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How To Organize A Corporate Bowling Event

The corporate event of your company is around the corner, but you have run out of unique and invigorating ideas for recharging the drooping spirits of your team. Well, your worries stand to get resolved with a corporate bowling event. Bowling parties are fun, promote camaraderie among colleagues, and allow better assimilation of organization’s vision and mission among employees. Unbridled joy awaits employees of all age groups.

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Organizing a corporate bowling event can be challenging, not because you need to slave away on finer details but owing to the fact that the prestige of your company is at stake. It is a team building event which serves the purposes of fostering unity, strengthening interpersonal relationship, and brings about an air of trust within the organization.

A bowling event informally conduces to team building and rehashing corporate values through interactive bowling event accompanied with serving of foods and beverages.

Corporate Bowling Parties

Plan for the budget

You embark on the job by assessing the corporate budget allocated for the purpose. Get in touch with the local bowling centre (Planet Bowl if you are in Toronto or Mississauga area) for reservation of bowling alleys well in advance. Do not dilly-dally, else you may run out of alleys on the designated day. This happens if the chosen day coincides with a public holiday or some other parties have already booked the alleys for their events.  Do not meekly accept all the terms and conditions of the centre. Snag a bargain by convincing the managers to provide for free beverages or bowling shoes. The center also stands to get widespread publicity among your employees. Alongside, order fresh pizzas, burgers, hot dogs for feeding the staff. Try to get a package deal for the food. Remember hungry bowlers are unhappy bowlers. (FYI we here at Planet Bowl have a full size kitchen, that means fresh delicious yummy goodies)

Team Building is the goal

Now, get down to team building. Randomly assign people from different strata of the organization to each team to allow familiarity and forge new strong professional relationship. The competitive spirit of the staff will move to the next level with this initiative. The learning curve in bowling is not very steep making the game highly entertaining. Staff suffering from physical disabilities can also bowl.

Corporate Packages are usually the best deal

Most bowling centres in Toronto have tailored corporate packages which cater to your company’s requirements at reasonable rates. Sit with the managers and negotiate intensively to grab the best deal. The alleys have attached private party rooms and modern kitchen facilities too. Some centres offer money saving hourly discounts for corporate bowling parties exceeding a set number of participants.

The bowling rates in Toronto can vary. Daytime rates are applicable till 6PM and on weekends the rates may go up slightly. Beyond 6PM, the rates see a slight rise as more enthusiastic players pour in. The shoe rental rate is not included and will be charged additionally per head. Most alleys deny holding of corporate events on weekend nights. All reservations are allowed till three days in advance in most cases. Taxes will be applied over and above the decided rates. Be mindful of these while striking the deal.

Corporate bowling party offers an exciting platform for socializing, thus encouraging group interaction and better bonding among employees of different levels and departments. To get started call us at 416-695-2695 or book instantly online here.

Keep your kids busy this summer

 

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Summer’s here and the kids are gonna be running amok taking over your life. You are going to be run ragged between summer classes, swimming at the community center, play dates and parks. A fun easy way to keep your kids busy this summer, that also entertains you, is bowling parties. Kids absolutely love to go bowling. All of the bright colors, neon lights, fun munchies, and the giant balls make for one really special day for a child.

Take them to bowling centres

When it is your chance to host a play date for your children and their friends, instead of doing it at home and worrying about all the details that go into planning for one, do it at a bowling centre. A party at home would mean providing an array of food appropriate for both parents and children, taking into account the children’s varying tastes and sensitivities. It will mean setting up and making available a range of fun activities to keep their attentions, and then supervising as all of these games are played. Finally, and most painful is the after-party mess. To avoid the dreaded after effects of large groups of children romping around your backyard spilling paint and mustard, move the festivities to a bowling center, and let them take care of the tedious details.

Children of all ages enjoy bowling. Even a two year old loves picking up the giant ball in his arms and dropping it on the lane, watching it roll slowly away making an invigorating core-shaking sound. Older kids can pretty much take care of themselves at bowling alleys being able to track their own scores and conduct their own games. The best part about having parties there is that parents can also play and end up having a good time, instead of simply running around trying to round up and entertain their children.

