Well I guess it has been a long time since I took my kids bowling. I brought my 7-year-old yesterday and for one string($9.15) and shoe rentals ($7.50) for both of us it was almost 17.00. I couldnt believe it, 17.00 for a half hour of bowling. It was fun but I was not going to go another string for another $9.15. I remember going with my older kids and never feeling like it was to expensive. Good thing they didn't want to come with us, it would have been about 50.00 for 5 of us to bowl. I think we could have played longer in the arcade for that price. Next time I think I will call around to find out if there is a place that is cheeper. I didn't want to disappoint her (or me either) as we were all excited to bowl. Today we are going roller skating and we have our own skates and it is 5.00 for a three hour session. Much more cost effective and more exercise.