Free bowling for children ages 2 to 18

That end of school transition can be challenging when the school schedules are replaced with other events. I always need to establish a routine right from the beginning or our household turns into a chaotic downward spiral. Daily chores are mixed with fun outings. Between work and play, I want to make sure I have a list of engaging options to appeal to a variety of ages to avoid the directionless hanging out.

Once again Saranac Lake’s Romano’s Saranac Lanes is participating in the 10th annual National Kids Bowl Free (KBF) program. Parents can register children ages two to 18 at KidsBowlFree.com to receive 2 free games per day for the months of June, July, and August. That does not include the cost of shoe rentals. Coupons are either emailed or texted each week to a parent or guardian. This program also offers a family pass for $24.95, allowing up to four adults or older siblings to also bowl with the registered children for the same two games during posted Kids Bowl Free times. There are over 1,450 participating bowling alleys throughout the United States and Canada. If Romano’s isn’t close by, sign up for a participating bowling center closest to you. The coupons can only be used at one location.

It has been said that bowling is one activity that has no age, gender or physical limitations. In addition to being a sport, it is a family activity that brings people together in a time when children can be isolated by television and computer games.

So that is not a bad deal. For three months toddlers and teens can spend an hour in an air-conditioned building, being active and not telling parents how bored they are. Rain or shine, each registered child gets two free games. Romano’s Saranac Lanes is located at 11 Bloomingdale Ave. Please call 891-8301 or check the web at www.saranaclanes.net for hours of operation and any restrictions.

Diane Chase is the author of the “Adirondack Family Activities” guidebook series, “Adirondack Family Time: Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities.” For more family-friendly activities go to www.adirondackfamilytime.com.