Food is the easiest aspect to take care of at such a party. The bowling centre will have a menu you can choose from, which include lots of children-friendly snack and drinks. You can pick a set menu, or go through the menu and order a la carte depending on the number of children or adults are attending. Pick loads of easy finger foods, or things children can grab and run such as pizzas. There are also plenty of food choices for adults. The event is therefore completely pre-catered, as well as pre-decorated, because after all what is more vibrant than a bowling centre?

If you end up with a handful of children and the long summer hours seem to stretch with endless feeding, bawling and boredom, turn those hours into fun and festivities at a bowling center. A bowling party is a great way to get all the neighborhood kids together and in a productive and fun environment. Invite the parents to come bowling as well, and you will be much celebrated in the neighborhood as the parents who gave them all a break from summer routines. This is one more way to keep your kids busy this summer!

 

Teach your kids how to build teamwork

 

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A bowling center is more than just bright colors, UV lights and giant balls hurled towards a set of pins waiting to be knocked down. It is also an opportunity to learn how to build teamwork and true sportsmanship, and it is oodles of fun. A great way to let your children discover for themselves the discipline that a sport can bring into their lives, and the ability to go through life with a team spirit is to take them bowling. It is a fun activity that all children enjoy, an adventure that they are all ready to participate in, and also an experience they will learn from. Joining a local bowling league will prepare children to face the challenges of life with a positive attitude.

Preparing for the game

The first part of bowling is to prepare for the game. The right uniform is essential in a good pair of bowling shoes that are comfortable and sturdy. Clothing that allows mobility and is still casual should be worn during the game. And the right ball should be selected according to thumb size and a manageable weight, individualized for each player. After selecting the right equipment, a team is formed and competes against another team.

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This is an opportunity to instill a spirit of healthy competition in children. Learning to support their teammates not only through their triumphs, but also through their failures, to applaud the strikes and encourage them through the spares and gutter balls. This will teach children that a supportive and encouraging teammate will make for a much more productive, successful, and fun game that will leave everyone with a sense of well being.  More importantly, not only one’s own teammates but also members of opposing teams should be applauded for their wins. At the end of the game children, whether on the winning team or losing, will have had fun and will understand the concept of playing the game for the sake of the game itself.

Learn bowling techniques

Another aspect of sportsmanship that will be imbibed in the young through the experience of playing a fun sport such as bowling is strategizing. If they are instructed in the nuances of bowling, and how to adjust their stance and technique to see improved results, they will remember these lessons and learn to apply them in life as well. The ability to focus, and an awareness of the body as one gets ready to let go of the ball arises from the experience. Learning bowling techniques is a fun way to learn that in life, as in a game, knowledge enhances the experience of and effectiveness of whatever endeavors they may embark upon.

When you take your kids bowling, rest assured that this is not time wasted. Let them spend their time having fun while they learn by joining the local bowling leagues in Mississauga, which will be a productive experience teaching them teambuilding skills which will continue to help them throughout their lives.

How to make Organizing your Kid’s Birthday Party Stress Free

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Throwing a party for children is surprisingly complex. For an adult party you have to get a few things right such as food, décor, music, and ambience, and the adults will entertain themselves – converse, dance and so forth. The level of detail and planning that goes into a children’s party is akin to science. An age-appropriate theme, a theme-appropriate meal, spacious venue, several forms of sufficiently attention-holding entertainment, party favors, enough adult supervision to ensure safety, separate food for the adults… the list just goes on. Often the party will end up being creative and great fun for everyone, except of course the people throwing a party.

Have a bowling party for kids

If you want to have a party for your child that takes care of all of the above in one fell swoop, and allows you the chance to have fun as well, have a bowling party for kids.  Adults don’t think of bowling as something really small children will enjoy, but even three-year olds love bowling alleys. They get to roll these giant brightly colored balls and hear them rumble down the lanes, what can be more fun?

A bowling party is appropriate for children of most ages, and is easily done. The venue is taken care of. It’s an automatic theme. The alley provides food appropriate for children and their parents. Parents can also play so that takes care of adults having fun and supervising as well.

