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Teens enjoying cosmic bowling at Manteca Bowl & Family Fun Center.


POSTED June 2, 2012 2:12 a.m.

Kimberly Brutus was thrilled Thursday to open with a strike at the Manteca Bowl and Family Fun Center.

She was one of a bus-load of students from Tracy Unified’s Wanda Hirsch Elementary School at the year-end outing.

“That was exciting,” said the fourth-grade student after celebrating the bowling feat with two of her classmates.

But the excitement didn’t stop there. Moments later, the bowling alley lights dimmed to make way for Cosmic Bowl, which is glow-in-the-dark bowling rocking with music to make for a nightclub-type atmosphere.

 Some of the youngsters greeted Cosmic Bowl with the excitement similar to that of the opening set of a live concert.

Cosmic Bowl – offered Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from midnight to 2 p.m., and Saturdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. – is one of the ways that attracts young bowlers to the game, according to Charlotte Black. She’s worked at the Manteca Bowl for 52 years.

Over the years, Black has noticed a decline in some of the bowling leagues.

“It used to be that people bowled in four or five leagues,” she said. “People still bowl, but perhaps not as much.”

Youngsters represent the future of the sport.

“There are college scholarships out there for those in the junior bowling leagues,” said Black.

For those looking to swing away at strikes, the Manteca Bowl and Family Fun Center is one-of-a-kind facility with outdoor batting cages.

Billiards is available inside Rookies Bar and Grill, where patrons can play a game of eight ball or nine ball on any of the six pool tables. Music, darts, karaoke, and several flat screens and projection units tuned into sports are also offered inside this bowling alley pub.

In addition, the Strike Zone arcade is one of the largest of its kind in the Central Valley, with millions of tickets each year being exchanged for a variety of prizes.



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