Children's programs available to hold boredom at bay


June 07, 1996|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE COUNTDOWN to summer boredom for your children begins when the final school bell rings next week.

Whether they are 6 or 16, it's a matter of time until you hear those words so dear to a parent's heart: "I'm bored. There's nothing to do."

It's enough to rattle the nerves of even the most patient parent.

In case you have not had the time or the courage to think about that looming deadline, here are a few local programs that may help you and your children enjoy those lazy, crazy summer days.

On the playgrounds

The Department of Recreation and Parks will operate summer playground programs at Bodkin, Fort Smallwood, High Point, Jacobsville, Lake Shore, Pasadena, Riviera Beach and Sunset elementary schools for youngsters ages 5 1/2 to 12 from June 24 to Aug. 2.

Playground hours are 9 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The fee for the six-week program is $85.

Two pre-school program sessions for toilet-trained youngsters at least 3 year old are scheduled at Sunset Elementary School. The fee for the six-week morning or afternoon sessions is $90.

Family discounts are available for both programs.

For those adventure-loving 9- to 14-year-olds, the recreation department has Wilderness Challenge Camp.

Campers will experience a week of rock climbing, rappelling, biking, tubing, hiking, backpacking and an overnight trip on the Catoctin Trail.

Camp dates are scheduled by age groups.

The fee is $160 per camper.

Information: 222-7313.

Academic enrichment

The county public school system will offer skill-enriching Summer Academy courses at Jacobsville and Riviera Beach elementaries July 2-30 for elementary school students.

A course for youngsters in kindergarten will offer language arts and math concepts in a literature-based program. The course will meet from 8: 30 a.m. to 11: 45 a.m.

The cost is $150.

The mathematics course will offer youngsters the opportunity to improve computation and apply math skills to solve real-world problems. The group will meet for 90 minutes weekdays.

The cost is $80.

A language arts course will provide students with strategies to improve reading comprehension. The 90-minute course is offered at the primary and intermediate levels.

The fee is $80.

Parents can register children from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 12 and 13 at the summer academy site the student will be attending.

For more information, contact your student's school.

Summer reading

The county public library will kick off its summer reading program June 17. Prizes include passes to Adventure World, museums, Apex cinemas and the Baltimore Zoo.

The program is free and open to children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. They can be registered at any time throughout the seven-week Reading Olympics.

Pre-schoolers through third-graders can enjoy Kindermusik, Mandy the Clown and Storytimes.

For more details, call your local branch or library headquarters, 222-7371.

Student honored

Chesapeake High School senior Kathaleen Agro was inadvertently omitted from last week's graduation awards list.

Agro received the Anne Arundel County Fair Queen scholarship, a Veterans of Foreign Wars scholarship and the McLaughlin Memorial Award from the Lake Shore Rotary Inner Wheel.

Pub Date: 6/07/96

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