Updated for 2022
Bowling — it may be one of the most perfect activities for families. Different ages, different skill levels can all have a fun time bowling. And, it’s a great way to stay active when it’s too hot (or too cold) outside. Did you know there are even active bowling leagues in LA still? Truth. It’s a great pastime for kids – and many bowling allies offer fantastic promotions during Summer vacation where kids can bowl a game for free every day.
Whether you know the difference between a strike and a spare or not, you’ll have a ball taking the kids bowling at one of these terrific spots around SoCal.
24 Awesome Places to Go Bowling in Los Angeles
Two Locations in LA:
Hollywood & Highland
6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015
At Lucky Strike, it’s about more than bowling. It’s about the experience. Where else can you bowl and enjoy live music? The Hollywood location has 12 lanes, and the LA Live location has 18 lanes. Keep in mind, at both locations, after 8 pm guests must be 21 are over. Prior to 8 pm, guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The Hollywood location is currently closed on Mondays and Tuesdays; the LA Live location is open seven days a week. Reservations may be made online.
Multiple Locations including
1201 W. Beverly Rd., Montebello, CA 90640
There’s lots of fun to be had at Bowlero. Amenities may vary from location to location; however, families will find about 30 bowling lanes (the number of lanes varies by location), as well as an arcade, lounge area, billiards, and more.
Harley’s Valley Bowl
5255 Cochran St., Simi Valley, CA 93063
and Harley’s Simi Bowl
480 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, CA 93065
At Harley’s, families will enjoy “good food, hours of fun, and a great time.” Amenities include bumpers (making bowling easier for kids), TVs throughout, food, and arcades. Be sure to check the website for details about their “Kids Bowl Free” program offered on weekdays during the summer. They are open six days a week. The Valley Bowl location is closed on Mondays, and the Simi Bowl location is closed on Tuesdays. Reservations are available online.
Del Rio Lanes
7502 Florence Ave., Downey, CA 90240
Del Rio Lanes in Downey is another fun, family-friendly bowling alley. As of right now, all bowling is by reservation only (which can be made online.) Reservations are for an hour or hour and a half, and come with shoe rentals for up to 5 bowlers. And if you get hungry, Squeezy’s is on-site offering hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, sandwiches, and more. Currently, Del Rio Lanes is open seven days a week. Monday through Friday they open at 4:00 pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays, they open at 9:00 am.
23700 Lyons Ave., Newhall, CA 91321
If you’re closer to Newhall, check out Valencia Lanes. You’ll find 24 lanes as well as The Lyon’s Den – a spot for shooting pool, grabbing some refreshments, or playing darts. Also inside Valencia Lanes is Lily’s Cafe, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and more. And if you can’t find a seat at the cafe, food can be delivered to you at your lane. Reservations may be made online for 90 minutes of bowling for up to 5 people.
Little Tokyo Galleria
333 Alameda St. #300, Los Angeles, CA 90013
XLanes offers more than 50,000 square feet of fun including bowling, billiards, and arcades. Their bowling alley consists of 16 general lanes as well as VIP Rooms with separate lanes. Their sports bar boasts 11 LED TVs as well as 3 large projectors. And if you get hungry, you’ll find everything from hamburgers to pasta to appetizers to steaks on the menu. They are open seven days a week, opening at 4 pm Monday through Friday and opening at 11 am on Saturdays and Sundays.
19616 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356
Corbin Bowl is the place for the “best time on the BOWL-evard.” Families are encouraged to reserve their lanes online, because walk-ins are not guaranteed. Corbin Bowl hosts weekly events such as Open Mic Comedy and live musical performances. Outside food and beverages are prohibited, but you’ll find a variety of items on the on-site cafe menu, including a special Kids Menu. Currently, Corbin Bowl is open seven days a week; Monday through Friday opening at 11 am and Saturday and Sunday opening at 10 am.
Highland Park Bowl
5621 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042
Established in 1927, Highland Park Bowl is recognized as “L.A.’s oldest bowling alley.” This isn’t your usual bowling alley; you’ll find many antiques and nods to the bowling alley’s past here. Reservations may be made online for 1-6 guests per lane. They also offer pizza, salads, and side dishes if you get hungry while playing. Currently, Highland Park Bowl is open six days a week; closed on Mondays.
1507 Vermont Ave., Gardena, CA 90247
Gardena Bowl has been the place for “family fun since 1948.” In addition to bowling, you’ll find billiards, arcades, and an on-site coffee shop featuring American and Hawaiian favorites. They are open seven days a week, opening at 9 am each day.
