Free and Low-Cost Bowling Deals

These three free and low-cost bowling programs around the Triangle bypass inevitable cries of summer boredom


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For cool fun when temperatures soar outside or on a rainy summer day, you can't beat bowling. Bowling also gives kids confidence because it's a sport where everyone gets a chance to play. If you're looking for deals on kids activities this summer, you'll find three free or low-cost bowling programs that you can take advantage of right here in the Triangle. 


Kids Bowl Free Program

Kids Bowl Free is a free summer bowling program for kids. Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free program all summer long, courtesy of the participating bowling centers, and the schools and organizations associated with it. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure and fun way for kids to spend their time this summer. First find the bowling center closest to you and then register. Times available and age requirements vary by center. All participants must wear bowling shoes (rental shoes available).

Brooks Street Bowl
413 S Brooks St.
Wake Forest, NC, 27587
919-488-4651

B & B Bowling Lanes
3003 Fort Bragg Rd.
Fayetteville, NC, 28303
910-484-5178

Rainbow Lanes Family Fun Ctr
850 NC Highway 42 W
Clayton, NC, 27520
919-553-4386

Village Lanes
330 N. Hardee St.
Durham, NC, 27703
919-682-9145

The Mardi Gras Bowling Center
6118 Farrington Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC, 27517-8108
919-489-1230


AMF Bowling Summer Games

AMF Bowling also offers a summer bowling program. AMF Summer Games lets kids and adults bowl three free games every day, May 20-Sept. 2, 2019, but there’s a small cost. Purchase your Summer Games season pass and bowl 3 games every day at your preferred center. Your pass pays for itself in 3 visits or less and includes shoe rental. Passholders also get access to special offers. 

AMF Pleasant Valley Lanes
5501 Commercial Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27612
919-783-0080

AMF South Hills Lanes
301 Nottingham Dr.
Cary, NC 27511
919-467-2411

AMF Durham Lanes
4508 Durham-chapel Hill Blvd.
Durham, NC 27707
919-489-9154


Buffaloe Lanes Family Bowling Centers

Kids 18 years and younger can register online or in-center for a Kids Bowling Card, which lets them receive one free game of bowling every day April 1-Oct. 31. Some restrictions apply, and the card cannot be combined with any other offer, special or discount.

As an added bonus, Buffaloe Lanes is offering exclusive daily extras for cardholders:

  • Mondays: $2 shoe rental
  • Tuesdays: Free cookie
  • Wednesdays: Free additional game for cardholder
  • Thursdays: Free small drink
  • Fridays: Six free arcade tokens/credits

Buffaloe Lanes South (Garner)
6701 Fayetteville Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27603
919-779-1888

Buffaloe Lanes North (Raleigh)
5900 Oak Forest Dr. 
Raleigh, NC  27616
919-876-5681

Buffaloe Lanes Cary
151 High House Road 
Cary, NC  27511
919-468-8684


Kids Bowl Free's Darin Spindler's Tips for Improving Your Bowling Game:

  1. Choosing your ball: It's not the size of the ball in weight that gets strikes — it's the bowler. Using a ball that's too heavy can cause injury. As a basic rule, a 12-pound ball works for most beginners unless they are children.
  2. Holding your ball: Put your pointer and pinky finger on outside the outside of the ball, your middle and ring finger in the holes and thumb in the thumb hole. Hold the ball as though you're holding an open book, aligned with your guiding hand shoulder.
  3. Figure out how many steps you need to take before you release the ball. Everyone is different and the ball speed will vary depending on how many steps you take. Finding the delivery that feels most comfortable for you is best.
  4. Release the ball only after it has passed over your left foot (for righties). By only releasing the ball when it passes over your left foot, you have better aim at your target. If it feels awkward, you're doing it right.
  5. Have fun! That's what bowling is all about. The best part about one of America's favorite past times? Everyone gets to play. Nobody "rides the bench" in this sport!

 

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