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Summer fun is on tap with activities at Parks and Rec

Kingman Parks and Recreation and Pepsi Co. will be holding their annual Pepsi Punt Pass and Kick event this summer. Shown participating in the event last year is Dylan File at Firefighter Memorial Park in August. JC AMBERLYN/Miner

Kingman Parks and Recreation and Pepsi Co. will be holding their annual Pepsi Punt Pass and Kick event this summer. Shown participating in the event last year is Dylan File at Firefighter Memorial Park in August. JC AMBERLYN/Miner

KINGMAN - As the weekend for the opening of the downtown pool draws near, the Kingman Parks and Recreation Department is gearing up for a fun-filled summer.

Between the classes, camps, excursions and activities, Darel Fruhwirth, Parks and Recreation director, said they have worked hard to gear activities toward family fun over the summer.

The Parks and Recreation Department has expanded the class schedule for the summer, reaching a larger potential audience for fun things to do. Since putting out their new summer program book last Sunday, Fruhwirth said they have already sold out or come close to filling many classes.

Kingman children can now learn about paints, cartooning, putting together a musical or puppet theatre production, and cheerleading.

In addition to the scuba classes that they have offered in the past, Fruhwirth said they are offering beginning snorkeling classes this summer for those who don't want to submerge themselves with the equipment. Also new this summer are advanced scuba diving classes scheduled for August.

Fruhwirth said they have offered adult beginning ballet for a while now, but this summer they will expand their dance program to ballroom dancing, taught by Tom and Sharon Craddock. The Craddock's have had a lot of success with their classes at the Riverside Hotel and Casino in Laughlin and are now bringing their classes to Kingman.

All classes offered by the Parks and Recreation Department have a minimum number of people needed to sign up to make the class self-sustaining. In the past, Fruhwirth said they haven't had a much of a problem with classes not filling, but it has happened. For example, the last time they offered an oil painting class, they were unsuccessful at getting enough people signed up.

However, due to interest shown in an oil painting class, they have reintroduced it in the summer schedule.

Sports for all ages have been a constant, successful part of the Parks and Recreation Department. According to Fruhwirth, Kingman has one of the best youth golf programs, which drew more than 160 children last year alone.

Another successful part of the Parks and Recreation programs is the Tiny Tots Sports Program, which allows children 4 to 7 try a different sport each day of the week. Fruhwirth said children can sign up for just one day or all four. The program teaches the youngsters the basics of each of the sports and introduces them to sports, games and activities.

Each season has its own set of excursions for Kingman residents to get away without the hassle of planning. Fruhwirth said they survey Kingman residents and take suggestions on where people want to go.

This summer, there will be a trip to see the Arizona Diamondbacks play the Boston Red Sox, a jet boat trip from Laughlin to Lake Havasu, high country spelunking, Kartchner Caverns and Mission San Xavier, Keepers of the Wild, Walnut Canyon and Meteor Crater, Verde Canyon and Blazin' M Ranch, and a Catalina Island getaway. The fees for each of these excursions include all costs. Just sign up and enjoy the trip.

For more information on summer activities, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 3333 Harrison St., or call 757-7919.

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