Finding an inexpensive good time to entertain your kids during the summer can often be a headache for parents.
Eventually, the backyard runs out of activities for free, the beach and its attendant parental work loses its appeal, and your wallet cries for mercy from the more expensive attractions.
One possible solution is at Capri Valley Lanes in Kelowna, where your kids can bowl for free all summer long.
Free summer bowling is popular in the U.S. and the idea was introduced in Canada two seasons ago.
Historically, summer is the slow season for bowling alleys, this national program aims to bring in new bowlers and fill the lanes during the hot summer months.
Every child who is signed up is given two free games of bowling, every day of the week, all summer long.
The program is simple. Go to www.kidsbowlfree.com/caprivalley.
You can sign up to six kids in your family to one email address.
Each week, the website will email you that week’s game coupons and give you the option for the following week as well. Just print out the coupons and go bowl.
Capri Valley Lanes owner Ruby Sargeant wants parents and their children to come bowl as often as possible.
“We want you to come lots. Really you are not taking advantage of us. Hopefully you will come in, have a great time and in the fall when you are looking for something to do, you kids will think, ‘I want to go bowling.’”
Sargeant is a parent of grown children and knows there is not much to do in the summer that is low cost. For bowling, there is the $1 to $2 cost per child for shoe rental and then you have a couple hours of fun.
Parents can bowl the entire summer with their children for an adult pass price of $24.95. That includes up to four registered adults and the pass can be bought online with the children’s free passes.
“You aren’t going to want to sit on the benches and watch,” points out Sargeant.
“We do think the adult price and number of adults allowed is really reasonable.”
Capri Valley Lanes is located at the Capri Mall in Kelowna.