Experience the Fun of Mini Bowling at Monster Mini Golf

Monster Mini Golf was founded in 2004 as a family entertainment arcade center in Connecticut. It blossomed in popularity and now has franchises in 29 locations across the United States. Offering several indoor games of fun and skill plus a snack bar cafe on site, it is the perfect place to enjoy a fun-filled day or night out. You and your family or friends can even book a birthday party or just come on in for some monster-themed, glow-in-the-dark entertainment.

Monstrous games to play: 

  • Mini golf
  • Mini bowling
  • Lazer maze
  • Arcade 
  • Virtual reality
  • Laser tag
  • Atomic rush
  • Ropes course

Of particular interest is mini bowling because it’s well suited for all ages and sizes and is easy to play but loads of fun! Read on to learn more about our monstrous mini bowling.

What is mini bowling?

Mini bowling is a scaled-down version of the original game of 10-pin bowling. It consists of a shorter lane raised 15” off the floor (making it easy on the back) with smaller pins and lighter bowling balls. These features make it great for children and adults alike. The goal is similar to regular bowling. For each frame, you have two tries to knock down all ten pins set in a triangle shape.  

How to play mini bowling

  1. There is no limit to the number of people in your party
  2. There are five frames to a game
  3. Each player gets two tries per frame to knock all ten pins down
  4. The player with the highest score wins!
  5. Games last about four minutes on average per person, making it easy to swipe your game card for another round!

It’s easy to book your mini bowling at Monster Mini Golf! We have 29 locations nationwide and are adding more!

How to find a Monster mini bowling near me

With multiple locations and a variety of activities to experience, there are plenty of reasons to spend a day of Monstrous fun with your family and friends. Check on our Monster Mini Golf website and find your nearest location using your zip code.

Frequently asked questions:

What is mini bowling called?

Another name for mini bowling is duckpin bowling because both games use smaller pins and lighter balls. The only difference being duckpin bowling allows for three frames instead of two per person. While duckpin bowling has been around for a long time, mini bowling is the modern version, complete with neon lights and music to accompany your game.

What size is mini bowling?

  • The size of the lanes is about 39 feet long and seven to eight feet wide
  • The bowling balls are five inches in diameter and do not have finger holes. They weigh approximately two and a half pounds which is much lighter than a regular size bowling ball.

What is the difference between bowling and mini bowling?

  • Shorter lanes raised off the floor
  • Smaller, lighter bowling balls with no finger holes
  • Bumpers that glow instead of gutters
  • No special bowling shoes required
  • Scoring is similar: If you knock all ten pins down on the first try, it’s called a “strike.” If you knock all ten pins down in two tries, it’s called a “spare.”
  • Keep track of each player’s score on the electronic screen above the lane

How many pins are in a mini bowling set?

There are ten pins — same as regular bowling — but the pins are half the size at 7.5 inches.

Some say it’s more of a challenge to knock over lighter bowling pins, but you can be the judge of that when you try the fun of mini bowling for yourself!

How much does mini bowling cost?

Mini bowling is inexpensive and ranges from $3 to $8 per game. It uses a reloadable game card purchased at Monster Mini Golf family entertainment arcade centers. Special packages are available, so check with the location nearest you. 

Discover mini bowling for easy fun, good times, and entertainment

Monster Mini Golf family entertainment centers are a blast of exciting activity in a really cool atmosphere. You never have to worry about the weather because all our games are indoors. We have 13 locations with mini bowling lanes sure to keep your group entertained with enjoyable fun and games. So whether you want to try mini bowling with a few friends or a family (including Grandpa and Grandma) or as part of birthday party fun, come on over to Monster Mini Golf for a monstrously good time.


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