Moapa Valley Progress
Summer vacation is upon us. School ends this week! Shortly thereafter, this will give rise to the inevitable question from kids: What do we do now?
For kids who are facing the long, hot summer indoors, the local Parks and Rec staff has plenty of activities to offer that will keep them busy.
This year the Moapa Valley Parks and Rec program has a whole new lineup of offerings for middle school and high school-age youth. Registration has already begun and is ongoing until June 8. But hurry up! Programs can fill up fast.
With the Overton Senior Center facility recently being expanded to become the Moapa Valley Recreation and Senior Center, the building has opened to youth programming every weekday afternoon.
The newest program which will be hosted by the MV Recreation Center will be a pair of youth theater programs. Beginner Theater will meet on Tuesday and Thursdays from 2:00-3:30 pm and will be open for middle school age kids. An Advanced Theatre class for high schoolers will immediately follow from 3:30 to 5:00 pm.
Both of these classes will be directed by Dr. Kenna Dalley Higgins, former MVHS Drama teacher. The sessions will engage in one aspect of acting per week including voice, movement and creating a character. There will be a final performance for friends and families at the end of the summer.
Another youth adventure which will be available at the MV Recreation Center will be a Challenge Room activity. On Thursday, June 15 from 5-7 pm the challenge room will be open to teens age 14-17. Kids in the Challenge Room are given a secret plot and must find all of the clues left for them in the room in order to complete each challenge within a specific time frame.
Other youth activities planned at the MV Recreation Center include a youth boxing class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 -6:30 pm for ages 11-15; and Robot Sumo for the same age range which will be held from 4-5:30 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and will teach basic robotic technology.
There will also be opportunities for younger kids.
A range of Early Childhood programs will be offered for young ones ages 3-6. These include Block Play sessions, obstacles and relay classes and even tiny tot sports programs where youngsters will be introduced to the very beginning levels of basketball, soccer, baseball and more.
Of course, the opportunity for more open play for all kids will still be available in the Summer Rec programs. The community will host two Summer Rec sessions: one in the Fairgrounds Fine Arts Building in Logandale, and the other at the Old Overton Gym near the middle school.
In addition, the popular summer sports camp will be returning. This year an additional section of sports camp will be offered for young teen kids to allow for more advanced athletes to further develop their skills.
All of these activities will be available to kids throughout the Moapa Valley both upper and lower valley areas. But a wide range of activities will, once again, be offered specifically in the Moapa Rec center for the upper valley kids.
The Kids Explorer program will be back for a six week run starting June 11. Held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11am – 2 pm, this program will have kids trying their hands at cooking, science experiments, crafting and playing different sports.
In addition, the Moapa Fun Factor class will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, also from 11 am to 2 pm. This will offer a variety of activities similar to the Summer Rec program including games, sports, plenty of dodge ball and water fun.
And with that in mind, the Moapa Park Splash Pad has already opened for general community use every day from 9 am to 7 pm.
If all of that isn’t enough to keep the kids busy during the summer, there are plenty more activities being offered by the local Parks and Rec office. For a full listing of summer Parks and Rec fun see the full page ad on page B2 of this edition. To register for classes and activities call the local Parks and Rec offices. In Logandale that number is 702-398-7480. In Moapa it is 702-864-2423.
Have a great summer!