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Bogart’s Entertainment Center in Apple Valley is participating in a national program that offers children the chance to bowl for free during the summer months.

Bogart’s Entertainment Center participating in national program

For families that may not have had the time to go bowling during the school year, Bogart’s Entertainment Center in Apple Valley is offering an inexpensive option to try the sport this summer.

Bogart’s is offering the “Kids Bowl Free” program May 15 through Sept. 2.

Sales and marketing representative Chris Loth said Kids Bowl Free is a national program started 11 years ago by Bowling Business Builders International. Bowling centers can pay to be part of the program and BBBI helps with the marketing and registrations.

The program offers children age 15 and under the chance to bowl for free during summer months.

“It’s nice to do in the summertime. Bowling centers are willing and able to give away those free games because it’s a slow time,” Loth said.

According to BBBI, over 1,360 bowling centers in the United States and Canada participated in Kids Bowl Free and the program registered more than 2.8 million children in 2018. Since the program’s creation in 2008, over 21 million children have been registered.

“Summertime is a slow time because you don’t have leagues in the summertime or as many. BBBI came up with this idea and it’s grown ever since,” Loth said.

Loth said bowling centers and BBBI also created the program to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for children to spend time during the summer.

Loth said each bowling center can choose how it implements the program and they differ in what hours the free bowling is offered and if shoe rentals are free. At Bogart’s, the free games can be redeemed at any time during business hours through Sept. 2. Guests can bring their own bowling shoes or rent them for $3 a pair.

Children who are registered can bowl two free games every day through the summer. Parents, grandparents and older siblings have the option to pay a one-time fee of $30 to purchase a pass that covers all those family members. The pass allows those family members to bowl two free games each day with children registered in the program, Loth said.

The program has been popular at Bogart’s. Last year, 5,841 children were registered, 618 family passes were purchased and 14,778 free games were redeemed, Loth said.

“If families are coming in on an evening time or weekend time, it’s good to call ahead to make sure there’s lanes available,” he said.

Parents can register their child at www.bogartsentertainmentcenter.com/kids-bowl-free. They can get the free bowling passes through the Kids Bowl Free app or email.

For more information, visit the site or call Bogart’s at 952-432-1515. The bowling center is open 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily and located at 14917 Garrett Ave. Bogart’s will be closed for the July 4 holiday.

Patty Dexter can be reached at patty.dexter@ecm-inc.com.

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