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Holiday camps to offer parents help

Compiled by Adia Waldburger, of the Record staff

The holidays mean family time and a sharing of gifts and love, but for parents of young children it also means a week’s worth of school vacation time to fill with entertainment. This year, local recreation facilities have created fun and unique ways to keep the kids happy over the holidays.

Holiday Splash Camp

The South Summit Aquatic and Fitness Center (SSAFC ) is bringing a little summer to the snowy break with the Holiday Splash Camp Dec. 27-29 from 9 a.m.-noon. SSAFC Center program coordinator Chris Burton said the idea to have some watery, winter fun actually originated from Ecker Hill Aquatic Center pool director Todd Klarich, who had seen similar programs at other pools. Since the majority of patrons at the facility use the pool exclusively, Burton decided to give the water-filled camp a try.

"Most people come for the pool, so we are doing some camps that incorporate that," Burton said.

Participants in the camp will play games, make crafts and receive swim lessons. Children will be divided up according to their swimming abilities. Cost is $18 per child. Registration will be open at the SSAFC front desk from until Dec. 23. For more information, call (435) 783-2423.

Holiday Break Camp

Basin Recreation’s Holiday at Break Camp Ecker Hill Middle School, Dec. 27-28, is a little more traditional, but will still fill the children’s days with numerous activities. The camp is designed for ages 7-12, and will include playing different sports, crafts, board games and sledding outside.

There is the option to sign a child up for one day, both days or half days. The cost for both days is $50, one day is $30 and a half day is $15. Camp. They will also be swimming at Ecker Hill both days. The camp will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sign up at http://www.basinrecreation.org or call 655-0999.

Winter Wonderland Camp

Black Diamond Gymnastics and Sports Center comes to the rescue of working and Christmas shopping parents with the Winter Wonderland Camp on Dec. 21 and 22. There are both half-day and full-day options. Half days are for kids ages 3-12 and cost $40 a day. Full days are for kids ages 5-12 and cost $65. Mornings are filled with in-gym activities including use of the rock wall, the trampoline and pit, games, crafts and tumbling. In the afternoon, the children will head out for a winter-themed field trips, such as ice skating, snowshoeing or sledding.

"It’s good and high energy," said Black Diamond office manager Joy Koons, "If you really want to get the kids tired, bring them here."

The camp is under the direction of Black Diamond’s after-school and camp director Nikki Durkan and the gym will provide adequate supervision for all participants. The camp will also be held over the Presidents Day holiday.

For more information, call 615-1800 or visit http://www.blackdiamondgym.com.


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