Keeping your kids occupied over the summer can be a challenge. Even more challenging is keeping them occupied without it costing you an arm and a leg. The Union Bowling Center at the University of Central Missouri is here to help with free bowling for your children.

Bowling was always something that was at least a little part of my life. As a little kid, my mother bowled. And my grandmother bowled. And when I got into junior high, my friends and I bowled. Our school had a Saturday bowling league which we did for a few years. I mostly remember it was fun. Even the parts where we got into a little bit of trouble because we'd be a little rowdier than the bowling alley would like.

That would usually happen on a Friday afternoon when we'd go "practice" before a big match against our arch-rivals. Of course -- they'd be there practicing too. And well, the heat of somewhat unfriendly competition, amped up by two or three bottles of whatever sugary delicious flavored soda and candy bars we picked up from the attached bar/liquor store... and well we'd be loudly running our mouths at each other. To the point they were quite happy to say goodbye to us when our ride showed up to drive us home.

I mention all of this because my Mom was instrumental in giving me a love of bowling. It really started with our family just going bowling for something to do. And yeah, I was pretty lousy. But it was fun. And mom and dad, you can do the same thing with your kids for free this summer at the Union Bowling Center at UCM in Warrensburg.

Kids 12 and under bowl free with a paying adult on Mondays between 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM CDT throughout the summer. Additionally, the Union Bowling Center in the Elliott Student Union is open to the public seven days a week with free parking across the street at the corner of Clark and Holden.

Additionally, they offer senior adult bowling, league night, and glow bowl every Friday and Saturday night from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM CDT. Over the summer Union Bowling Center's hours are 1:00 PM - 9:00 Pm and complete information can be found on their website.

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