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Fun Spot. Courtesy photo.




Highly amused
Indoor fun for everyone

11/03/16
By Ryan Lessard news@hippopress.com



 For endlessly entertaining get-up-and-move-around indoor amusement, New Hampshire has a variety of options, from a multi-level laser tag arena to the largest arcade in the world. You can also spend cold and dreary days at one of the state’s many bowling alleys. 

 
Boutwell’s Bowling
152 N. State St., Concord, 224-0941, boutwellsbowl.com
What it is: A candlepin bowling center with a lounge that opens during league play.
Coolest attraction: Manager Don Weatherbee said the coolest attraction is the glow bowling every Saturday from 6 to 11 p.m. He said the place has “black lights, music, fog, strobe lights, a couple of lasers.”
Special events: A 3-6-9 tournament on Nov. 23 available to league bowlers. Players play three games and everyone gets an automatic strike for their third, sixth and ninth frames.
Hours: Monday 1 to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 1 to 11 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 9 p.m.
Cost: Prices range from $3.50 to $4.25 per person, shoe rentals are $3 and glow bowling is $30 hourly per lane. Call for group prices. 
 
Funspot
579 Endicott St. North, Laconia, 366-4377, funspotnh.com
What it is: The Guinness World Record’s largest arcade in the world, complete with more than 600 new and classic games, 20 bowling lanes (for ten-pin and candlepin) and an indoor miniature golf course. There’s also a full-service restaurant and tavern.
Coolest feature: The American Classic Arcade Museum, which features hundreds of old arcade games from the 1980s, is a fully playable arcade and a time-warping experience for Gen-Xers.
Hours: Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight. 
Cost: There is no general admission charge. Token prices range from $4 for one token to $20 for 100.
 
Fun World
200 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, 888-1940 or 888-8735, funworldnh.com
What it is: General Manager Sandra Manougian describes Fun World as “probably the only place that has an indoor roller-coaster, two-story carousel, three-story playground and over 350 coin-operated games inside a building that’s open year-round.” 
Coolest feature: Manougian can’t decide which attraction is the coolest, but she said no other entertainment center in the country can compete with her token prices, as far as she can tell. For every $20 spent on tokens you get an extra $7 worth. 
Hours: During the school year it’s open Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday noon to 9 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 2 to 9 p.m., and Friday 2 to 11 p.m., closed Mondays and Tuesdays. See website for additional information.
Cost: With the $7 bonus for each $20 spent, tokens are 18.5 cents each. During weekends, holidays, school vacations and summers, visitors can get a $15 wristband that gets them access to any combination of 10 rides throughout the center.
 
King Bowling Lanes
751 Mast Road, Manchester, 623-9215, kinglanes.com
What it is: A candlepin bowling center with about half a dozen arcade games, billiards and ping-pong.
Coolest attraction: Manager Dan LaRochelle said the coolest attraction is glow bowling on most Saturday nights from 5 to 11 p.m.
Hours: Monday 3 to 9 p.m., Tuesday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday noon to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday noon to 9 p.m.
Cost: Bowling is $4 per person per game and an additional $2 for shoe rentals.
 
Lakeside Lanes
2171 Candia Road, Manchester, 627-7722, lakesidelanes.com
What it is: A candlepin bowling alley that serves alcoholic beverages and hosts birthday parties.
Coolest attraction: Owner Tim Lipke said probably the coolest feature is the glow bowling every Saturday from noon to close. “It’s more like a nightclub atmosphere,” Lipke said.
Special events: From Nov. 6 through Nov. 12, Lakeside is host to the largest candlepin tournament anywhere — the International Candlepin Championships. Twenty-four teams from all over New England and Canada descend upon Manchester to compete.
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Mondays.
Cost: Open bowling is either $4.75 per string or $35 per hour. Glow bowling is $4.75 per string or $38 per hour. Shoe rentals are $3.50.
 
Leda Lanes 
340 Amherst St., Nashua, 889-4884, ledalanes.com
What it is: A candlepin bowling center with a few arcade games and a pro shop.
Coolest feature: Manager Alexis Bouley said Leda Lanes takes glow bowling to the next level with Leda’s Lighthouse. “We have a whole building dedicated to glow bowling all of the time,” Bouley said.
Special events: A pizza party to launch their toy drive will be on Nov. 12. Adults play for $20 and kids pay $15 for three hours of play, pizza and soft drinks. The toy drive goes until the week of Christmas. Toys must be new and unwrapped and each person who donates a toy can play one free string of bowling.
Hours: Regular candlepin is open every day from 9 a.m. to midnight. Leda’s Lighthouse is open Monday through Thursday 4 to 10 p.m., Friday 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 9 a.m. to midnight and Sunday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: Bowling is $4 to $4.50 per person per game and shoe rentals are $2.50 to $3.
 
