sfpd_bowling.jpgRunning into cops on the weekends may be your worst nightmare, but not this weekend. Get the ball rolling (in a good way) with Bay Area cops this Saturday in the 19th Annual Kops and Kids day on June 5th at Daly City’s Serra Bowl from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Kids ages three to 18 will get to bowl for free with local police and safety officers. The event welcomes kids and their families.

Besides bowling, kids will also have a chance to enter raffle prizes and look at a display of police and fire department equipment. According to Serra Bowl General Manager Mike Leong, Kops and Kids Day promotes interaction between police officers and kids in a recreational setting. He said that the goal is to present the police in a positive light. “We want the kids to see the police are nice people, too,” he said. “We realized that kids can go one way or another when young. So we thought it would be good to introduce them to officers in a friendly way instead of getting arrested on the street.”

Hosted by The San Francisco Police Department, the event is part of the Kids Bowl Free Program, an effort to let kids enjoy a sport during the summer and keep them off the streets (from, you know, doing that smashing-mailboxes-with-a-baseball-bat sort of thing). The program had seen a huge success in the past years, with over 27,000 kids from 450 schools bowling for free last summer. With the program pass, kids can play two free games each day of the summer starting on May 1st until September.

Serra Bowl is located at 3301 Junipero Serra Blvd. in Daly City. I’ll certainly be there with my 9-year-old brother. See you there?

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