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
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* 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! 😉 )
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 Cost = $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.
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]