Where to Find Free and Cheap Bowling in Houston This Summer

Finding an indoor family-friendly activity to beat the heat in Houston doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Bowling is the perfect choice for families with kids of all ages who want to enjoy a fun sport in a cool, air-conditioned atmosphere. Little ones can use bumpers to keep gutter balls at bay, while older kids can get a little more competitive with each other and their parents. Some bowling alleys even offer tasty food options and arcade games to keep the good times rolling and create a memorable experience for the entire family. 

Thanks to the nationwide initiative, Kids Bowl Free, kids can enjoy up to two FREE games of bowling per day at many venues all over Houston this summer. This seasonal program covers the cost of two games of bowling per registered child at select bowling alleys. Although this offer does not include the cost of shoe rentals, some alleys offer additional discounts and bonus programs in conjunction with Kids Bowl Free. Each child (usually age 15 and under depending on location requirements) will need to sign up online to participate. Simply choose your location, fill out the online form, and you're ready to rock and roll all summer long! Read on for a look at the participating Houston area bowling alleys and to learn more about each venue's requirements for the program. 

Kids bowl free participants: 

Times Square Entertainment - Katy
402 West Grand Parkway South #110

This Katy location is participating in the Kids Bowl Free program through October 31, from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday- Thursday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday- Sunday. Participants must be age 15 or younger. 

Max Bowl East - Baytown
720 Ward Road

Bowl in Baytown with the Kids Bowl Free program through September 1, Monday- Thursday until 8 p.m. and Friday until 7 p.m. Offer is not valid on Saturday and Sunday. Participants must be age 15 or younger. Additional kids games (after the two free games per day) are discounted to $3 per bowler. 

Copperfield Bowl - Houston
15615 Glen Chase Drive

Kids can bowl free at Copperfield Bowl through August 19, Monday- Friday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Saturday from noon- 6 p.m. Participants must be age 15 or younger. Due to tournament play, Kids Bowl Free will not be honored on July 20- 21 and July 26- 29. 

Emerald Bowl - Houston
9307 Boone Road

This family favorite bowling alley offers the Kids Bowl Free program daily from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. through September 3. Participants must be age 18 or younger. 

Max Bowl Humble - Humble
2390 Wilson Road

Max Bowl Humble lets kids cash in on their two free games per day Monday- Thursday until 8 p.m. and Friday until 7 p.m. through Sept. 1. Participants must be age 15 or younger. 

Tomball Bowl - Tomball
14435 FM 2920 Road

This Tomball location is participating in the Kids Bowl Free program Monday- Friday from 11- a.m.-5 p.m. through Aug. 31. Participants must be age 15 or younger.

Arcade games add an extra element of fun at Times Square Entertainment in Katy/ Photo courtesy Times Square Entertainment

Even without participating in the free summer bowling program, bowling can still be a fun and inexpensive activity for families. Several family-friendly bowling and activity centers around town have summer specials that offer low-cost or discounted rates for kids and families. Take a look at some of the lanes we love and their summer specials below. 

More Family-friendly Summer Bowling Deals (not in Kids Bowl Free program)

AMF Lanes
Multiple locations throughout the Houston area. Find the one closest to you here
Bowl Sunday evenings after 6 p.m. to receive a discounted per person rate on games and shoes. Rates range from $2.50-$3 depending on which area location you choose. Many AMF Lanes feature fun arcade games and plenty of tasty food options for loads of family fun. 

IT'Z Family Food and Fun
Multiple locations throughout the Houston area. Find the one closest to you here
Strike a deal Sunday through Friday this summer at IT'Z with all-you-can-bowl for just $7. And for a can't-miss late-night deal, bowl after 8 p.m. for $5. Several locations even offer a mini bowling option, perfect for tiny kids hands. At IT'Z Family Food and Fun, bowling is just one of the many activities families can enjoy. In addition to bowling, most locations also feature laser tag, arcade games, bumper cars, and lots of pizza!

Main Event
Multiple locations throughout the Houston area. Find the one closest to you here
Go wild with the Monday Madness special at Main Event this summer. Each Monday after 4 p.m. Main Event offers an all-you-can-play option for $10.95 per person. Not only does this give you unlimited bowling, but unlimited access to other Main Event attractions as well, like laser tag, billiards, and mini golf. 

Top photo: Mini bowling at IT'Z Family Food and Fun/ Photo courtesy IT'Z Family Food and Fun

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