The new set looks to bring the bowling experience home with realistic details, lights, sounds, and an authentic wooden bowling alley surface. The electronic set is actually a playable tabletop game that really works — digitally keeping score as kids help their dolls score some strikes.
The lane features 10 motorized bowling pins that reset themselves, along with gutters and adjustable bumpers for practicing the game. Just like the real deal, pins are knocked back when a ball strikes, and they automatically reset for the next turn.
Dubbed “American Girl Lanes,” the set includes a rental counter with a pretend monitor and a reversible screen; a card swiper and faux game card; two doll-sized American Girl T-shirts that glow in the dark for “neon bowling;” two pearlescent bowling balls that dolls can really hold with removable straps; and two pairs of American Girl bowling shoes.
Additionally, the set includes a snack menu and an array of snack accessories that kids can pretend to heat up with the built-in, pretend microwave.
The American Girl Bowling Alley retails for $150 and is available now from the American Girl website and American Girl Place retail stores.