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Free summer bowling for kids

Posted April 11

Kids Bowl Free

Once again, the free summer bowling programs are back for another year at multiple locations in and around the Triangle!

You can sign up for free bowling programs through Buffaloe Lanes and Kids Bowl Free.

Each program works a little differently and you need to pre-register for the programs. See below for all the details and registration links.


Buffaloe Lanes

Freebie: 1 free game per day

Ages: Kids 18 and under

Dates: April 1 through November 1, 2016

Daily freebies:

Monday: Free shoe rental

Tuesday: Free cookie

Wednesday: Free small drink

Thursday: Free additional game for cardholder

Friday: 6 free arcade tokens/credits

Locations: 5 participating locations in the Triangle and surrounding counties including Garner, N. Raleigh, Cary, Erwin and Mebane

The free daily game offer does not include shoe rental.

See more information and register on their website.

Kids Bowl Free

Freebie: 2 free games per day all summer

Ages: Kids 15 and under

Dates: May 1 - October 31

Locations: According to their website, there are participating locations this year in Chapel Hill, Clayton, Durham, Fayetteville, Raleigh, Wilson and more. You can see the specific locations on their website.

The free daily game offer does not include shoe rental. Family passes are available for purchase.

See more information and register on their website.


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  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Apr 4, 2016

    Thanks for your feedback, Stephanie! When my girls were younger, we participated in the program for many years and really enjoyed it - especially on really hot or rainy summer days.

  • senglish27529 Apr 4, 2016

    We've bought family passes for Kids Bowl Free for the last several years, and take our now 10-yr-old grandson to Rainbow Lanes in Clayton every few weeks. I was very pleased to learn that the folks at the bowling alley love the program too!

    Kids Bowl Free also sends out free bowling coupons (for the kid only, if I remember correctly) at various time outside the program window as well, like around Thanksgiving and Christmas. We have found the whole program to be very well run, and results in a lot of fun with our grandson!