FAQ


How many games can we bowl in an hour?
One game can average about 10 minutes per player depending on the time between bowlers. The average bowler at Humdingers takes about 15-20 minutes to bowl one game. That is why we recommend the following amount of time per bowlers. 1-2 Bowlers-we recommend purchasing an hour. 3-4 bowlers we recommend an hour to an hour and a half depending on age. For 5-6+ bowlers we recommend an hour and a half – 2 hours per lane.

Why do I have to wear bowling shoes?
Bowling shoes have special soles that allow you to slide. The appropriate footwear also keep our approach area in good condition.

Do you sell alcohol? I heard you were BYOB.

We sell wine from Hopewell Valley Vinyards per the NJ Wine Outlet License. HVV wines have are award winning wines and get many compliments. We are also BYOB for beer or wine, however in either case food must be ordered by law. When you arrive we will check your beer or wine in our back bar refrigerator with your name on it. Once you order food we will bring your beers/wine in a cool vintage galvanized bucket with ice to your table or bowling lane! 

Do you offer coat check

Not only do we offer Coat Checks, but we offer Bag checks, Bat Bag checks, and single or more Bat only checks in our special cubbies. All this coordinated with our special “Coatchex” software that takes your garment’s picture and texts you the claim check #. Oh, and did we mention it’s all FREE?!!

What else can our group do other than bowl?

Ah, now that’s right up our alley! (yes pun). We have a fantastic Eats menu in our restaurant (BYOB and we sell wine too!). We have the best batting cages in the world (in our opinion) complete with Hit-Cams for each cage. We have a great arcade and a really cool Mission Impossible styled Laser Maze! We also have a vintage phone booth from the 1940’s that really works! Make a call for free on us!

Do you rent out the entire facility for massive groups?

Yes we do. Consult with our Party Reservations Office for more details on your special event.

Do you offer discounts for large groups?

Of course!

We are interested in a large group gathering – do you offer this?

Yes we do and in our appropriately named Gathering Room. We have room for 80-100 at our banquet style tables but can handle larger groups as well using additional space. 200-300? no problem! Our Executive Chef and team are experienced in banquet operations and we get rave reviews for our food!

Can we just reserve a room without too much food for a business meeting? Perhaps just coffee, tea, waters?

Yes of course. Our Gathering ROom has a state of the art 12′ video screen, HD projector and crystal clear audio with HDMI and ethernet inputs in the wall behind our podium. We are business savvy!

Do you validate parking?

No silly because parking is free. It’s Paramus, New Jersey. Welcome to the ‘burbs.

What weight bowling ball should I be using and what size finger holes?
The general rule of thumb is 1/10th of your body weight. So a child who weighs 80 lbs. should try an 8 lb. ball. An adult female who weighs 125 should try a 12 lb. bowling ball, and so on. You can check your finger hole size at our Special “Fitting Ball” located on the que line at the front desk. It even has the key to the color ball you will need once you walk into our beautiful bowling room.

How much does a bowling pin weigh?
Most bowling pins are 3 lbs. 6 oz.

How far apart are the bowling pins?
Although they appear closer, pins are placed 12 inches apart from center to center.

How often do you condition the lanes?
We condition our lanes most days! Humdingers conditions lanes for league bowlers sometimes conditioning right before leagues start bowling, sometimes the morning before a night league, or evening before a day league. We always try our best to provide great scoring conditions for all our players.

Which league is right for me?
Most bowlers choose a league based on their availability as well as their skill level. Some join with friends and some join to make friends. If you are in doubt, choose one that is on a day you are available. Look for phrases like “beginners are welcome” and “highly competitive” to determine the level of play for each league. We will try to match your needs to one of our fine programs to ensure you are happy with your choice!

Why are the lanes so slippery?
If you have ever gone over the foul line, you know that the lanes can be slippery. That is because centers apply a conditioner to keep the lanes protected and to allow proper ball reaction on the lane. Safety dictates that you never cross over the foul line to prevent injury. Our lanes are equipped with a foul line warning buzzer that goes off as soon as the line is passed to remind you of this.

How old do you need to be to bowl?
If the child can handle rolling a bowling ball down the lane or a bowling ramp, they can bowl! We have children as young as 3 years old bowl at our centers.

May we bring in our own food or drink?
We do not allow outside food. Since we are a restaurant and BYOB, you may bring in beer and wine only and only when ordering food. Liquor law liability is very strict in this regard. If we see someone with hard alcohol brought in from an outside source, we legally must confiscate it. We also must ID and will ban anyone from the facility caught with fake ID or for any reason trying to skirt our strict BYOB rules.