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Is Kids Bowl Free really a good deal? It depends on several factors. Are you going to be bowling anyways? Do you live near one of the participating bowling centers or is it a hike? Keep in mind that you will probably need to rent shoes (this generally ranges for $4-$8) and, if you go too close to lunch, you may end up buying snacks. On the plus side, bowling alleys are air conditioned and its still a pretty inexpensive day out. Because of timing, shoes and location, Joy found it not worth the trouble, but Anne and her family thought it was a good deal (See below). (Note that Anne lives in St. Paul, where there are two places participating; and Joy lives in Minneapolis, where there is none.):
Yes, it’s budget entertainment and a fun way to keep cool in the summer, but before you register the children for Kids Bowl Free, keep a few things in mind. The two-games-per-day-per-kid deal is definitely free. But, at least according to most lanes, shoe rental is required for each bowler (this included preschoolers and toddlers - anyone who might participate). I was aware of the conditions when I registered, so I was prepared to pay the $3 shoe rental fee – which made the outing certainly not free, but nevertheless a relatively budget outing for under $10.
The kids had a great time, too. Bumpers popped up at the touch of a button. Computerized scoring helped this math-challenged mom. There was even a ramp to help the youngest start her ball down the right track – but still let her feel independent. Two games provided just the right amount of fun before weariness and whining for snacks set in.
Registering for Kids Bowl Free is Simple.
This handy link will help you find the closest of 30+ bowling locales in Minnesota. Once you’ve found it, fill out the online form and your weekly vouchers will arrive via email. Print vouchers ahead of time and bring them only to the location you’ve registered for (it is possible to register at more than one alley, but separate accounts are required for each).
Have fun hitting the lanes this summer!
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