Summer bowling in Alameda

Per my daughter’s request, I took my kids bowling at Alameda’s South Shore Lanes this morning. While bowling with the kids—we use bumpers so there are no gutter balls—is usually an expensive proposition, the folks at AMF have a deal: kids under 18 get one free game every week day of summer. (You have to ask at the counter for a pass.) That means you just need to lay out the money for shoe rental, and you’ve got an activity. If you were really committed, you could invest in a pair of bowling shoes (the guy behind the counter suggested Walmart) and then go bowling absolutely free every week day until school starts. Not bad, no? (Please note, though, that the hours on the web site are wrong: the lanes don’t open until 11 am on week days.)