Which kid doesn't love an old-school game of bowling? Bowling is the perfect family activity when it comes to indoor activities - especially during the rainy season!
Problem is, the traditional bowling alleys tend to suit teenagers and adults more... which is kind of a bummer for families with kids.
But with the opening of the new Orchid Bowl @ SAFRA Punggol, families will have a chance to make it the perfect spot for a bowling good time!
Boasting a total of 24 lanes, Orchid Bowl @ SAFRA Punggol has revolutionised the bowling industry with the widest and most innovative variety of on-lane entertainment. With the installation of a brand new computerised system at SAFRA Punggol, Orchid Bowl is redefining the bowling industry and bowling experience for their customers.
No wonder the monkies were only too eager to get the balls rolling!
And with these family friendly and way-cool aspects, I don't blame them one bit.
To enjoy a game of bowling, one obviously must first be able to lift and throw the bowling ball down the lane. Orchid Bowl @ SAFRA Punggol provides ample 5-pound bowling balls (the blue ones) which 4 and 5 year olds should be able to lift - some kids may require two hands to throw the ball like Ale but at least it's a good start.
Notice the 5 holes on the bowling ball? The usual balls sport only 3 holes but for the 5-pounder, it has 5 holes so that kids will be able to grip the ball more securely... and release it with more power!
Already a feature in some bowling alleys targeted at families, bumpers that run alongside the bowling lanes are a must if you do not wish your child to waste your money by constantly rolling the bowling ball down the drains!
Bumpers can be programmed to spring up when it is the kids' turn to bowl, and fold away during the parents' turn.
Themed and Animated Scoring System
Gone are the days of boring scoring tables that show up on the computer screens. Orchid Bowl @ SAFRA Punggol is the FIRST in Singapore to adopt the QubicaAMF BES X Scoring and Management System.
Erm what's that you ask?
All you need to know is the system provides the wildest - and sometimes, wackiest - variety of one-lane entertainment options for bowlers. It delivers extreme fun for everyone by offering themed games, personalised animation and different game formats.
For starters, families will be able to choose from over 18 different themes with over 1,000 unique animations ranging from fairy tales, halloween, sports and many more. And the result is a unique theme which functions as the scoring system chart shown on the screen, complete with animations to keep the kiddos entertained.
If you want something different from the usual spares and strikes bowling format, try the Adaptive Skill Level Games which offer a shorter duration, simpler scoring calculation AND Score Assist features which give beginner bowlers an edge over experienced ones.
There are also a set of eight classic variations on the traditional bowling game: No Tap, 3-6-9, Odds & Evens, Best Ball, Best Frame, Low Game, Odd Duck and Even Better which bowlers can integrate them right into their match.
Want an even more personalised touch? Bowlers will be able to snap their pictures at the lanes on the new SuperTouch LCD Bowler Console, which features a built-in camera.
The system then merges the photos into the scoring animations, turning bowlers into characters on the screen as they bowl. I have to say the monkies loved this feature!
If you are bowling together with a large group of friends, the new Lane Chatter feature will allow you to char and text with other lanes while bowling! Bowlers will also be able to view their scores in real time, see what lanes your friends are bowling on and their standing at any given moment. Nothing like a little friendly competition to keep things interesting!
Bowling under UV lighting complete with pumping dance music, need I say more?
Admittedly, the usual bowling game consisting of 10 frames may seem to be a little too long for kids, especially for the younger ones.
Kids being kids, they have shorter attention span so having them last through 10 frames of bowling - while waiting to taking turns to bowl may cause a bowling game to feel draggy after the initial novelty wears off.
The entertainment system at Orchid Bowl @ SAFRA Punggol offers a collection of 4 games which the monkies deemed it as the BEST feature of the lot! The 4 games allowed them to bowl in a way that is easier to understand, faster to finish and uniquely aligned to their taste.
Much like this 'Battle of the Lanes', where bowlers will be split into 2 teams and the goal is to bring down the opposing team's castle by knocking down the most number of bowling pins.
'Bowling Hood' saw the monkies attempting to hit the bulls-eye with the bowling ball.
But perhaps the most fun of the lot (which we ended up playing more than once!) was 'Monster Factory'.
Depending on the number of bowling pins we downed, a certain body part will be added to our Monsters. There are a total of 4 body parts and 1 pet to customise our own Monster and it was a hilarious affair!
'Character Factory' works similarly as 'Monster Factory', only this time we had to bowl to choose the type of clothes for our characters.
And as you can see, some of the end results were pretty laughter-inducing.
The fantastic thing about these MAD Games is they have shorter game formats - each person only needs to throw the bowling ball once per turn (as compared to twice per frame in a normal bowling game) which results in a much faster bowling pace, and the monkies did not feel bored one bit! Another plus point is it allows kids to bowl in a way that is easier to understand, and definitely more fun to do so as well.
With so many fun games that deviate from the normal bowling games, it is apt that Orchid Bowl @ SAFRA Punggol will be the first outlet in Singapore to completely charge their games on an hourly basis.
What this means is families and friends will be able to bowl as many games as possible within the 1-hour time slot - which essentially translates to MORE fun as they will be able to try out as many game variations!
So the next time if you are looking for a great indoor activity that the family can participate together, Orchid Bowl @ SAFRA Punggol makes for a great prime spot for families to play a few frames and duke it out in some friendly competition.
Orchid Bowl @ SAFRA Punggol
9 Sentul Crescent, #05-03, Singapore 828654
Operating Hours: Sun - Thurs & PHs 10am - 1am | Fri, Sat & Eve of PHs 10am - 3am