School is almost out, so it's time to plan some frugal fun activities for the kids. How about some free summer bowling?
**Updated for 2022**
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What are free summer bowling programs?
Free summer bowling programs are hosted at local bowling alleys and they allow kids to bowl for free. Bowling programs are a great choice for indoor fun during those hot summer days. This program also allows you to get out of the house, enjoy some indoor exercise, and of course…it's fun!
Kids Bowl Free
This long-running program gives kids two FREE games per day during the bowling center's eligible hours. Find a participating bowling center near you to see the hours, and register for passes good for that specific alley.
On Sundays, you'll receive an email with that week's passes for each child. Once you register, you can also purchase a Family Pass good for up to 4 adults to bowl along with the kids.
Summer Games at AMF, Bowl America and Bowlero
Kids 15 and under get 3 FREE games every day plus shoe rental with the Summer Games Kid Pass for $33.95. 16+ and parents' passes are $52.95, and they offer a bundle for 2 kids + 2 adults/teens.
You have to choose one local center to use that pass, and not all locations are participating, so be sure to enter your zip code to see. You can also pay more for a Summer Games Passport that is good at all locations nationwide.
What about shoes and shoe rental?
Remember that not all programs include shoe rental, and that expense can add up. At our local bowling alley, shoe rental is almost $5/person, so it wouldn't take very many trips to recoup the cost of buying your own bowling shoes.
Where can I buy my own bowling shoes?
Take a look at Craigslist and Ebay, and if you can't find them used, buy new at Amazon (thanks for using my affiliate link at no additional cost to you).
Then, when the kids grow out of them, you can sell them to someone else on eBay, Craigslist, or the Facebook Marketplace!
Looking for more free fun?
If you are looking for some other great free fun for the whole family you should check out some of my other budget friendly posts.
- Free Museum Admission for Families
- Free and Low-Cost Summer Movies for Kids
- Free Summer Reading Programs