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Your kids will have a ball at The Dome

Itching to hit a few? Ready to show your little one why you love golf so much? Teach them a thing or two?

OK, maybe you just want to get your kids interested in something besides video games. Either way, you can head over to The Dome, the year-round indoor golf establishment on Wehrle Drive.

I know what you are thinking, my kids are too young. That's what I thought, too. I was wrong. Sort of.

My husband and I brought our girls to check it out, hit some balls and have a fun afternoon. The Dome has 50 practice stalls on two levels. There are specific targets at distances of 30, 50 and 70 yards, but for kids, let's start with a swing or two.

Kids get into the swing of things. (Mary Friona-Celani/Special to The News)

For starters, I pretty much won a "Wife of the Week" prize. My husband loved teaching the girls how to swing. Emma, 5, and Ella, 2, both had a ball. Ella threw a few. Overall, it was a nice experience and I'm sure we'll go back.

While I was there with my little sweeties, I ran into another family trying to teach their little guy a thing or two.

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Justin and Karissa Morcelle are golf lovers hoping to pass their affection for the game down to 2-year-old Ryan. Justin told me so far, so good.

"It's the first time, you know the weather is bad, so cold so he has to have something to do so we came here. It's a little tricky there are a lot of people, but he's having fun," he said.

It's never easy to keep a toddler occupied for long, but Ryan did great job. The Morcelles say they'll bring him back.

What's nice about the Dome is you can stay as long as you'd like. Or leave as quickly as you'd like. You can get a small (34) bucket of balls for $7, a large (68) for $10 or a jumbo (102) for $12. (They give you clubs if you do not have any.)

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While you’re working on your golf game, you can enjoy freshly prepared food and drinks. The Dome's Restaurant, Rule 26, has burgers, sandwiches and that sort of thing ($10-$15). Ask to see the kids menu that offers food like grilled cheese and chicken fingers for $6.

There were a lot of folks there - it was a packed house. We only waited a few minutes for a stall. Yes, it was mostly adults, but we saw about a dozen or so kids, too.

It is a nice place for adults, and kids. (Mary Friona-Celani/Special to The News)

The Dome - Golf and Entertainment

8230 Wehrle Dr., Clarence

Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.





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