**Closed in October 2014**
In addition to 42 lanes of bowling, Hillwood Strike and Spare features a full bar, restaurant and pizza parlor, pro shop, and an arcade. Adjoining the center is Circus World. Circus World offers bumper cars, laser tag, roller skating, a redemption arcade. a soft play area known as “Toddler Zone,” and three brand new attractions: The GyroXtreme, 9 hole mini-golf, and Time Freak. Attractions can be purchased as an unlimited wristband or individually.
Hillwood Strike & Spare center offers several all-inclusive birthday party packages to fit all budgets and age levels.
Circus world pricing allows you to pay for each attraction separately or to buy an all inclusive wristband which gives you unlimited access to all Circus World activities plus one game of bowling. Wristband prices vary from 5-20 dollars depending on the day/time of your visit. So make sure you go here before you plan your trip. (Scroll down on that page to see prices and specials.)
The Gyro-Extreme is a huge metal ball. You get strapped in and it spins you around for about a minute. Sounds awesome, right?Well, according to my kids, it is. There is a height requirement so don’t get your toddlers all excited about this particular ride. For an additional $2 fee, you can experience the ‘Hurricane Simulator’. Save your money and just watch this video. Hillwood Circus World has a small roller skating rink. Skates are included but be warned. The skates are not the well fitting boot style you would get at a stand alone rink. (Click on the photos to see the full sized gallery)
My kids found this type of skate harder to maneuver so you might not want to start here if you or your kids have no skating experience. Veteran skaters should be fine though. There is a big room of games including “Time Freak” and laser tag (included with the wrist band) and a ‘Monster Truck’ simulation ride. Unfortunately it was out of order on the day of our visit.
Another attraction is bumper cars.Circus World offers a large party area with concession stand. The party area is directly across from the skating area. There are 20 large tables in front of the ‘stage’. For those of you who grew up in the 80’s, these characters should be familiar. They are the band from the old Showbiz Pizza. A glow golf mini course is also available.
This is an area where you can really see the age of this place. It’s clearly not new. That’s not necessarily a negative thing. It’s just a fact you might want to consider when planning a trip.
Circus World has a fairly large play area for toddlers including a small bounce house, a ball pit and several climbing structures.
Make sure to leave time to go bowling. :) One employee assured us that being ‘family friendly’ was very important to them. And they back that claim up. This is not the bowling alley you remember from a generation ago. It is clean and smoke free. They encourage all age children to bowl and offer bumpers, ramps to roll the ball down and tiny shoes (Toddler size 7!) to help out.
Family Fun Facts
Hillwood Circus World (Map) Hours: Bowling – Monday and Wednesday 9 AM – Midnight Tuesday 9AM – 2AM Friday – Saturday 9AM to 1 AM Sunday – Noon to midnight Circus World – Monday -Thursday 10 AM to 9 PM Friday -Saturday 10 AM to 11 PM Sunday – Noon to 9 PM Pricing: Varies on the day of the week – Details here **These hours are normal operating hours when Davidson county schools are out. When Davidson county schools are in session, Circus World opens at noon Monday – Friday.
Cost – varies by day – be sure to watch for $5 wrist bands on Groupon/ Living Social. Nashville Parent usually has 1/2 off coupons. Each wrist band gets you unlimited rides, skating, bumper cars, glow golf and 1 game of bowling including shoes.