Photo by Aaron Ricca.
KINGMAN – The City of Kingman Parks and Recreation Department is gearing up to get you and your kids involved in its numerous activities this summer.
People have been cooling of at the Splash Pad at Cecil Davis Park since May 1, and more amenities and programs are ready to keep families busy, educated and entertained throughout the summer.
Most people’s minds are probably set on pool time, but there’s so much more going on.
Recreation Superintendent Yvonne Cossio said thousands of people participate in the summer programs.
Sports, dance, swimming lessons, gardening, cooking and fitness and the biggest and brightest deal: Summer Fun Daze seven-week day camps.
For $85 a week, kids ages 6-12 will participate in weekly activities that include arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor games and weekly trips to local and out-of-state attractions. A T-shirt is issued and required to be worn during camp. Additional shirts can be purchased for $9.
A rotating schedule of activities will see to it the kids get outside. There is very limited TV time, maybe one movie a week. There are also no video games and Cossio discourages personal electronic devices from being brought to the camps.
“That’s one of our battles,” she said. “We just tell the parents if the kid brings or loses them, it’s their responsibility.”
Cossio wants to ensure parents that the barrage of activities will keep kids from getting bored, like they might at a day-care facility.
“They don’t just sit there hour after hour,” she said.
Trips include Bearizona in Williams, Lake Havasu Aquatic Center, Grand Canyon Caverns, Discovery Museum in Las Vegas and a Kingman Airport tour, trip to Cerbat Lanes and Brenden Theaters.
Bus transportation is provided for out-of-town trips. Lunches and an afternoon snack will be provided daily (lunch must be brought on Friday) and kids can always bring their own if they want.
“We usually get praise at the end of the week,” Cossio said. “The parents say ‘My kid had a great time. They’re exhausted. They ate dinner and went right to bed.’”
The weekly camps run June 5 through July 21, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday thorugh Friday, meeting at Palo Christi School. There is a 65 person maximum limit per session.
There is no camp July 4.
Reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis and started May 15. Register in person at the Parks and Rec office at 3333 Harrison St. or online at http://www.cityofkingman.gov/Departments/ParksandRecreation.aspx.
Cossio said the Parks and Rec Little Chefs and Dessert Making culinary classes have been a huge success in the past.
“We teach them the importance of sanitation,” she said. “We teach them about measurements and how to prepare food. We also teach them how to clean as they go.”
The simple recipes include homemade pizza pockets, fruit cobbler, whipping cream (in the dessert class) and tacos.
“The recipes include all food groups,” Cossio said. “It’s fun. It’s what kids want to eat, but it’s also something they can go home and make.”
Classes are open to kids 7-10 years of age. The cost is $45 each, with a minimum of six students and maximum of 12 and classes are held at the Centennial Park Community Center at 3345 Harrison St.
There are different sessions for each class.
Little Chefs Session 1 is 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Mondays, June 5-July 17. Session 2 is 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tuesdays, June 6-July 18.
Dessert Making Session 1 is 12:30-1:30 p.m., Mondays, June 5-July 17. Session 2 is 12:30-1:30 p.m., Tuesdays, June 6-July 18.
There are no classes July 3.
Centennial and Grandview pools open May 29. Open swim hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. on weekends. Centennial Pool will host lap swim noon to 1 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as night swim 7-9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. Lap swim at Grandview Pool will be 8-9 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Daily admission is $3. A season pass for adult leisure and lap swim is $45. A punch pass for open swim is $20 for 10 swims. Aqua Fit and Aqua Kinetics offers a punch pass at $30 for 10 punches.
“We’re bringing back the Fence Buster tournament,” Cossio said. “We haven’t had that in about six years.”
The two-day softball tournament June 24-25 at Centennial Park attracts thousands of players and spectators. The tournament also generates plenty of revenue for the city between hotels, restaurants and the park’s snack bar.
Registration is $250 per team and registration deadline is June 16.
“Other than that, the Family Fun Carnival Night is always big,” Cossio said. “You’re talking at least 2,000 people.”
Plenty to Do
The Parks and Recreation Department has activities every day, be they an hour or an entire day.
There’s Mud Mania July 13, Float-in Movie July 14 as well as plenty of trips.
“People say there’s nothing to do in Kingman,” Cossio said. “There’s so much to do. You just got to look for it.”
She had words of advice for anyone feeling bored out of their minds.
“Come to our office,” Cossio said. “We’ll find them something to do.”
For more information and to register, go to the main office at 3333 Harrison St. or online at http://www.cityofkingman.gov/Departments/ParksandRecreation.aspx.