Kids Bowl Free: Truly Free and Cheap Bowling for Kids All Over LA

Kids Bowl Free and low-cost at bowling alleys with summer programs

My son went to a bowling party recently that sparked an obsession with the game -- and I've since realized that bowling is a really great sport for kids. The ingrained turn-taking structure, team camaraderie, and relaxed competitiveness offer kiddos a dose of sportsmanship at a fun pace. Accommodations like gutter bumpers and starting ramps guarantee success for even the youngest bowlers. Seriously, bowling is like the unsung hero of children's athletics. And it must have been this idea that fueled the creation of Kids Bowl Free, a fantastic nationwide program designed to give youth a constructive way to beat the heat. Read on to find out how your kids can bowl free every day this summer.

Everyone under a set age (usually 16 but decided upon by participating bowling centers) is eligible to sign up for the seasonal program, which offers two games of bowling free every day over the summer. (The optional purchase of a $29.95 family pass gives up to four of us accompanying adults the same free game privileges.) To sign up, simply click on your alley of choice and fill out the online form.

But even without the free summer special offered at some of the alleys below, bowling is a low-cost activity geared toward the whole family. In addition to the alleys featuring the free offer, we have also included a list of other local bowling alleys to keep on your radar. Individual games typically cost $3 to $11 around LA, depending upon when you go; shoe rental adds another $3 or $4. So take a reprieve from the usual routine, and gather your family at one of these lanes this summer.

Irvine Lanes. Photo by Scott Cutler/CC BY 2.0

KIDS BOWL FREE PARTICIPANTS:

Pinz Bowling Center
12655 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 769-7600
A family favorite in the Valley with 32 lanes, a full arcade, and free parking, Pinz is participating in Kids Bowl Free through Aug. 31, 2018.

Corbin Bowling Center
19616 Ventura Blvd.
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 996-2695
This bowling alley in the West Valley is very kid-friendly and old school, with a decent redemption arcade.  It's participating in Kids Bowl Free this summer through Aug. 31, 2018.

Winnetka Bowl
20122 Vanowen St.
Canoga Park, CA 91306
(818) 340-5190
You'll find comfort food in the cafe of this traditional alley, offering cheap bowling made cheaper by Kids Bowl Free through Aug. 31, 2018.

Matador Bowl
9118 Balboa Blvd.
Northridge, CA, 91324
(818) 892-8677
Kids can cash in their two free games per day among the matadors of Northridge. The Kids Bowl Free offer is good through October 30, 2018.

Gage Bowl
3477 E. Gage Ave.
Huntington Park, CA 90255
(323) 587-3211
This weathered, inexpensive center is open 24 hours and houses several pool tables as well. Kids Bowl Free through Sept. 30, 2018.

Palos Verdes Bowl
24600 Crenshaw Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 326-5120
An old favorite in the South Bay, this alley earns bonus points for a friendly staff, and of course its support of Kids Bowl Free through Sept.30, 2018.

Irvine Lanes
3415 Michelson Drive
Irvine, CA, 92612
(949) 786-9625
Kids can keep bowling through the Kids Bowl Free plan through Sept. 5, 2018.

Concourse Entertainment Center
3364 E. La Palma Ave.
Anaheim, CA, 92806
(714) 666-2695
This up-to-date alley is participating in Kids Bowl Free through Sept. 2, 2018. It also offers Cosmic Bowling Fridays from 5pm through closing, all day Saturdays, and Sundays until 5pm.

Fountain Bowl
17110 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA, 92708
(714) 963-7888
The 60-lane bowling alley takes part in the Kids Bowl Free plan through Sept. 4, 2018.

Harley's Simi Bowl
480 E. Los Angeles Ave.
Simi Valley, CA, 93065
(805) 526-4212
Offering the Kids Bowl Free plan through Aug. 31, 2018, Harley's also features Cosmic Bowling for kids from 1-5pm on Saturdays and 12-4pm on Sundays.