Most bowling alleys have birthday party package deals according to the size of the party. These are a great option because they are customizable. You can choose what you want included in the package and adjust according to your budget – the options will usually include food, drink, decorations, utensils, balloons, cake, a personalized banner, and so forth.

Additionally you can supplement with the plethora of easily available and affordable bowling-related paraphernalia that can personalize the party, and work well as party favors. The following can be found at any party store or online:

  1. A bowling pin shaped piñata can be stuffed with candy;
  2. Bowling print paper plates, cups and napkins can be used to serve the food;
  3. Mini plastic bowling sets, or personalized bowling pin shaped sipper bottles can be given as party favors;
  4. A bowling pin or ball shaped cake could be the icing on the party, or if you do not go with a designer cake bowling pin shaped candles can jazz up a regular cake as well.

Before picking a bowling alley find out if they already have some experience with bowling parties for kids. This means that they will not only be well-equipped with kid-sized bowling shoes and balls, their staff will also be aware of the safety measures required around children. After all, a primary reason of having a bowling party is that someone else can take care of the stuff you would have to take care of at home, and checking to make sure they know what they are doing will ensure you can ave fun as well.

The incredibly high fun factor, affordability, and ease with which a bowling party for kids can be had, make it a no-brainer for children of all ages. After all: giant bright balls, glow lights, rumbling, and tumbling of pins; what’s not to love?

 

Things You Need to Know Before Joining a Bowling League

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Joining a bowling league is a sure-fire way of having fun with friends while making many new friends. It is an exciting activity which will not cost you much. However, to fully enjoy the game, there are a few things you need to know before joining the league. Knowing these things will keep you from committing some mistakes which might diminish the fun.

Know the type of league you are joining.

You need to understand that there are different types of leagues being offered in different bowling alleys. There are usually two league types—senior league and mixed league. Occasionally, special leagues may also be offered during certain times of the year. Before joining a bowling league, check to see what age group it caters to and then enlist for the right one for you.

Consider your availability.

Different bowling leagues are played at different times. Generally, senior leagues are scheduled during the day as most of the members are retirees and are thus free during daytime. Mixed leagues, on the other hand, are usually played out at night to accommodate the younger ones who are mostly working during the day. Therefore, you need to consider your own availability before choosing a bowling league.

Check your budget.

Different bowling alleys charge differently, so better ask around for prices. In considering the price differences, you also need to take note of the other facilities and amenities that may be offered in different bowling alleys. Usually, bowling alleys charge either on a weekly or monthly basis. The number of days per week that the match will be played out will also be taken into account, with 3 to 4 days a week as the usual standard. Generally, too, senior leagues cost more than mixed leagues.

Consider the bowling team you will be joining.

You need to understand that in a senior league, 4 to 5 members make up a team while in a mixed league, there are only 3 to 4 members in a team. This point is important if, for example, you want your group of 5 friends to make up a single team. On the other hand, if you do not have a team, you can join any bowling alley as most alleys randomly create teams according to the number of registrants.

Take into account the facilities and special offers.

The price differences between bowling alleys can be explained by the differences in the facilities and other privileges that each offers. One bowling alley, for instance, may be offering free shoe rents while the other may provide snacks. The best thing to do would be to try out different alleys and see what features you are willing to pay for and what features you can pass up.

Choose the right environment.

You need to choose a bowling alley which you find comfortable and relaxing to play in. Some high-priced bowling alleys, for example, may have too many lights which may be attractive alright, but will only get in the way of your playing. Only you can know the best bowling alley for you so better try some before settling on one.

These are only a few of the things you need to consider before joining a bowling league. And remember to always have FUN!

Top 5 Places for Kids Parties

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If you are a parent who is looking to become the best dad or mom ever, then you need to regularly organize parties for your kid. This allows your kids to have a good time with their friends and also make new friends. A great party makes your kid look good. There are several occasion that demand a celebration and one of them is birthdays.

Here are a list of the top 5 places for kids parties especially birthdays!

Pizza Place

What is a party if not for great food? Pizza is one of those food types which are loved by adults and children alike. If you are considering pleasing the children and also their parents, having a party at the local pizza joint is an excellent idea. You have music, hot food, and lots of place to sit for adults and play area. Everybody is bound to have fun at these pizza centres.

