Summer bowling program keeps kids active, saves parents cash

Summer bowling program keeps kids active, saves parents cash
Published: Jul. 17, 2014 at 10:06 PM EDT
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GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - Parents are always looking for something for their kids to do during the summer all while looking for something that will also not break the bank.

Gwen Epling, 4, is one of thousands of kids taking part in a summer long national bowling program called Kids Bowl Free. The program gives parents a great activity for their kids to do all while helping them keep money in their pockets.

Royal lanes in Goose Creek is one of two centers in the Lowcountry participating. The other bowling center is Swamp Fox Lanes in Moncks Corner.

"It gives the kids 2 free games everyday during the summer to come and bowl and get out of the house and get a little exercise," Royal Lanes manager Deonna Frayley said.

The free bowling program started seven years ago and is geared towards kids as young as 2 and as old as 15. The only cost is renting shoes.

Organizers say it scores a strike for the whole family because it gives kids something to do and helps parents save money.

Samantha Mann says it has been a huge win for her as well as her two sons.

"You save money the kids have a blast and it's a great way to enjoy the summer," Mann said.

"Not everybody can afford to bring their family out for a fun time and it allows them to do so," Frayley said.

Royal Lanes has been promoting the kids bowl free event as a way to give back to the community.

Frayley says it also promotes healthy kids and has several cardio advantages. Frayley says two games of bowling can burn up to 580 calories.

It all adds up to a success, according to little Gwen, who decided to do a happy dance to show her excitement.

"I love to bowl," she said.

Frayley says parents can register their children at Kids Bowl They will receive vouchers via email every Sunday valid for two free bowling games each day for the entire week for the duration of the summer.

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