Sunday, 10 July 2016

Roxy Lanes Leeds Family Bowling Fun

Thinking of new things to do each weekend can be a drag - but lately it's just been one blogger event after another, which is fine by me. This weekend it was the turn of Roxy Lanes to throw a big blogger bash, and we were lucky enough to be invited for some bowling fun! The idea of something to do in Leeds that is actually very family friendly is very appealing to me - there are only so many times you can look at weapons in the Armouries and stuffed tigers in the Leeds City Museum, sometimes only bowling will do! This particular weekend, my husband is away with work for a few days, so it would be the very first time that I had taken all three children into Leeds alone. I had a plan of action for what time we would set off, where we would park and exactly how I was going to get there - and for once I was actually mega organised and we were only ten minutes late - it was pouring with rain so I am blaming the weather for getting in the way.

The staff at Roxy Lanes in Leeds are brilliant and very clued up when it comes to dealing with kids. Not only was it my first outing into Leeds alone with the three kids, but also the first time we've visited a normal place since we got a diagnosis of Autism for the oldest - so loud noises, bright lights and music were always going to be challenging. But the staff were great with him and that always makes a big difference. After being served some lovely drinks and sorting our shoes out, we set to the challenge of bowling - not easy with a screaming child in a pushchair and a child with Autism - plus a five year old who isn't quite sure which lane to bowl down each time. But anyway, we had fun, and the bloggers around us all seemed very understanding, which was blessed relief to me.


Although there aren't many lanes at Roxy Leeds, in my opinion that's a good thing when you go with kids - it means that you don't need to worry about your child wandering off as it's very easy to keep an eye out. There are lane guides and a rail to send the ball sailing down if they aren't strong enough to throw - and there is even a cool sparkly/disco ball! Woohoo!


After the bowling, the guys at Roxy Lane came up trumps again with a colouring competition to give the parents a breather whilst we waited for the food. Full working felt tips and a nice age appropriate picture to colour whilst we had a breather.


Here you can see the kids menu - which was spot on - basically everything that kids like to eat - pizza, burgers, chips, dough balls - bonza! Sadly I didn't get any photos of lunch as I was too busy dealing with three children at that time and pizza! It would have been nice if perhaps Roxy could get a couple of highchairs as it was quite tricky eating whilst holding a hyperactive 1 year old... However there are baby changing facilities and a lift up and down to enable pushchairs and wheelchairs to enter.

Roxy Juniors is a special "club" that takes place weekdays 3 - 6pm and Saturday 10am - 3pm and is £10 each for pizza, unlimited soft drinks and a game of bowling. Roxy Lanes also hold kids parties and it's well worth a thought as it's always nice to "contain" kids in a small area when there are many of them!

The day finished with some fun games and a cupcake for everyone - which were well received by all - especially baby girl.

Cupcake heaven

We were invited to Roxy Lanes Leeds to take part in a blogger day but all thoughts are my own.

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