Bowling Centre

If you are thinking of focussing on games for the upcoming birthday, then there is no better way than to host it at a bowling centre. Bowling birthday party is the best as children love bowling. Bowling is easy to learn, rules can be quietly relaxed and is a group activity. One suggestion we can give is that you could organize an impromptu bowling tournament and have all the kids participate. You could even order a winning trophy to be built for the occasion and the winning kid receive the cup, just like in the league tournaments.

Ice-cream Parlour

If pizza is not something you are comfortable, especially if you worried about all the cheese, then ice cream parlours makes for a good choice. While adults may not really enjoy ice cream for several reasons, there is not a single kid who does not enjoy a cup of vanilla and another of strawberry cones in both of his hands. Just like pizza place, the local ice cream parlours can make special arrangements to accommodate birthdays.

Burger Joint

If you are hosting a party just for your child and with other family friends in a low key fashion, then it would be wiser to hit the local burger joint on the special day. You could have a nice and quiet time, giving the birthday gift, taking some photos and may be a fun video to share with friends later.

Home

If you have a living room with lots of space, then it makes good sense and also economically beneficial to have the party hosted right at your home. You could prepare delicious snacks and dishes at your home or you could order a takeout. You could actually order pizza and ice cream and combine the best of both worlds. Do not forget to have party games such as twister as well as board games like the game of life to liven up the evening.

Birthday parties will always be about having fun, exchanging gifts and so on. Depending on the budget and time you have, you could make it as grand and fun as you want. Hopefully, some of the ideas we have shared with you will come in handy for your child’s next birthday.

 

Two Sure-Fire Ways to Beat the Blues with Bowling

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If you’re down with the winter blues, stressed out at work or just need a break, bowling might just be the thing for you. You might think, “Bowling…really?” Yes, bowling – really! Rolling a ball at 10 pins and knocking them down might seem funny (or even nerdy to you) but you can’t really deny its ability to make you laugh, can you? Young or old, bowling is a sure-fire entertainer for everyone.

If you’re looking for cheap bowling in or around the Mississauga area, then Planet Bowl is the place to go. The best part of bowling at Planet Bowl is that it’s NOT just bowling. Prepare to be surrounded by the full experience here – loud music, delicious food and daily deals to put money back in your pocket. Here are two sure-fire ways to beat the blues with bowling.

Sure Fire ways to Beat the Blues with Bowling

  1. Cheap Bowling Makes the Sport Affordable: Let’s face it – work can get pretty hectic and like the majority of us, you too are looking forward to having some fun on the weekends. Most places, like amusement parks are packed on Saturday and Sunday. If crowds are not your thing then head over to your local bowling alley. Bowling is a hugely popular sport today. Why? Well, mainly because it’s so universal. With a low learning curve anyone can practice, learn and excel at bowling. Plus, compared to other sports, it’s affordable.Many bowling alleys like Planet Bowl offer cheap bowling discounts to give you the best value for your dollar. Also, what other sport allows you to eat and play at the same time?! However, calling bowling just an ‘entertainment’ sport is not doing it justice. There are a huge number of people who love the sport and play in bowling leagues on both a national and international level.
  2. Join a Bowling League of our Own: If you’re looking to join one or more bowling leagues in Mississauga, contact Planet Bowl and they’ll support you with the information you need to get started. Playing in one of the bowling leagues in Mississauga can be a lot more fun if you’ve got your own bowling team. Usually bowling leagues in Mississauga or anywhere else consist of 4 members.You can plan to meet once or twice a week, practice together and develop an action plan or work on strategies. Plus if you’ve been feeling down lately this is a great way to get out, forget your worries and just have a good time. Play for fun or join a league – Either way you’re sure to raise your spirits and have a good time.

When life gets too busy or you find you’re not getting any time to yourself joining one of the bowling leagues in Mississauga will allow you to spend quality time with friends, loved ones or even make new friends. If you’d like to start slow, with Planet Bowl’s cheap bowling on the weekdays you can plan to get together with your friends any night of the week and save some money which will put a smile on your face.

Don’t let yourself get bogged down and depressed when life hits you in the face. Empower yourself to get out with friends or join a bowling league to beat those blues. With Planet Bowl’s cheap bowling rates you can’t go wrong.

