By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Daily Leader
No need for students to wear out the buttons on the remote control while taking a break from school this summer. Liberal Parks and Recreation has been planning its summer programs in an effort to keep the boredom factor out of the equation for local vacationing students.
Summer Adventure begins in June with a month full of activities relating to the warm climate, activities director Ronna Stump said. The program begins June 1 for grades one through six for a total cost of $20 for the month. Immediately following at the beginning of July, another session will begin.
“Every afternoon we do a different activity such as games in the park, or we may go to the water park to swim that day or play in the water that day,” Stump said. “We have gone to Dorothy’s House in the past, we have gone to the Mid-America Air Museum, we have gone to the movie theater. I am not saying that is exactly what is going to happen this year because we don’t have everything planned yet – but those are some examples of what we do.”
Summer Adventure will be available for local children Monday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m.
Nature Day Camp at Arkalon Park is another event local youth may enjoy to help beat the summer blues. With the help of Janie Kitch, Stump expects an exciting session for both age divisions involved.
“Nature Day Camp is when we go out to Arkalon,” Stump said. “Janie Kitch is going to be my director. She takes them out on all the different trails they have and they see all the wildlife out there. They just talk about the trees, leaves and nature in the area. She does a great job with that. She knows all the trails out there.”
The Liberal Parks and Recreation Department is now taking sign ups for Nature Day Camp. The first session will be an afternoon class from 1 to 4 p.m. Ages 5 through 8 will be able to enjoy the camp from June 7 through 11 and ages 9 through 12 can participate June 14 through 18. The cost of the camp will be $13. Any child interested is encouraged to register quickly as class size is limited.
Stump added there is also something available for local tennis enthusiasts. Tennis lessons will be available in two sessions for ages 5 through seniors in high school.
“We go Monday through Thursday every week in June and we will also have one in July,” Stump said. “The time the children will play will depend on the grade level they are at. They are hour long classes.”
The first session will begin June 7 and run through June 24. The second session will take place July 12 through July 29. Both sessions will take place at the Hank Rowley Tennis Courts in Blue Bonnet Park. For a listing of specific times for the different age groups contact the Recreation Office. The fee for lessons will be $13 per person plus a can of tennis balls. Pre-registration is required due to class size limitations.
Assistant Liberal High School tennis coach Bret Irby will be conducting the tennis lessons, Stump said.
“It is great to have him,” she said. “It is good for him too because he can coach them as they come up.”
Anyone interested in further information regarding summer activities at the Liberal Parks and Recreation Department is encouraged to call 626-0133 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.