Duckpin Bowling – Guest Post by Patti Lalley

With the last day of school now past, parents in Silver Spring are turning to pools and parks to entertain the little ones. But what to do when rain clouds ruin the summer outdoor plans? You know, when you hear the rumblings of thunder and the pool shuts down and you say to yourself, “Yikes, what do I do with this kid now?”

APISS has some great indoor play suggestions, but here’s another one: duckpin bowling!

I recently took my five year old son and two pals to bowl at White Oak Duckpin Bowling Lanes. They had a fabulous time trying to knock down the pins. The five year olds did fine lifting and heaving the 3.5 pound balls. However, our three year old friend had a hard time bowling the ball down the lane. The manager that day, Dorothy, suggests kids be at least four years old to really enjoy this fun and challenging sport.

A longstanding Silver Spring tradition, the White Oak Lanes have been open since 1959. In terms of amenities, there are 24 bowling lanes, all with bumpers to avoid the confidence-crushing gutter balls. There’s a full grill snack bar with great french fries to satisfy any munchies. No reservations are needed for lanes. It’s all first come, first serve.

There are also duckpin lanes in College Park, Bowie and other locations in the 10 duckpin states. But we’ll be seeing you at White Oak on the next rainy day.

White Oak Duckpin Bowling Lanes
11207 New Hampshire Avenue
in the White Oak Shopping Center
Silver Spring, MD
Open seven days a week, 10am-11pm and until 1:30am on Saturday
Monday through Friday 10-5: $3.50 per per person per game
Weekends and evenings:$4 per person per game
Shoe rental is always $3.25

Patti Lalley is a native Silver Spring-er and mom to a five year old boy entering kindergarten in the fall. Her interests include finding fun, local activities for elementary school age kids.

Photo courtesy jenniferrt66 on Flickr

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