Bowling birthday parties – a sure hit for any occasion!

Bowling birthday parties are not just fun for kids. They’re fun for the whole family, great to socialize with friends, build camaraderie at a sports team event or foster team building at corporate gatherings.

Bowling Birthday Parties – Make Your Kid’s Day.

Let’s face it – Kids have a lot of energy, and what better way to drive that energy than by going bowling? Bowling birthday parties for kids are a great idea. You can plan out your kid’s party by sending out bowling party themed birthday invitations. Telling your child you’re going bowling and having your child’s friends shouting “surprise!” at the alley is a great way to make bowling birthday parties fun – by making them a surprise! 

Bowling Birthday Parties – Fun for the Entire Family!

Bowling Birthday Parties whether for a child or an adult, are good fun for the whole family. You can make separate reservations; regular lanes for adults and lanes with bumpers for kids so that young kids don’t feel left out. This ensures that the competitive nature of the game is maintained and everyone has a good time, regardless of age. Most bowling alleys have snacks and drinks with birthday packages, and you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy pizza!

Bowling Birthday Parties – An Awesome Friends Night Out.

If you’re thinking of having a birthday bash for your friends or you and a group of friends want to throw another friend a birthday party – a bowling birthday party is a great idea to socialize and is the perfect mix of fun, entertainment and food on a budget. Are you in the mood for late night bowling? Cosmic or glow-in-the-dark bowling can make for an awesome birthday party ambience. Organizing a bowling themed birthday cake would be the ultimate way to end the night.

Bowling Birthday Parties – Corporate Gatherings, Sports Team Events and more…

Are you part of a bowling league? Does someone in your sports team have a birthday coming up? Bowling birthday parties are a great way to celebrate with co-workers and sports team members. Bowling is a great way to unwind and let go of work stress. If a co-worker has a birthday, pool in with your colleagues and throw them a party. It’ll be a party they’ll never forget! This also gives you all a chance to connect outside of work and have fun together. If you’re part of a sports team, hosting your birthday party at a bowling alley is the perfect setting for the party to be fun and entertaining because of the competition your group is used to already. It’s also great for building stronger connections between team members, helping to create a stronger team.

You might have thought that bowling birthday parties are just for fun and entertainment. In reality, bowling is a lot more than that! It brings family members of all ages together, helps friends socialize, and encourages team building between co-workers and team members. The next time you need to host a birthday party, think bowling birthday parties!

Book your bowling birthday party today!

3 kids bowling ideas that will get your child excited

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Are you looking to encourage your child to pick up a bowling ball? If you want to expose your child to the world of bowling there are several things you can do to make kids bowling fun and spark a genuine enthusiasm for the sport in your child.

Bowling alleys are a great place for holding kids birthday parties, gathering kids for team building activities, hosting group events and are an excellent way for kids to get social and have fun at the same time.

A few ways to encourage kids to bowl include hosting a kids bowling party, getting them some cool bowling apparel and gear, trying different bowling techniques, or using bumpers to help them get started and slowly build confidence.

Here Are Top 3 Kids Bowling Ideas That Will Keep Kids Coming Back For More:

Kids Bowling Idea #1 – Kids Bowling Parties

Almost all bowling alleys have special kids’ birthday party packages. If your child’s birthday is around the corner there’s no better way to introduce them to the sport than to throw a kids bowling party. This is also a great way for your child to get social in a gathering of other kids.

At Planet Bowl we are the local bowling alley of choice for the Etobicoke, Mississauga and Brampton area. We offer awesome kids birthday party packages that include an hour of bowling, an hour in the party room, pizza, popcorn and soft drink, party invitations and free shoe rentals.

Just bring your own cake and enjoy the kids bowling party!

Kids Bowling Idea #2 – Kids Bowling Gear

There’s nothing more boring to kids than doing the same thing over and over again. To keep kids bowling a never-ending fun activity, take out your creative hat and your wallet. Buying kids their own personal bowling ball will make them feel special. You can even get branded kids bowling apparel, bowling shoes and bowling gear from all of their favorite branded characters, like Disney for example.

