On a recent vacation in France, we made the mistake of promising to take Madeline bowling. After trekking out to the outskirts of Nice, we found the Acropolis only to learn that at age three and shoe size seven, she was much too young and too small to bowl. Somehow that never occurred to us.
So when we decided to take her duckpin bowling in Rhode Island, we called ahead to confirm their available shoe sizes, operating hours, and bumpers. Satisfied that this might actually work, we headed out to The Bowling Academy in East Providence, RI for an early Saturday night bowl (after 8pm, it’s Rock N’ Bowl).
Duckpin bowling, for those who don’t know, is a variation of bowling with smaller, lighter balls and shorter, fatter pins. The Bowling Academy is one of a handful of alleys in the state that offer duckpin bowling (see list below). The place is nothing fancy, but the lanes are gleaming and the employees spray disinfectant in the shoes after people leave, which I personally appreciate. Of course, for a three-year-old, none of that matters. Rather, the easy-to-handle balls; bumpers to keep them in the lane; and even a plastic ramp to slide a ball down the lane more centrally are the things that make duckpin bowling a surefire kid-pleaser. So, it wasn’t at all a surprise that the next morning, she was already asking to go back.
Duckpin Bowling Alleys in Rhode Island
The Bowling Academy
354 Taunton Avenue
East Providence, RI
409 Child Street
Legion Bowl & Billiards
661 Park Avenue
2530 Warwick Ave.
890 Main Street
West Warwick, RI
Town Hall Lanes
1463 Atwood Avenue
Johnston, RI 02919
7665 Post Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Also see the Rhode Island Duckpin Bowlers Association at www.ridba.net.
Thank you for including the link to http://www.ridba.net! Any information that gets out about the game of duckpins is greatly appreciated. Meadowbrook Lanes has a new website (bowlri.com), Town Hall Lanes is townhalllanes.com, and Mac’s can be found through ridba.net as well. As Madeline gets older, I hope you will consider having her join a youth league. It’s always good to see the young ones bowl!
Secretary, Rhode Island Duckpin Bowlers Association
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