Hands up in the air, water flinging across her face and screaming with delight, 8-year-old Anna Daines splashes down the water slide at the Amphibious Athletes Land and Water Activity Program at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center.
For several summers now, the Oro Valley Aquatic Center has put on camps for kids that involve water and land games and activities, along with swimming lessons. From June 3 to Aug. 2, weekly camps will take place at the aquatic center, each day running from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and centered on a specific theme. Last week, the theme was camping and this week is super hero.
“The primary reason for the camp is for the kids to have a fun, engaging and exciting program,” said Oro Valley Parks and Recreation Director Kristy Diaz-Trahan. “We think ours is one of the best programs out there because there is a variety and diversity of things for the kids to do.”
The parks and recreation staff helps run the program along with employees from the junior staff in training program. This training program is for volunteers only and for those who want to get more hands-on work experience.
The camp had 50 children last week, and 58 the previous week. Because of the new aquatic center, which was finished at the beginning of this year, attendance to the camps has increased.
“They (the families) absolutely love it,” said Diaz-Trahan. “It’s such a different look and what was once a 1970 pool is now a state of the art aquatic center.”
The aquatic center has launched a special family fun pass that allows entire families, for $5, to swim on Friday nights. This pass will be offered until the end of the summer.
The parks and recreation staff will also be running the Archaeology History Camp that will begin the first week of July and be at the Steam Pump Ranch. The camp runs July 1-Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Each week the camp will cover different historical themes of archaeology that will include: prehistoric or native people, Spanish arrival, mining, history of steam pump ranch and Oro Valley’s road to township. More information can be found from the Oro Valley Parks and Recreation Department website at Orovalleyaz.gov.
Amphibious Athletes Land and Water Activity Program
When: June 3-August 2
(no camp on July 4)
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Oro Valley Aquatic Center (James D. Kreigh Park)
23 W. Calle Concordia
Fee: Resident $95 (swim lessons included) Additional extended camp fee 7 a.m.- 6 p.m. $30; Non-resident $105 (swim lessons included) Additional extended camp fee 7 a.m.- 6 p.m. $35
Contact info: Parks and Recreation at 229-5050