Event lets families sample fun of summer

CARLSBAD — Children of all ages had a blast at Carlsbad’s Community Play Date on March 5, where residents were invited to sample the enrichment classes and summer activities offered by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.
The free and interactive Community Play Date featured karate demonstrations, tennis, volleyball and a firsthand look at camp activities available this summer. It was held at Stagecoach Community Center, 3420 Camino de los Coches, in southeast Carlsbad.
“We want the residents to know what classes are offered at this center,” Recreation Supervisor Aimee Blanchard said. “This is a great time for them to meet the instructors and ask them questions before signing up for a class.”
Community Play Date also offered a family obstacle course; a Lego build station; country line dancing; belly dancing; and if kids were feeling brave, a chance to get up close and personal with Madagascar hissing cockroaches.
“It’s a great opportunity for the kids to find out what they like before they get involved,” Carlsbad resident Kimi Balda said. Her children Ethan, 7, and Emma, 11, tried out tennis and volleyball. “We want to get them involved in a sport so this is a good place to start.”
Most recently added to Carlsbad’s Parks and Recreation sports roster is Coach Debbie Reed, who is offering an all ages, co-ed beginning volleyball class, the only one of its kind in North County. “Everyone can come and learn the basics,” Reed said.
“We want parents and kids to be able to do these enrichment programs together,” Blanchard said. “We have contracts with amazing professional instructors and we’re offering these classes at a low cost.”
For the first time this summer, Carlsbad will be hosting a Green Screen Technology Camp through Arimaw Productions. Camera equipment and professional instruction will be provided, allowing kids an opportunity to make their own movies, Blanchard said.
“I’m really excited about that program,” Blanchard said. “It’s going to be awesome.”
The city of Carlsbad held its first Community Play Date at Calavera Hills Community Center last July, to celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month.
“We saw about a 10 percent increase in registration for all of the instructors that participated last time,” Blanchard. “All of the instructors have volunteered their time to be here today and we’re hoping to top that registration.”
For more information about the classes offered by Parks and Recreation at Stagecoach Community Center and other Carlsbad facilities, visit www.carlsbadca.gov.

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