Bowling has a rich history. Most people don’t know that bowling traces its origins way back to the ancient civilizations of Egyptians and Romans. The sport, as we now know it, was popularized in Britain during the Middle Ages. It subsequently gained popularity within the upper classes and the royalty. It was at the turn of the 20th century that the game became widely available to the masses. As with other sports, the technology boom of the 20th century has had a significant effect on the sport of Bowling. The modern bowling experience differs greatly to what our ancestors at the turn of the 20th century enjoyed. Here are some of the major changes that have shaped modern bowling.
The introduction of automated pinsetters
During the earlier years of the 20th century, bowling alleys employed young boys as manual pinsetters. These pinsetters had to reset the bowling pins, clear out the fallen pins from the lanes and return the bowling ball to a player. In 1936, the first mechanized pinsetter was invented. And over the years it has been improved to automate the entire pin setting process. This has increased the average speed of a bowling match, making it a more enjoyable hobby to participate in.
The improvement of bowling balls
During most of its existence, wooden bowling balls made from hardwood trees were used for bowling. This finally changed in the 1930s when rubber balls were introduced to the sport. In the 1970s, plastics such as polyester became the most popular material in the manufacture of bowling balls as they led to higher scoring matches. The modern bowling ball, which is made from urethane resin, was introduced in the 1990s. Urethane resin balls can be customized for different bowling lane surfaces and players. Professional bowlers regularly have their bowling balls custom made to fit their bowling style.
One of the simple, yet profound, development in bowling has been the introduction of automatic scoring. Prior to this, bowlers had to individually keep their scores through notebooks and pencils. Professional bowling tournaments had to hire dedicated scoring staff. With the invention of the mechanical pinsetter, and technological advances in the computing industry, modern bowling now has automatic scoring. While this does not seem to be a major development, it has actually increased the widespread appeal of the game as bowlers do not need to understand how the scoring works before taking up the sport.
The bowling lane evolution
Bowling lanes have traditionally been made from wood. This made them expensive to set up and maintain as wooden lanes were not durable. In the 1970s, synthetic lanes were introduced which were cheaper to install and more durable than their wooden predecessors. Modern day bowling lanes can be made from a wide variety of customizable synthetic materials. With the different oiling techniques employed, each bowling alley has its own unique character which makes modern bowling very interesting. The reduced cost of setting up and maintaining a bowling alley has been attributed as the main driving force behind the popularity of bowling. Most major cities have at least one bowling alley in every neighborhood.
By embracing changing technologies, bowling has become a more enjoyable and accessible sport. The Wow Alley best demonstrates this with its elegant space design, craft beer and wine bar, food menu, comfy seating, music, and much more!
Football season is already here. While many people love to watch the game, it’s also a time where you might be in a league. Just think, you won’t have to miss the game while you’re on the lanes as we’ve got the technology allowing you to do both! Plan your schedule and do tackle two things at once. Here are a few other points to consider before the wife decides to do a blitz!
Let your significant other have the night off of cooking and order some delicious snacks from our café. Just think of how happy you’ll make him or her when you tell them you’re taking them out for a change. You ensure them they won’t miss one minute of their favorite NFL team even while they are getting a strike!
Next, bring your non-football family to the alley and let them get a kick out of knocking down some pins while you watch your favorite quarterbacks on the big screens. What better way to spend a Sunday? Or Monday? Or Thursday! The Wow Alley is opened every day with minimum exceptions.
Now, that you have a good game plan strategy to kick off football season bringing the whole family, let’s huddle. The Wow Alley provides a reasonable way to entertain your family even if you’re on a budget. Be sure to look for our coupons and deals throughout till Superbowl.
Ladies, don’t be alarmed with the big game on. Grab a few of your friends and pick up your shoes from the counter and celebrate. Although offense and defense are still broadcast, you can have a ladies night out and never miss one cute player.
Other than the all-star players, teens can feel comfortable being dropped off if they over 13. The Wow Alley provides a family atmosphere and is excellent for travelers and tourist groups too.
Don’t assume bowling is the way it was twenty years ago. It’s even BETTER! You wouldn’t have been able to watch the game on multiple big screen televisions while wearing your favorite bowling shirt. Today’s lanes are highly equipped with state of the art advancements that provide additional entertainment pleasure.
We hope this helps inspire you to catch a game while watching your teams hustle on the field. We also hope this article contributes to solve some household problems and keep the peace during football season. Until then Go TEAM GO!
