Keeping your children physically active during the summer months may sometimes prove challenging. For many children, summer signifies sleeping in and spending the remaining waking hours on electronics playing video games, watching television, texting and anything else that can be done while in a reclined position.

Kids Bowl Free and Kids Skate Free are two individual summer programs that provide an opportunity for children to get up, get out, exercise and have some fun. Children registered in the bowling program receive two free games per day at the participating center. The skating program allows participants to skate free during specified hours using issued program passes.

Both bowling and skating can be enjoyed by children of all skill levels from the first-time player or skater to the more skilled in either sport. Participation in one or both programs will help your child burn calories, provide regular exercise and give them an alternative to being sedentary during summer vacation. Some of the rinks and centers participate in the program year-round, so the fun and exercise may continue throughout the school year.

There are several locations throughout the United States participating in both programs with centers and rinks across the country. You must register with the locations you want to use. Below is a list of participating bowling centers and skating rinks in Alabama, Florida and Tennessee. Check the participating location to learn the days your child may bowl and skate for free as well as the age of child that may participate in the programs. A skate or bowling shoe rental fee may apply.

Alabama (see participating bowling centers)
Cities: Dothan, Enterprise, Florence, Foley, Huntsville, Montgomery, Prattville, Spanish Fort and Westavia.

Florida (see participating bowling centers)
Cities: Cape Coral, Clearwater, Daytona Beach, Dunedin, Fort Myers, Fort Walton Beach, Gainesville, Greenacres, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Jupiter, Kissimmee, Lake Wales, Largo, Lehigh Acres, Melbourne, Merritt Island, Miami. Mt. Dora, Naples, Newport Richey, Orlando, Orlando Beach, Pace, Palatka, Pensacola, Port Chrlotte, Port Richey, Port St. Lucie, Sarasota, Sebring, Spring Hill, St. Augustine, St. Petersburg, Stuart, Tallahasse, Tamarac, Tavares, Titusville, Vero Beach, West Palm Beach and Winter Garden Yulee.

Tennessee (see participating bowling centers)
Cities: Chattanooga, Clarksville, Collierville, Cordova, Dickson, Hendersonville, Hermitage, Johnson City, Knoxville, Lexington, Memphis, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Savannah and Tullahoma.

Military Bowling Centers (see participating skating centers)

Alabama (see participating skating centers)
Cities: Daphne, Fairfield, Fultondale and Montgomery.

Florida (see participating skating centers)
Cities: Fort Myers, Fort Walton Beach, Lakeland, Panama City, Pensacola Tallahassee and Vero Beach.

Tennessee (see participating skating centers)
Cities: Collierville, Cookeville, Cordova, Jackson, Memphis, Murfreeboro and Tullahoma.

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