I love this bowling alley!!! When I still lived in San Diego, I went to a birthday party here, and it was great. It was pretty crowded in the main section even though there were about 60 lanes, so the party was in a small room with like 5 lanes, but it was still awesome. We drank soda, ate pizza, and bowled three games. What was really cool about the experience was we did cosmic bowling where they turn the lights off and turn on different multicolored lights including blue that light up the whole room. Then, the staff came in to sing happy birthday. It was the best time I had ever gone bowling in my life, and I want to go there again.
Parkway Bowl is a bowling alley that is really geared to families. Unlike traditional bowling alleys, where the employees seem inconvenienced by young children who are not expert bowlers, the employees at Parkway Bowl are very, very patient with young children, and beginning bowlers, whether they need help selecting the right bowling ball, working the scoring machine, or need help retrieving a dead ball off of the bowling lane. Price wise, they are about average, compared to other bowling alleys in San Diego. Of course, not just kids will enjoy Parkway Bowl, its a great place for families, as well as singles to hang out and enjoy a day, afternoon, or entire evening of bowling. Midnight bowling is by far the best (and the cheapest) time to go and its a lot of fun, especially if you can leave the kids at home. This is one of the larger bowling alleys, and as such, its pretty easy to get a lane, even on a busy Saturday. This is also a great place to shoot a game of pool, and compared to the pool tables at other bowling alleys, it's competively priced.
Sunday mornings at Parkway Bowl is family time! They lower their rates ($7.50 an hour) and make it quite an affordable Sunday activity for the family. They have bumpers that you can raise and lower, so the entire family does not have to suffer through using bumpers, just because a younger child requires them. They have plenty of lightweight balls for small children and are very patient if they have to come to your lane and rescue a ball that a child pushed too lightly and got stuck halfway down the lane! :) We really enjoy bowling with our kids there, and the fact that they really try to make it a family atmosphere.
They have lots of lanes, cartoon graphics when you get a strike (or if it goes in the gutter), swivelly chairs that don't make a lot of sense, and neon balls...what more could you ask for? The rates are cheaper if you go later, and really cheap if you go at midnight on the weekends. My bowling alley of choice in San Diego.