Next time you’re wandering around the office or home thinking about a unique way to entertain your friends, think WOW ALLEY. If you want to put an extra spin on and pin down an old-fashioned way to have fun, why not host a 50’s party? In this week’s blog, we’ll give you a few tips on how to organize this retro-event, which will surely be your lucky strike!
It’s All About the Costumes at the Bowling Alley
If you’ve ever been to a sock hop or some other 50’s party, you know the clothing is always a hoot. From bobby socks to bowling shirts, the lads and lassies will have a riot when your guests start to show up at the alley. You can get excellent attire ideas by referencing movies such as “Grease” and “Laverne and Shirley.” After you’ve picked up on some killer costumes, you’ll want to talk with the Wow Alley DJ to have them spin some of your old-school records.
Don’t Forget the Vibes from Music on the Lanes
While sounds of songs blasting from the jukebox are filling the lanes, think about the snacks. It wouldn’t be the same having a party without some type of vintage food, right? Stock up on some candy cigarettes and of course, some sparkling soda. Don’t feel like bringing along the grub, no worries. We have an incredible snack bar that will provide you with everything you need to get this shin-dig rolling.
Parties are Simple with Wow Alley Café Food
Now that we’ve covered the attire and food, there’s one more tip. Don’t forget to take a lot of pictures. The Wow Alley makes a great backdrop for any event. But, to stick with your 50’s theme, the lanes in the background is a perfect way to make this event memorable.
Book Your Team Building Events at the Bowling Alley
Also, a 50’s theme party hosted at the bowling alley is one way to keep you out of the gutter especially if it’s a corporate event. You can arrange this gathering after work or on holiday. Whatever the case may be, whether you’re throwing a 50’s party for a team-building event, these tips will inspire you and will keep the memories going for years.
Contact us today to learn more about our team building and corporate events.
When your crush finally agrees to go on a date, the feeling is ecstatic. You are now trying to figure out where to go out for a drinks or dinner. That is so cliché. There are better and more fun activities you can indulge your crush for a first date. If the connection you have is to last, then the first date needs to be fun and memorable.
Here are some awesome first date fun ideas.
Most people will enjoy an outdoor stroll. A picnic is a nice change from the normal restaurant setting and a little more personal. All you have to do is pick a nice spot, and carry some snacks, drinks and a mat. Then you can talk about anything, from the nice landscape in the vicinity to your weird obsession for chicken salad sandwich.
Even if your crush has never stepped into a bowling center, she will definitely enjoy the music, the funny shoes, and the beer pitchers. Also, bowling is not for experts – anyone can bowl. The fun activity will break the awkwardness of having to start new conversations. Plus, if you are an expert, you will enjoy teaching her to bowl.
Visit the Zoo
We all visited zoos as kids, and we loved it. Relive these childhood moments with your crush on a first date. With so much to see, you will not lack something to talk about. And, it is also very romantic walking around the zoo holding her hand.
Attend a live music concert
You may not have the money to buy tickets to a large music concert. Fortunately, bars and local theatres often showcase talented local and international artists. During the concert, there will be plenty of time to grab drinks and foods and talk. Since the artists are constantly playing music, you do not have to spend hours conversing. It is also an opportunity to learn your date’s taste in music.
Everyone enjoys a good laugh. What can be more romantic than laughing together with your crush? There are lots live comedy shows every weekend in all large towns and cities. In the happy mood, starting conversations will not be as problematic.
Going to a food festival with your date is a nice way to know her delicacies. It is adventurous to walk around trying new cuisine. You will cherish those moments as you walk side by side discussing your love and hate for hot sauce, oysters, and everything else.
Watch a game
First, you need to establish if your crush likes sports. Then you can buy tickets to a sporting event. The arena setting provides a nice environment to start casual conversations. It is also fun to cheer the same team or jeer each other team as you snack together.
Amusement parks can be as much fun for adults as they are for kids. The slides, swings, and face painting are childishly romantic. You also get a good excuse to eat funnel cake and cotton candy. A rollercoaster ride will provide a good opportunity to initiate hand holding.
To create a lasting impression on your crush, figure out a first date that is out of the ordinary. With these first date ideas, whether you kick it off or not, at least you will have fun.
