Tips for Bowling in Houston with Kids

Think of a classic, family-friendly activity. Did bowling spring to mind? If not, it should. A day spent at the bowling alley is the quintessential family event, and a mainstay of many people’s childhood memories.

Since bowling often includes kids, it can also present some challenges. With differing ability levels and interest levels, kids can be a little bit of a wild card when it comes to a day out with the family.

Fortunately, bowling is popular as a family activity because it is easy and fun to play for just about anyone. In order to achieve a truly enjoyable time while bowling in Houston, you can also try these tips to make it easier for the kids in your life to participate in the game.

Choose a family-friendly time and place.

The first step in enjoying a day of bowling with your kids is to choose a time and a place that will work for your family. Some locations may cater primarily to adults. Some times of day may be populated primarily by adults, bowling leagues, or tournaments. You might not feel comfortable allowing your children to be their loud and happy selves there.

You may also find that certain times of day work better than others for your family. For example, avoid the bowling lane when your child is usually napping or going to bed. Scoring the late night discount on bowling may not be worth dealing with cranky and overtired children.

Taking happy children to a family-friendly location, like iT’Z, is the way to go. Then, you can relax and let your children embrace the fun without worrying about whether or not you are disturbing anybody. Happy kids and relaxed parents are the perfect way to start a day of bowling in Houston.

Select lighter bowling balls for the kids. 

Bowling balls can take some getting used to. They can be a bit awkward to hold, and difficult to send down the lane with accuracy. For a child, they can be downright impossible to handle. Handing your child an extremely heavy bowling ball is a recipe for disaster and grumpy children.

Avoid potential frustration by choosing the right-sized bowling ball for your kids before you start playing. The bowling alley you choose should carry bowling balls for almost any age or ability level. You can have your child try different weights until they find the one that is easiest for them to handle. With the right bowling ball in hand, your children will be empowered to play the game and will be ready to enjoy their time at the bowling alley.

Be willing to bend the rules while bowling in Houston with kids.

One of the joys of doing something with your child is teaching them how to do it well. Hopefully, you will eventually teach your child the ins and outs of bowling. However, bowling isn’t always easy for children. Holding the ball by the finger holes, adopting the right stride and posture to release the ball, and avoiding the gutters can be physically difficult for kids. Add in the complexities of scoring, and insisting on a pure game might just lead to frustration.

Instead, try bending the rules a little bit to make the game more fun. Maybe your child can roll the ball with both hands. Maybe a ball ramp will help them score some points in order to boost their confidence. Ask for a bumper guard to keep the ball on the lane and give your child a chance to score. Introducing the right rules and strategies a little bit at a time as your kids grow can help them learn the game while keeping it accessible and fun in the meantime.

Stop playing when your kids are done.

Depending on the ages of your kids, you may not be able to commit to a day on the bowling lanes. Smaller children may only be able to handle a single game before they grow tired or distracted. Older children may enjoy 2 or 3 games before they are ready for something else.

In order to make the most of your time bowling in Houston, you may want to allow your kids to tell you when they are finished bowling. When boredom or fatigue set in, you can choose to do something else, like eat, move on to other activities, or head on home to enjoy bowling another day.

Here at iT’Z, we offer many opportunities for fun that go beyond bowling. When your kids are tired of the bowling lanes, you can move on to other activities, like bumper cars or rides, without ever having to leave the building. That means more fun for longer than if you went to a more traditional bowling alley.

Don’t forget to feed the kids.

As a parent, you already know: Kids like to eat. Regularly. Don’t forget this basic rule when you go bowling as a family. After a game or two on the lanes, your children might begin to suffer from the hungry horrors.

Stave off meltdowns and ensure peace in the family by grabbing a bite to eat during your outing. Here at iT’Z, we offer a full buffet overflowing with fresh pizza, pasta, potatoes, salads, and soups so everyone in your family can find something they enjoy. Pause your bowling, fill up on good food, and tackle the lanes (or any of our fun activities) with renewed energy and gusto.

Bowling in Houston can be a fun family experience. Choose a family-friendly location and time. Choose bowling balls that your kids can handle. Don’t be afraid to bend the rules a little bit. Keep your visit short. Feed the kids, and keep it fun.

Here at iT’Z, we offer family-friendly bowling as well as lots of other activities geared toward kids and adults. Play laser tag; enjoy our arcade; climb our indoor rock climbing wall, and more (attractions vary by location). Enjoy a buffet of fresh and delicious food, and don’t forget to come back for lots of family bowling and fun.

