Day: June 14, 2011

Wild Wild Rec offers cure for kids’ summer boredom

For just $5 Keizer kids from grades 1-6 can enjoy organized activities designed to stimulate both mind and body. The Wild Wild Rec program is back in 2011, visiting three city parks each week for seven weeks in June-August. It’s part one of a two-year trial, said Keizer Parks Foundation President Vickie Hilgemann, “to determine if this is a temporary or permanent program, so we want to make this as successful as possible.” Starting June 21, the city’s Roving Rec trailer will be at Bob Newton Park on Tuesdays, the City Hall Splash Park on Wednesdays and Ben Miller Park on Thursdays. In addition to supervised, unstructured play time here’s each week’s featured activities: Week 1: Plant a mini-garden. Week 2: Meet a raptor. Week 3: Quick start tennis. Week 4: Build a balsa airplane. Week 5: Junior Firefighter Challenge/Play with Volcanoes Week 6: Art in the Parks Week 7: Learn to play Disc Golf/Quick start tennis. Scholarships are available for financial hardship. For more information call Leana Dickerson at the Boys and Girls Club Keizer Branch at 503-304-1313. The program served some 275 youth in 2010, and Hilgemann hopes to double that in 2011. Wild Wild Rec is a City of Keizer program and is sponsored by the Keizer Parks Foundation, Boys and Girls Club,  Keizer Rotary, Lee Sjothun, Tim Smith, Jim Reiman, Dave Hilgemann and Dr. John...

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