In most cases, the thought of giving my boys seven pound balls to throw is TERRIFYING, but thankfully there are places like Pinstripes that embrace this crazy notion. Every weekday morning you will find kiddos across Chicagoland taking advantage of Pinstripes Tot Bowling.
Every time we visit, Pinstripes is totally equipped for the onslaught of two vivacious little boys. They have bowling shoes as small as a toddler size 7, as well as somewhat lighter bowling balls (6 lbs minimum) and amazing ball ramps that allow your toddler to safely bowl…independently!
My boys were so excited to be able to be such “big boys” and kept practicing different ways to run up to the ball ramp when they weren’t contemplating what color ball to use. Since there were almost ten of us there the last time we played during a family outing, they had any colors to chose from, but they fell in love with their uncle’s personalized ball.
Between turns we had delicious food to snack on, as well as refreshing drinks for the adults and wonderfully lidded cups for the little guys. The unanimous favorite was the chicken avocado flatbread, but everything we ordered–from the bruschetta to the pizzas–were devoured. There were also televisions set up throughout the alley so that everyone was entertained, even when they got a gutter ball. But not me, of course. I just may have set up the bumpers for myself, as well as the boys.
And since I know I’m not the only one going stir crazy with rough and tough Mother Nature on our hands, be sure to check out Pinstripe’s Toddler Bowling which takes place every weekday from 10-12 at the Northbrook location. The only bummer is that the Northbrook location keeps changing their policies on pricing and when food is available, which is something that you don’t want to mess around with when kids are involved.
As of Spring 2015, their new policy is to charge children $3 per game and $4 for a shoe rental (sizes start at a kid’s 6) with parents bowling free. Even if you aren’t interested in bowling, I highly recommend that you put your name into the computer in order to maximize the amount of time you get playing for the new price.
Their new policy is to not serve lunch until 11:30, so be sure to make a reservation for a lane around 11, so that the food is ready just when the kids are starting to lose interest in the game and instead focus on the great kids meals (Make sure you get the breadsticks and cookies that are included in the kids’ meals, too!).
With our favorite guy working so close to Pinstripes, it is a very fun and unique way for him to spend his lunch hour…his boss even wants to come!
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