We had a birthday bowling party for Tasha's 10th birthday -- it went off without a hitch. We had lots of fun.
Instead of just regular bowling we played "Funky Bowl" and "Bingo Bowling".
Both games were a lot of fun and gave the party-goers something new to do at the bowling alley. They're both good games to play when you have bowlers of mixed skill playing together.
Funky bowl gives a different way to bowl each frame (right hand, left hand, both hands, backwards, one foot, sitting down, etc). Our favorite was bowling between the other team member's legs.
Bingo bowling is a team effort... It's a 5x5 bingo card with bowling scores written on (strike, spare, split, head pin only, gutter, 15, 10, 13, 12, 11, 10, 8, 7, 5, 3, 2, etc). Each person bowls their frame like normal but instead of trying to get the highest score, you try to get things that your team hasn't marked off on their bingo card yet. Every time I've played it we've done "blackout bingo" (you have to cross off all the things on the card). Since you're competing against the other teams, speed becomes an issue so the game gets quite wild and silly *grin*.
Just print out the template by clicking the links above... make one copy for each team.
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