Baby, it’s COLD outside! Cabin fever infects the family, you’ve seen every decent movie that’s out, and you can only hide in the bathroom from the kids for so long. While Team Nest Builder loves our homes, we also know there are times you need to escape them. Like now. Here we offer our round-up of the top 4 Morris and Sussex County BOWLING CENTERS to solve your dilemma!

Dust Off That Glitter Bowling Ball

If it’s been years since you last set foot in a bowling alley, you’ll be amazed at how Morris and Sussex County bowling centers have evolved. Remember those dreary, musty hang-outs reeking of smelly bowling shoes and offering stale beer and liquid-cheese nachos? Gone. The bowling centers of today bring their A-game to family entertainment. From free live concerts in Sparta to rock climbing in Ledgewood and a huge game room in East Hanover, these spots go all out to bring your family in and keep the fun rolling:

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Circle Bowl & Entertainment, Ledgewood, NJ

Modern and clean, this bowling and entertainment center boasts laser tag and rock climbing on its list of family-friendly activities. Their full arcade keeps kids not interested in bowling still having a blast. Lastly, you’ll forget what you know about bowling alley fare when you set foot in Big Ed’s Taphouse and Grill. They offer crispy quesadillas, a monster mac n cheese burger, a buffalo blue cheese chicken wrap, a slew of salads and even a dessert menu in a hip setting. Call 973-584-8600 for more information.


Sparta Lanes, Sparta, NJ

After 55 years in the business, this family-owned and operated 32-lane bowling center knows what it’s doing! Check out their groundbreaking RockNBowl LIVE series (next one Saturday, March 25th) offering FREE family-friendly multi-group concerts. Watch the bands perform live on the lane-spanning center stage, or on huge drop-down video screens as you bowl. Stop into their Striker’s Sports Bar and Grill for a craft beer or selection from their fancy cocktail menu. Then, settle in to watch what’s playing on their video wall. Be sure to ask about their Kids Bowl Free program while you’re there so that when a rainy SUMMER day rolls in, you’ve got FREE bowling passes for your kids! Call 973-729-6135 for more information.


Hanover Lanes, East Hanover, NJ

Fans of this 32-lane bowling center gush about the huge game room and wonderful attention to kids’ needs (call ahead to request bumper lanes!) Their sports bar with high-def flat screen TVs keeps sports fans in on the action, while their full-service pro shop outfits serious strikers with the latest gear. Call (973) 887-1400 for more information.


Boonton Lanes, Boonton, NJ

With 24 lanes, this bowling center’s on the cozier side of our collection, but comes up big on Sunday family savings: during Winter, bowl 3 games for just $5. until 11am! Kids’ll love the Pizza Hut Express while parents take a break in the Sports Bar. Call 973-335-0123 for more information.


Now that you know where to go in Morris and Sussex County for great bowling action, take a deep breath, unlock that bathroom door, and start digging out that old bowling ball. No time to SPARE!