Shatto 39 Lanes
3255 W. 4th St., Los Angeles, CA 90020
You can tell from the name – Shatto 39 Lanes – is a large venue with 39 lanes. And that’s not all.You’ll also find billiards, an arcade, and coffee shop. They are open seven days a week, opening at 5:00 pm each day.
2500 E. Carson St., Lakewood, CA 90712
Families in Lakewood can head to Cal Bowl for some bowling fun! If you get hungry, you’ll find Kingpin on-site offering pizza, chicken wings, sandwiches, salads, and more. And if you need a break from bowling, check out the games in the arcade. Lanes may be reserved online. They are open seven days a week; Monday through Friday opening at 2:00 pm, Saturdays opening at 10:00 am, and Sundays opening at Noon.
20122 Vanowen St., Winnetka, CA 91306
Whether you’re looking to bowl as a once-in-a-while treat, a weekly event, or thinking of a bowling alley as a fun party venue, Winnetka Bowl is the place. Also on site, is an arcade (all games are only 50 cents per play), billiards, and the Lane 33 Bar & Grill. They are open seven days a week, opening at 9 am each day. Check the website for their Weekly Specials. Lanes may be reserved online.
Pinz Bowling Center
12655 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604
Pinz Bowling Center is a popular bowling alley for families looking for a fun outing, for small groups, corporate events, and Hollywood Wrap Parties. Party platters are also available to order. Pinz is open seven days a week, opening at Noon each day. They are open every day of the year – unless closed for a special, private event. Lanes may be reserved online.
The Spare Room
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
The Spare Room is not your traditional bowling alley. A visit here is an event in and of itself, and is probably best reserved for a special treat; maybe a way to celebrate with an older child. This “gaming parlor and cocktail lounge” feature two vintage bowling lanes. The Spare Room is open nightly from 8 pm to 2 am; closed on Tuesdays.
921 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506
Pickwick Bowl offers twenty-four lanes of bowling fun. For kids, they have a fully automated bumper system and dragon ramps making bowling fun for all ages. Currently, the Bar, Snack Bar, and Lounge are temporarily closed. The Pro Shop is open by appointment only. Pickwick is open five days a week, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Gable House Bowl
22501 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance, CA 90505
Families can do a lot more than bowl at Gable House Bowl. This popular South Bay destination also offers a full Arcade, Laser Tag, and a Pizza Hut Express/Snack Bar. They are open seven days a week; opening at 10 am Monday through Friday and opening at 11 am on Saturdays and Sundays. It is recommended families call ahead to make bowling reservations.
Action Lanes Bowling Center
10534 Lower Azusa Rd., El Monte, CA 91731
At Action Lanes Bowling Center, families will find 32 lanes inside the 35,000+ square foot building. This popular spot was established in 2004 and features a Bar Lounge, Snack Bar, and Pro Shop as well. The on-site snack bar has all your “favorite foods from pizzas and hot wings to burgers and teriyaki chicken bowls.” Additionally, you’ll find a full-service ice cream counter! They are open seven days a week; opening as early as 7:30 am on Sundays.
Santa Clarita Lanes
21615 Soledad Canyon Rd., Saugus, CA 91350
Bowling fun awaits you at Santa Clarita Lanes. And if you get hungry, the onsite Vincenzo’s offers a wide range of choices including breakfast, sandwiches, salads, pizza, and appetizers. Reservations may be made online. They are open seven days a week, opening at 9 am Monday through Saturday, and opening at 8 am on Sundays. Check the website for information about special prices on certain days.
Round1 Bowling & Amusement
Multiple Locations including
Puente Hills Mall
1600 S. Azusa Ave., City of Industry, CA 91748
Your family can easily spend several happy, busy hours at Round1 Bowling & Amusement. They offer bowling, arcade games, billiards, ping pong, darts, and more. Prices and hours may vary from one location to another. Check the website for details.
9118 Balboa Blvd., Northridge, CA 91325
Families in Northridge are most likely familiar with Matador Bowl. It’s been a part of the community since 1960. In addition to bowling fun, families will enjoy the arcade games here as well. For added health and safety precautions, they have installed clear plexiglass between each pair of lanes. Matador Bowl is open seven days a week. While walk-ins are welcome, visitors are encouraged to book a reservation online.
The Collection at RiverPark
601 Collection Blvd. Suite 1175, Oxnard, CA 93036
Bowlero’s newest location offers something for everyone in the family. The 32,000 square-foot venue features Bowler’s signature blacklight bowling, interactive arcade games, food and drink, and much more.
Wendy Kennar is a mother, writer, and former teacher who has lived her entire life in the same Los Angeles zip code. You can read more from Wendy at her website WendyKennar.com where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).