Past Meetup

When Furballs Strike 25 - Fursuit bowling at Kenmore Lanes!

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Kenmore Lanes

7638 NE Bothell Way · Kenmore, WA

How to find us

We will be meeting in Kenmore Lanes' huge party room which is just inside the automatic doors on the street side of the complex, near the lowest-numbered lanes.

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WFS 25 has been booked for Saturday, Nov. 12!

We will be going back to our slightly later times for this meet as the party room was reserved by another group until 12:30pm. Please do not go into the party room until after 12:30. We will start check-in at 1pm and bowling will begin at 2pm. If you are bowling, please plan to arrive as early as possible so we can get everyone checked in and assigned to a lane in a timely fashion. If you would like to bowl with other people on your lane, please all check in together as I cannot save lane spots that are unpaid.

The Fursuit Group Photo will be at 2:30pm. If you wish to be in the photo. you must be in your costume at that time, we cannot hold up the photo for latecomers!

We will be cutting off the bowling around 4:15pm, which should leave plenty of time for everyone to finish their two games. After that we will gather in the party room for the prize raffle,do a "last call" for raffle ticket sales and then give lots of awesome stuff away!

Many of our attendees also go to the group dinner, which is at the Lynnwood, WA Old Country Buffet restaurant. We have reserved tables and the dinner begins at 5:30pm (more details below).

And did you know When Furballs Strike has a home on the web including updates, a history of the meet and lots of fun photos? Check it out at !

Note: I brought back the thread in our forum for organizing rideshares/carpools to WFS 25 ( - please use it! Thanks in advance for being a team player and making sure as many of our members as possible can attend... and saving money on gas too!


The base bowling fee for WFS is $9.50, which includes two games, shoe rental (if needed), a prize raffle ticket and the fee to rent the party room.

I will be running a $12 special like usual which comes with 5 raffle tickets instead of just one. This will help ensure the prizes for the next meet will be just as spectacular! If you are feeling extra generous and/or lucky, we also have a $20 special which comes with 15 raffle tickets!

Extra raffle tickets can be purchased during registration for $1 each, or 5 for $4.

NEW: Those that do a $20 special will also be entered in a separate drawing to win some prizes and a free entry into a future WFS meet! Winner will be drawn at the start of the prize raffle.

Cash only, please! There is an ATM by the front desk if you need to use one. If you bring exact change (or donate the rest to raffle tickets) you will win ONE MILLION brownie points and my undying gratitude.


As always there will be a TON of amazing prizes for attendees to take home in our prize raffle! Mostly animal or furry-related, as well as some collectibles and nice things for your home. Featured for WFS 25 we have a new 12# bowling ball and "Angry Birds" ball bag combo valued at over $100, a gorgeous wolf figurine, another large framed Zootopia poster, a 32" wheeled duffel bag ($100 retail value) and much more.

But if you want to help make it even better, donations are always welcome and those that donate prizes will receive 3 free raffle tickets per prize, up to 9 total. If you are donating a prize, please contact me in advance so I can determine whether to raffle it off as a main prize or "second chance". The prize may be declined if the value is less than $10 or the prize is not acceptable (used/bad condition).

The process will remain the same as last time as far as the prize raffle goes, with individual drawings for each prize - that seemed to go very well last time and of course we'll have tons of "second chance" drawings so everyone has a chance to walk out with a nice gift for bowling with us!

For those new to the prize raffle, each ticket comes in a pair, simply separate each ticket and drop ONE of the two matching numbered tickets into the bag labeled with the prize you want to win. It's that easy!

If you are not bowling, feel free to purchase tickets during registration or just prior to the raffle (we do last call at 4:30) at $1 each, or 5 for $4.

DJ Brook & Kit to return to WFS!

We are pleased to announce that DJ Br00k and Kit Fox will be returning to DJ at the meet for your listening and dancing pleasures! Let's turn the high end of the bowling alley into a dance floor!


