This week while the rest of the country was watching England in the semi-final of the World Cup, Little H and I joined some fellow Bournemouth Bloggers at Hollywood Bowl Tower Park in Poole to find out more about their Summer of Fun.
Hollywood bowl Summer of Fun
I usually shy away from blogging events as I’m not great at meeting new people and I never think I’m a ‘proper’ blogger, but as I had Little H for back-up I thought I’d be brave for a change! I’m glad I did because we had a great time and it was nice to meet some other “mummy bloggers”.
We’ve been to Hollywood Bowl Tower Park before, Little H had her 5th birthday party there and we always have lots of fun. It was also nice to get out of the house while the husband was watching England play!
When we first arrived we headed to the amusement arcade which Little H loves (don’t all kids?!) and played on a few of the games while we waited for everyone to arrive.
When it was time to bowl we were shown to the VIP area which the kids loved, in fact we all did – who doesn’t like being treated like a VIP! The VIP area is sectioned off from the other lanes and decorated with old film memorabilia. You can hire this section for birthday parties and it adds a great special touch.
The VIP area consisted of 2 lanes next to each other so we set up the 7 kids on one lane and us 5 mums on the other. The kids were all around the same age and got on really well despite the fact that they hadn’t all met before.
The kids also did a lot better than the adults at bowling and got much higher scores. I already knew I was terrible at bowling and this was confirmed by the fact that I came last. Although in my defence the kids were using the ramps and the bumpers!
We had drinks brought to us, you can press a button on the screen to call a member of staff which is really handy if you’re out with kids and can’t just leave them while you go and get drinks. We also ordered our food from the lanes so that it was all ready for when we finished bowling.
The place was deserted but I know from visiting before that this is unusual for Hollywood Bowl and is just because the football was on.
After bowling, which took up almost 2 hours for just the 1 game, we’d worked up an appetite and were all looking forward to our dinner. There are lots of tables to eat at with an American style Diner as well as a bar area. There’s even a car in the Diner where the kids can eat their dinner, but unfortunately, we had a few too many kids to sit there on this visit.
The food choices are what you’d expect from a bowling alley – burgers, hot dogs, pasta – the kids’ menu has quite a few different options on it with something to suit all little tummies. I went for the Hollywood Burger and Little H had tomato pasta, plus the kids had ice cream for dessert. Neither of us left much so it must have been good!
With a game of bowling for 12 people and our meal, plus the amusements at the start, we spent around 3 hours at Hollywood Bowl, a decent amount of time to entertain the kids if you’re looking for something to do in the school holidays. It’s also a great rainy day idea to keep up your sleeve – we all know that while the weather is amazing right now it will all change once the school holidays start.
Kids can eat, drink and bowl all day, every day until the end of August for just £7.29 so it’s a fairly inexpensive way to spend an afternoon and great fun to get together with some friends. You can also book online which makes it really easy to get the time slot you want.
We really enjoyed our even bowling at Hollywood Bowl, hope you enjoy your visit if you decide to take the kids over the summer holidays.
* We were offered a free game of bowling and a free meal in return for a review of Hollywood Bowl, however, all thoughts and opinions are honest and our own.