My kids love to bowl but on weekends during the school year, it can be hard for us to find time as a family to fit a trip to the bowling alley into our schedule in midst of all of the soccer games and birthday parties. And since bowling is an indoor and air conditioned activity- it makes for a great summer outing- especially on a rainy day! I have a few tips for you to make your next visit to the lanes a good one!
Pick your arrival time carefully!
When the weather forecast calls for rain, you won't be the only family in town thinking of heading to the bowling alley! So either try to get there immediately when the alley opens for business, or wait until about 2:30pm. Why 2:30pm? Because all of the local summer camps in your area that have planned field trips to the bowling alley will be boarding the camp buses around then so as to get back to camp in time for their 3pm dismissal. At our house, it is always my strategy to avoid camp groups…. because the only thing crazier than taking 6 kids bowling by yourself, is taking 6 kids and getting all mixed together with a larger group of campers! (My ears start ringing just thinking about it!)
Have younger bowlers?
At our local alley, kids do not need to rent shoes until their feet reach a youth size 1, so make sure to send younger children in sneakers because they cannot bowl in flip flops! And ask if the alley offers pop-up bumpers based on each bowler's preference. Your 5 year old will have more fun if they aren't only throwing gutter balls, and your 10 year old will be disgusted if you ask him to play on a lane with bumpers! Finally make sure you know where to look for the lighter-weight bowling balls for younger kids.
Score a deal!
AMF Bowling Centers is offering a fantastic free summer bowling deal! Just register here and you'll receive 2 free games per child per week. You only have to pay for shoes (and the endless amount of food your kids will devour from the snack bar)! There is a deal for adults too- pay $27.95 and 4 people ages 17 and older can bowl 2 games daily all summer long! We signed up! You should too!
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