Zodo’s Bowling & Beyond is partnering with the Kids Bowl Free (KBF) Summer Bowling Program for the fourth year in a row to offer children younger than 17 years of age two free games a day, every day from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., until September 4. The KBF program, which parents must sign up for via the website kidsbowlfree.com, gives kids a chance to get a little exercise, learn the game, and socialize in a stimulating environment. In 2014 alone, Zodo’s gave away more than 16,000 games to 6,000 kids, making it one of the top 10 bowling alleys for KBF in the nation.
“I had a dad and two kids come in the other day with their own shoes, and it didn’t cost a dime for about an hour and a half of bowling. They had a great time,” said Zodo’s General Manager Steve Davis, who also enjoys a slight revenue boost from the program, including more birthday parties, but said that’s minimal. “Kids Bowl Free Program gives us a chance to work on building additional foot traffic in the off-season,” he said. “And it just reminds people that Zodo’s is a great place.”
Davis also just finished training employees on a brand-new scoring system that allows the customer to completely individualize their experience. BES X gives bowlers a chance to interact with a hundred different options for cartoons and animations as well as games and scoring capabilities.
In addition to the free bowling, Zodo’s nominates every elementary school in the area for the Bowling to Schools’ grant, which gives away a total of $50,000 among 50 selected schools. A few years ago, Isla Vista Elementary won $1,000 as a result of the nomination. “We do a lot of school bowling,” said Davis. “We donate bowling to several different schools for events like jog-a-thons and raffles and things, and we’re always happy to help.”
Kids younger than 17 years old can bowl up to two games per day free from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. until September 4 at Zodo’s Bowling & Beyond (5925 Calle Real, Goleta). Call (805) 967-0128 or see zodos.com and kidsbowlfree.com.