All summer long, my kids and I bowl for free! Kids Bowl Free is a program that lets your children, 18 and younger, bowl two rounds for free. (Note: you’ll still need to rent the shoes, unless you can provide your own.)
The program starts on May 1st and goes through August 31st; with some time restrictions. Our center is available to program participants from Doors opening until 6:00pm, excluding weekends. (I would personally want to avoid weekends anyway.)
We live in the Southwest where temperatures are in the triple digits ALL SUMMER LONG. Finding a cool, indoor place for fun (away from home) is a must; or we all get a form of cabin fever (especially this mama). We have done this program for three years now and my children (along with my wallet) love it.
Kids Bowl Free: Q&A
How does it work?
First, go here and find a participating bowling center in your state.
Second, register. That’s it! You will receive free bowling coupons in your inbox each week.
How many children can you enroll on one account?
You can enroll up to six children on one account.
Can you have multiple accounts?
Yes, if you have more than one household email. One year (when we had to register more than six kids), my hubby and I had separate accounts.
What about anyone over 18, can they bowl for free?
Yes, and no. No, they cannot; unless they buy a Family Pass.
The cost of the pass is a $29.95 one-time fee. I found a coupon which saved $7.00 on my pass fee; and was then able to add myself, my husband, and my adult children still living at home.
You can try this coupon “SAVE25” to save 25% on the Family Pass fee.
If you do NOT want to add the Family Pass right away, you have the option of adding it later by logging into your account.
The downside of the program?
The only downside for us is the shoe rental. The first time we went this season, with seven of us participating, I paid about $25.00. If we went once a week (which I would love to do), I’d be looking at $100 a month!
Counting myself, there are four of us who are basically done growing; So I checked around for bowling shoes to invest in. On Amazon, they run about $30.00; Which would take ten visits to pay for. (Our bowling center charges $3.00 as a rental fee per pair of shoes.) On Ebay, I found shoes for closer to $15.00.
For my kids who are still growing, I plan to browse local second-hand stores or Ebay again (since auctions are constantly being added). As time passes, I can resell any shoes that no longer fit (or donate them to a friend).
We plan on bowling again very soon…once we all have our shoes!