Once a month, my family and my brother’s family have a “cousin date.” My girls are three and 15 months old, and my nieces are four and (almost) one year old. Each month we pick a different activity and location. This month we chose to stay indoors because it was a rather soggy Saturday. So, we headed to Kings Bowl which turned out to be the perfect venue for an afternoon of family fun!
We were excited to not have to travel too far as MB Financial Park is less than 10 minutes from our house. Kings Bowl in Rosemont is a sprawling 27,000 square foot entertainment mecca touting 20 bowling lanes, five billiards tables, two shuffleboard tables, a full-service kitchen, restaurant and lounge, two full-size premium bars with a slew of parent-approved cocktails, and 50+ HDTV and projector screens in case you need to catch the game.
So, we knew we would without a doubt have a really awesome time. There are many reasons to love Kings, but here are my top five.
Kids are king here. First and foremost, I was so impressed with all of the accommodations they make for the kids. I expected bumpers, but I didn’t expect a special ramp for them to be able to give their bowling ball a boost down the lane. (This was a great method so that the kids didn’t have to throw the ball!) Of course, they also have a variety of kid’s bowling shoes and bowling balls.
Fuel and cocktails
With a menu that rivals The Cheesecake Factory in variety and amount of options, the kitchen cranks out some delicious grub. Buffalo Chicken Wontons, award-winning wings, hand-tossed, coal-fired pizzas and burgers galore. The food is dy-na-mite. My absolute favorites are the Kung Pao “fried” cauliflower bites and the Fat Elvis burger (yeah, it’s exactly what you think!). Then wash all that down with a boozy adult milkshake. They have 14 kids menu items starting at $5.95. If you’re planning on eating and bowling, call ahead to make an “Eat Then Bowl” reservation. It’s a nice way to jump to the top of the bowling wait list once you’ve finished your feast.
The moment you enter Kings, you’re transported into a cool, modern and sleek space. Bright pink, yellow and blue lights flash, kid-approved tunes are bumping and photos of celebrities who have visited Kings line the walls. Each lane has a spotlight illuminating their lane number, making it easy to find your spot. The seating area is spacious, clean and has ample space to stow away your shoes while you sit and wait your turn (or break out into an impromptu dance).
Friendly and helpful, the staff goes above and beyond to ensure a safe and fun experience at Kings. When we arrived, they unlocked the doors a few minutes early to allow us to escape the rain and then set up each player in the system and asked whether or not we needed a ramp or bumpers. Overall, they were super attentive.
The cost to bowl is broken down by time of day and day of the week. It’s set up in a similar fashion as catching a matinee versus a night show.
Before 6 p.m. – Tue-Thurs – $7/Fri-Mon– $8
After 6 p.m. – Sun-Thurs – $8/Fri-Sat – $9
Shoes will cost you just $5/per pair.
This isn’t just a great place to bring your kids. It’s also a perfect place for date night. They boast karaoke nights, ladies nights and other promotions, so be sure to check out their events page on their website.
If you go
5505 Park Place, Rosemont