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Backyard Bowling – 3 plastic bowling sets for family fun

plastic bowling sets


When the summer months roll around everyone starts to go a little stir crazy inside. Once things get warmer and we can enjoy the sun, the logical steps that follow are to find some toys to keep people (read: your kids) occupied. We’ve covered a lot of different toys in the past, but a lot of them end up being better suited for adults with a beverage in hand than a child.

Now today’s toy can still be fun for adults, though probably less so as time passes on. We feel this is an extremely fun and affordable toy for the kids and something that can provide a whole whack of entertainment value for them during the warmer months.


A lot of times when we discuss bowling, the first image that comes to mind is some beer-swilling fat guy out with his buddies for a few rolls. While this may not be entirely inaccurate, it’s certainly not helpful for our purposes today. Bowling can actually be a fun and interactive game that requires some skill, even though that may not be of any importance to you.

It’s also a game that can require, at times, a lot of time which is ideal when you need to get your kids outside and out of your hair. If you set them up on the right day, you only need to keep one eye on them as none of these sets present any danger to them.


The three sets we chose to look at are all quite affordable and, more importantly, quite safe. each set we chose to take a look at is a little different than the others and has a slightly different market. While not everyone will likely see the fun immediately with bowling, once you get into it it’s quite a riot.

If we can manage to not conjure images of The Big Lebowski or Bill Murray in Kingpin than we’re doing ourselves a large service. It’s not always the easiest thing to get people to get on board with, but once you do, kids especially, then you’ll have a very easy time keeping them and your friends occupied.


As we mentioned, each of these sets is a little different than the others, and each one will provide something a little different to those who choose to play. As per usual, we chose three sets here that are extremely affordable and won’t break down the second you pull them out of the package.

It’s always been important to us to provide reviews for products that are affordable yet built properly, and these are no exception. With all of that in mind, let’s tackle our favourite plastic bowling sets and why they should be the next great addition to your backyard.

Best Backyard Bowling Sets



Kids Plastic 12 Pc. Bowling Set Party Toys

plastic bowling set

The first bowling set we wanted to take a look at was this offering from Fun Express, whose name should tell you everything you need to know about the company. This set is dead simple, giving you two plastic balls and ten pins to set up anywhere your heart should desire. In addition to that, it’s dirt cheap coming in at a little under $10.

We highly recommend getting multiple sets so you can have multiple games going on at once and no one feels left out. For only $10 a shot you may as well load up if you can. This is a great set for people of any age as anyone will be able to enjoy the simplicity and good times that will follow.


The kids will like this as the balls are quite light and can be thrown around without much consternation. The adults will like this because you can certainly work a few drinking games around bowling and it’s not so serious that it will cause any disagreements.

At the end of the day, this isn’t the world’s most exciting or splashy set but it will provide endless hours of cheap entertainment, which isn’t always the easiest thing to find these days.


Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Happy Giddy Bowling Set

childrens bowling set

The next set we wanted to talk about is this offering from Melissa & Doug. This set is decidedly a children’s set, as you can tell by the graphics and colouring. That’s perfectly fine, as it’s specifically built for kids and will allow them to do their own thing while the adults are off cavorting with each other. This set comes with six plastic bowling pins as well as one ball, and is perfectly suited to the indoors and the outdoors.

Not only that, but the set also comes with a plastic carrying case that allows you to take it from place to place. If you’re going to a friend’s home or an outdoor party somewhere this is a huge bonus. It allows you to take a piece of our home with you and keep your kids happy; something we’re all looking for.


This is a game that also aims to teach as it will provide kids with the opportunity to improve their gross motor skills as well as their hand-eye coordination. While this may not be the primary target for those buying, it’s certainly a nice bonus to have.

We all want our kids to be happy and healthy and if they can do a little learning on the side than that’s even better. Whatever the reason you’re looking into this set, you won’t be disappointed with its quality or all the tangible benefits it provides.


Giant Inflatable Bowling Game

inflatable bowling set

The last plastic bowling set, from Play Now Inflatables, is the perfect realization of the backyard bowling party set. It’s an oversized set of balls and pins that will provide many laughs out on the backyard. These pins can be set up anywhere, inside or out, and are easy to store, setup and, take down.

If you’re having a party with some adults, this can be a fun distraction for anyone looking to have a fun time. It’s a great way to get people social with a few drinks and loosen up. For the kids, they’ll have a riot playing something so simple and the novelty of the large pins will not wear off anytime soon.


Coming in at just under $20, this is a set that’s not even remotely going to break the bank. It’s perfectly suited for those summer parties and days when you just want to get outside and have a little fun with friends or your kids. It doesn’t need to be anything greater than that, which is why we appreciate this set so much.

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