Harley's Valley Bowl
5255 Cochran St.
Simi Valley, CA, 93063
(805) 584-2695
It too allows the younger set to keep bowling through Kids Bowl Free through Aug. 31, 2018, and offers Cosmic Bowling for families on Saturdays and Sundays.

OTHER FAMILY-FRIENDLY ALLEYS (not in Kids Bowl Free program):

Westside

Bowlmor Santa Monica. Photo by Jeremy Miles/CC BY 2.0

Bowlmor Santa Monica  
234 Pico Blvd. 
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 399-7731
AMF is known for its old-school and well-kept bowling alleys. This one takes up prime real estate three blocks from the beach in Santa Monica. A favorite spot on the northern Westside, Bowlmor is offering a discounted summer pass and 20% off events with promo code SUMMER2018 all summer long in 2018.

Bowlero Mar Vista
12125 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 391-5288
Another traditional bowling experience that's a little cheaper than Santa Monica. A large, free parking lot is a bonus, as is the offer of a discounted summer pass and 20% off events with promo code SUMMER2018 all summer long in 2018.

Bowlero Los Angeles
8731 Lincoln Blvd.
Westchester, CA 90045
(310) 670-0688
This is the biggest bowling alley on the Westside with 32 lanes, and it has a decent diner attached. As with the other Bowlero locations, visitors can take advantage of a discounted summer pass and 20% off events with promo code SUMMER2018 all summer long in 2018.

Eastside

Lucky Strike Hollywood
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 467-7776
The Lucky Strike name is synonymous with trendy, modern bowling alleys. This one, at the Hollywood and Highland complex, started it all. Good food and artwork by local artists help raise the bar here.

Lucky Strike Downtown
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 542-4880
A virtual duplicate of the Hollywood location, it's situated across from the Staples Center at LA Live.

X Lanes LA
333 S. Alameda St., Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 229-8910
Housed on the third floor of a mall in Little Tokyo, this new modern alley gives Lucky Strike a run for its money, boasting a large arcade and gluten-free pizza on the Italian menu.  

Shatto 39 Lanes
3255 W. 4th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 385-9475
Koreatown's place to bowl serves a melting pot of mid-city patrons. It's worn and weathered, and possibly the cheapest bowling in LA.

All Star Lanes
4459 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 254-2579
The old mid-century exterior matches the interior of this quirky joint in Eagle Rock that has a Chinese restaurant inside.

AMF Beverly Lanes
1201 W. Beverly Blvd.
Montebello, CA 90640
(323) 728-9161
Along with ping pong, an arcade, pool tables, and air hockey, this 36-lane bowling alley is offering a discounted summer pass and 20% off events with promo code SUMMER2018 all summer long in 2018.

Pickwick Bowl

The Valleys

Bowlero Woodland Hills
23130 Ventura Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
(818) 225-7181
These clean and spacious lanes in the clean and spacious West Valley offer everything one expects from a traditional bowling alley. Bowlero is also offering a discounted summer pass and 20% off events with promo code SUMMER2018 all summer long in 2018.

Pickwick Bowl
921 Riverside Drive
Burbank, CA 91506
(818) 845-5300
This is a clean, well-kept establishment within Pickwick Gardens (which is also home to an ice skating rink).  Expect inexpensive, traditional bowling, easy parking, and a pleasant walk around the gardens.

Jewel City Bowl
135 S. Glendale Ave.
Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 243-1188
Families seeking old-school bowling with some of the latest amenities will appreciate the recent renovation done to this classic bowling alley.  Service rates high, and it's a popular children's party spot for local folk.

Montrose Bowl
2334 Honolulu Ave.
Montrose, CA 91020
(818) 249-3895
The truly old old-school manual scoring system (i.e., pencil and paper) set against music playing from a cool electronic touch-screen jukebox makes this little spot noteworthy.

