Today was Memorial Day, but it was rainy and grey, Pete had to work all day, trains were screwy, and holiday traffic compelled me to stay close to home. What to do? We made chocolate chip cookies, watched a couple movies, and went bowling with a bunch of friends. Because nothing says holiday fun like 7 kids under the age of 5 pushing around bowling balls and constantly exclaiming, “It’s my turn now!!”
Do you know about Kids Bowl Free? It’s a program where kids get to bowl up to 2 free games every day all summer long. There are over 1200 participating bowling alleys nationwide. There’s also an option to purchase a Family Pass for the summer (around $30 for up to 4 adults) which I totally nabbed since at our neighborhood spot the pass pays for itself in just 3 visits.
Our local bowling alley is Astoria Bowl. It’s not one of those hipster NYC bowling alleys with cool music and swanky furnishings and artisanal cheese plates – none of those places participate in this program as far as I know. It’s old school with a bar and arcade games and a snack bar. I wouldn’t have thought bowling would be a good activity choice for a 4 year-old and a 2 year-old, but they have bumpers and ramps and the kids love it.
I’m a little meh about bowling in general, but it’s a solid option when the weather is bad. We’ve been 3 times in the last couple months, twice with a big group of friends, and I’m sure we’ll be returning every few weeks throughout the summer. It’s a good way to practice turn-taking, carrying around the 4 lb balls wears them out a bit, and the beer selection isn’t terrible. And how adorable are these toddler-sized bowling shoes??