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Looking for cool ways to beat the heat? Try tenpin bowling

The Australian summer can be hot and humid, so it’s important to find ways to cool down. Tenpin bowling is a great way to do this because it’s an activity that can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of age or skill level. Many bowling alleys, including the Highlands Entertainment Centre, are air conditioned and are a wonderful place to cool down after spending time outside.

Tenpin bowling is not just for kids

Some people think that tenpin bowling is just an activity for kids but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Tenpin bowling can be just as much fun for adults as it is for children, especially when you’re playing with friends or family. Although kids of all ages can play tenpin bowling, parental guidance is recommended.

Tenpin bowling has a history stretching back to the 13th century

Bowling has been around for centuries, with many forms of the game having existed in various cultures. One of the oldest forms is kolven, which was first played in Holland in the 13th century. In this game, the goal was to knock over nine wooden pins in as few shots as possible.

Tenpin bowling – the modern game

The modern form of bowling developed in the early 19th century in the United States. The earliest known reference to tenpin bowling comes from a Cincinnati newspaper in 1819. Over the years, tenpin bowling has evolved from a simple pastime to an organised sport. In Australia, early forms of bowling were also popular. The game of ‘ninepins’ was popular throughout the 1800s and many variations of the game were developed. Some versions of the game included hitting skittles or rolling balls down a sloping lane towards wooden pins. However, these versions were not regulated and it wasn’t until the early 20th century that tenpin bowling was properly introduced to Australia.

Australia’s first fully automatic tenpin bowling centre

On 14th October 1960, Australia’s first fully automatic tenpin bowling centre, Hurstville Bowl, opened in Hudson Steet, Hurstville. It was the first bowling centre in Australia with automatic pin spotting machines. Tenpin bowling has come a long way since then. Operating since 2010, Highlands Entertainment Centre is a privately owned business focusing on providing a family friendly venue. Formally known as Highlands Tenpin, the name was changed to reflect the newly expanded range of entertainment options. Highlands Entertainment Centre offers 10 lanes of tenpin bowling, an 18 hole mini golf course, 25 amusement arcade games and a fully licensed café.

Highlands Entertainment Centre – family fun in the Southern Highlands

Are you planning to go tenpin bowling in the Southern Highlands? Contact Highlands Entertainment Centre. We’re located in the Highlands Hub at 2/205 Old Hume Highway in Mittagong. Call us on (02) 4871 1600 today. Are you planning a tenpin bowling party? Book your event and take advantage of our fantastic party package options by checking out our party planner. All ages welcome. Alternatively, check out our latest news and promotions on Facebook.

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