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Take a Selfie at Planetbowl and Win Something Awesome!

Taking selfies has become a popular pastime around the world. Selfies give you the chance to show off and share with others about where you are, what you’re doing, and all the fun you’re having. It’s quick, easy and personally rewarding. How would you like to expand the benefits of taking your own picture? You can do just that with the Planetbowl Selfie Contest.

Capture a Moment of Fun and Enjoyment

The first step in winning the selfie contest is to snap a photo of yourself (and your friends if you like) having a great time at Planetbowl. And, that’s easy when there are so many ways to enjoy yourself – bowling that perfect strike, laughing with friends or enjoying a feast in one of our private party rooms.

Come Often and Rack Up the Points

The more you participate in the contest, the better your chances of winning. Here’s how you can build your score:

  • Get 5 points for Checking into Planetbowl on Facebook
  • Get 10 points for posting a photo or video selfie to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #Planetbowl
  • Get 1 bonus point for every friend you tag in your selfie post
  • Enter every week!

Create an Impression with Your Best Selfie

Every week, we’ll be choosing our favourite selfie out of all the photos and videos entered. Not all selfies turn out the way you like, so be sure to keep snapping or recording until you have the shot that really shows why you love Planetbowl. Take several selfies and enter your best! At the end of the month, we’ll select our favourite selfie and award the Planetbowl prize of a free Pizza Party for you and your friends.

Cash In On Planetbowl Prizes

When you win the contest, you’ll be celebrating Planetbowl at a private pizza party with your chosen friends. The party includes:

  • 1 large pizza
  • Large wings
  • 1 pop pitcher
  • 1 hour of bowling
  • Shoe rentals

In addition to the grand prize winner each month, we’ll be selecting a runner-up  to enjoy our facilities. While you’re there, you can take more selfies to enter for the next month! Runners-up get the following:

  • 2 free passes
  • Shoe rentals

Get Ready, Get Set, GO!

Start now to capture every moment of fun at your favourite place for relaxation and fun. After all, where else but Planetbowl can you win a prize for having fun and enjoying the thrill of sharing a selfie that makes your smile? Enter now and enter often. Your pizza party is waiting at the end of the month if you are the lucky winner.

 

Have Your Corporate Holiday Party or Event at Planet Bowl

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Have you ever been to a company party where everyone struggles to make polite conversation? It’s a pretty common occurrence when your company chooses to have the party in a venue where there is nothing to do but talk. Have your corporate holiday party or event at Planet Bowl. We have several party rooms you can use and engage in the fun activity of bowling. Here are some tips for making it happen.

  1. Choose a Date

Our party rooms fill up fast for the holiday season, so set your date as early as possible. You’ll want to make sure key members of your staff as well as lower-level employees can be on hand for your event. Letting them know when to come well in advance of the date can ensure a higher turnout and a more relaxed party atmosphere.

  1. Determine Projected Attendance

Many companies make holiday party attendance mandatory. If you do, you should already know how many people are coming. If not, send out invitations and make it clear you expect employees and other guests to RSVP. Since not everyone who attends may decide to bowl, they also need to let you know if they will be bowling.

  1. Decide How Long to Bowl

Your fee for bowling will be determined by two things: the number of people that participate and the length of time your group spends bowling. The cost is per lane per hour. You may need to choose the length of bowling time based on your budget, especially if it is a tight one.

  1. Remember Bowling Shoes

To eliminate cost for your employees, plan to pay for their bowling shoe rentals. Remember that people who bowl often in their off-work hours might already have shoes. Again, you can find this out by mentioning it in the invitation.

  1. Rent a Party Room

Planet Bowl has several group party rooms you can use. Simply go to our website and choose the number in attendance. We will schedule the room for you and confirm your date and time during our working hours. Or, you can call us or come into Planet Bowl to secure your spot on our calendar.

