Bowling centers, schools, and other community organizations have worked together to provide affordable bowling to kids and families.
It’s a great summer activity designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and to provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.
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Bowling is played by millions people around the world.
There are two types of bowling: pin bowling and target bowling. In the U.S., when someone talks about “bowling”, they usually mean pin bowling, specifically 10-pin bowling.
In pin bowling, the goal is to use one large (volleyball-size) ball to knock over (often 10) pins at the end of the bowling lane. Today, pin bowling is most often played indoors on wooden bowling lanes and scoring is electronic. Indoor bowling in ordinary shoes isn’t permitted, because it can damage the lanes. This is the type of bowling in the Kids Bowl Free summer program.
Pin bowling may also be played outdoors. Locally, you can enjoy lawn bowling with the Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club, located in south Seattle on Beacon Hill.
In target bowling, the aim is throw a few small (baseball-size) balls as close as possible to a small target (a ball or puck), or closer than any of your opponents’ balls. Games of this type include bocce, pétanque, and boules. Target bowling is often played outside on grass or gravel. But it can also be played indoors on a wood or synthetic court or table, as well as on ice, as in the sport of curling.
About Kids Bowl Free
Select bowling centers and schools around the country participate in the Kids Bowl Free program.
- Eligible children may register for TWO free games EVERY day, all summer long, courtesy of the participating bowling centers.
- Some bowling centers include bowling shoes and some offer a discount or pass. But each center is different. (Remember, 10-pin indoor bowling cannot be played in street shoes.)
- It’s easy to sign up your children up for bowling all summer long. Just find your nearest bowling center and complete the registration form online. Over 14 million kids have participated.
In conjunction with the Kidsbowlfree.com program, the Family Pass was created to allow adult family members enjoy bowling during summer as well.
Kids Bowl Free Family Pass
After you register your children for free summer bowling, you will have the opportunity to purchase a Family Pass. The Family Pass covers up to 4 adults for the entire summer and is a tremendous value. The family pass is a one time payment. It’s not per person, per week or per month. You pay just a single payment and you can get 2 Games free all summer long for up to 4 adults during your centers Kids Bowl Free hours.
Cowabunga, that’s a great deal.
More info: How KidsBowlFree and the Family Pass work
Listed below are participating bowling centers in Seattle and other cities around the Puget Sound region.
Puget Sound bowling centers in Kids Bowl Free program
Click the bowling center link for more information.
(Listed alphabetically by city.)
- Kenmore: Kenmore Lanes
- Mt Vernon: Riverside Lanes
- Oak Harbor: Oak Bowl
- Olympia: Aztec Lanes
- Puyallup: Daffodil Bowl
- Seattle: West Seattle Bowl
- Tacoma: Paradise Lanes
- Tacoma: Tower Lanes