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Lucky Strike

Live life in the fast lane … well, metaphorically speaking! The family-friendly Allen Bowl has been a staple of the Allen community since it opened in 1982. At the nostalgic bowling alley, kids can improve their game on one of the 24 wooden lanes—a rare find, as most centers use synthetic material. Co-owner Cristi Paschall’s family acquired the facility in 1991; she bought it from her parents in 2009 with Danny Bradbury. “Our signature is that we are a place where family and fun come together. We have an establishment where all ages can come and have a good time,” Paschall says.

Allen Bowl has youth leagues that are broken down into age groups and levels including a special league for kids and adults to have some family bonding time. Kids can start as early as 3 years old. “The look on the face of a parent who just lost to their child is priceless,” says youth director Kim Mays. Whether your child wants to play for fun or participate at a more competitive level—some kids have competed in Las Vegas and New York—there’s room for everyone to play while improving on balance, coordination and motor skills. Pricing for leagues starts at $11 a week. Get more information at allenbowl.com or call 972/727-9108.

The nationally recognized AMF Bowling Centers, Inc. has three Dallas-area establishments located in Garland, Irving and Richardson. All three centers offer youth and beginner leagues that start as early as age 2 and welcome all experience levels. League prices start at $7 weekly, and each session usually involves three games. The whole family can join in on the fun and have some bonding time since the centers are open every day until at least midnight. For more information, visit amf.com.