Free activities to keep kids satisfied this summer


Parents, have your kids been bugging you by saying there is nothing to do? We found a couple of activities that will break the boredom bug but not the bank.

Mary Anderson is cheering on her kids from Whiz Kids Academy. The group is taking advantage of a free bowling program at the Copperfield bowling alley.

"We are having a blast," Anderson said.

"You can't beat the heat. You've got to be swimming or bowling and that's about it in Houston," parent Kristi Montgomery said.

The name of the free bowling program is called

"There will be a link to all the bowling centers; pick the one in your area," said Mike Beck with Copperfield Bowl.

You will have to register each child online. Once you do that, every day of the summer, it's two free games per child. The free passes are then emailed to your inbox.

"Things are tight, the economy is tough, so we've got to pinch pennies where we can," parent Larry Noles said.

Other participating bowling alleys include Emerald Bowl in southwest Houston, Max Bowl North in Humble, Times Square Entertainment in Katy, Max Bowl East in Baytown and 300 Bowl in Conroe. Some things to keep in mind: Age requirements and hours of the free bowling sessions vary from location to location, and you will have to pay a shoe rental.

"You can't beat it. It is so nice they do that for the kids in Houston. Paying for a shoe rental is nothing, it's a really great value," Montgomery said.

Over at 300 Bowling Alley off Bunker Hill Road, kids 12 and under also bowl free all summer long. It's two free games per child, per day and the games may be redeemed Sunday-Friday from open until 7pm.

At Fun City Skate in Webster, kids can skate for free during certain days of the week.

"You can get two free passes for every child in your household under the age of 12 and they will email it to you every Sunday night," said Lance Castro with Fun City Sk8.

You can redeem those passes at Fun City Sk8 during specific days and times that change weekly.

The rink also hosts what they call Recession Session every Tuesday from 6-9pm. It's dollar admission, dollar pizza and dollar soda. Skate rentals are extra.

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