MD Summer Fun Day #16: Take the kids bowling for free

bowlingKidsBowling is a great summertime family activity especially on rainy or hot days. Some bowling alleys even offer free games for kids.

Register the kids now for KidsBowlFree and they will receive two free games of bowling daily all summer long. Both Glen Burnie Bowl and Greenway Bowl in Odenton are participating.

Kids Bowl Free is in its 7th year, serving more than 2.1 million kids and 825,000 families across America at more than 1200 participating bowling centers. To see all the participating centers visit the KidsBowlFree website.

Here are five tips from Kids Bowl Free's Darin Spindler to improve 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 12lb. 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 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!

The best part about bowling is that everyone gets to play. Nobody "rides the bench" in this sport.

Several other bowling alleys in the area that may not have free bowling include:

Annapolis Bowl
2057 General's Highway
Annapolis, MD 21401
Sunday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-midnight
Friday & Saturday: 9 a.m.-2 a.m.

Severna Park Lanes
840 Ritchie Highway
Severna Park, MD 21146
Sunday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-midnight
Friday: 9 a.m.-1 a.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-2 a.m.

Crofton Bowling Centre
2115 Priest Bridge Drive
Crofton, MD 21114
Sunday: 8 a.m.-midnight
Monday: 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 9 a.m.-2 a.m.

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