A couple weeks ago, a friend asked if we wanted to try out this deal in one of the KC Parenting Magazines. It was for kids' bowling. Every Thursday morning, at the Olathe Mission Bowl, they offer kids' bowling for $3 a kid, plus a small drink. I said, sure. Why not? Always fun to try out new things with the girls.
So, we piled into the car on Thursday morning and headed over. I was a little worried that the place would be crazy busy and that it would be overwhelming. I needn't have worried about that. We were meeting two other moms with their kids. (Six kids total, but two are babies, so they didn't bowl.) When we pulled into the parking lot, I started to worry that we had the time or day wrong. There were no other cars in the parking lot. The sign said open, though, so we unbuckled all the kids and trudged in. Inside, it was typical old-bowling-alley style. But, nary a sign of any other bowlers. We made sure the deal was still on, and went ahead.
For $6 and change, we got two games of bowling, plus shoe rental and a drink for each of the kids. (Really, the drink didn't do us any good since neither of my kids drinks soda, but I guess it's the thought that counts?). The girls were so excited for this. I had been telling them about it since the day before and they couldn't wait to go bowling. After we checked in, the lady at the counter handed them bowling shoes. Bowling shoes? For kids? How adorable is that? Both Molly and Charlotte couldn't wait to put on their new shoes. It was just like shoe shopping, which, of course, my girls love.
|Charlotte was thrilled to get to wear bowling shoes.|
|Look at that technique.|
|Call the PBA right now!|
Next up was Charlotte. I attempted to show her the same technique. You know, it's not like she can actually use her fingers in the holes or anything. She did it one time with me. Then, I got her to do it a second time. After that, when I would try to get her up to the lane, she screamed, "I no want to! I no want to!" I really have no idea what could have terrified her about bowling, but after those first two times, she never touched a ball again. She preferred to tickle and entertain Baby Ava.
|Charlotte stayed here, playing with Ava for the rest of the morning.|
|Charlotte instead played water girl, offering sips to the athletes.|
|Ella liked bowling. For the first couple turns.|
|It's like Magic!|
|Successful bowling excursion complete!|
And, now, a couple days later, Molly keeps talking about how much fun she had bowling. Charlotte, though, keeps telling me how much she loved wearing bowling shoes. Maybe there is a little bit of me in her after all.
It's all about the shoes, guys. It's all about the shoes.