Your kid might not be the type that enjoys football, soccer, swimming, or basketball. But, these are not the only sports kids can play. The following sports are uncommon, but they are fun and demand the same physical agility as the common sports. One of them might motivate your kids to play and love sports and other outdoor activities.
Your kid needs not to be fast or physically fit to enjoy bowling. The sport improves fine motor skills, coordination, and balance. As a non-aggressive sport, injury risks are very small. However, first timers can get strained muscles. The handicapped scoring system guarantees participation from all players. Bowling centers are located all over the country and kids as young as three years can participate.
The popularity of television shows such as Arrow, Game of Thrones, and The Hunger Games have made the young generation take an interest in archery. It is a sport for kids who enjoy lone activities. Archery requires focus, concentration, patience, and persistence. Archery is best enjoyed indoors, but can also be taken outdoors in a golf course-like type of play. Typically, it is convenient for kids older than 10. But due to the popularity, archery clubs are training younger kids.
If a bouncy castle no longer interests your kid, how about signing them up for bossaball. The sport is a combination of volleyball, soccer, and acrobatics, which is played on an inflatable court. Your kid will definitely enjoy the bossa nova music and will bounce their hearts out on the court. Bossaball is for kids eight years and older.
If your kid is the outdoor type, then kayaking is an option. Being out in the water on a hot summer is a welcome idea for kids as young as six years. Paddling a kayak provides a full body work out. Your kid’s physical fitness and flexibility will improve. Kids can paddle single kayaks, or paddle larger kayaks in teams of four.
Unlike field tennis, table tennis does not demand too much physical activity. Nonetheless, it is a serious sport. Concentration, alertness, and eye-hand coordination are put to the ultimate test thereby improving brain function. If your kid picks interest in the game, you can buy an inexpensive table tennis set so that they can enjoy the game at home.
Speed stacking is not for parties only. It is now a recognized sport with dedicated organizations that hold competitions. Speed stacking involves stacking plastic cups in a pre-determined sequence in as little time as possible. Kids as young as two years can participate. It requires planning, quick thinking, and, of course, lots of practice. The game can be enjoyed at home too. All you need to do is to buy a speed stack starter pack and a timer.
Some kids have an imagination that is out of the ordinary, so they like doing uncommon things. So, do not be discouraged that they find sports boring. Let them try these uncommon sports. You never know – they might find bowling or archery very interesting.
While bowling may seem like a sport with less physical contact, it’s still an activity that requires proper stretching. You can avoid injuries providing you take a few minutes to prepare before every game you bowl. In this blog, we’ll point out five great stretches that will enable you to play your best without having complications.
Neck and Shoulders
Arms and Wrists
Calves and Ankles
A great stretch before bowling that will loosen your neck and shoulders is a yoga pose that helps to relieve any tension in these areas. Stand with feet shoulder length apart and bring hands behind your back. Lock your hands together by weaving the fingers into one another. Then bend forward at the waist bringing your bonded hands up toward your shoulder blades and pushing your clapped hands toward the back wall. This is an excellent stretch when you hold it for up to 5-seconds. Do this 5-times to maximize the movement.
Next, work on your arms and wrists by holding your arms out to the sides and at shoulder length. With fists closed, and arms out, make little circles with your wrists only do this for up to 30-seconds then switch to bigger circles for 30-seconds. Change these two repeatedly for up to two minutes to strengthen the arms and loosen the muscles in your wrists. These are two methods of stretching necessary for you to bowl a good game.
After you work the arms, neck, etc., it’s time to move to the inner thighs. Stand with feet slightly apart, holding your bowling ball in front of you, then alternating legs, raise one leg behind you and lowering your arms with the ball toward the floor. Without touching the floor with the ball raise yourself back up and switch legs. Do ten reps on each leg. This movement helps with balance while keeping your inner thighs super healthy.
Besides your thighs, the calf and ankles need to have some particular attention if you’re going to bowl a good game. Find a stair to step on and use your toes and the front part of your feet to adhere to the level while allowing you heels to drop down below the step just a bit. Raise yourself back up till you’re standing on the top part of the foot and feeling the stretch in the arch of your feet. Not only will this stretch keep you ‘on your toes’ it’s also great to relieve shin splints and plantar fasciitis.
After you’ve warmed up the calves and ankles, it’s time to spend a few extra minutes on the toes and feet alone. Sit on the floor with legs in front of you. Grab the top part of your feet and pull up on your legs. Lift your legs off the ground while hanging onto your feet. Do this stretch a total of 10 times.
