Go Bowling in Ventura County - Fun For All Ages!

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As you can see in Conejo Valley Guide, there is no shortage of things to do in Ventura County.  But how many of you have bowled recently?

Archaeologists found ancient bowling balls and bowling pins in an Egyptian grave site in the 1930s that date back to 3200 B.C., thus making bowling the world's oldest documented sport.  The first indoor bowling alley was Knickerbockers of New York City in 1840.

But who cares!  Here are six reasons to go bowling:

  • You don't have to dress up. In fact, you can rent ugly shoes to bowl.
  • Retractable bumpers make bowling more fun little ones and terrible bowlers alike.
  • Bowling teaches kids math and geometry skills. Well, kind of.
  • Bowling is a great team building activity.
  • Bowling is an activity where striking is a good thing.
  • Beer and bowling go together nicely (and in my case actually seems to improve my score).
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So go support one of these local bowling alleys.  You will have fun.  Bring the little ones.

Bowling in the Conejo Valley!? Nope. Not since, 1995, when the 40 lane Conejo Village Bowl closed. It was located where Borders was until January 2010 and various county medical services now reside. Conejo Village Bowl opened in June 1960, as did the short-lived Acorn Bowl, which was located at 3811 Ventura Boulevard (subsequently renamed Thousand Oaks Boulevard).

Acorn Bowl Thousand Oaks in the early 1960s (Photo Credit: City of Thousand Oaks Library, Pat Allen Slide Collection - Thousand Oaks Boulevard Survey)

Acorn Bowl Thousand Oaks in the early 1960s (Photo Credit: City of Thousand Oaks Library, Pat Allen Slide Collection - Thousand Oaks Boulevard Survey)