  1. Plan Refreshments

Since we have a complete, full-sized kitchen, you can easily bring in food for your party. You can even heat up snacks or meals. You can provide hot or cold beverages to your guests and serve their food in the party room.

  1. Decorate

What is a holiday party without festive decorations? Set the scene however you like, with streamers, centerpieces or by hanging a few decorations on the walls. As long as you avoid damaging anything in the room, you are good to go! Remember to take your decorations with you after the party.

  1. Let the Fun Begin!

Make sure key members of management get to the bowling center on time so you all can greet your guests when they arrive. Aim for a friendly evening without the need to dwell on work responsibilities. Encourage your employees to relax and enjoy their time as they socialize and engage in the fun activity of bowling.

Increase Your Bowling Skills with These 10 Practice Drills

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Bowling improvement doesn’t happen magically. Experience helps, but repeated mistakes can lead to bad habits. You get better by teaching your body how to handle the ball. Increase your bowling skills with these 10 practice drills to develop your capabilities in the right ways. Do any drill ten times during a bowling practice session for maximum effectiveness.

Athletic Approach Drill

Focus on your athletic posture during your approach. Don’t stand too straight. Instead flex your knees slightly. Concentrate on keeping your head upright and still, especially while releasing the ball. This helps you keep your upper body movements steady.

Footwork Timing Drill

Practice a 4- or 5- step approach. Pay attention to pacing your footsteps consistently. Count slowly during the approach to allow one second per step. Be careful to time the last two steps carefully to avoid hurrying on these most crucial steps.

Swing Start Drill

Work on starting your swing correctly. In a 4-step approach, move the ball steadily outward and downward starting before the first step. Be mindful of pacing to avoid rushing your swing. Practice the same free-flowing motion with very little arm tension at the start of the swing every time.

Swing Path Drill

Do swing path drills. Focus sharply on your sighting target and swing the ball both back and forward along a path toward the target. Then, follow through with your hand and elbow behind the ball along the sighting path.

Hold at the Foul Line Drill

For 10 times, focus only on holding your position at the foul line until the ball passes your sighting target. Sticking to this habit helps you achieve a disciplined attitude toward the rest of your form. Also, going for an ending position that is balanced positively affects all the motions you make leading up to this end.

Target Alignment Drill

Practice lining yourself up with the target to improve your accuracy. Place your left foot 5 boards left of your target (if you are a right-handed bowler). Then, hold the ball at the center of your body before you begin your approach. Continue with the swing as usual.

Blind Bowling Drill

When you are bowling normally, you need to look at the target consistently to achieve accuracy. However, you can do practice drills where you close your eyes after you align yourself with your target. Concentrate on maintaining good form rather than aiming at the target for this drill.

Kneeling Drill

Isolate your swing movements by kneeling with your bowling-side knee on the ground. Deliver the ball toward the target using your arm only. This helps you improve your balance and develop a more natural swing.

Spare Drill

Set up a spare. Line up straight with single-pin spares. For multi-pin spares, determine the key pin to line up with and aim at; it is the pin closest to you in the formation. For spares, hold your wrist looser and line up your thumb with the key pin. Release the ball straight and end-over-end.

At-Home Release Balance Drill

Stand in front of a full-length mirror to practice your release. For this one-step drill, follow the same form you would normally follow on the final step of your approach. Focus on maintaining balance, because you can’t deliver the ball to the target accurately, powerfully and consistently if your body isn’t balanced throughout this last step.

 

2015 Pan Am Games – Bowling

The 2015 Pan American Games take place in Toronto this year from July 10th through 26th, and the action is already hot. Bowling in particular is becoming a more respectable and challenging sport since its recent addition to the Games.

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Bringing This Popular Sport to the Next Level

When you think of bowling, what images come to mind? Many people immediately think of fun times with friends, laughing at their mistakes, eating pizza and drinking beer. However, bowling is fast becoming a true athletic pursuit. Bowlers take their games seriously. They practice and compete throughout the year and meticulously prepare for the Pan Am Games.

