competitive or recreational bowling fun, Playdrome has been the place to go since 1959.
821 Conifer Street, Toms River, NJ 08753

Shore Lanes
Group bowling, open bowling, leagues, tournaments, and private events are available at this Central Jersey bowling alley.
701 Highway 35 N., Neptune, NJ 07753

Slocum’s Bowling
Come in for open bowling and stay for their Grill, or host a party there with on-site catering. 
1675 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ 08618

Thunderbird Lanes
This family-owned and operated bowling facility has leagues, a pro shop, bumpers, and dinosaur ramps for kids.
640 East Bay Ave., Manahawkin, NJ 08050

Bowling in Southern NJ

Campani’s Legacy Lanes
Hit strikes and balls at this classic bowling alley and golf driving range. The whole family can spend time on the lanes, then, after, hit golf balls and enjoy a snack and billiards at the snack bar and lounge. 
518 Landis Ave., Bridgeton, NJ 08302

DiDonato Family Fun Center
Lace up your bowling shoes and challenge your friends and family to 10 frames in one of 26 lanes at DiDonato Family Fun Center, with comfy seating and food served at your alley. 
1151 S. White Horse Pike, Hammonton, NJ 08037

Island Bowl & Family Entertainment Center
Since the 1970s, this center has had loads of fun to offer. From bowling to Cosmic Rock n’ Bowl, you can come here even when it’s not summer since it’s open all year round.
3401 New Jersey Avenue, Wildwood, NJ 08260

Laurel Lanes
This entertainment center has more than just bowling. There are billiards, an arcade, Omni Virtual Reality, and a luxury suite, and your kids won’t want to miss the Lickety Splitz Ice Cream shop.
2825 Route 73 South, Maple Shade, NJ 08052

Medford Bowling Center
Call ahead for reservations and set up a bowling experience for kids, those with special needs, or family fun. Look out for their Rock n’Bowl weekends, too.
665 Stokes Road, Medford, NJ 08055

Pinsetter Bar and Bowl
All lanes are first come, first serve. You can also join a league or hold a private event at this bowling alley and bar in NJ. 
7111 Maple Ave., Merchantville, NJ 08109

The Big Event
Bowling, shuffleboard, ping pong, and arcades—enjoy tons of fun at The Big Event with the family.
1536 Kings Hwy. N., Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Thunderbowl Lanes
There are 24 lanes of open bowling available, an arcade, pool tables, and an operating bar—good for all ages in your family. 
423 East Main Street, Wrightstown, New Jersey 08562

Round1 USA
Karaoke and arcades on top of bowling? Yes, please–kids and tweens love the upscale lounge and lanes and want to join the friendly competitions of ping pong and billiards.
1750 Deptford Center Rd., Ste 2350, Deptford, NJ 08096

Wood Lanes
Choose from 20 bowling lanes and join the league bowling night, cosmic bowling, or have a birthday party at this bowling alley in NJ.
1173 Route 40 Pilesgrove, NJ 08098

30 Strikes Lanes
With excellent prices and bumpers for the littles, this place will appease parents and kids. At night, enjoy their light-up, galactic-themed bowl.
501 S White Horse Pike, Stratford, NJ 08084

Bowling in NJ – Multiple Locations in NJ

Bowlero has multiple locations throughout the state, and these are the standouts for kid-friendly areas. The arcades have crowd-favorite games, including the world’s largest Pac-man.
Belleville- 679 Washington Ave, Belleville, NJ 07109 
Cherry Hill- 1536 Kings Hwy. N., Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Deptford- 1328 Delsea Drive, Deptford, NJ 08096

Fair Lawn- 22-22 Maple Ave, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410 
Green Brook- 380 US Highway 22, Green Brook, NJ 08812
Hazlet- 1400 NJ-36, Hazlet, NJ 07730 
North Brunswick- 1 Carolier Ln., North Brunswick Township, NJ 08902 
Turnersville- 100 American Blvd., Blackwood, NJ 08012 
Wallington- 299 Paterson Ave, Wallington, NJ 07057 

The Funplex
There’s no lie in the name—Funplex is the ultimate place for the littles, with bowling, rides, and laser tag. With two locations in Jersey, you can head to a day or night of fun near you. 
182 NJ-10, East Hanover, NJ 07936
3320-24 NJ-38, Mt. Laurel Township, NJ 08054

Nationwide Bowling Centers
Thirty-two bowling lanes, a sports bar, and bumpers will keep your whole family happy while working on their strikes and splits.
Boonton- 720 Myrtle Avenue, Boonton, NJ 07005 
Hackensack- 85 Midtown Bridge Approach, Hackensack, NJ 07601
East Hanover- 119 NJ-10, East Hanover, NJ 07936
Linden- 741 North Stiles Street, Linden, NJ 07036
Jersey City- 1 Garfield Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07305
North Arlington- 200 Schuyler Avenue, North Arlington, NJ 07032

Bowling in NJ, where are your favorite spots?

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