Sackville’s recreation staff has once again put together a jam-packed line-up of activities designed to keep residents of all ages busy over the next couple of months. From dance to paint wars, from wilderness survival to outdoor activities, events and programs are happening just about every day of the week, providing plenty of opportunities to stay active and have fun this summer.
Megan Dobbin, summer programs coordinator for the town this year, said it’s important to offer programs aimed at various ages and interests in order to get the whole community involved.
“We hope to see as many people as possible come out to our events and programs,” she said.
This summer’s schedule includes everything from a preschool drop-off program and movies in the park, to the always-popular Trailblazers and Girl Empowerment Camps, along with co-ed adult soccer, senior socials and much more.
Returning to the line-up are some of the traditional favourites – such as the Beech Hill Park Challenge, Paintpocalypse, and Kids in Motion – while several new programs have also been added to the mix this year.
New programs feature choice of science, art, sports
For the younger set, a weekly Junior Einstein Program is aimed at science enthusiasts ages 5-10, who will have the opportunity to try out various hands-on experiments each Thursday mornings throughout the summer
“There’s so many experiments I want to do,” said Dobbin.
A Young Picasso Program is also new to the line-up this year, designed for youth with a passion for art and looking for a place to express their creativity. The weekly Thursday afternoon program is open to ages 10-14 and welcomes all young artists at any skill level.
For those wanting to stay active this summer, a Kids Running Club is a brand new program for ages 7-11, catering to all skill levels and athletic abilities. Starting July 4, and happening every Tuesday morning, the running club will take youth different distances and on various routes each week, concluding with an end-of-summer fun run race.
Also starting July 4, and happening each Tuesday afternoon, is a dance program where young participants, ages six to 12, will have the opportunity to learn all different types of dance – from the classics like cha-cha or jazz, to more funky styles like hip hop and highland dancing.
Back on the summer schedule this year is the Counsellor-in-Training program, providing participants from ages 12 to 16 with leadership experience and a boost for their resume as they help out with the younger kids programs and camps. Also returning is the Big Buddy Mentorship program that will take place on Monday evenings. A program designed to get young girls and boys up and active while providing the opportunity for them to form a friendship that could last a lifetime, it will get under way July 3.
Weekly programs for youth also include swimming lessons at Silver Lake, learn-to-skateboard lessons, and a basketball program.
Other local organizations also have a number of programs and camps on tap as well, including: the summer reading club at the Sackville Public Library for all ages; a kids summer video camp at Struts Gallery for ages 9-14; a theatre camp for youth at Windsbreath Retreats for ages 5-15; kayak courses for ages 12-16; a Coyote Warrior Program for boys 13-14; and a musical theatre workshop for high school aged students, hosted by Live Bait Theatre.
Lots on tap for adults as well
Plenty of programming options are available for adults and seniors as well this summer.
There is outdoor co-ed pickleball on Friday mornings, or co-ed soccer on Tuesday evenings, yoga in the park on Saturday afternoons, and pick-up slo-pitch on Thursday evenings.
Also watch for more information on a summer workshop series and community bake oven meals happening at the Sackville Community Garden on Friday evenings this summer.
Open Sky Cooperative also has a variety of events happening this summer, including Gardening for Health, foodie workshops, bee hour, and more.
The popular “Senior Socials” are back this year, with three dates – July 5, Aug. 9 and Aug. 23 – set aside for an afternoon of snacks, live entertainment, and games such as washer toss and ladder toss.
The schedule also includes a ukulele group, every second Friday afternoon, and a Waterfowl Walking Club, on Monday and Thursday mornings.
Registration open for programs, camps
Matt Pryde, manager of the town’s recreation programs and events department, said registration is now open and is required for many of the summer programs, camps and events. Visit www.sackville.com for more information. A brochure will also soon be sent home with local youth, providing more details on the various programs.
Pryde said the recreation department staff is also starting to plan and organize this summer’s special events line-up, including activities surrounding Canada Day and New Brunswick Day, a Silver Lake Fun Day, a week-long Amazing Race challenge, the popular Beech Hill Park Challenge, as well as the first-ever Sackville Street Chalk Art Festival.
“They’re all excited to get going and I think it’s going to be a great team this year,” he said.