That’s when we signed up for free bowling and I realized free bowling is a miracle in the summer for any mom with a kid or two and some time on her hands. Hot days, rainy days, it doesn’t matter. We’ve been known to roll out of the pool, throw on some dry clothes and head to the alley.
There are a couple different places you can sign up. We’ve done www.freebowling.com and for the past two years we’ve done www.amf.com (Summer Pass). Both websites let you sign up your kids to get 2 free games of bowling every weekday all summer along. We changed to AMF, because their location was closer to us. We also go ahead and buy the adult pass each year. Four adults can get 2 free games every weekday too. With as much as we bowl, it pays for itself.
Another way we keep the costs down is to buy our own bowling shoes. The shoe rental isn’t included in any of the free summer bowling packages and that can really add up. The first year we participated, the Hubs and I bought shoes and lucky for us, our feet haven’t grown since, so we can continue to use ours each year.
The kiddos are a different story. It would be nice if Adolpha could wear Gomer’s hand me down shoes, but since her foot is the same size as his, that just doesn’t work. Instead, we buy the cheapest shoes we can find and then re-sell them to another lucky bowler at the end of the season. We have found that bowling is a great activity for all ages and the more, the merrier. We make a playdate out of it with our friends who also sign up.
We’re lucky, because our bowling alley is smoke free, it offers a ramp for small children or handicapped children, so toddlers can participate easily. The bigger kids like to compete with one another and the adults have a great time and like to call it a “workout.”
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