These are some perfect stretches that will help improve your game while preventing any injuries from occurring. Be sure to check with your doctor, anytime you start a regular physical activity.
While many of today’s parents start planning for the summer break, there’s a few of the summer camp programs that may seem a little under the radar when it comes to keeping kids busy. In cases where the child is enrolled in a summer camp program to substitute for things like child care, it’s imperative the facility incorporates a multitude of activities to keep kids occupied. In this week’s blog, we point out some planning ideas for when they go to their summer camp programs even if it’s at the end of the season.
Summer Camp Means More than Making Key Chains with Beads
When it comes to summer camps the first thing most of us think of is activities such as making ice cream in a bag or beaded keychains. However, there’s a lot more to sign up your child for these annual programs. Besides the fact that your kid will have less chance of becoming bored, it’s also an excellent environment to practice social skills. In fact, it’s good to look toward programs such as sports clinics to teach children ways of practicing their team building skills along with a plethora of others.
Don’t Assume Your Kids Will Eat Healthy While at Summer Camp
Another tip for summer camp is to check the menu if they will be providing lunch or snacks. Since it’s summer vacation for most children, a healthy diet can frequently be overlooked. Be sure to ask the facilitator of the summer camp what types of food will be provided. If the answer is pizza and chicken wings, you may want to pack a lunch or look for a place that offers more nutrition. Health and Safety First.
Safety First Before Drop Off
Safety is another key point to make here. If your kid is included in any camp activities or any other place, be sure to ask the instructors what they are doing to ensure your child’s safety. Don’t assume they have a strategy in place. Be certain there’s protocol when it comes to who or whom can pick up the child. Find out what they do if there’s any emergency, etc. If you don’t ask, you can be sure there will be a certain level of anxiety when you drop the kids off.
Lastly, do your research and find out what type of field trips and off-site activities are planned. If the facility has an outing planned at a place such as an indoor gym or recreation center, be sure you know the rules and regulations of the venue before allowing your child to attend. Better yet, volunteer at these events. Not only will you feel more comfortable, but you’ll also rekindle fond memories of when you were a child. Who knows, you might even get the day off of work!
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You probably have been to many bowling alleys and have played numerous bowling games as a result. And like any ardent sportsman/woman, you are probably looking for something extra, something that will excite you or give you that bowling challenge that you seek. The ultra-modern Wow Alley may just have what you need. We have introduced a ‘bowling in the dark’ theme that we think you and your friends would love. Read on to learn more about this.
Our ‘Wow after dark’ theme
Our cosmic ‘wow after dark’ bowling party experience will be available at our Wow Alley facility on Coconut Creek, FL, on Fridays and Saturdays. The themed experience will begin at 8pm and end at midnight. During this time, the normal bright lights will have been switched off and instead will be replaced by black lights and lasers.
All the facilities and amenities that you love about our alley will, however, remain as is. This includes the alley setup, the music, the video screens, the wine bar, etc. The ‘wow after dark’ theme will only skew the aesthetics of our facility and offer a darker, more intriguing, cosmic alley look and experience.
What the ‘Wow after dark’ experience holds
Now you might be wondering, how would anyone manage to bowl in the dark? Well, to put you at ease, the ‘wow after dark’ experience is not as literal as it sounds. You will not be bowling in complete darkness. Think of the ambience and setting of a nightclub. That’s a better example of the vibe you should expect at our ‘wow after dark’ experience. You will not be at risk of tripping or losing your playing edge on the alley fronts. The lasers and dark lights will be enough to allow you to get around and to play as you normally do. The only difference is that the setting will be stealthier.
Why you absolutely have to try bowling in the dark
You have to try our ‘wow after dark’ bowling experience because it will provide you with a game-play experience like you haven’t had before. Sure, the normal bowling experience is fun but this is exciting, simply because it’s different. The club-like appearance of the alley is especially great is you are the type that likes to go out. Complete with a bar and lounge seats, the ambience will make you feel as though you are in one – only with bowling available. So give it a try!
How to make bowling in the dark even more fun
Our ‘wow after dark’ cosmic theme offers an exciting experience that all our customers love. But that is not as far as the fun goes. You can make the experience even more exciting in a number of ways. For example, you can wear glow-in-the-dark garments or accessories and stand out among your friends. You could also try competing against your daytime scores to see which environment you perform better in. Try to create more ideas with your friends; the process of doing so is still part of the excitement that is ‘wow after dark.