We will be meeting in Kenmore Lanes' huge meeting/banquet room which is just inside the automatic doors on the street side of the complex, near the lowest-numbered lanes. We will have the room stocked with plenty of tables, chairs, fans, and lots of water as well as a changing area for our fursuiters.

I (Kijani) will be there handling check-in. When you pay your bowling fee I will give you a lane assignment – if you want to be on a lane with somebody please check in together, as we cannot save lane spots that are unpaid. We will be doing 5 bowlers per lane. If you need bowling shoes go to the front desk and tell the attendant you're with the FurLife group and your rental will be accounted for.


Kenmore Lanes has a full restaurant and bar for us to order from at our leisure. Please do not bring in any outside food or drink as this is against Kenmore's house policies.

I will provide a cooler of bottled water to help keep our fursuiters hydrated, if you would like to donate water and/or sports drinks, it is greatly appreciated!


Just like previous WFS meets, I will be giving out fun awards for high game in “classic” and “fursuit” divisions. We will also be running our prize raffle again with lots of fantastic gifts to give away for bowling with us at WFS! Additional tickets will be sold just prior to the raffle.

We should be finishing up around 5pm, and I have set our dinner reservation at Old Country Buffet (about 15-20 minutes away depending on traffic) at 5:30 p.m. Also, Kenmore has been a great host for us in the past and was very kind in giving us this great deal, so please help clean up after yourselves. Let's try leave the place looking cleaner than when we came in!

Please RSVP as soon as you are reasonably sure you can attend so I can get a more accurate number of bowlers reported to Kenmore Lanes management.

Thanks so much and see everyone at When Furballs Strike 25! Any questions feel free to post here or message me on Meetup.




When Furballs Strike 25

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016

Location: Kenmore Lanes

Address: 7638 NE Bothell Way, Kenmore, 98028

Time: Meetup/check-in at 1 p.m., start bowling at 2 p.m. (or as close to it as possible).

Cost: $9.50 flat-rate for two games of bowling, shoe rental and a raffle ticket. $12 for all of the above and FIVE raffle tickets, $20 for all + 15 raffle tickets.

Who: Any fur and everyfur! Bring a friend, or two... or three!

Kenmore is also fairly centrally located, less than 10 minutes from Lake City Way, 405, and is close to Edmonds, Shoreline, and a short jaunt from Seattle, Everett and the Eastside as well.

DINNER LOCATION - Old Country Buffet, Lynnwood

The dinner reservation is set for 5:30pm at OCB-Lynnwood. The address is:
[masked]th St. SW, Lynnwood 98036

The group rate for OCB is $13.25. Remember this does include beverage, tax and gratuity as well. Please let me know if you are planning to attend the group dinner when you RSVP for the meet so I can adjust our reservation accordingly.

I will have printed directions available at the meet to OCB from Kenmore Lanes, and the dinner will be pay-your-own - just tell the cashier you are with the FurLife group. They take cash and visa/mastercard.


If this will be your first WFS meet or you would like to see what it's like and how insanely fun it is... check out these videos!

When Furballs Strike 24 ( - Wow another record breaker - 107 fursuiters and 123 registered bowlers among the 247 official attendees! A $750 fursuit head by DandyLions LLC was given away at the prize raffle!

When Furballs Strike 23 ( - Attendance remained solid for our springtime meet, 243 FurLifers and guests took over the lanes including 84 fursuiters!

When Furballs Strike 22 ( - The World Record has been broken! 271 furries/96 fursuiters took over the lanes, amazing!

When Furballs Strike 21 ( - 174 attendees and 72 fursuiters attended the Halloween-themed fall meet!

When Furballs Strike 20 ( - Record-breaking temperatures, Pride Weekend and summer vacations caused our attendance to take a slight hit, but it was still a great time as 182 attendees kicked off summer WFS-style!

When Furballs Strike 19 ( - The new world-record meet! 236 furry fans attended from all over the Pacific Northwest including an unbelievable 89 fursuiters, how do we top that act?!? Featured debut of DJ Br00k!