Mel’s Funway Park
454 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield, 424-2292, melsfunwaypark.com
What it is: An entertainment park with go-kart racing, batting cages and miniature golf. Indoor attractions include an arcade, a laser tag arena and a body-contorting obstacle course called the Laser Maze.
Coolest attraction: The Laser Maze requires you to navigate 36 green laser beams without touching the beams while your friends watch on a video monitor.
Hours: During the Halloween season, hours mirror Spookyworld hours, which can be found at spookyworld.com. Otherwise, check melsfunwaypark.com for an updated schedule.
Cost: Laser tag is $7 per game or three games for $15. Laser Maze is $2 per game or three games for $5. Arcade games vary in price from 25 cents to $1 per game. 
 
Merrimack Ten Pin
698 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 429-0989, merrimacktenpin.com
What it is: A bowling place with billiards, a redemption game room with 25 games and full-service food and beverage (alcohol included). “We are a clean, family-friendly atmosphere,” said Manager Kristi Grover. 
Coolest feature: Grover said some of the coolest features are the six 140-inch projector screens installed above the lanes that use the latest technology to display birthday messages, music videos or live sporting events.
Hours: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Cost: Prices vary by day of the week and time of the day. They range from $3.50 to $4.75 per person per game and shoe rentals are $3.75. Additional specials are available.
 
Pinball Wizard Arcade
150 Bridge St., Unit P, Pelham, 635-1677, pinballwizardarcade.com
What it is: An arcade with more than 90 pinball machines, billiards, arcade games, ticket machines. It also has a function room that can be rented for parties.
Coolest feature: Owner Sarah St. John said it’s the third largest arcade in the country and the second largest pinball arcade.
Special events: Boston Pinball Association league playoffs are coming up on Nov. 19. They attract over 125 players from all over New England.
Hours: Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Summer hours differ.
Cost: $20 gets you 100 tokens. 
 
Space Entertainment Center
51 Zapora Drive, Hooksett, 621-5150, spaceentertainmentcenter.com
What it is: A 30,000-square-foot indoor entertainment center complete with a redemption arcade, bumper cars, billiards, roller coaster, pedestal joust, rock-climbing and laser tag. Food and alcoholic beverages are also available through Frankie’s Grille.
Coolest attraction: Manager Huza Taha said she thinks their multi-level laser tag (on two floors) is their coolest feature. “You have fog, there’s music, it’s dark in there. It has pretty much everything,” Taha said.
Hours: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: Visitors put money on a card that can be used for any games or attractions. Specials range from $20 for $5 of bonus game credit to $100 for $40 bonus game credit.
 
Spare Time Manchester
216 Maple St., Manchester, 625-9656, sparetimeentertainment.com
What it is: A bowling center with function rooms for parties, a full-service restaurant and bar and more than 20 arcade games.
Coolest attraction: Manager Dan Lachance believes the coolest feature is Galactic Bowling on Friday and Saturday nights from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. “We turn on the music, we turn down the lights, we turn on the ‘galactic’ lights, or the disco lights as we call them, and we party it up,” he said.
Hours: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Cost: Bowling is $5 per person per game plus $4 for shoe rentals. Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 p.m. to close is $2 per person per game. Galactic bowling is $18 per person. Additional group specials are available.
 
Strikers East Bowling Center
4 Essex Road, Raymond, 895-9501, strikerseast.net
What it is: A bowling center, function hall with full-service restaurant and bar, and arcade section with 10 to 15 games.
Coolest attraction: Manager Mindy Hardy thinks glow bowling on Friday and Saturday nights from 8 to 11 p.m. is the coolest attraction.
Special events: On Nov. 18, a fundraiser party for the 15th annual New Hampshire High Hopes Foundation will give a child with a life-threatening illness an uplifting experience. The event attracts professional bowlers from around the world.
Hours: Monday and Tuesday 4 to 10 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday 4 to 10 p.m., Friday 2 to 11 p.m., Saturday noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday noon to 8 p.m.
Cost: Prices range from $3 to $4 per game and $20 to $25 hourly lane rentals. Shoe rentals are $3. 





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