FAQs - Brunswick Zone XL


Q: Do we have to wear bowling shoes?

A: Yes. Bowling shoes are required. If you don’t have your own pair, we rent shoes from children’s size 8 to men’s size 16. Please be sure to bring a pair of socks. 

Q: Can adults bowl with the kids at a birthday party?

A: Yes, adults can bowl with kids, but it is our experience that it is best to have two adjoining lanes, one for the kids, one for the adults.

Q: How many games do I want to bowl?

A: That is up to you. Brunswick centers offer per game bowling and bowling by a set time such as 1 or 2 hours. When your lane is assigned the counter staff may ask this question and may request you pre-pay for your bowling. Of course any unused games or time will be refunded to you. And of course you can always add on to your bowling experience. A general rule is 3 games per person over age 10 and 2 games for 10 and younger. For time bowling, a family or group will have a very enjoyable experience on a two-hour package.

Q: Is your bowling center non-smoking?

A: The majority of our centers are completely non-smoking. Click here for a complete list of our centers. Of the few smoking centers we have, all offer non-smoking times for your bowling enjoyment.

Q: What forms of payment do you accept?

A: We accept cash along with debit and credit cards. The credit cards we accept are Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. We accept checks for League payments only.

Q: Do you have bumpers?

A: Yes, all Brunswick centers have this wonderful aid that helps children learn and enjoy bowling. Bumpers are guards in the gutter that ensure the ball makes it to the pins.

Q: How do I select a ball?

A: Use a ball that weighs close to 1/10 of your body weight. If you weigh 100 lbs, use a 10 lb ball. Your thumb should go all the way into the ball for a good fit. The fingers and thumb should touch all the way around the holes without being tight. We offer balls in weights ranging from 6 lbs to 16 lbs. The center staff will help you find the right ball and can assist children in finding a lightweight ball.

Q: Can I bring in outside food or beverage?

A: No outside food or beverage is permitted at Brunswick bowling centers. The only exception is cake and/or ice cream for Brunswick reserved birthday parties.

Q: How many people can bowl on one lane?

A: We recommend limiting each lane to 4 to 5 bowlers.

Q: How long does a game take to bowl?

A: With 4 people on a lane, a game usually takes about 40 minutes to bowl. Add 10 minutes per game if you add an extra person.

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