3 free or cheap indoor activities for kids this summer

If you or your kids aren't fans of heat and sun, don't worry. Here are three fun ways to spend your summer days that don't require sunscreen.


Set 'em up and knock 'em down with the Kids Bowl Free Program for your kids 15 and younger

Honored at many alleys, including Atlanta's Metro Fun Center and various Stars and Strikes locations, participants will receive two free bowling games every day for each child who is enrolled. Adults can register for a family pass, which provides two daily games of bowling for $29.95. Ages for participation, shoe rental and duration of the program vary by bowling center.

Other lanes, such as Main Event and Brunswick, offer summer fun passes for daily fun at special rates.


Burn up to 600 calories an hour with free roller skating from Kids Skate Free.

Parents sign up online for the program, then receive two weekly passes per child in their inbox Sunday evening for the following week's skating. Passes do not include adult skate.

Qualifying ages and skate rentals vary by rink. You can find your local rink by searching your ZIP code at Kids Skate Free.


Too hot to run outside? Kids can stay cool while running from zombies inside.

Monster Mini Golf in Marietta offers 18 holes of glow-in-th-dark, kid-friendly, monster-themed golf. Animatronics pop out while a DJ spins music.

When you're tired of golfing among the undead, head to the arcade.

Open daily except for private events and holidays, Monster Mini Golf offers monthly specials and a loyalty club to help frugal ghouls hit the links.

Monster Mini Golf is at 2505 Chastain Meadows Parkway NW, Marietta, Ga. 30066; 770-423-2212; www.monsterminigolf.com/marietta/