Tomball’s only bowling alley may look unchanged from the outside to area residents, however, its interior has changed significantly since it first opened.
Janet and Scott Holmes took ownership in 2013.[/caption]
While Tomball Bowl has been open since 1984, Scott and Janet Holmes took ownership in 2013. The smoke-free alley now features a pro shop, snack bar, arcade, bar, pool tables and a computerized scoring system.
“We just put in a new state-of-the-art scoring system,” Scott said. “There are 46 different games—there’s professional bowling, variations of traditional bowling and all kinds of team-building games.”
Janet said the new system allows options for children who may get bored with traditional bowling.
“Basically, what we tell people is, ‘It’s your lane, your way,’ and then they can go in and pick all these different types of games and have a variety of things to play,” Janet said. “So it’s not just one way to bowl.”
In addition to packages for private parties, fundraisers and corporate events, Tomball Bowl offers birthday party packages ranging from $15-$18 per person. The alley is also hiring for the summer months.
The alley also hosts special events for the summer, like Kids Bowl Free, during which up to two children per family younger than 15 can play two games for free Mondays through Fridays.
James Kendrick, director of Tomball Bowl’s youth program, said the alley is in need of local teacher sponsors and is looking to expand its existing program, which allows students to earn scholarship funds while learning good sportsmanship.
“The most important thing is not just teaching these kids how to bowl but the code of conduct that comes along with it,” Kendrick said. “These kids help each other and want to see others succeed.”
There is a variety of programs throughout the week, including a senior league and Neon Nights on Fridays and Saturdays, during which the alley features door prizes, music and unlimited games for $18 per person.
“You don’t have to be an athlete to be a bowler,” Scott said. “There [are] a lot of fun leagues here.”
14435 FM 2920, Tomball
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-midnight, Sat. 1 p.m.-midnight, Sun. 1-10 p.m.