Last week, whilst England were preparing to play against Croatia and the world watched on, myself and some of the other Bournemouth Bloggers headed over to Hollywood Bowl in Tower Park for an event to showcase all they have on offer for families over the summer holidays.
The Tower Park branch is situated next to water park Splashdown, within walking distance of several chain restaurants and the Cineworld cinema. Although it looks fairly small from the outside, when you head up the stairs, it’s actually very spacious, and the recent refurbishment has created a slick and modern venue with plenty to keep kids occupied.
We were greeted by the manager, and provided with some coins for the arcade, which the children absolutely loved (I think they may have actually enjoyed this bit as much as the bowling itself). The arcade has a mixture of games including car and bike racing, coin drop machines, and a few more adult options such as games based around The Walking Dead and Jurassic Park. You can win tokens from some machines, which can then be traded in for prizes.
After the children had enjoyed some of the rides, we were shown to the VIP area, which is in the middle of the bowling alley, on lanes 11-14. Although I’d been to the venue before, I hadn’t been in the VIP area, and I was as excited as the children when we pulled the curtains and had our own little area to enjoy as a group. It would be perfect for birthday or staff parties, and the kids were in their element being ‘very important people’ for the evening.
The kids took over when it came to putting in their details, and we made the decision to have one lane for them, and one lane for us adults, which perhaps wasn’t the most sensible of ideas when it came to time management, but the children enjoyed themselves and being independent!
One of the perks of the VIP area is having a call button for staff, should you need anything. We used this a couple of times when there were issues with the kids’ lane, but generally the staff were brilliant at coming round and asking if we needed anything anyway. We had some drinks delivered to the booth, there’s so many on offer I wasn’t sure what to go for but in the end I opted for a slush puppy, such a big kid at heart!
After we’d finished our game, we headed up to the bar & restaurant area where we had a reserved table for our group. The staff had already taken our food order whilst we were playing, so that it was ready for us as soon as we finished, which is perfect for those with young children like us as they can get restless if they’re waiting around for food.
The kids menu had lots of choice, my two went for spaghetti bolognese and a burger. For adults, there’s a selection of burgers and hotdogs on offer, along with snacks and sides. I had the Hollywood burger, with a side of onion rings, and it was so good.
The children had ice cream to finish, which was served with a flake and sprinkles. I was a little jealous as they looked so yummy!
We had a fantastic evening, and the children really enjoyed themselves. Hollywood Bowl have plenty of packages on offer throughout the year, and are happy to accommodate for whatever the occasion.
They have lots on offer over the school summer break including fun competitions, treasure hunts and free ice lollies for kids who bowl on Mondays. Plus a prize draw with the chance to win a trip to Hollywood LA!
We were invited along to Hollywood Bowl in Tower Park with the Bournemouth Bloggers. All opinions and images are my own.