FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Bowling is many people's favorite pastime, and the Rucker Lanes Bowling Center is a staple of family fun on the installation.

With a full-menu snack bar, pro shop and 20 lanes, Rucker Lanes is the place to be when people feel the need to let loose with a few strikes, said Melissa Pritchard, Rucker Lanes business manager.

The bowling center is open seven days a week with hours running Mondays-Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays from 11 a.m. to midnight; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to midnight and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The center is also open on many holidays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The center offers a variety of bowling options for all ages, including hourly bowl or per-game bowling, as well as youth league bowling, adult league bowling and open bowling. There are even lanes with bumpers and light-weight bowling balls for children under 10.

For league bowling, adult leagues run Tuesdays-Thursdays from 6-9 p.m., and youth bowling leagues run Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information about league bowling, call 255-9503.

During the summer, Pritchard said the center also hosts a generation-gap league, which is not a sanctioned league, but more of a fun league designed to get adults and children playing together.

"It's so that people can come in, have a good time and maybe play with mom and dad," said the business manager. "Also, it gives the adults a chance to teach the child about the sport."

Youth league bowling is a good way for young bowlers to be introduced to the sport, said Pritchard, and can even provide opportunities for scholarships.

"A lot of people don't think of bowling as a sport, but it is," she said. "You can get lots of scholarship money out of it. We've had two or three kids that have gone to junior nationals and have gotten scholarship money."

For people who want to pair their lunch hour with a bit of bowling, Rucker Lanes also offers up a full-menu snack bar, complete with burgers, pizza, tacos, gyros, nachos and more, said Pritchard.

"We run weekly and daily specials on food," she said. "We also offer our Lunch n' Bowl. When you order any combo or large salad or large nachos, for just $3 extra that gets you your shoes and an hour of unlimited bowling."

The Lunch n' Bowl special runs Mondays-Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Other weekly specials include:

Family Bowl Sundays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. where people can pay $1.25 per game, per person and $1.25 for shoe rental per person.

Monday Quarter Mania is every Monday night, 4 p.m. to close, and people can pay just $5 cover charge per person for the first game and shoe rental, then get additional games and sodas for 25 cents each.

Friday Night Quarter Mania runs from 8 p.m. to midnight with a $10 cover charge per person for the game and shoe rental, with additional games and sodas for 25 cents each.

Saturday Night Xtreme Bowl runs from 8 p.m. to midnight, and for $15 per bowler, each person gets unlimited bowling until closing time. Shoe rental is not included.

Pizza, Pins and Pop, which is available daily, costs $30 per lane for 90 minutes of unlimited bowling, shoe rentals, a pitcher of soda or iced tea, and a large one-topping pizza. Availablility is subject to lane openings.

Colored Pin days are also available on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. During that time, if bowlers get a strike on a setup with a colored head pin, they win a coupon for a free game that they can use within 30 days.

League bowler rates are also available for league bowlers for $6.75 per bowler and includes three games of bowling and shoe rental. The promotion is available to all current Rucker Lanes league bowlers in good standing.

The bowling center also hosts tournaments throughout the year, including a 9-pin tournament on the second Friday of every month, which is open to anyone.

For more information, call 255-9503.