Bowling parties are perfect for kids of almost all ages. The atmosphere of a bowling alley makes kids (and adults) silly and giddy. Kids also love wearing someone else's shoes. It's like playing dress-up too!
Make Bowling Party Invitations using Bowling Stationary or make a clever invitation using empty CD envelopes and black card stock inside addressed and decorated with a white gel pen. Use a headlines like: "In your SPARE time come to my party"
Use black balloons as bowling ball decorations and add 3 white round stickers to represent finger holes.
Give each child a bowling pen and let them keep their own score.
And of course you will want to keep a scrapbook of your child's party!
Great Party Games
Bowl through the birthday child's legs
Do a silly walk as you approach the lane
Bowl with your other hand
Bowl in slow motion
Bowl with your eyes closed
Predict whether you will knock over an odd or even number of pins
Have others predict how many pins each player will knock down
For younger kids, consider the following -- between the time you release the bowling ball and the time it hits the pins have the turn-waiting kids:
count as high as they can, as fast as they can
recite the alphabet as many times as possible
have the speed-sing as much of a song as they can
spell out loud the birthday child's name
call out as many ice-cream flavors/kinds of candy as they can think of