By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: March 2012
Andy B’s Avery Barrett and Chuck West have coordinated programs for kids to bowl free, to earn scholarship money and for teachers to earn grants for classroom supplies.
When kids just want to have fun, there’s no place in town quite like Andy B’s Family Entertainment Center. From bowling to arcade games to go-karts, kids can enjoy the flashing lights, clanging bells, clanking pins and lots of laughter and cheers at 8711 S. Lewis.
Event coordinator and youth director Chuck West is getting ready for Andy B’s fourth year in the national Kids Bowl Free program. This year registration can be done online. Beginning at the end of April and lasting through the end of August, kids 15 and under can go to www.kidsbowlfree.com/andybs and sign up for two free games of bowling. Just print the coupon and present it. Shoe rentals are not included. Family passes for up to four adults or older siblings are $29.95. “You would pay a whole lot more at a high school sporting event,” says Avery Barrett, assistant youth director.
Andy B’s is also participating in the $100,000 Bowling to Teachers Classroom Supplies grant program. From March 1 through July 31, 80 grants of $250 each will be awarded each month to teachers of kindergarten through eighth grade. All qualifications and a short application are available at www.bowlingtoteachers.com.
Six to 20 year olds who want to step up from casual play can participate in one of four youth league divisions. Each division is based on averages rather than age. According to Chuck, “This is a great opportunity to enjoy companionship and learn team building in a safe and structured environment, without cliques or bullying.” A host of volunteers are on hand for individual attention, if needed.
Besides trophies, many in the leagues compete for scholarship money. Avery recalls one young lady, a bowler since she was four, who has earned $1,500 toward her education.
“Bowling isn’t what it used to be,” says Chuck. “This isn’t your dad’s bowling alley.” Andy B’s has reinvented bowling with a new high-tech spin that includes floor-to-ceiling video screens and chasing laser lights. And they’ve combined it with a serious side that focuses on ways to advance education for youth.
As these youngsters celebrate every additional year, Andy B’s is the place to have a birthday party. A variety of party packages provide food and fun for a minimum of 10 children. A new arcade party, featuring a 4,000-square-foot video arcade and full redemption center, is available with or without bowling. All parties include tablecloths, plates and napkins. A party host will set up, assist with the party and clean up.
There are lots of party packages for adults, too. Or they can take care of business at Andy B’s – a banquet hall with stage, projector and screen provides a unique setting for corporate groups up to 165 people. In-house catering is also available.
During spring break, the popular go-kart track will be open all week. They will also offer late night specials, as well as Glo-Bowl and VIB bowling. Sundays at 6 p.m., players can win up to $25 a strike at Monte Carlo/Colorama. Reservations begin at noon. Groups of fewer than 20 can reserve lanes online.
For more information on open bowling, leagues, parties, meeting rooms or corporate team building events, call Andy B’s Family Entertainment Center at (918) 299-9494 or go online to www.andybtulsa.com.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.