I never really liked bowling. Our extended family would go after our annual Thanksgiving getaway, but I didn't like it. Mostly because I was bad, really bad. We've gone a couple of times and I've tried to follow the advice of those more learned than I. But I still stink.
So, the answer? Go with your kids. You'll always do better than they do. (hehe).
We actually had a ton of fun when we went as family recently. The Hubs had taken a day off so we could go to the zoo, but the weather was not cooperating, so off the to alley we went.
First of all, I have to note that bowling alleys have seriously updated in the last decade. There is no way anyone could be bored. Actually, there is no way anyone can think, talk or even focus on one thing. This alley was decked out with automatic scoring, automatic bumper bowling (yep, I used it..I am not ashamed), and several TV's with music videos streaming. It was quite the experience. So, armed with the thought that my 5 year old shouldn't really be seeing these videos with half-naked women dancing oh-so-close with their male friends, we dove into a very fun game of "Only watch the bowlers!"
The kids had a blast! And in turn, so did we! I am always amazed at how something previously uninteresting can turn into super fun when you have kids involved. Here are some pictures of our adventure. We will definitely be going again, especially if the kids have anything to do with it. My favorite picture is Ellie mid-sprint back to the couches (oh yes, no more hard benches...now comfy couches!). She did this every time she bowled. Bowl, sprint, watch the pins. It was way too much fun!