Using this program for free
Here is the site where you register for the program:
When you register at this site, you will sign up to bowl at one location. The free pass is not transferable to other bowling lanes. There are lots of locations throughout the US and Canada, so it should be fairly easy to find a convenient location. I stress “convenient” because if the location isn’t convenient, then it may not be worth it to join. (Driving all over town for a “free” activity will end up being costly.)
Is this really “free”? Yes, it is free for kids but parents must purchase a family pass if they want to bowl. The family pass is a good deal, if you plan to bowl several times. Otherwise, you can save your money and watch your kids bowl . . . I call it living vicariously (and saving money)!
I will warn you that the email notifications may be a bit annoying. When I registered last summer, I received several announcements during the summer then follow-up messages in the Fall. It would have been OK to receive a message once a quarter after the summer. However, their notices through the Fall actually littered my inbox a lot more than I would typically tolerate.
Bowling for College
Bowling can be a fun way for kids of any age to have some safe, active fun indoors. Although it may too early to consider now, there are even bowling scholarships for college! According to their website, over $20M has been awarded for bowling through the US Bowling Congress. Hard to believe, isn’t it?
A senior that I worked with recently had narrowed down his college selection to those institutions with a bowling team. In fact, there are over hundreds of colleges and universities that have a men’s/women’s bowling team. You can see a list of the colleges with bowlers here. So, you never know . . . this free summer activity may lead to a new long-term interest.
Maintaining balance in the summer
If you haven’t planned your child’s activities just yet, it may feel a bit overwhelming. I suggest finding a balance of enrichment and social/sports oriented activities. (Bowling can be one of those activities.) Middle and high schoolers may benefit from also including a career exploration activity/program. Depending on you and your child’s level of discipline, the activities can be structured or loose.
As the summer approaches, I will continue to post different activities or camp ideas. Please let me know if you’d like to brainstorm more specific ideas for your child’s grade level. . .