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Summer in the free lane

Hernando Today Correspondent

Published:   |   Updated: June 21, 2013 at 12:28 AM

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Free bowling, anyone?

From now until Sept. 3, kids can bowl two games per day for free at Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill.

Sue Mitchell, of Mariner Lanes, said, "We're doing it for the kids!"

Bowling can be a great way for families to spend time together this summer and have fun.

Plus, learning to bowl with your kids could be a start of a lifelong hobby and family outing.

Chris Bernhardt Jr., sports writer for Hernando Today and an avid bowler, said he started bowling at age 11 and he's done it every year since.

"My father has been bowling since he was a kid. His mother and his grandmother bowled," Bernhardt said. "In the past I've bowled on a team that featured both my parents and an uncle. It's a sport that the whole family can enjoy for a very long time. It's something my father was able to pass on to me as a kid and now as an adult it allows me an opportunity to spend time with him every week."

"Plus you can stay competitive in it for a very long time," he added. "Once you reach a certain age, you really can't play baseball, football, basketball, anymore. But you can bowl your whole life and still be pretty decent at it. Children that start bowling could have a hobby for a lifetime, one they can share with their family now and pass on their own children and grandchildren."

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The "Kids Bowl Free" program is available at Mariner Lanes seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Children must be under age 18.

To take advantage of this "Kids Bowl Free" program, parents must register and sign up their child at www.kidsbowlfree .com/marinerbowl.

Parents who wish to bowl with their kids may also purchase a discounted family pack of bowling games for themselves through the program so they too can enjoy bowling with their kids.

All participants must wear bowling shoes. You may wear your own bowling shoes or rent bowling shoes from the lanes. Shoe rentals are available for $2.55 per person.

Mariner Lanes is located at 3544 Mariner Blvd. in Spring Hill.

For more information, contact Mariner Lanes at (352) 683-7576 or visit and www.kidsbowlfree .com.

Hernando Today correspondent Heather Francis can be reached at

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