Can you believe school is out for the summer? This year sure seems to be flying by.
As adults and children prepare for another hot stretch the next couple of months, the Chandler Recreation, Parks and Aquatics Divisions are ready to keep you active, cool and fit so you won't dwell on the surging temperatures. Even though the official summer solstice is two weeks away, the staff is diving into youth summer camps and swim lessons on Monday.
All Six Chandler Pools Are Open!
Chandler Aquatics is ready to provide the cool relief you seek throughout the summer as all six pools are now open for the season: Mesquite Groves, Hamilton, West Chandler, Desert Oasis, Arrowhead and Folley. Summer hours vary at each location. For daily hours, swim lesson information, water safety tips, pool party rentals and special events, call the Aquatics Hotline at 480-782-2733 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/aquatics.
Summer Camps Start Monday
Tumbleweed Recreation Center, Snedigar Recreation Center and the Environmental Education Center offer a variety of half-day and full-day summer youth camps for ages 5-12. Many camps run from June 7 through July 23 during the Chandler Unified School District's summer intersession. There also is the popular "Teen Adventure Camps" for students entering 7th-9th grades at Andersen Junior High School from June 7-July 16. For more information on teen camps, call 480-782-2718. For assistance with any other summer classes, call 480-782-2727. You can register at www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime.
Chandler Tennis Center Summer Hours
On June 1, the Chandler Tennis Center began its summer hours as follows: Monday-Thursday: 7-11 a.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Friday: 7-11 a.m. and 6-9 p.m.; Saturday: 7-11 a.m. and Sunday: 6-9 p.m. For more information on tennis classes and summer programs, call 480-782-2650 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/tennis.
Summer Fun Facts
To kick off the summer season, check out these fun facts that you may not have known...
• The quarterly Break Time magazine for Chandler Recreation began in 1989; that's 89 issues & counting.
• The Break Time magazine includes more than 700 all-ages classes, camps, swim lessons and special events for June, July and August.
• Chandler has 43 park pavilions throughout several locations that can accommodate 15-320 people for various picnic or event rentals.
• It takes 1,675,282 gallons of water to fill all six Chandler Aquatic Centers.
• There are 60 Chandler teens participating in the 10th annual Leaders In Training (LIT) mentoring program that starts Monday, June 7. They will work with City of Chandler staff in a variety of departments learning valuable career-building skills and work experiences.
• There have been 109 species of birds spotted at Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park in the last two years.
• Last year residents & organizations contributed more than 650 volunteer hours to Chandler's Adopt-A-Park Program.
• Over the past four years, Chandler residents have donated more than 300 trees to Living Tree Program.
• The Recreation Division & Channel 11 have produced 117 episodes of "Come Out & Play Chandler!" since it began airing in 1994.
Puppet Theater Brings Strings to TRC
The Great Arizona Puppet Theater will host a "Rumpelstiltskin" puppet show at Tumbleweed Recreation Center on Wednesday, June 16 from 9-10 a.m. for children ages five and younger and their parent or guardian. The fee is $6 ($8 non-resident) and pre-registration is required as space is limited. Register at www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime or call 480-782-2900 for more information.
Final Green Living Workshop
The last "Your Green Life Now!" Workshop will be held Thursday, June 17 at Tumbleweed Recreation Center at 7 p.m. This is a free class but space is limited so call 480-782-2890 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat. The topic is "greening" your home.
Father's Day at the EEC
Fathers can enjoy a light breakfast with their family while sharing an experience with nature at the Environmental Education Center (EEC) on Saturday, June 19, the day before Father's Day. Attendees will learn about Arizona's snakes, watch snakes eat their own breakfast, and pose for a family photo with live snakes on exhibit. There is an 8:30 a.m. and a 10 a.m. session. The fee is $14 ($18 non-resident). The EEC is located at the northeast corner of Lindsay and Chandler Heights roads (480-782-2890 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis).
Phoenix Zoo Visits the EEC
The Phoenix Zoo will bring its exciting "Zoo To You" program to the EEC on Thursday, June 24 at 10 a.m. Live animals will be on display and zoo staff will deliver a presentation to engage audiences about the wonders of our desert and the animals with whom we share it. This show is for children four years old and above with a parent or guardian. There is a $6 fee ($8 non-resident). Register at www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime.
TRC Wednesday Family Nights
Tumbleweed Recreation Center Family Nights continue every Wednesday in June and July from 5:30-7 p.m. Each week there is a different activity for children and parents. The fee is $2 for children and $3 for teens ($3/$4 non-resident). For schedule, call 480-782-2900 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed.
"Come Out & Play Chandler!" Show
The summer episode of "Come Out & Play Chandler!" is airing on Channel 11 and at www.chandleraz.gov. It is also on the Chandler Recreation video gallery on YouTube. The program highlights all six Chandler Aquatic Centers and previews the summer youth camps. The July episode will begin airing Friday, July 9 and will feature various preschool programs available at Chandler recreation centers.
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