Happy fall everyone! I am challenged with the task of getting kids active in Penticton. It’s not just physically active but creatively, socially and even mentally. Our fall programs are in high gear and in many cases we can even fit a few more participants into classes that have just started.
Our Tots and Tyke’s fabulous Friday events have Halloween and Christmas themes, or your pre-schooler could try Little Chefs or a host of Saturday programs. And don’t forget Gymboree is back for a morning of fun and tumble bumble gym time on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
To get parents active we have child-minding Monday through Friday mornings so you can take classes like Zumba Fitness or go for a swim or use our fitness room. You can even register and have your child-minding spot reserved for the whole season for less than $40. In November, we also have adult Intermediate Ballroom Dance, Chi Gong and Diva Night for Women at the Clay Connection.
Teens are my biggest challenge, and our Friday night free gym (and swim time) with staff from the Boys and Girls Club is starting to “hum!” It’s called Youth Etcetera because we do so much more than gym games in the Community Centre. Once a month we are even hosting a pool party. We also have teen and pre-teen yoga. And speaking of teen programs, I would like to sincerely thank the Okanagan Fest-of-Ale Society for supporting our girls’ recreation programs. We really couldn’t offer these types of experiences without their generous participation.
Kids are out of school Oct. 21 for a professional development day. We have a great Pro Day Camp for children seven to 12 years for only $25 for the entire fun-filled day but spaces are limited.
For more information give us a call at 250-490-2426 or go to www.penticton.ca and click on our Fall Recreation Guide.
Bob Pope is the recreation co-ordinator with the City of Penticton.