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Stars and Strikes is kiddie catnip

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Bowling balls are ready for action at Stars and Strikes


Canoe Kids

By Melissa Lowrie
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Stars and Strikes is a no-brainer. Bowling, laser tag, arcade games, bumper cars and junk food ... what more could a kid want?

An assault on adult senses but kiddie catnip—there is plenty to keep kids of all ages occupied for hours.

No matter your skill level, bowling is always fun. Rental shoes and brightly colored balls heavy enough to break a toe? Sign me up. My kids (using bowling nicknames FroYo, Tweety and Striker) took about 45 minutes to bowl a game. It was $24.33 for one game for three kids under 12, including shoe rentals. You can also pay by the hour and rates fluctuate during the week.

Next stop, laser tag. The kids strap on a vest and grab a gun while the attendant gives a brief tutorial how to make the gun shoot in “automatic” mode. $19.50 for three kids bought two five-minute games in the laser maze. They came out sweaty and happy, so it counts as a winner.

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  Pockets full of quarters are a thing of the past; cash for games now goes on cards.

To play the video games, the moneyman (or money-mom) can load as much cash on a card as needed ... and more can be added when the kids blow through the first round.

Old standards like skee-ball share space with new games like Fruit Ninja and Pac-Man Battle Royale. In this updated version, up to four players compete together on a big screen. Tickets are accumulated for prizes, so reserve time before you leave for difficult decisions like which tiny plastic toy or sucker a kid will trade for 100 tickets.

Bumper cars are $5 per session. Unlike the state fair bumper cars of my youth, the kids enjoyed the larger (and much improved) cars.

Stars and Strikes has four locations in North Georgia: Cumming, Dallas, Dacula and Stone Mountain. Known for birthday parties, on any weekend, they generally do a brisk business. Guests can reserve lanes online or by phone.

Standard food is available, including pizza and other snacks. There is also a full bar in the bowling alley area with wait service in the evenings.

Built like a Vegas casino with no natural light and no clocks, your tab can be hefty if you’re not careful. All the fun adds up in a hurry, so be sure to set a limit. My kids have visited Stars and Strikes on several occasions and still enjoy it. I must be getting old, because I always walk in and think, it’s so loud in here ... but I digress.

Enjoy this outing on a chilly day over Thanksgiving break when there’s nothing better to do outside. Wherever you end up, have a great time and enjoy fall with your Canoe Kids.

 

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