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5-Pin Bowling

Welcome to our 5-pin bowling evening!

Did you know that 5-pin bowling was invented in Toronto about 100 years ago in 1909 and is found only in Canada?

Thomas Ryan, the owner of the Toronto Bowling Centre back in the early 1900's, invented the game in response to complaints from his customers who said that 10-pin bowling balls were too heavy, required too much strenuous effort and chippped their fingernails. So he reduced the size of the ball substantially so it can be held in the palm of your hand, reduced the size of the pins by 25%, reduced the number of pins, and voila.... a much easier game to play!

The 5-pin Bowling Ball

The standard 5-pin bowling ball is approximately 5" across and weighs 3 to 4 lbs. There are no finger holes since the ball is held in the palm of your hand. Compare this to a 10-pin bowling ball which typically weighs between 8 and 16 lbs and is approximately 9" in diameter.


We will be playing 3 games, which will take approximately 2.5 hours. Since this is Meetup and meeting people is the point, as usual, we will be mixing up the teams between games to allow you to meet lots of new people in every game.


The cost of bowling this evening is $20 per person. This includes 2.5 hours of bowling, bowling shoe rental and all taxes. Pay when you get there.


5-pin bowling is quite suitable for small hands, so children 10 years and older are welcome to join in. Please note that we will finish around 10:30 PM.


For more information on 5-pin bowling, please click here to see the entry in Wikipedia.

To view an introductory Youtube video created by the Canadian 5-Pin Bowling Association, click here.

See you there!

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  • Julian G.

    Brain was a fun cool guy giving everyone high fives.

    November 16, 2013

  • Brian W

    Fun, easy going time, nice people

    November 16, 2013

  • noreen

    It was the first time bowling for Tomas and he enjoyed it thoroughly....Thank you

    1 · November 16, 2013

    • Julian G.

      I hope that next time will be soon everyone was so nice and fun.

      November 16, 2013

  • Julian G.

    I loved it and I cant ait to go again.

    November 15, 2013

  • Joni G

    Sorry I can't make it. I thought my cold would be better by now, but trust me, you don't want my germs.

    November 15, 2013

  • Anuradha Khanna (.

    Sorry......can't make it.

    November 12, 2013

  • Wendy M.

    Unfortunately no longer able to come. Next time!

    November 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to work.

    November 1, 2013

  • Anuradha Khanna (.

    Never done 5 pin bowling.....looking forward to it.

    October 19, 2013

  • MinnieRiley

    how much is it if you have your own shoes.

    October 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Watch out for this one ^^ She sounds like a pro ;)

      2 · October 31, 2013

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