The Kids Bowl Free program is back for 2021!

Parents, do you know about this? As part of the Kids Bowl Free program, your kids can bowl two games a day at participating bowling alleys for free!

How It Work

There are participating locations throughout Oregon and Washington, including Big Al’s, Super Play, Mt. Hood Lanes and Park Lanes Family Entertainment Center. You can find them all here.

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We Tried It

This information was originally published in 2019, and we’ve made updates based on the 2021 program. Do check directly with the bowling centers for their individual Covid precautions, including limited capacity and mask policies.

When you sign up, you choose a specific bowling center. Each week, you receive coupons via email to use for the week at that center, during specific hours (daytime and off-hours, which are actually perfect for many families). You can print out the coupons and bring them in or show them on your phone. You can also install the Kids Bowl Free app to access the coupons.

Shoe rental is additional. For example, at SuperPlay in Beaverton, where we signed up, it was $4 per person. One reader told us that her family bowls so much over the summer that they buy bowling shoes — and then sell them when the kids outgrow them.

If adults bowl, they pay the regular fees. Check the individual sites so you aren’t surprised. Kids Bowl Free does offer a Family Pass for adults; it is $54 for 2 games/day for up to four adult family members for the entire summer. If you think at least one parent will bowl with the kids even a few times, it seems like good deal. They’ll also email frequent deals for the Family Pass that lower the price.

Bowling is fun! Today’s lanes (and even shoes!) are much nicer than they used to be. It can be surprising how much kids enjoying bowling. With Kids Bowl Free, the outing might not be free (or even inexpensive, depending on how you do it), but it is still great, active (and air-conditioned) fun. You can send the sign-up link to a few friends, so friends can bowl together this summer, maximizing the fun — and the value.

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Click here to find out more, and to sign up for your free bowling passes.

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