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Ten Pin Lanes

http://www.littlecenters.com/

Categories: Bowling alley, Indoor play zone

Features: Catering, Classes offered, Darts, Date night, Equipment rentals, Gaming stations/trivia, Indoor play zone, Karaoke, Kid-friendly, Outdoor seating, Party room, Pool tables

Payment options: Credit cards accepted

Alcohol: Full bar

Parking: Lot

With Florida Orange Grove and Winery down the street and the Don CeSar a 10-minute drive away, this bowling alley is perfectly positioned for a day of kitsch with your out-of-town guests. It's pink on the outside with an under-the-sea theme on the interior walls and plastic furniture on the patio. On Saturday nights the lights stay on, setting the mood for family-friendly fun. Sing along to tunes by Janis Joplin, the Beatles and other oldies.

The bowling: Saturdays from 7 p.m. to midnight, leave your pride at the door and get into Strike It Rich, a game that pays you a little cash for knocking down certain colored pins on a strike. You won't get rich, but it does make the game more exciting — as does the ball speedometer. But Ten Pin Lanes carries the communal feel a bit too far with family-style seating: You share a wooden bench with the adjacent lane, which at times means awkwardly cutting in front of your neighbors. Check out Glow Bowl on Fridays from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Saturday afternoons.

If bowling isn't your thing, enjoy pool, air hockey, darts or karaoke in the bar on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. First place wins a small cash prize.

The grub: The fare includes burgers, salads, nachos and the like. Drinks at the Locker Room Lounge are decent; our strawberry daiquiri — a rarity at a bowling alley — was satisfying, but our Corona wasn't quite cold enough. The real annoyance is the cup-holder situation. Larger drinks don't fit, which means you must either hold your drink the entire time or set your glass on a counter behind you.

Prices: $2.41 to $4.23. If you're renting shoes ($3), be prepared to fork over your own footwear as collateral.

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