Kids Bowl Free kicks off for the summer

Towson, Md - Kids have found a fun way to beat the heat this summer at Stoneleigh Lanes in Towson.  They are learning about Duckpin bowling.  

It's part of a program called Kids Bowl Free.  Boys and Girls enjoy two free games of bowling every day all summer.

"It gives them something to do for the summer with the declining resources of most government. Parents have something to do with their kids during the day," said Ken Staub, Owner of Stoneleigh Lanes.

This is the sixth year for Kids Bowl Free.  More than 1,200 bowling centers participate in the program from coast to coast.

Nationally, it serves more than one million children and locally about 1,500 kids participate.

"I think it's a great program because even for the kids that don't have anything to do like me would be able to do something like bowling," said Brandon Armstrong, seventh grade student.

"I think it's awesome that even if you are over 12 that you can go to bowl for free," said Emma Riggs, ninth grade student.

Kids admit Duck Pin Bowling is different.  Some of the little ones enjoyed it while the older ones found it a little challenging.

"I think its a bit easier because you get to have three chances instead of two and the pins are lighter and the balls are smaller," said Armstrong.

"Duck Pins are a whole lot more fun because honestly I can't pick up a regular bowling ball and knock down anything," said Riggs.

The program runs until September.  Kids ages three to 15 can participate in the program.  If you want to find a participating bowling location, you can log onto


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