The Athletes

Look for 28 men and 28 women in the singles bowling events; the doubles include 14 teams for each gender. Athletes hail from the Canadian north to South America’s tip in Argentina and Chile.

The Contenders in Doubles

The top contenders are making their mark on Pan Am Bowling. Top ranked bowlers include:

  • Francois Lavoie and Dan McClelland – Canadian team ranked number one in men’s doubles as of July 22nd.
  • Clara Guerrero and Rocio Restrepo – Columbian team ranked first in women’s doubles as of July 22nd.

What to Expect in the Upcoming Singles

As the men’s and women’s singles games get started, one thing is certain: there is plenty of bowling talent in Toronto right now. US and Canadian bowlers are possibly the best prepared to win the events, mainly because they’ve lived in countries where bowling is a common pastime.

Time and Place

Men’s and women’s doubles bowling events take place on July 22nd at Planet Bowl in Toronto. Finals for doubles are on the 23rd. At the same location, men’s and women’s singles are happening on July 24thwith finals on the 25th. If you have always wanted to see what great bowlers can do, the 2015 Pan Am Games offer you a fantastic experience and a good time.

 

Pan Am Games 2015

Check out these awesome pics from the Pan Am Games 2015 which is happening right now in Toronto. There are 7,000 athletes from North America, Latin and South America as well as the Caribbean. So far the USA has 77 gold medals followed by Canada which has 65, Brazil 32, Cuba and Colombia with 25 gold medals. The Pan Am games will end on July 26, 2015 so you still have 3 more days if you want to witness the games in person. Come and help us cheer for our athletes.

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Open Victoria Day Monday! No quarter special.

Yes it is true! Planet Bowl is open Monday May 18th on regular hours. Price for bowling all day is the holiday rate: $4.25 per person per game, NO QUARTER NIGHT SPECIAL.

HAPPY LONG WEEKEND BOWLERS!

How to Organize an Event Party

There are many important milestones in a person’s life. These become times for people to gather and celebrate, with good food and good company. Now, in order for these celebrations to come to life, someone needs to take charge and take responsibility. This is a difficult and heavy role to take on, which explains why there are many people who would rather not do it. But at the same time, if you develop the skills needed to organize a great event party, this will help to ensure that the people close to you will have truly wonderful celebrations.

Organize an Event Party

Time for Planning

There are many things that need to come together in order to have a good party. This is true whether you are celebrating a birthday, golden anniversary, bridal shower, retirement, graduation and more. One of the most basic and important things to keep in mind is that you need to set aside enough time for planning. Unfortunately, too many people underestimate just how much time is needed to organize an event party. So the planning and execution end up getting rushed, and the party is not as good as it could have been. So try to get the planning started as soon as possible.

People Know what They are Responsible For

Another important thing to do is make sure that people know what they are responsible for. For instance, if you are planning a Thanksgiving party with relatives, you will want to make sure that people know what is expected of them. So make sure this is clear. Which relatives are in charge of the food? Make sure to assign specific types of food to people, so that you can avoid duplication or not having enough of a particular dish. Send these people email, or have an online collaborative space like Trello, so there is a written record of what people are responsible for.

Try to Pair People with what They are Good At

Another tip is to try to pair people with what they are good at. If someone does a mean potato salad, then put him in charge of the potato salad and other fixings. If someone is into arts and crafts, you can have him and similar people in charge of the decorations. Does someone have a good ear for music playlists? Make her the DJ and music person for the event, and so on.

Inject a Story into the Party

Another thing to do to make things more special, is to inject a story into the party. For example, if someone is retiring, then ask people to submit videos of themselves talking about why they appreciate the future retiree so much, or they can share a story about the person. This can be great if there is someone close to the person, who cannot make it to the party for some reason. If you’re celebrating a child’s birthday, you can show a photo slideshow of the kid which highlights the important events and milestones from the last year. These kinds of preparations, with images and video, will help to focus the guests’ attention on the reason behind the celebration. They will also make the future retiree or birthday celebrant feel more special, which is one of the main reasons to have a party in the first place.

