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Indy Parks' Summer Fun Guide

May 01, 2011
Summertime = Fun times at Indy Parks! While you are making your family's fun summer plans, make sure your check out Indy Parks' Summer Fun Guide – your resource to summer adventures and memory-making excitement. With 207 parks and 11,000+ acres of parkland, we are sure to make your summer one to remember.

Fun, Fitness and Health

No need to be bored this summer! Keep your energetic little ones fully entertained with Indy Parks' classes such as: Tumbling and Cheer, Ballet and Tap, Karate Kids, and Hip Hop. Your child will twist and turn, jump and squat and move to the music at these classes taught by well-qualified instructors and will develop strength and coordination, plus build self-confidence and discipline. Your Fun Guide will have a list of locations and times to meet your needs.

Can't decide on an activity? Why not try them all at one of two Indy Parks' Kids Triathlons! This mini-triathlon combines swimming, biking, and running in an exciting format that promotes fun physical activity and self-confidence. It's a perfect opportunity to train with your family and learn something new. Participants will get a free t-shirt, commemorative medal and goodie bag.

Nature Nuts

Is your family nuts for nature? We offer tons of programs that will get you outside while discovering something new and exciting right in Marion County. Sign up for the "Build a Birdfeeder" class and learn about how to attract your favorite feathered friend. At the end of the class, the feeder is yours to keep. Or head to Christian Park and participate in the "Community Youth Bucket Garden." Your child will stretch their green thumbs by tilling, seeding, planting and growing a vegetable garden. If your child is fascinated by all things creepy and crawly, the "Garfield Conservatory Bug Hunt" will have your kids eyes bug out! Your child will make their own bug catcher, but it's up to you whether you bring them home!

Eagle Creek Park is your outdoor destination this summer with "Evening Canoe and Kayak" trips along the Eagle Creek reservoir. This guided, leisurely paddle in one of the country's largest municipal parks will become a favorite pastime. Holliday Park's "Family Friday Night Campfire" series gathers the entire family around the campfire to share stories and adventures on topics like Reptiles and Amphibians, Owl Prowl and Fireflies. We provide the roasting sticks and s'mores, but you can bring the hot dogs and make a meal of it.

Creative Arts

If Hollywood ever comes knocking, Indy Parks has your child prepared. At Garfield Park's "Creative Kids Talent Workshop," a professional actor/director will teach your child to write, storyboard, and produce their own commercials, films and videos. Incorporate music in the mix at Christian Park's "A+ Community Youth Recording Studio." This new studio gives kids creative freedom to create, own and operate their own record label. Youth will write and record their own music, develop marketing strategies, design artwork, and sustain their company by bringing a youth-generated product to the community.

Indy Parks also offers an opportunity to create the next Picasso in your own family! Our art classes at the Garfield Park Arts Center are designed to build skills and confidence in multiple disciplines. Pinch clay, cut wire, and dip your paint brush to create the next masterpiece.

These activities are just the tip of the iceberg! Look for the 2011 Summer Fun Guide at all Indy Parks' facilities and Indianapolis-Marion County libraries. You can also call (317) 327-PARK or go to indyparks.org to register and find out more information. Program registration begins Friday, May 6!

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Tags: Enrichment, Kids, Local, Parenting, Party and Entertainment

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