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HIP’s Summer Challenge Week #1: Bowling for Free

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For Week #1 of HIP’S Summer Challenge, I thought it would be fun to head to the bowling alley! Bowling is the perfect summer activity because it gets you out of the heat, keeps your body moving and is entertaining for all ages and skill levels. And the best part of this activity – the Kids Bowl Free program!

Here’s How Kids Bowl Free Works:

* Head over here and click on your state
* Find a participating bowling alley near you
* Complete the registration form (you will need to enter your information and your kiddo’s name and birthday)
* When you are ready to do some bowling, just log in to your account, print the coupons, and head to the bowling alley

My Personal HIP TIPS

* Throughout the Kids Bowl Free registration process, you will likely be asked if you want to purchase a Family Pass for a flat fee of $24.95 (this covers the bowling costs for 2 games of bowling per day, per adult family member, up to 4 family members all summer long). At first glance, this seems like a decent deal; however, do NOT buy the Family Pass from Kids Bowl Free. Instead, call your local bowling alley and buy the Family Pass directly from the bowling alley (my local bowling alley is offering the Family Passes for just $20)

*Keep in mind that you will need to pay for the shoe rentals for each person bowling (or bring your own bowling shoes!). If you are planning to take advantage of this free bowling program regularly throughout the summer, you may want to ask your local bowling alley if they offer an unlimited shoe rental pass as this will help you save some money in the long run. Or, purchase used Bowling Shoes at your local thrift store or online.

* Feed your kids before you head out to bowl. This will prevent you from spending money at the snack bar and vending machines.

(Hope all of you are better bowlers than I am! πŸ˜‰ )

How Much Did I Spend?!

* 2 Games of Bowling Per Kid = FREE (thanks to the Kids Bowl Free Program!)
* Shoe Rentals $2.25 x 3 Kids = $6.75
* Final CostΒ  = $6.75 (+ cost for myself and my hubby to bowl which was $11)

On a side note, my family discovered that bowling is probably not for us. Although it was fun to do something different together, we would have preferred to just spend time together playing basketball or soccer in the backyard. So although we did have a great time bowling, it will likely be our only bowling excursion of the summer.
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HIP’s Summer Challenge

Every Monday throughout this summer, I will be publishing a Weekly Post centered around different activities that I have personally done with my 3 kiddos (ages 6, 8, and 11) for around $10 or less. I hope you’ll join me![/h2s_box]

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  1. Ashley

    Just did this with my nieces who were visiting out of town! Amazing Deal! Especially on those hot summer dayw and what a great family activity!

  2. cathy

    We usually find specials like groupons to be a better deal. The shoe rentals here really add up as does the cost for adults. That and our family likes to bowl so 2 games would be over SO fast for us.

  3. Beth

    We do the Kids Bowl Free every summer & I buy the family pass as well. We usually go once a week. Until my youngest gets over having to win at everything we’ll never play more than 2 games! This works out great for us.

  4. Ketsy

    You and you’re little girl made my day! She is too adorable! It’s like a mini you! πŸ˜€

    • Ketsy

      I meant She’s like a mimi you or It’s like seeing a mini you (not trying to call her an it). Sorry! Long summer day and grammar this late ugh πŸ™‚

  5. terezia

    My little ones are still a bit too young to bowl, 1 and 3, lol. But I just wanted to comment about how much Piper looks like you Collin. πŸ™‚

  6. Ketsy

    Your summer challenge is a great idea to get us up and at it with the kids on the day we lack motivation. Would so love for your website to have a photobucket/ instagram type thing to share πŸ˜€

  7. Sarah

    We finally acquired bowling shoes so it could be worth it for us, but I get so bored with bowling so fast. Haha. I agree, I’d rather be doing something else like going for a walk, bbq’in at the park, or something else outdoors.

  8. Janet

    I haven’t been bowling with my family in over ten years. The stupid bowling alley in the town we live in still allows smoking. The one time we went we had just gotten our shoes on when some people took the next lane and immediately lit up. We took off our shoes, got a refund and left.

    • Em

      That’s crazy that they still allow it. A city near us passed an ordinance last year for no smoking in any building- not even a bar! It’s awesome. My city has an ordinance that doesn’t allow smoking in buildings unless it makes 51% or more of its money in alcohol sales- so basically only bars. We choose to vote with our dollars and only go to the bars that only allow smoking on the patio. I would rather not be exposed to that nastiness.

      • tilla ham

        we have no smoking indoors in our cities…even in bars…only Native American Casinos are exempt. We also have a no smoking within 25 feet of an entrance to a business, but no one respects that law. What I hate are the people that smoke in the drive thrus or on a hot day while we have windows down in car. Also at things like fair, someone made my daughter have asthma attack at Disney where no smoking is allowed but they didn’t care. If it’s an outdoor place, smokers should respect it. We don’t infringe upon their air by not smoking, so they should be the ones to give up the convenience.

        • janel

          Same here.

          Its illegal but everyone sits outside of places and smokes and its not enforced πŸ™

          Makes me sad because the smell of smoke makes me very sick and i sometimes have to leave because the people smoking are never amenable when you kindly ask them not to smoke shop close (since its technically illegal)

        • Valerie

          I used to live in AZ where you cannot smoke within 25 feet of the entrance of a building. The people in the office next to ours used to ignore it all the time. Once they were actually holding onto the doors of our office smoking. We had employees with smoke induced asthma and asked them repeatedly to stop. I finally called the 800 number for the smoking ban, it was on the poster or you can find it online. The building owner is responsible for enforcing the law and if they don’t they will be fined. Just keep turning them in and they will be forced to enforce the law or be fined.

  9. christine

    I really hope piper had bumpers and didn’t kick everyone’s butts on her own πŸ™‚

  10. Tera

    Bumpers are for mommies, too! πŸ™‚

  11. Serena

    Unfortunately, no bowling alleys near me are participating.

  12. kelbachj9

    Thanks, I am always looking for things to do with my kids!!

  13. Bianca

    This first time we tried bowling for free my youngest got tired into the first round and my oldest was mad that he wasn’t doing very well. We stuck with it though, and they even ask to go back now. I think they had to get used to the game. Don’t give up Collin, you might try again later on this summer πŸ™‚

  14. Corina

    I have bought bowling shoes to save. I collect swagbucks and bought them off Amazon for around $11.00. Last year when I bought my son’s(I bought a size bigger to last) bowling.com was on ebates, so I got $ back. The Family pass through the program continued to email me to buy & offered $5 off through one email and that is when I bought it. Our bowling alley offers a drink discount when you purchse the mug.

  15. Emilytwinmom

    I use the kids bowl free coupons all the time! We love it!

  16. sally

    Your kiddos look just precious Collin. Kids smiles really can brighten a day

  17. Julie

    Week 1 already! UGH!!! My daughter still have 2 more FULL weeks for school left. LUCKY!

  18. Sarah

    Colin – any suggestions on where to buy affordable bowling shoes? I’ve looked several times at Goodwill and can’t find any. Renting shoes every time REALLY adds up! Thanks!

  19. erikam01

    Not sure if someone already pointed it out, but Tony’s pizza has coupons for free bowling on the box. I think you have to pay for shoes, but the game would be free.

  20. ihearthip

    When I signed up for the kids bowl free program, somehow my bowling alley got my info and sent me 2 games for free for my bday also! πŸ™‚

  21. jhnicole

    We went to kids bowl free at amf yesterday.It was kids 16& under free plus shoe rental was included.My sis rented the lane ahead of time.My 14 year old and 9 year old had fun.Well today is my daughter 10th birthday she won a stuffed animal in the vending machine.

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