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Some examples are: Cereal boxes Inflatable toys Kitchen rolls Tin cans Soda bottles Lego towers. You can also introduce some different sized balls to bowl with such as tennis balls, beach balls, golf balls etc. These giant inflatable bowling sets from supplier 3 are great to use for bowling party games at home and a particularly useful for younger children. If you've applied a theme, such as Harry Potter or Star Wars , you can decorate the bowling pins by turning them into characters relevant to your theme.

A simple way to do this is just to cut out pictures from the web and stick a different characters face onto the top of each pin. For more information on this and to see some photos examples, see the Theme section of the Bowling Party Ideas page. Alternatively, there are lots of themed bowling sets for kids that you can buy from supplier 3 for between $10 - $20 such as Disney Princess (below left), Spiderman, Toy Story, Hello Kitty, Spongebob Squarepants, Monsters (below center) and Farm Friends (below right). If you have a Nintendo, Xbox, Playstation or similar there are quite a few different video bowling games available from supplier 3—so try some virtual bowling. Try knocking down the pins using a Supersoaker water gun. Once you've knocked down all the real pins, have a go at a bowling pin shaped piñata from supplier 1. For more ideas on invitations, food & drink, and party decorations to go with these bowling party games, check out my separate page of Bowling Party Ideas. Matt James is a professional event planner and owner of event agency Left Field Productions, which has produced events for Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Spacey, Stella McCartney, David LaChapelle, John Waters, and Elvis Costello & Diana Krall.

Since 2004, Left Field Productions has won 30 industry awards for excellence including Production Company of the Year. Increase the fun factor and take the pressure off of getting a high score at a bowling birthday party with some of these games designed for kids at the lanes. Or, next time you go, try one of these funny ways to bowl. When a child releases the bowling ball, challenge them to shout out as many things that they can name in one category before the ball reaches the bowling pins. Keep track of how many items each player is able to list. At the end of the game, the player with the most points wins. Suggestions for categories include ice cream flavors, zoo animals, characters on a favorite television show, types of cereal, and candy bars. Another variation of this game has the bystanders performing tasks as the ball rolls down the lane. When one player releases the ball, challenge another one to recite the alphabet backward, remove and then put back on their shoes, or do the chicken dance. Kids who complete their task before the ball hits the pins score a point. In this game, the number of pins knocked down will determine the task a child has to perform. Fold them up, divide them, and place them into two hats, bags, or piles. When a player bowls, count the number of pins knocked down. If the number is odd, the player will choose a task from the odd pile and perform it. If it is an even number, an even task will be drawn. You can also vary the tasks so that all of the ones in the even pile are easier or less silly than the odd ones. Bowling Bingo​ Here’s a way to make the scorekeeping more fun. Print out bingo cards that have boxes filled with different possible bowling outcomes, such as strike, gutter ball, spare, and the numbers one through nine. As each player bowls, kids can mark off their bingo cards with the results. Bring trinket prizes along to award to kids who score a bingo. For each frame of bowling, have the kids bowl in a silly way. Some ideas for goofy bowling: Bowl backward (put your back to the pins and roll ball under legs).

Sit down bowl (kids sit down and push the ball down the lane). To play this game, you will need two lanes next to each other. The first players on the teams will start off in unison, each player rolling their ball down the lane on the word go. When a ball returns, the next player will grab it and roll it down the alley. This game is not about how many pins are knocked down, but rather which team can have all its players roll the ball down the aisle first. The first pair each takes a turn bowling the frame. The first player will bowl first, and the second one will go for the spare. Use side by side lanes and have two tag teams challenge each other at a time.

The victors from each challenge will move on to challenge each other. When the kids remove their shoes to put on bowling shoes, gather their shoes, mix them up, and place them in a pile. When it’s time to return the bowling shoes, send the kids to the pile to find and put on their own shoes. When a player has their shoes on, they can run to the prize pile and choose one. You can also use this game as a fun way to give out the favors at the end of the party.

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