How to Simplify Birthday Fun

When it comes time to celebrate your child’s birthday, you can find lots of advice about which child birthday party places to attend, how many kids to invite, how long the party should last, which favors to bring, and even how to put together a stellar cake in less than 30 minutes (ok, maybe not that). What might be a little harder to find is advice about what NOT to do.

No one tells you to make sure that the favors have exactly the same water gun in each bag because otherwise there will be Watergeddon at the party. No one warns you about the possibility that your child will cry because they didn’t get the present they wanted. And no one will tell you that you don’t actually need all of the bells and whistles when it comes to choosing child birthday party places and planning all the details of the big bash.

Until now. Here at iT’Z, we offer some pretty amazing kids birthday party packages, but we also know that the secret to a successful party, no matter which kids birthday party venues you choose, is simplicity. Read on to learn more about what not to do in order to enjoy a simpler, and more enjoyable, birthday bash.

Fancy Favors

Yes, it is considered good etiquette to give your guests a small token of your appreciation for coming to the party, no matter how amazing the kids birthday party venues you choose are. An afternoon of laser tag does not take the place of a thoughtful gift.

At the same time, you should not break the bank trotting out the fancy favors. That means, for example, putting down the mega-big Nerf gun and picking up the smaller water guns at the store. It means putting a few toys from the Dollar Store in a decorative bag (Which could also come from the Dollar Store).

It means making a couple dozen cookies and handing them out instead of buying the gourmet cupcakes from the bakery down the street. It could even mean having the children complete a craft during the party and sending it home with them as the favor.

If you want to give your guests meaningful and entertaining favors without breaking the bank, embrace simplicity. And if you do hold your next party at child birthday party places like iT’Z, make things even simpler by allowing the tokens and prizes they win at our attractions serve as their take-home favors.

Fancy Food

If having children has taught you anything, it should have taught you that the fancier the food, the more your kids will complain about it. PB&J or hot dogs will always win out over salmon fillet or the “spices” in your favorite chicken dish. That is why you should embrace simplicity when it comes to your child’s next birthday party. Embrace the pizza. Honor the PB&J. Bring out the cheese crackers. Fill that bowl with grapes. And don’t feel guilty for one minute. Chances are the kids will be praising your basic cuisine as the best meal they’ve had all week.

Here at iT’Z, buying one of our kids birthday party packages gives you access to our unlimited buffet. We specialize in food that kids and adults will love. That’s why we offer delicious pizza, hot pasta, and fresh salads. All you have to do is bring the cake. Food doesn’t get simpler, or more kid-friendly, than that, which is why we are one of the best kids birthday party venues around.

Fancy Fun

If you feel worried about being able to give your child a birthday party that they will remember fondly, don’t fret: Children actually need much less to have fun than you might imagine. In fact, going all out with their birthday bash might be too much, especially for sensitive or introverted kids. Your child might just want a little bit of time with their favorite people at one of the kids birthday party venues that offers them activities they will enjoy.

To that end, try to avoid the fancy fun when seeking out child birthday party places. For example, you could go to the water park with a few of your child’s best friends. Or, you could just take a trip to the local swimming pool. You could go rock climbing, or you could hit up the indoor rock climbing wall at iT’Z.  You could spend a small fortune on a paintball extravaganza, or simply hold your party at child birthday party places like iT’Z that offer laser tag. You might be surprised at how fun (and affordable) a few easy activities at kids birthday party venues are.

Fancy Presents

It can be fun to buy your child the biggest and best presents you can think of. Your child, of course, will also be happy to give you a list of the presents they would like to receive for their birthday. But your child’s presents are not what make the party great. In fact, you may find that skipping the presents during the party is the best way to go. After all, tears over presents that didn’t meet your child’s expectations, or comparisons among presents brought by the guests, is not a recipe for party success.

Instead, focus on buying your child gifts you can afford. And then give them their gifts away from the party. If you want your child to have something special to open at their party, find kids birthday party venues that give your child a gift as part of their kids birthday party packages.

For example, here at iT’Z, we offer all of our birthday guests of honor a special present to go along with our kids birthday party packages. Our gift will make them feel as special as they are, and free you up to quietly store the other gifts for opening at home. There aren’t many kids birthday party venues that so successfully make your child feel special and save you a little bit of social awkwardness at the same time.

The next time you have a birthday party for your child, embrace simplicity. Find kids birthday party venues, like iT’Z, that help you achieve this goal. By avoiding fancy favors, fancy food, fancy fun, and fancy presents, you can enjoy a party that is simply wonderful.

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