The Wow Alley located on Coconut Creek, FL, is a dream bowling destination for kids, teens, adults, and groups. Boasting a modern bowling facility with 10 alleys, automatic counters, music, giant video screens, food, and even a wine & beer bar, it is easy to see why anyone planning to have a fun time bowling should only have one option in mind. However, as fun as the Wow Alley is slated to be, there are plenty more ideas on how to make your bowling party even more exciting for all those involved. Check out some of these ideas below.
1. Compete against each other
Bowling has always been a competitive sport. It may not be as competitive as athletics or court games but it sure does bring out the needed effect. One way to liven things up a bit, therefore, is to compete against each other. You can do so as individuals while playing on one bowling alley or you can form teams and compete against each other with each team playing on a separate alley. If your party is big enough, you can book the entire Alley and make it an all-out championship war.
2. Make fun bets
If you are used to competing against each other at the bowling alley, you can take things a notch higher and bring the competitive spirit to a new level. You can make this happen by making fun bets. The bets here can be for anything, such favors or treats such as drinks at the bar. You can take bets against individual members or against teams. The losing teams or individuals will then have to pay up their bets at the end. This is guaranteed to make your bowling party more exciting and even more rewarding for the best players.
3. Organize to have your special music played
The Wow Alley offers great music all day long to participating customers and groups. However, if you are having a bowling party at our facility, you could bring your favorite music and ask to have it played for your guests. This way, your party will enjoy just the right kind of music they like. This could be children’s music or even dance music for the adults. And as you well know, nothing underlines a party better than great music that the people actually like.
4. Bring entertainers to the party
A good party can always use an entertainer. And the same applies to bowling parties too! Talk to us at the Wow Alley and let us know if you would like to bring an entertainer to your bowling party. You could organize to bring in a clown or a face painter for the kids or you could bring in a band for your adult guests. Now that should make it a bowling party to remember!
5. Bowl in the dark
Ever bowled in the dark? Do you think you could pull it off? We have recently introduced our latest attraction – a ‘bowling in the dark’ theme which will be available on Fridays and Saturdays from 8pm to midnight. Experience dark lights, lasers, music, videos, and a whole new bowling ambiance. Planning a night bowling party? Then you absolutely have to try this out.
Bowling is not only a favored American pastime, but it’s also one some people take very seriously. When it comes to tools for either professional or recreational bowlers, the first tool that comes to mind is your bowling ball. In this week’s blog, we help you discover our ‘Best Choice’ selections for bowling balls. Ready, set, throw!
What Ball Should You Buy and Why?
When it comes to selecting the right bowling ball for you, there are many things to consider. First, you want to buy one that won’t crack or peel when throwing it down the lane. These sportsman’s tools need to be durable and withstand a lot of abuse. One of the best materials to buy is a urethane material with the proper weight. Determining the weight before buying your ball is vital to pick what will work best for you. Balls come in a variety of colors and weight. Pricing can vary greatly so we encourage you to try before you buy. Go to the bowling alley and spend a little time throwing every size ball you find on the shelves to see what feels the most comfortable.
Weight Matters When It Comes to Buying the Right Ball
The balls range in weight from 6-lbs to 16. Women and children will select a ball between 8 and 14 pounds whereas a man is more comfortable between 14-16 lbs. Heavier isn’t always better as many people feel more comfortable throwing a lighter ball. People seeking to do tricks, or throw with a spin, tend to go for lighter balls. Whatever suits you best is what you should choose.
Don’t Go for Looks Alone
One of the nicest balls on the market today is called the Moxy Exothermic Burst Bowling Ball. Not only does it look cool with swirls of color, but it’s also ideal for backend motion. This bowling ball is manufactured with a high resin finish making the ball careening down the lane with the utmost precision. If you want to learn more about very cool choice, then visit this link:
Next, Motiv’s Tribal collection is another top-notch ball that includes a halogen core. This ball is crazy cool and can help you throw a mean hook. The 70×40 @3.75” No Hole is one dynamite tool that will get you the results you want. We highly recommend this ball to be added to your bowling bag.
As with any sport, you need to have the tools necessary for such high performance. If you’re someone who is into the sport and not just an enthusiast, we suggest you visit a pro-shop that specializes in the sport of bowling. However, our staff may help you with more ideas.