Catering a Kid’s Birthday Party

There are people who do catering as a side business, almost as a hobby. Maybe they enjoy cooking and are quite good at it. And then someone asks them to cater a small event, and then they’re hooked. Other people, of course, do catering as a full time business and this can range from a small operation to a much larger business, capable of handling larger events. Whatever the background, whether you’re doing this as a hobby or as a full time business, it’s important to take good care of your customers. And this is particularly important for an event like a kid’s birthday party.

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After all, a child’s birthday party is a very special event. And food plays a major part of the celebration. If the food is yummy, and the kids enjoy themselves, then that will make the party a much smoother and more memorable experience for all. However, if the kids don’t like the food, and especially if the birthday celebrant doesn’t like the food, then that’s going to make the party more disappointing. So there are some important things to keep in mind, for this type of event.

For instance, try to get information from the host regarding the favorite food of the birthday boy or girl. Ideally, they should already give this information to you from the very beginning. But sometimes the parents can get caught up in the preparations, so they forget these important details. Since your job is to make sure that the food works out great, make sure to ask for this key information. Then try to include these favorite foods in your menu.

Also, confirm with the host if you will be in charge of the birthday cake. Make sure that the agreement on this is very clear. Some parents will want you to come up with it. Others will intend to purchase it themselves separately. Find out what the birthday celebrant is into, as well as whether the party has a particular theme. Then work these ideas into the decorations of the cake. This will show your host that you are keeping track of the important details, and that you are making sure to personalize your service. As much as possible, try to get the parents to agree to the design of the cake before you create it. You want to make sure that your vision for how it should look is in harmony with theirs.

Another thing that you should do is prepare your staff for the fact that this is a birthday party for kids. This is particularly important if most of their experience has focused on catering for adults. Having dozens of kids running around and being rowdy at an event is a totally different story, so they should be aware of this and prepare accordingly. You will want to consider whether it is best to use materials and dishes which do not break easily, in case they are dropped. You might want to use tablecloths and other linens which are stain proof as well. The list of adjustments that you will need to make goes on.

Top 10 Tips to Make Your Kid’s Birthday Memorable

A birthday party can be a very important time for a child. It’s an event that’s more or less completely devoted to him or her. People attend the event in order to see your son. Or your daughter knows that the food, decorations and more have been prepared because it’s her special day. This is a big deal because for all the other days of the year, your kid has to compete for attention with the rest of the family members, or other people. But when it’s your kid’s birthday, he or she knows that at least for that one day, your kid will be the focus of attention.

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Since a birthday party is such an important event, it’s important to make it count. When you stop to think about it, you can see that you could technically have the rest of the year to prepare for the event. But you’ll only have one day to execute it. If things go well, then you’ve created something lovely and memorable for your child. But if it isn’t executed properly, then you’ll have to wait for another long year before you can try again. So in line with that, here are ten tips for you to consider, as you try to plan out your kid’s birthday party.

First birthday tip: Delegate what you can.

There will be a lot going on during the hours of the birthday party, and you’re just one person. Even if you want to micromanage the affair, there’s a good chance that you’re not going to be able to supervise everything well. That’s why you should look for things that you can delegate to responsible individuals or groups. So for example, consider whether it would be best to have the party catered. That way, you won’t need to worry about food as much.

Second birthday tip: Be there for your kid.

This goes hand in hand with the first bit of advice. There’s a good chance that your son or daughter will want to be able to have you somewhere nearby, during the party. Also, you’ll want to be able see if your kid is enjoying himself or herself. Don’t spend all your time in the kitchen or your home office.

Third birthday tip: Hire an official photographer if you can.

Or assign a good friend or relative to take pictures. There will be a lot of interesting things happening. You’ll want to make sure that it’s captured for people to appreciate even after the party.