Kids Bowling Idea #3 – Kids Bowling Teams

If your child has a group of school friends and you know their parents, strike up a conversation with them asking how open they’d be to a kids bowling league. You might be surprised at other parents’ enthusiasm. Explain how bowling is a great team building activity and will help build their child’s social skills. If you live in the Mississauga area, head down to Planet Bowl and ask about our kids bowling league packages today.

Remember the most important part about kids bowling is to have fun! Take your family out for an evening of cosmic, glow-in-the-dark bowling to give your children a different kind of kids bowling experience. Get in the “bumper” lanes with your kids.

The easiest way to make sure they’re having an awesome experience and ‘a ball of a time’ is to join in the fun yourself!

Looking for Things for Kids to do in Mississauga? You’re in the right place!

Things for kids to do in Mississauga


If you have kids and are searching for things for kids to do in Mississauga, you’re probably like most other parents out there looking for fun activities to do not too far from home. Well, let me tell you, if you are live in the Mississauga area in Ontario, Canada, it’s a great place to be. With numerous malls and great dining attractions at easy driving distances this city offers a lot for both locals and tourists with children.

Things for Kids to Do In Mississauga for Both Travelers and Locals:

If you’re traveling with kids you’re probably looking for things for kids to do in Mississauga, even if it’s just an evening out.

Mississauga is located just west of Toronto and Toronto’s major international airport, Pearson International Airport, falls within Mississauga city limits, making Mississauga a top city choice for travelers to book hotels. This is especially true if you’ve flown down to see the incredible Niagara Falls with your kids. Niagara Falls is just 105 kilometres from Mississauga and takes approximately 1.5 hours to get there by car.

If you live in Mississauga and you found this post while searching for things for kids to do in Mississauga you’re probably aware of some local attractions but there might be some places you might have overlooked that we cover here. Kids love action and games! Be sure to check out the Playdium, just north of Square One mall. It houses everything from arcade games to mini-golf to go-carting and more!

For a fine shopping experience look no further than Square One mall which offers shopping stores of all the major brands including eclectic stores you might not find elsewhere. Fine dining is also nearby with North American classic restaurants like Jack Astors, Moxie’s Classic Grill and Fazoolis.

If you have a full day to spend a MUST attraction is the African Lion Safari, where you can roam and see wildlife – this is however a 65 km drive west of Mississauga. Another fun attraction is Canada’s Wonderland, a large scale amusement park with over 200 attractions, thundering roller coasters, thrill rides and a water park.

How about playing golf? On way from Mississauga Skate Park you will find Bathgate Andy’s mini golf. It is a perfect solution for parents who have teenage kids and smaller kids. You can take your kids to this mini golf course and introduce them to the world of golf. If they already know how to play, they will surely enjoy this small course.

Yet another exciting thing that you can do with your kids is to take them Erindale Park, Mississauga. The Credit River flows through it which is inhabited by wild trout and salmon. You can see several fishermen fishing. Follow the river upstream and you can see how it is beautifully lined up with boulders that are overlooking deep waters. Downstream is shallow where the river flows over the rock bed. It is a lovely trail that goes on for about an hour.

If you want to take your kids out to admire nature you can take them to Rattray Marsh, which is located between Mississauga and Oakville. There are many view points that attract the young kids. It will take you about half an hour to stroll along the walkway that borders the marsh. This place is inhabited by many birds, so make sure that you stop your kids from time to time and make them watch birds or listen to them.

If you are hungry, how about resting and eating at Chuck E. Cheese. This is a nicely staffed family restaurant that also showcases free-of-charge shows and several games which even adults can enjoy.

If you’ve exhausted most of the major activity places in Mississauga one place your kids won’t get tired of going again and again is Planet Bowl. Located in Etobicoke, Planet Bowl offers a fun bowling experience for the whole family. Featuring a modern facility and a full-size kitchen you and your kids can eat and bowl at the same time!

Plus Planet Bowl does not offer just regular 10-pin bowling. Ask about their cosmic bowling nights – a high entertainment glow in the dark bowling experience that the kids are sure to enjoy.

The next time you’re looking for things for kids to do in Mississauga head over to Planet Bowl and you’re in for a real treat.