Two deals for affordable, summer-long fun

Summer is approaching quickly, and with no more pencils and no more books to occupy your kids as the school year comes to a close, it’s important to have a list of affordable activities up your sleeve. Here are two deals that will keep some money in your pocket and the kids’ idle hands from becoming the devil’s workshop.

Golfing at Encanto Park. Photo by Daniel Friedman.


The “Kids Play Free” program allows golfers 17 years and younger (when accompanied by a paying adult) to play on three City of Phoenix nine-hole courses without charge.

Aguila Par 3 • 8440 S. 35th Ave • 602-237-9601

This par three course located on 35th Avenue, just south of Baseline Road, features the Eagle’s Nest Café, which serves breakfast and lunch from sunrise to sunset.

Encanto Short 9 • 2300 N. 17th Ave • 602- 262-6870

This executive course, located just north of Encanto Boulevard on 17th Avenue,
has views of downtown Phoenix and nearby Piestewa Peak. It is well suited for beginning and intermediate players.

Palo Verde 9 • 6215 N. 15th Ave • 602-249-9930

A challenging executive course located on 15th Avenue, just north of Bethany Home Road. It includes three par fours and a lake.

Have more than one aspiring PGA star? Additional kids can play along for $5 apiece. The offer lasts all summer, from June 1 through Aug. 31. All three courses are open seven days a week, including holidays. Book your tee time at or by calling 1-866-865-GOLF (4653). Just remember to bring plenty of sunscreen and water; it is, after all, summer in the Valley.


If golf in the heat is not quite your forte, beat the heat and head inside for some bowling. The national summer program KidsBowlFree has several participating bowling alleys in Arizona. Although shoe rental rates still apply, by signing up online at, children 15 years and under can bowl for free until Aug. 31st.

Participating alleys include:

Amazing Jake’s: 1830 E Baseline Rd, 480-926-7499

Let It Roll Bowl, 602-944-4401

Cactus Bowl, 1630 South Alvernon Way, 520-327-6561
Fiesta Lanes, 501 W River Rd, 520-887-2695
Lucky Strike, 4015 E Speedway, 520327-4926
Santa Cruz Lanes, 3665 S 16th Ave, 520-622-2186
Tucson Bowl, 7020 E 21st St, 520-747-1363

Check for each alley’s hours of operation. What’s more, the program is partners with the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award Challenge (PALA), a campaign by the White House to encourage exercise and active play across America. Bowling is credited as a physical activity that can go towards earning the PALA award. Head to for more information on this program dedicated to promoting active lifestyles. — Robert T. Balint


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