Bowlmor Pasadena
3545 E. Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 351-8858
The electro-hip bowling alley offers 31 lanes, an all-new interactive arcade, a discounted summer pass, and 20% off events with promo code SUMMER2018 all summer long in 2018.

AMF Bowling Square Lanes
1020 S. Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 445-3160
The 40-lane bowling alley is offering a discounted summer pass and 20% off events with promo code SUMMER2018 all summer long in 2018.

Brunswick Zone West Covina Lanes
675 S. Glendora Ave.
West Covina, CA 91790
(626) 960-3636
This 56-lane bowling alley also features an arcade and air hockey. Brunswick Zone offers a discounted summer pass and 20% off events with promo code SUMMER2018 all summer long in 2018.

South Bay/Southeast

Bowlero Torrance
21915 S. Western Ave.
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 328-3700
The huge, 40-lane bowling alley offers traditional ambiance at a low price, as well as a discounted summer pass and 20% off events with promo code SUMMER2018 all summer long in 2018.

Gable House Bowl
22501 Hawthorne Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 378-2265
Solar panels help power LA's only green bowling alley, and the area's fanciest. The establishment offers laser tag as well.

AMF Cerritos Lanes
18811 Carmenita Road
Cerritos, CA 90703
(562) 924-9363
With 40 lanes, the bowling alley is offering a discounted summer pass and 20% off events with promo code SUMMER2018 all summer long in 2018.

Orange County

Bowlmor Orange County
2405 Park Ave.
Tustin, CA 92782
(714) 258-2695
The upscale, 30-lane electro-cool bowling alley is at The District at Tustin. Bowlmor offers a discounted summer pass and 20% off events with promo code SUMMER2018 all summer long in 2018.

Bowlmor Anaheim
400 W. Disney Way
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 783-2810
The bowling alley offers 41 lanes of electro-cool blacklight bowling at Anaheim GardenWalk. As with other Bowlmor locations, visitors can enjoy a discounted summer pass and 20% off events with promo code SUMMER2018 all summer long in 2018.

AMF Carter Lanes
1501 S. Lemon St.
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 526-7725
The 40-lane bowling alley is offering a discounted summer pass and 20% off events with promo code SUMMER2018 all summer long in 2018.

Top photo courtesy of Lucky Strike. All others courtesy of venue unless otherwise noted.

