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Best Family Night

Editors' Pick

Bring the kids, and invite grandma and grandpa, too, for a nostalgic night at White Oak Duckpin Lanes, which has remained virtually unchanged in the 60 years since it opened. For the uninitiated, duckpin bowling is particularly family-friendly because the balls are significantly lighter (about 3½ pounds vs. 6 to 16 pounds) and smaller than the balls thrown in 10-pin bowling. Enjoy cheap pitchers of beer and hard cider at the alley, but skip the snack bar fare and head across the parking lot to Jewel of India for dinner. Enjoy the samosa chat, tandoori chicken, vegetarian thali and garlic naan. In addition to the naan, kids might like the chicken makhani (butter chicken) and spinach palak paneer.

White Oak Duckpin Lanes, 11207 New Hampshire Ave. (White Oak Shopping Center), Silver Spring, 301-593-3000,; Jewel of India, 10151 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, 301-408-2200,

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