What to do when it is hot, hot, hot? We decided to try out duckpin bowling at White Oaks Lane.
Let me start by saying that the kids did have fun, but the staff wasn't exactly the most friendly. Actually, only one of the two members of the staff who were working there that day was not thrilled we were there. We went with some friends that had a peanut allergy, so we had to call to see if they could accommodate us if we ate there. We learned that they could not guarantee that their food was peanut free, which is fine, but when we asked if we could bring our own food, we were told no. When we arrived the gentleman who gave us our shoes was very friendly and helpful, but the lady did not seem to like having us there. Most of the patrons were retirees in leagues. They all seemed to love us and would come over to visit with the kiddos, so at least the patrons made us feel welcome, but you could feel that the staff wasn't thrilled with us. It was the first time our boys had been to a bowling alley, so we had to explain a few things. Our little guys twice sent the bowling ball back up the return and once a ball rolled into an unused lane, but other than that I thought they did well. I took a few pics, but was asked to stop and I of course complied, but just the tone and her energy made us feel that she was visibly annoyed with the kiddos and us. We ended up playing for less than an hour, but it was enough to get the boys out for some fun. Maybe it was a bad day for them and perhaps we will try it again, but this is the first time I am posting a negative review. But us mommies need to know where to go and where we are welcome.
Bottom line-fun for the kiddos and a very affordable, no frills venue, but just go in with thick skin and concentrate on the goal--fun and a break from the sun.
White Oak Lanes
11207 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm