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Strikingly good fun: Robins Lanes offers hot deals for cool entertainment

Jeff Herman, Robins Bowling Center pro shop manager, provides custom drilling service that ensures proper fitting and the most comfort for bowlers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tommie Horton)

Jeff Herman, Robins Bowling Center pro shop manager, provides custom drilling service that ensures proper fitting and the most comfort for bowlers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tommie Horton)

Ralinda Cleveland, 78th Force Support Squadron food service worker, prepares food and beverages for guests at the On the Spot Café. The café is conveniently located inside Robins Lanes offering a nice variety of food and beverage choices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tommie Horton)

Ralinda Cleveland, 78th Force Support Squadron food service worker, prepares food and beverages for guests at the On the Spot Café. The café is conveniently located inside Robins Lanes offering a nice variety of food and beverage choices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tommie Horton)

Josh Heyen, 15, enjoys an afternoon of bowling at Robins Lanes. The bowling center is available to all active duty, retirees and their family members, Department of Defense civilians and their family members, DOD contractors and technical representatives, and guests accompanied by authorized individuals. 
 (U.S. Air Force photo by Tommie Horton)

Josh Heyen, 15, enjoys an afternoon of bowling at Robins Lanes. The bowling center is available to all active duty, retirees and their family members, Department of Defense civilians and their family members, DOD contractors and technical representatives, and guests accompanied by authorized individuals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tommie Horton)

Rondell Newsome, 10, enjoys an afternoon of bowling at Robins Lanes. The bowling center is available to all active duty, retirees and their family members, Department of Defense civilians and their family members, DOD contractors and technical representatives, and guests accompanied by authorized individuals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tommie Horton)

Rondell Newsome, 10, enjoys an afternoon of bowling at Robins Lanes. The bowling center is available to all active duty, retirees and their family members, Department of Defense civilians and their family members, DOD contractors and technical representatives, and guests accompanied by authorized individuals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tommie Horton)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Robins Lanes spares nothing when it comes to fun. The bowling center, located on Ninth Street next to the Base Theater, is offering a lot of cool recreation options this summer.

"'Kids Bowl Free' on Mondays gives children ages 17 and younger a chance to get active and learn a lifetime sport as well," said Dan Bueno, Robins Lanes Bowling Center manager. "Children can bowl up to two games free."

"Tuesday Mania" gives folks a chance to bowl without breaking the bank. A $4 cover charge includes shoe rental and lets bowlers play for a quarter per game.

Bueno said the more games people bowl, the more they save.

"If you needed to fill an afternoon gap, this would be the one to take advantage of," he said. "If you were to bowl five games, you'd save more than 65 percent off regular price."

Wednesday Bowling Movie Days give customers the opportunity to watch a movie while they bowl up to three games. A $6 fee covers shoe rental and popcorn as well.

"I was basically looking for ways to keep children entertained while they were bowling," Bueno said. "We have three giant screens that come down over the lanes that show music videos. I wanted to expand the options a little more, and that's how the idea of showing movies came about." 

Bueno said his staff aims to provide families fun entertainment at an affordable price, and the movie/bowling combo has become one of the center's most popular events to date.

The next Bowling Movie - My Dad's A Soccer Mom - will be Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Robins Lanes is also offering Thursday Afternoon Thunder Alley and Sunday Fun Days. "Robins Bowling Center is a great alternative to the hot Georgia sun," Bueno said. "Bowling is a good time for bonding and relaxing with friends and family. It may even relieve the stresses of a long day at work."

And, the fun doesn't stop at summer's end.

"League bowling is one of the most popular recreational sports," Bueno said. "There are leagues available for all types of bowlers. If you're one of the best bowlers in the area, or just beginning, there's a league for you."

Robins Lanes has leagues for ages 5 through 20. "One of the great benefits of being a U.S. Bowling Conference bowling youth is the chance to earn scholarship money every year." Bueno said.

"We have youth bowlers at the age of 10 earning scholarship money to continue further education." Bueno said the funds are kept in a Scholarship Management and Accounting Report account until youth are ready to enter college. To find out more on how your child can earn scholarship money, contact the Robins Youth Bowling director at (478) 926-2112.

Robins Bowling Center also has a full service Pro Shop with experienced drilling specialists to fulfill all bowling needs.

"Our technicians are fully International Bowling Pro Shop & Instructors Association certified with more than 64 credit hours of bowling education," Bueno said. "We offer a wide range of bowling products and services to meet every bowlers needs regardless of skill level."

When bowlers have worked up an appetite, the On the Spot Café's menu offers a variety of made-to-order options. 

Bueno said the center has free Wi-Fi and ample seating so people can catch up with e-mails, post to Facebook, or surf the web while enjoying lunch.

Robins Lanes is also offering a special group rate in July for squadrons and units hosting their next team building event.

"This is a great time to bond, relax and build "esprit de corps" with fellow coworkers," Bueno said.

For more information, call (478) 926-2112.