Adult Play Time at Main Event Entertainment

written by Julie Cohn

It’s been two months since my son went off to college, and my husband and I are (slowly) adjusting to life as empty nesters.  Our friends, Jeff and Holly, are new empty nesters too, so we try to make time to do “couples” things together at least once a month.  My husband and I used to love to bowl, so we decided to get together for a little adult play time at the new Main Event Entertainment center in Avondale, Arizona.  Guess what we discovered?  Main Event Entertainment is not just for kids (but definitely for the kid at heart!)


{This post is sponsored by Main Event Entertainment but opinions are my own.}


Main Event Entertainment

Main Event Entertainment is one of the fastet growing entertainment centers in the United States, with locations in 27 states, including two locations here in Arizona.  In addition to bowling, Main Event Entertainment locations have dining, laser tag, over 100 virtual and interactive games, billiards, and gravity ropes, all under one roof.  Some locations even have miniature golf, bocce ball, and karaoke.  They have plenty of activities for kids, but they have as many games and activities for adults too.


Our main objective of the night was to bowl.  Guests can reserve lanes ahead of time online or grab an available lane when they arrive at Main Event.  We were unable to book online, but there were plenty of lanes available when we arrived.  A one-hour game of bowling for up to five guests is $36.00 plus $3.95 for shoes, which is less than going to the movies, and a lot more interactive!  Let me be clear…none of us need give up our day job–we have no potential to become bowlers.  We were all pretty bad, but we had a ball (no pun intended) with lots laughs and gutterballs.  As a matter of fact, we had so much fun, we decided to play a second game…with a twist.  For our second game, we ordered a round of cocktails and beer to see if the drinks would help improve our game.  In the end, I don’t think they helped our bowling, but they certainly made bowling more fun!



After two games of bowling, we were famished.  Main Event Entertainment has several dining options available – hand-crafted pizza and gelato in the pizza cafe, La Bella’s Pizza, appetizers and pizza in the bowling alley, and casual dining in the main dining room.  One look at the menu and we decided to eat in the dining room.  We ordered loaded nachos to share as an appetizer, then ordered entrees.

main-event-entertainment-8My husband ordered the 10″ meat eaters pizza, Holly had the Cobb Salad, and Jeff and I ordered bacon and cheddar burgers.  We were surprised at the quality and price of our dinners- our food was fresh and delicious, and the prices were surprisingly low!  An added bonus?  Our entrees were part of a new promotion where we received a $10 Eat & Play Fun card with select entree purchase.  This gave us more $$ to play!



Main Event Entertainment has over 100 games, including interactive, virtual, and old-school style. Some are for younger kids, but the majority of the games are fun for the whole family.  I’d like to say we just came for the bowling and the food, but when my husband saw the video games, he was like a kid in a candy store.  My 52 year-old husband became a 10 year old again!  He flitted about the room, looking anxiously at all the bright flashing lights, then  jumped right in.

main-event-entertainment-9main-event-entertainment-16He played skeeball, basketball, then several video games.  He even convinced Jeff (with not too much effort) to play a motorcycle racing game.  His enthusiasm rubbed off on all of us, so we played several games too!  Holly and Jeff rode an interactive roller coaster game, then Holly convinced me to try it too.  I don’t do real-life roller coasters, so it took a little bit of coaxing, but I actually enjoyed it (when my eyes were open!)-it felt so real!  We finished the night with a few cut-throat games of air hockey.  I don’t think we have not had this much fun in a long time!


Some Observations

  • The first thing we noticed was the smell and appearance of the place.  The building did not smell like a typical kid-centric entertainment center, full of sticky toddlers, sweaty teens, or stinky shoes.  It smelled fresh and clean.  The eating areas were decorative and well maintained.  Everything looked brand new, not beat up and run down, like many entertainment centers.
  • Bowling lanes fill up quick.  There were about 30 bowling lanes, and even on a Saturday night, they were not all full, so we were able to get a lane.  Still, as it got later, the lanes filled up, so I advise making reservations online ahead of time to be sure to get a lane.
  • This place is huge.  I did not feel overwhelmed by people, the area is spacious, with more interactive areas tucked away in the corners.  Main Event Entertainment is equally great for a company holiday party or a kids birthday party, with plenty of space so everyone is not on top of each other.  There are several eating areas, a full-size bar with cocktails, wine, and craft beers, and lounge areas for relaxing.
  • The prices were surprisingly affordable.  Dinner for four with cocktails was under $100, and the food and drinks was really good.  Most of the games were $1.65 each and you use a reloadable fun card to play.  We had a night out for four adults for about $175…not something we would do every weekend, but definitely something different and unique.  The laughs and memories we shared were worth every penny.
  • Main Event Entertainment is definitely family-friendly, but this does not mean that it is for kids only.  There was so much for us to do as adults, we stayed almost five hours…plus we had cocktails!   The only thing I wish we had at the Avondale location was karaoke – I am the karaoke queen!
  • Main Event Entertainment frequently offers promotions and holiday activities.  In October they had a Main Event for Free event for National Head for Fun day.  They are having a Spooktacular event for Halloween, and are having a Vet’s Bowl Free event for Veteran’s day.  They currently have the eat and play free promotion and they have specials for holiday party bookings.  Be sure to check their website for all specials and events.


For more information about Main Event Entertainment, please visit their website.  You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Go to to find a Main Event Entertainment Center near you. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Main Event. The opinions and text are all mine.









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