Hey, pops, remember the days when you used to crush pins with your pals? Well, if you do, or even if you just wish that you did, then don't hold yourself back. And bowling isn't just for dads, of course. Kids love to bowl. Even if they're small (OK, over four-years-old), they can get their little hands on a kiddie ball. And most bowling alleys can close up those gutters so that your kids' big egos won't be hurt. But, be warned, that may mean they could beat you. So try one of the many alleys in the city. It may not be cheap, but it's loads of fun-and it can be a great treat for kids and dads alike.
Leisure Time Bowling Center at the Port Authority
Between Eighth and Ninth Ave from 40th to 42nd Streets, (212) 268-6909
$7.50 per person per game and $5 for shoes.
300 New York at Chelsea Piers
From 16th to 23rd Streets on the West side of Manhattan, (212) 835-BOWL (2695)
$8.00 per person per game and $6 for shoes.
Ball Park Lanes, Bronx
810 River Ave between 157th and 158th Sts, Bronx (718-665-5800)
$3.50-$4.50 per person per game and $2 for shoes.
2116 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (Seventh Ave) at 126th St (212-678-2695).
Prices vary; on Sundays, there's a $50 package for 1hour of bowling for four, plus a cheese pizza.
Melody Lanes, Sunset Park
461 37th St between Fourth and Fifth Aves, Sunset Park, Brooklyn (718-832-2695). Subway: N, R to 36th St.
$6 per person per game and $4 for shoes.
(Prices are normally higher during peak times.)