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Laurene Weste: Summer fun for the little ones ­around the SCV

Live From City Hall

Posted: June 18, 2010 9:10 p.m.
Updated: June 19, 2010 6:00 a.m.
 

School is out and summer is in full swing for students eager to enjoy the fun and sun of summer activities. While most teens and preteens have mapped out the daily routine of their entire summer break, the preschool set and their parents need a bit of assistance and in planning the schedules. The city of Santa Clarita offers countless activities for the little ones all summer long. 

Open to children ages 3-10, Storytime Adventures is a no-cost, interactive event where children are read stories aloud at the Sports Complex Activities Center. Storytime Adventures will be held on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon from this Wednesday to July 21.

Storytime Adventures will feature a story reading and an adventure-related craft activity to coincide with the day’s featured adventure theme.  The adventure themes include Under the Sea, Pirates, Western, Space and the Jungle. The program is a great way to get this age group interested in reading and provides parents the opportunity to build reading time into their summer schedule.

Visit the Sports Complex Activities Center to sign up and reserve a spot for Storytime Adventures. Space is limited, and registration is required to ensure a place in the class.

The Sports Complex Activities Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, will host the return of the popular “Popcorn and a Movie.” The movies are free and open to the public, but there is limited seating, so attendees are encouraged to reserve a spot. Reservations are now being accepted at the Activities Center. The movies featured are “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” July 9; “The Princess and the Frog,” July 16; and “G-Force,” July 30.  Some movies have added activities. All movie showtimes are 2 p.m.

The city’s quarterly magazine Seasons, mailed to every household, is filled with numerous sports and activities for young ones 6 and under. Most of the classes cover a four- to eight-week timeframe and are reasonably priced. The classes are specifically designed for this age group and some offer the direct opportunity for parent participation.

Toddler Boogie with Mommy/Daddy is a beginning dance class for 2 and 3-year-olds that teaches music appreciation and develops important skills such as listening to instructions, waiting their turn and interacting with other children. Tiny Stars Preschool Dance Classes is a fun tap/ballet combination class that teaches social skills, motor development, coordination and poise while having a great time. Props, games, singing and music are featured in this class for ages 2 to 4.

Little Tigers tae kwon do offers an energetic learning experience aimed at discipline, respect and self-confidence. Offered to children 3 to 6 years old, the class explores one of the most popular sports in Asian culture that appeals to boys and girls alike. The tumbling class is another opportunity for little ones to burn  energy by learning back bends, cartwheels and more.
For a full listing of class schedules, sports programs and activities offered by the city of Santa Clarita, log on to the city’s website and take a look at Seasons magazine online at: www.santa-clarita.com.

For more information on any of these summer activities  and more sports and recreation opportunities, visit santa-clarita.com/seasons or call (661)250-3700.

Laurene Weste is the Mayor of the City of Santa Clarita and can be reached at lweste@santa-clarita.com. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.

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