Kids Bowl Free*
34 locations in Minnesota
Now – Labor Day, 2015 (may vary by site)
*Kids bowl up to 2 games free, shoe rental fees apply for all ages!
Note: This article was originally published on FFTC in 2013 and has been updated for 2015.
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 know that the name of the program is a bit misleading. The two-games-per-day-per-kid deal is definitely free. But, at least according to the lanes I went to last summer, shoe rental is required for each bowler (this included my under-three-year-old). 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 the program 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!