Date: February 19, 2012
Summer is several months away, but parents are already hunting for deals on children's activities. When it gets really hot outside, bowling offers a fun respite, and The Alley, in Raleigh, will be offering a free bowling deal over the summer to kids through the Kids Bowl Free program.
Begun in 2008 with 75 bowling centers as a way to help children find a secure fun activity , the Kids Bowl Free program expects to attract more than 2 million children to 1,200 participating bowling centers in U.S. and Canada this summer. Bowling centers started the program to help families struggling during the recession, and to understand what a difference free bowling makes in children's lives, just listen to what this girl who has autism said to NBC Nighly News. Families interested in the program will need to register at www.kidsbowlfree.com to begin receiving emailed vouchers valid for two free bowling games each day for a week every Sunday morning from the starting date at their center until the program ends. Registration is not yet open at the Alley, but the bowling center is asking parents interested in the program to sign up at his link so they can be notified as soon as registration is available.
This year, Kids Bowl Free is also offering a deal to teachers across the United States. Certified kindergarten through eighth grade teachers in public, private, charter or parochial schools may apply to receive a $250 classroom supply grant from the Bowling to Teachers Classroom Supply Grant program. "Bowling To Teachers" currently does not offer grants to instructors of preschoolers or home-schoolers.
The program is offering 400 grants, with 100 grants being awarded each month from February through the end of May. To apply, teachers should visit www.BowlingToTeachers.com to complete the short grant application.