Originally published May 20, 2013

location: 
Bowlmor Santa Monica
234 Pico Blvd.
90405 Santa Monica , CA 34° 0' 30.2976" N, 118° 29' 18.3876" W
California
Bowlero Mar Vista
12125 Venice Blvd.
90066 Los Angeles , CA 34° 0' 18.8424" N, 118° 25' 51.8412" W
California
Bowlero Los Angeles
8731 Lincoln Blvd.
90045 Westchester , CA 33° 57' 28.8504" N, 118° 25' 3.2592" W
California
Lucky Strike Hollywood
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
90028 Los Angeles , CA 34° 6' 3.8772" N, 118° 20' 18.7404" W
California
Lucky Strike Downtown at LA Live
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
90015 Los Angeles , CA 34° 2' 41.9352" N, 118° 15' 55.8072" W
California
X Lanes LA
333 S. Alameda St. Suite 300
90013 Los Angeles , CA 34° 2' 40.3224" N, 118° 14' 17.9628" W
California
Shatto 39 Lanes
3255 W. 4th St.
90020 Los Angeles , CA 34° 4' 2.352" N, 118° 17' 27.258" W
California
All Star Lanes
4459 Eagle Rock Blvd.
90041 Los Angeles , CA 34° 7' 31.9116" N, 118° 13' 11.028" W
California
Bowlero Woodland Hills
23130 Ventura Blvd.
91364 Woodland Hills , CA 34° 9' 47.4984" N, 118° 37' 46.3476" W
California
Corbin Bowling Center
19616 Ventura Blvd.
91356 Tarzana , CA 34° 10' 20.4024" N, 118° 33' 37.0908" W
California
Pinz Bowling Center
12655 Ventura Blvd.
91604 Studio City , CA 34° 8' 40.5672" N, 118° 24' 31.9428" W
California
Irvine Lanes
3415 Michelson Drive
92612 Irvine , CA 33° 40' 18.8724" N, 117° 50' 1.3308" W
California
Pickwick Bowl
1001 Riverside Drive
91506 Burbank , CA 34° 9' 34.2468" N, 118° 18' 44.3448" W
California
Jewel City Bowl
135 S. Glendale Ave.
91205 Glendale , CA 34° 8' 43.152" N, 118° 14' 52.8108" W
California
Montrose Bowl
2334 Honolulu Ave.
91020 Montrose , CA 34° 12' 20.5704" N, 118° 13' 46.56" W
California
Palos Verdes Bowl
24600 Crenshaw Blvd.
90505 Torrance , CA 33° 48' 6.7212" N, 118° 19' 38.946" W
California
Bowlero Torrance
21915 S. Western Ave.
90501 Torrance , CA 33° 49' 42.5388" N, 118° 18' 35.4996" W
California
Gable House Bowl
22501 Hawthorne Blvd.
90505 Torrance , CA 33° 49' 25.878" N, 118° 21' 7.2036" W
California
Winnetika Bowl
20122 Vanowen St.
91306 Canoga Park , CA 34° 11' 34.8648" N, 118° 34' 19.29" W
California
Gage Bowl
3477 E. Gage Ave.
90255 Huntington Park , CA 33° 58' 48.0432" N, 118° 12' 10.8288" W
California
Matador Bowl
9118 Balboa Blvd.
91324 Northridge , CA 34° 14' 10.7088" N, 118° 30' 6.3648" W
California
Concourse Entertainment Center
3364 E. La Palma Ave.
92806 Anaheim , CA 33° 51' 2.0772" N, 117° 50' 54.8052" W
California
Fountain Bowl
17110 Brookhurst St.
92708 Fountain Valley , CA 33° 42' 52.848" N, 117° 57' 13.752" W
California
Harley's Simi Bowl
480 E. Los Angeles Ave.
93065 Simi Valley , CA 34° 16' 14.9232" N, 118° 47' 18.7224" W
California
Harley's Valley Bowl
5255 Cochran St.
93063 Simi Valley , CA 34° 16' 48.252" N, 118° 41' 23.5932" W
California
Bowlmor Orange County
2405 Park Ave.
92782 Tustin , CA 33° 41' 55.356" N, 117° 49' 41.4732" W
California
Bowlmor Anaheim
400 W. Disney Way
92802 Anaheim , CA 33° 48' 23.5188" N, 117° 54' 44.9064" W
California
AMF Valley View Lanes
12141 Valley View St.
92845 Garden Grove , CA 33° 47' 11.0688" N, 118° 1' 45.8148" W
California
AMF Carter Lanes
1501 S. Lemon St.
92832 Fullerton , CA 33° 51' 17.6472" N, 117° 55' 14.3148" W
California
Bowlmor Pasadena
3545 E. Foothill Blvd.
91107 Pasadena , CA 34° 9' 5.7852" N, 118° 4' 36.0768" W
California
AMF Bowling Square Lanes
1020 S. Baldwin Ave.
91007 Arcadia , CA 34° 7' 41.1348" N, 118° 3' 15.2532" W
California
Brunswick Zone West Covina Lanes
675 S. Glendora Ave.
91790 West Covina , CA 34° 3' 51.6024" N, 117° 55' 48.8496" W
California
AMF Beverly Lanes
1201 W. Beverly Blvd.
90640 Montebello , CA 34° 1' 4.0512" N, 118° 6' 40.5036" W
California
AMF Cerritos Lanes
18811 Carmenita Road
90703 Cerritos , CA 33° 51' 39.5604" N, 118° 2' 50.4312" W
California