Fourth birthday tip: Find out what kind of food your kid wants.

After all, the day is about him or her. So try to make sure that some of the favorite foods of your kid are on the menu.

Fifth birthday tip: Choose a good theme.

This doesn’t mean that you should go crazy with costumes and decorations. After all, you don’t want to go overboard. But having a consistent and subtle theme, ideally one that is linked to your kid, can help to make the event seem more polished. Check online for ideas for such themes.

Sixth birthday tip: Put the phone down, and encourage others to do the same.

It isn’t enough to be physically present. Make sure that work isn’t capturing all your attention through your phone or tablet. You can also tell your guests that there will be an official photographer, so they don’t feel the need to take pictures with their phones.

Seventh birthday tip: Plan useful party favors for other kids.

You might want to have little loot bags for the other younger ones. This can be a useful and practical thing to do, if you put a few small toys inside. This will give the kids something of their own to play with. So there’s less chance of kids fighting over toys at the party, children squealing or throwing tantrums, or less jealousy over the gifts that your kid gets.

Eighth birthday tip: Choose a good, decorative cake.

Remember that the cake isn’t just for eating. It’s also something decorative to show your child that his or her birthday is special. So make sure that it both tastes and looks the part.

Ninth birthday tip: Invite the right people.

If there is a kid who is a bully or a jerk to other kids, don’t invite him or her. Talk to your child about which friends and relatives he or she would like to invite. At the same time, do invite your own close friends and relatives, as a way of showing them that you want them to share in this part of your life.

Tenth birthday tip: Plan it out well in advance.

You don’t want to be putting out figurative fires, or running around confused on the day of the party. So don’t procrastinate, and don’t leave things until the last second. If you plan it well, you’ll be more relaxed and able to enjoy yourself on the day of the celebration.

A List of Bowling Alleys in Mississauga

If you’re looking for a bowling alley in Mississauga, Canada, then you’re going to have a lot of choices. It’s not so much a question of whether there will be a bowling alley that you can go to. Instead, it’s more a question of what is the best bowling alley for you, given your own preferences? So with that in mind, here are some of the bowling alleys that you might like to consider.

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One place to consider is Planet Bowl. One of the interesting things about this place is that you can go to their website, and you will immediately be given the option to have two free bowling passes. All that is asked of you is to enter an email address. So if you’re interested in free stuff, then this is something that might be worth considering. The place itself is found on Eglinton Avenue West, and the full address can also be found on the website.

Planet Bowl allows you to make bookings for a party, corporate event, or some other gathering. As far as private rooms go, this place has three of them available. The three rooms come in different sizes so you can choose a room depending on how many guests you expect to arrive. You can check the availability of these rooms online, which can be great for planning purposes. Photos of the private rooms, as well as the main hall are available online, so you can see the facilities and amenities for yourself. Finally, there’s a link to the location of Planet Bowl on Google Maps, so getting there shouldn’t be a problem.

Another bowling alley to consider in the area is Lucky Strike in Vaughan. It can be found in the Vaughan Mills Shopping Center, so if you’d also like to do some shopping or window shopping before you go bowling, then this is a place you might want to consider. Aside from the bowling lanes, this place also has a number of billiard tables, which could be useful if you’d like to try playing pool as well. There are large screen televisions in the venue, in case you’d like to also watch sports or something similar, while going bowling. Just like Planet Bowl, Lucky Strike also allows people to do bookings for parties and corporate events. As far as their private events go, guests are ideally asked to make their bookings six to eight weeks in advance.

One other bowling alley to consider is Hopedale Bowl. It’s been around for quite a while, more than half a century to be exact. It can be found in the South Oakville Centre, which used to be known as the Hopedale Mall. The place also has a children’s birthday package. The package includes an hour of bowling as well as the use of bowling shoes, the use of a party room for forty five minutes, as well as snacks for the kids. Packages are also available for parties for adults. They can also provide packages for corporate events.