UEA break brings camps
October 14, 2008
It’s the week that all kids have been looking forward to since the beginning of school — the Utah Education Association (UEA) break the wonderful time in the fall when kids get a four-day weekend to recover from the rigors of a demanding school schedule. It’s also the time of year that many working parents dread, when a mid-week break means trying to find options to keep their kids entertained.
Camps all over the county have come to the rescue with camps that kids will love and parents will appreciate. Basin Recreation, South Summit Aquatic and Fitness Center and Black Diamond Gymnastics have all organized a variety of fun activities that kids can partake of this Thursday and Friday.
Basin Recreation annual UEA Break Camp will follow its usual schedule at a different venue. Kids will spend the two days playing games in the Ecker Hill gymnasium, swimming at the Park City Aquatic Center at Ecker Hill and do arts and crafts as well. The camp is designed for children ages 7 to 12 years old and they may attend one or both days.
Even during these tough economic times, Basin Recreation is still charging the same fee as last year — $40 per day or $75 for both days. To keep things convenient and easy, parents may pre-register or just decide the day of the camp and bring their child in on a drop-in basis.
The camp will be held Oct. 16 and 17 and is limited to 50 campers. Kids must be between ages 7 and 12, with no exceptions. Children need to bring a lunch, snacks, a water bottle, a swimsuit and towel. Meet at the Ecker Hill gymnasium. The UEA Break Camp begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. daily. For more information or to register, visit http://www.basinrecreation.com, call 655-0999 or drop-in at the Field House, located at 1388 West New Main St. in Kimball Junction.
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The South Summit Aquatic and Fitness Center
The South Summit Aquatic and Fitness Center in Kamas will once again offer their popular Splash Camp over the UEA holiday.
Splash camp is held in the mornings from 9 a.m. to noon and divides the time between swimming lessons in the pool and games and crafts outside of the pool. Participants will be divided according to swimming ability.
According to camp coordinator Chris Burton their will also be rock climbing and his own patented "swimming with the pumpkins" activity where pumpkins are thrown into the pool and kids dive in to find their favorite. Once the pumpkin is dried off, it’s off to the craft room to paint a scary face on it.
The camp is open to children ages 6-12. The program will be held Oct. 16 and 17 from 9 a.m. until noon. Splash camp is the most economical of the three offerings, charging only $15 for both days. Registration may be completed at the front desk of the aquatic center. The SSAFC is located at 350 East 200 South in Kamas. Cost is (435) 783-2423.
Black Diamond Gymnastics and Sports Center
Black Diamond Gymnastics and Sports Center is offering one of their many Cool No School Camps over the UEA break. This year the theme is "Fear Factor" and according to camp coordinator Marlene Borelli, this means plenty of scary activities. Thursday there will be games involving bugs and other creepy things, climbing on the rock wall with scary stuffed animals staring down at the participants and some challenges on the gymnastics equipment that involve a pit filled with plush snakes. On Friday, the camp counselors will create a maze with the gym mats for a scary trick-or-treating maze. Counselors will be lurking around every corner ready to jump out at the kids and then give them a handful of candy.
Cool No School camp has a half-day and full-day camp option. The half-day camp will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for children ages 3 to12. The full-day will run until 5 p.m. for children ages 5 to 12. Mornings will be exercise-focused with activities on the trampolines, bars, vault, rock wall, beam, mini-trampoline and big floor. In the afternoon, the camp will hit the road for a field trip.
The cost of the half-day camp is $46. The full day is $69. The morning session is limited to 60 children. The afternoon session has a limit of 19 children. All expenses are covered with the entry fee, including transportation, snacks and craft supplies. Kids are asked to bring a sack lunch.
For more information, call Black Diamond at 615-1800 or toll free at 1 (800) 615-1800 or visit the gym at 6400 N. S.R. 224 Suite D in the Redstone Shopping Center.