A reminder that all Fitness Challenge Logs (for adults and kids) are due by March 4. A big thank you to everyone who hosted a class or event, and to all of the participants! We hope you learned some new things and started your year off in a healthful and happy manner!
The weather is just not warm enough to send the kids outside ALL the time, although I do believe (for the most part, anyways) that there is no bad weather, just unsuitable clothing. To combat the cabin-fever that usually sets around this time of year, Salida Rec has a full serving of indoor, active fun awaiting you in the month of March.
For starters, the Aquatic Center will return to its High Season schedule on Tuesday, March 10. What this means is that the pool will be open afternoons every day of the week! Plus we are open most mornings and evenings as well—for a full schedule see www.salidarec.com or call 539-6738.
A 15 visit pool pass for kids 17 and under is just $37.50, good for 1 year, and eligible for scholarship funds if you qualify. Ask at the pool or check our website for information on scholarship eligibility.
Next up, we have a fun, family event planned on March 13. Pack a picnic dinner and head down to the Scout Hut for a movie night! At press time, the movie has not yet been selected, but it will be for kids 6 and younger to enjoy. Of course, all ages are invited, I personally find kids movies pretty entertaining, especially when you’re in a room full of little ones, witnessing their reactions to the comedy and drama on the screen.
The movie will start at 6:30 pm, but I am excited to announce that the folks from Cavity Free at Three will be coming an hour early to do free dental screenings and fluoride treatments for any kids 6 or under. These screens can help detect problems early and more importantly, prevent them!
The event is completely free, but those inclined to donate can leave a donation for the Salida Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund. Popcorn will also be available for sale. Parents are required to stay or leave their child with a responsible adult.
On March 20, just before spring break, Salida Rec will again fill a school bus full of excited kids and take them over Monarch Pass to Gunnison. There we will visit the ice skating rink and rec center, home to giant water slides, rope swing over the pool, indoor climbing wall, tumbling room, and basketball courts. The cost of the trip is $25, which includes all admission and skate rental. Scholarships can also be used for this event.
Looking ahead a bit, on April 2 the Aquatic Center will host the annual Underwater Egg Hunt. This hunt is fast, fun, and wild! All ages are invited, and we always start with the youngest kids first to keep everyone safe and happy. Register at 5 pm – the first hunt begins at 5:15! Admission is $5 and includes swimming until 8 pm.
And finally, middle school kids entering grades 6 – 9 and interested in working with the Rec department over the summer should keep their eyes peeled for information about KORE in the coming month. This program, which stands for Kids Opportunities for Recreation Experience, pairs middle school volunteers with Rec staff all summer long. The kids provide valuable help at many of our programs and gain important experience working with people in a fun and professional atmosphere.
Applications for KORE will be available soon at the Aquatic Center and the middle schools. There is a brief application and interview process, just like a real job. Benefits include free swimming all summer-long, an end of season adventure, and great experience and connections!
Stay warm and I hope to see you at some of these great events!