By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: May 2013
Michelle Engelby, general manager of Broken Arrow Lanes.
The last day of school is only a few weeks away, and parents are wondering how they can keep their kids entertained and out of trouble this summer – without dropping a wad of cash. Broken Arrow Lanes has the perfect solution for summertime boredom, and it won’t make a dent in your pocketbook. The Kids Bowl Free program began in April and lasts through September 1. All parents need to do is go online to www.brokenarrowlanes.com, register their children (up to age 15), and the kids will enjoy free bowling all summer long.
Registered participants in the Kids Bowl Free program receive coupons via email each Sunday to bowl two free games per day, every day – no strings attached. “This is our fourth year for the program, and last year alone we had 5,000 children registered to bowl free,” says Michelle Engelby, general manager of Broken Arrow Lanes. “This is a great national program to really get kids excited about bowling. Bowling is a fun, healthy activity that families can do together.” A Family Pass option is available also. For families that register at least one child, they may purchase a pass good for up to four family members to qualify for two games per day all summer. A mobile phone application will soon be available, allowing you to use your phone rather than having to print coupons.
The Broken Arrow bowling center has been open since the 1970s and was purchased by Andy Bartholomy in 2004, when it became Broken Arrow Lanes. Mr. Bartholomy owns 10 bowling centers in Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. “We have seen a lot of bowling centers go under in this area, but Broken Arrow Lanes has remained successful because Andy truly knows the bowling business and the importance of always innovating and improving,” says Michelle.
Broken Arrow Lanes is a traditional, smoke-free bowling center with 36 lanes, full service bar and lounge, pro shop, and new game room with 22 video and redemption games. They recently renovated with new carpet and giant video screens near the lanes. A variety of concessions are available, and patrons regularly tell Michelle they have “the best burger in Broken Arrow.”
Broken Arrow Lanes boasts a strong league base, with options for youth, adults and seniors. Leagues range from those who are brand new to bowling to one of the most competitive leagues in the city. Children registered in the Kids Bowl Free program have the option of joining a league that bowls Wednesdays at 11 a.m., and participants may use their free coupons. “Bowling leagues and tournaments offer fantastic scholarship programs as well. My sons, who are 11 and 12, have earned $600 in scholarship money for college.”
The staff of Broken Arrow Lanes is proud of their clean, family-oriented atmosphere. “Our main goal is to offer a place for people of all ages and bowling abilities to get together and have a great time. Friends, co-workers, parents, grandparents, teens and children can enjoy an exciting, interactive activity together here.” A fun new addition this summer will be Teen Nights on Wednesdays from 8 to 11 p.m.
Broken Arrow Lanes offers birthday party packages and corporate team-building events. Check out their website, www.brokenarrowlanes.com, for more information.
Broken Arrow Lanes is located just north of 111th Street and Elm Place and is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Sunday and Monday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.