16 Chestnut St. Needham, MA 02492
781 449 4060 • info@needhambowl.com

Needham's home for family fun since 1917!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday 7/9: 10am - 7pm
  • Wednesday 7/10: 10am - 7pm
  • Thursday 7/11: 10am - 7pm
  • Friday 7/12: 10am - 7pm

  • July 13th-16th: CLOSED

  • Wednesday(s) 17th and 24th: noon - 7pm
  • Thursday(s) 18th and 25th: noon - 7pm
  • Friday(s): 19th and 26th: noon - 9pm
  • Saturdays(s) 20th and 17th: noon - 9pm
  • Sunday(s) 21st and 28th: noon - 6pm
  • Call ahead recommended
  • Last Lane goes on no later than one hour before closing

The Bowlaway features eight lanes of Candlepin Bowling. A game well known in New England for being more fun and more challenging than it's contemporaries. All of our lanes have bumpers available for the little ones at no additional cost.

Open Bowling Pricing
  • $36 per lane per hour (prorated)
  • $3 per pair for shoes

Call aheads welcome. Instruction for first time bowlers available on request for no additional charge.

Party Pricing:

2 Hour Party for 10 to 20 guests: $350
Max of 5 chaperones. Everyone else counts against the guest count

$100 non-refundable deposit due at time of booking
  • Four lanes for 1-1/2 hours
  • Lizzy's Ice-cream Cake
  • Bowling Shoes
  • Use of party area *throughout *after cleanup
  • Your own playlist of 20 songs
  • Paper goods


  • Hearth Pizzeria Party: add $30
  • Three large Classic Cheese Pizzas and one juice box for each guest
    additional pizza's available $12 ea.

What ages are good for Bowlaway parties?:
We have held parties for children as young a 4 and as old as 70. The only real requirements are that they be strong enough to get the ball down the lane and patient enough to keep score.The younger your group the more parental involvement is required.

Will there be a dedicated employee to help with our party?:
Bowlaway parties are not hosted. Our staff will assist to the extent we are able but will also be managing the rest of the center. As the booking parent or guardian you will be responsible for ensuring all guests follow the rules

Why the guest limit?:
The 20 guest limit is based on what we can comfortably accommodate in the party area. It is very important to us at the Bowlaway to provide a quality party experience to all of our birthday guests.

How do chaperones work?:
Chaperones are adults and helpers that do not count against the party guest limit and do not participate in party activities.

Will four lanes be enough? / Can we get extra lanes? / Can we book the whole place?:
Yes, No, and No. Once again this is a function of providing a quality experience to all of our customers. Our facility is small and the four lanes assigned to your party correlates well with the number of people who can be comfortably seated in the party area.

Can we bring our own cake? Does the cake contain XYZ allergen?
You are certainly welcome to bring in your own cake. The Ice Cream Cake is provided as part of the standard party package. Some parents elect to bring it home or to use it as ice cream for the party. Our cakes are provided by Lizzy's Homemade. They take extra care to be sure the cakes are free of cross contamination. With proper notice the cake can also be made gluten free.. INGREDIENTS

Can we bring our own food?
Snacks yes, prepared foods no.

How do we provide the play list? When do you need it? What types of songs will you play?
You can provide the play list via the link you will recieve in your e-mail confirmation up until three days prior to your party. We need some time to vet the songs for appropriate content and language. In terms of song type we only require that they fill the totally arbitrary criteria of "fun" and "appropriate". We also ask that the list include no more than 3 songs by any one artist.

As much as we love being a "Hidden Gem" there is a drawback to being hard to find. The Bowlaway is tucked away under what was once Needham's post office. We are located at 16 Chestnut St next to Harvey's Hardware and across from Anthony's Barber Shop. First use the municipal parking lot out back then come around front to the nondescript door in the front left corner. Then you've found it, your new favorite place for family fun in Needham.