Summer Fun: FREE Daily Bowling for Kids!


Have you heard of the nationwide program where kids get to bowl two free games per day all summer long? If you haven’t signed your kids up for the Kids Bowl Free program, I recommend you register now. It’s super easy and did I mention FREE?! It takes a few minutes to enter your information and then you will receive an email with the free bowling certificates. Once a week these certificates will be emailed to you.

For the past five summers, we’ve participated in this program. My children look forward to their bowling adventures all summer long! It’s a great rainy day activity or an opportunity for active family fun.

Register for FREE Bowling

Visit Kids Bowling and find your state and locations that the program is offered near you. Be sure to read the restrictions, times and what is offered at each bowling alley as things are different for each business. There’s also an option to add on a family pass for adults (the price varies based on the discount they offer at the time) but it’s usually around $25 for up to 4 adults to receive the 2 games all summer long. Here’s the link to the Frequently Asked Questions about the program: Kids Bowl Free- FAQ 

Columbus Area Alleys with Free Bowling

We visit the Plain City Bowling location and love it. It’s an older style alley that’s smaller than many that we’ve been to in the area, but it’s perfect for kids. They have a few ramps kids can use and bumpers so even the little ones have the possibility of getting a strike.  

The pizza is really good and affordable. And, right next door is Der Dutchman so if you are craving yummy treats be sure to stop on over to their bakery.

Bowling shoe rentals are not included in this deal, but at the Plain City Lanes, it’s only $2.50 each for the shoes. For a total of $5.00, my kids enjoy two full games of bowling which is a great deal!

Here’s a list of some bowling alleys in the Columbus area that offer the Kids Bowl Free program:

Free Bowling
                                         Plain City Lanes

Columbus Area Bowling Alley Discounts

AMF Lanes

With the Summer Games Bowling Pass, you can play 3 games of bowling each day from May 20- September 2.  There is a discounted fee for this program. Learn more about the details here: AMF Summer Games Bowling Pass

Rule 3

Sunday-Thursday this summer, kids 18 and under can bowl two free games. Shoe rental is $4. Find out more details and register here: Rule 3 Summer Bowling Program

Star Lanes Polaris

This is more than just a bowling alley. There’s a full-service restaurant, game room and billiard. Check out our review: Three Cheers for Star Lanes. Star Lanes Polaris offers great weekly specials so be sure to check out their deals. On Manic Mondays, bowling games are $3 each and shoe rentals are $3. This deal is all day long. On Wednesdays, Kids Eat Free from 5:00 p.m. – close with the purchase of a regular priced adult meal. Check out the deals and discounts here: Promotions- Star Lanes Polaris   

Ten Pin Alley

Ten Pin Alley has been recently renovated and has so much to offer! Bowling, Bocce, Arcade, Laser Tag, and a great menu. In the past they’ve had a summer bowling pass, but there isn’t any information posted yet on their website.

If you’re looking for another fun family adventure check out Pins Mechanical Company. Children are permitted before 8 p.m. in the Dublin location and after that, it is 21+ only. Pins Mechanical offers duckpin bowling, pinball, foosball, ping pong, shuffleboard and a drink menu. They have two locations in Dublin and Downtown.