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Surviving Summer Heat with Indoor Activity



The first blush of summer has come and gone and the thermometer seems only to know how to rise. Summer days stretch before parents like a scary blank canvas with lots of daylight hours to fill and lots of pent-up energy to release. Whether we want to avoid the heat or spend a rainy afternoon inside, Tulsa offers a variety of free or low cost activities in the blessed air conditioning.

Bowling

Andy B’s and Broken Arrow Lanes both offer free bowling this summer. Renee Proffitt, public relations for the bowling lanes, said that bowling free is as easy as “registering online.” Kids 15 and under can get two free games per day, but “make sure to check the websites for times,” because each day is different. When parents register at www.kidsbowlfree.com/andybs, they will receive vouchers via email for each game for each child. Proffitt also said there is a minimal shoe rental fee. Sheridan Lanes, not affiliated with Andy B’s or Broken Arrow Lanes, offers a similar program and can be found at www.kidsbowlfree.com/amf.

BounceU

For a house full of little balls of energy, BounceU has some options. Open Bounce is just what it sounds like: a flexible time to drop by and play. Times are listed on the website, www.bounceu.com, as well as prices and age ranges. There are two different age-specific Open Bounce time frames. Preschoolers get their own playtime, and they also offer an All-Ages Bounce. Time will vary, so remember to check the site and call ahead to make a reservation.

Creative kids might like the Create and Bounce weekly camps at BounceU, too. Starting in July, campers can attend a different themed camp each week that builds on play and art activities. Campers who return for a second week receive a discount.

Soccer

If kids are looking for something a little more sport specific, Dustin Knight, manager of the Lil’ Kickers program at Soccer City, said his program might be a good fit. Lil’ Kickers is a “developmental, non-competitive” way for young ones to begin to play soccer. Children as young as 18 months can take a Parent and Child class that lasts one hour a week for 11 weeks. The classes are grouped by age first and then ability for the older children, who can be up to 9 years old. Lil’ Kickers sessions are indoors, so they run year round.

If your kids want more soccer playing time, Lil’ Kickers offers week-long summer camps. Children of all ages can register for the 3-hour-long sessions that run through August and will need to check the lilkickers.com website for pricing. Knight said that all kids need to bring to any of the Lil’ Kickers programs is “a good attitude and a willingness to have fun.” The rest of the supplies are provided.

Parents and kids who want to stay active despite the heat have access to plenty of options this summer. For more ideas, go to TulsaKids’ website and look at the Summer Camps & Activities Guide under “Guides and Listings.”