Programs to put some spring in your step

Spring is around the corner, and that means the first challenge for parents with school age children is: how do we keep the kids busy during the two weeks of spring break? Our recreation team has the answer. We have half-day and full-day programs for preschoolers and children 6-12 years.

Spring is around the corner, and that means the first challenge for parents with school age children is: how do we keep the kids busy during the two weeks of spring break? Our recreation team has the answer. We have half-day and full-day programs for preschoolers and children 6-12 years.

New this spring break is a partnership with the Okanagan School of the Arts called “Creativity Camp” at the new Shatford Centre. A team of professional artist educators will explore painting, drawing, storytelling, music making and much more.

Children ages 6-12 years can register for a Monday to Friday program that runs for a half-day for $125, or all day or both morning and afternoon camp for the same week for $185. Staying with the artistic side, we have Dramatic Daze with professional actor, Jen Viens. This is a morning camp and runs from March 21 to 25 for ages 8-12 years at a cost of just $57.75.

New to the program is an afternoon Kids’ Wrestling camp offered for both weeks at $110 a week. Learn the oldest Olympic sport and burn some energy while learning a fun and challenging self defence.

Our Spring Breakout day camps are back for 6-12 years at the Adidas Sportsplex for $115.50 a week. This is a clone of our popular JCI Summer Day Camps and has the option of the “Keeners” before and after-camp sessions for working parents.

Teens can get their Red Cross Babysitter Training certificate on Saturday, March 26. It is an all-day class for only $36.75.

We can’t forget the preschoolers. Every morning from 9-11 a.m. during spring break the 3-5 year olds can enjoy crafts, games, stories and even an opportunity to be little chefs in a cooking class. The cost is $41 a week or $72 if you register for both weeks.

Registration for the program running throughout spring break only is underway now. You may register over the phone or drop by our temporary location at 888 Westminster Ave. West.

Our regular spring program registration starts on March 4 when the new recreation guide is released. For more information please call the Community Centre front desk at 250-490-2426.

Bob Pope is the recreation co-ordinator with the City of Penticton.