You can't golf yet (unless you're hardcore and in that case, you never stopped), the parks are snow-covered and icy, taking a walk outside lasts all of a minute before you can't feel your face, and the kids are feeling pent up with cabin fever. What's something you can do that's affordable and fun for everyone?

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GO BOWLING! Bowling is a blast for the whole family and many of the bowling centers also have arcades, pool tables, and other activities if you've got a picky one who keeps saying, "Bowling's stupid. It's not cool... I have a rep to protect. I can't be seen with big balls, I'll never hear the end of it at school!" (insert disgusted face here)

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Image by IIIBlackhartIII from Pixabay
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Yep, that's him...

So, just roll your eyes at them and tell them to get in the car.

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Image by Robin Higgins from Pixabay
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There are many places you can bowl in the corridor! Cedar Rapids, alone, has three bowling centers! Pick one based on your needs to keep the family happy, and go!

Lancer Lanes (3203 6th St SW, Cedar Rapids) has had a facelift and has updated many things to keep you happy. Updated menu with amazing food, a revamped bar for the adults to add to their fun, and state-of-the-art bowling! Lancer Lanes has been a popular family fun place for years and is committed to keeping that tradition!

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May City Bowl is another facility to help the Winter blues with the family. May City offers specials as well "Glow Bowling" every Saturday night, where the lights go low and the new lighting effects treat everyone to an even more memorable experience!

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Cedar Rapids Bowling Center (265 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids) has been a staple since 1976 and is still family-owned! They're happy to have you on open bowling or even help you plan and stage a party with them! Want to start a league with friends or family? Not a problem! CRBC can show you everything you need to do that, and instruct you along to the way to make it a success! As members of the BPAA (Bowling Proprietors Associations of America) and the Iowa Bowling Proprietors Association, you can trust that they KNOW bowling and the business behind it.

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If you're in the Cedar Valley, there is no shortage of family bowling centers to choose from there either!

Cadillac XBC (650 La Porte Rd, Waterloo) is where XBC means Xtreme Bowling Center! A hub of bowling in Waterloo, they are busy all the time! Monday through Friday, they open at 4p, but you can expect an awesome time when you're ready to knock down some pins! Weekends are available for birthday parties, family bowling, or maybe you just want to have some fun in the arcade. Here's where it can get really interesting. Laser tag and even Virtual Reality equipment can heighten the experience or offer that alternative to bowling that your "ultra-cool" kid wants to do.

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Maple Lanes and Kingpin Social were out of commission for quite a while after a fire damaged the building and equipment, but they weren't deterred... They are BACK and even better than before! All-new, state-of-the-art bowling equipment, throughout, and a brand new bar and club with a new menu! Kingpin was always known for great food, but now, if you're looking for something different than the same-old restaurants that you've been to a thousand times, come here for a great experience for the whole family! A new menu with old favorites, as well as new items, all mouth-wateringly good! Brand new Kingpin Cocktails, many craft beer choices, and all the spirits you can think of, and more you haven't! PLUS - Duck Pin Bowling! What is it? You need to check them out to see how much fun it is, for yourself!

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