The first two weeks of Chandler Recreation summer youth camps have been going great for all the participants and instructors at various city facilities, and the Chandler Aquatics staff is busy providing fun and safe activities and lessons at all six pools. There are five weeks left in the summer intersession for the Chandler Unified School District, but it's time to start planning for the big Fourth of July Weekend.
If you are staying in town, you can always head to Tumbleweed Park at the southwest corner of McQueen and German roads to enjoy the annual 7UP Fireworks Spectacular event presented by the Chandler Lions Club and City of Chandler on Sunday, July 4 from 4-10:30 p.m. There is free admission and a $5 fee for parking. For more details, visit www.chandleraz.gov/special-events.
TRC Closed on July 4
As Tumbleweed Park fills up with the Fourth of July festivities and revelers, the Tumbleweed Recreation Center will be closed Sunday, July 4. It will re-open for its normal weekday hours of 5 am.-10 p.m. on Monday, July 5. For more information, call 480-782-2900 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed.
Be A Hero at July 5 Blood Drive
After celebrating America's birthday at Tumbleweed Park, be a hero and donate blood at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center with United Blood Services from 2:30-7 p.m. in the Cotton Room. Just check in at the customer services desk at the TRC (745 E. Germann Rd.); call 480-782-2907 or visit www.unitedbloodservices.org to sign up.
Summer Fun Facts:
*The summer Break Time magazine includes more than 700 classes, swim lessons and events for June, July and August.
*The "Big Blue" bucket at Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center dumps 752 gallons of water on swimmers every two minutes.
*Last week Chandler Aquatics welcomed 66 Guard Starts (boys and girls ages 10-12) and 50 Junior Lifeguards (ages 13-15) to work with the staff this summer.
*There are 60 teens participating in the 10th annual Leaders In Training (LIT) mentoring program gaining valuable career-building work experience with city staff this summer.
*There are 54 playgrounds and 40 trails for walking, hiking and biking throughout the city at Chandler Parks.
Nature Open House at EEC on July 13
To promote environmental awareness for all ages, the Environmental Education Center, located at 4050 E. Chandler Heights road, hosts a free Family Open House on Tuesday, July 13 from 5-7:30 p.m. This event includes a variety of fun nature-based activities, crafts, hikes, movies and science labs. The EEC also offers nature-themed birthday parties for children. Call 480-782-2890 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.
Puppet Show at TRC on July 14
Tumbleweed Recreation Center partners with The Great Arizona Puppet Theater to present a showing of "Jack Rabbit & the Desert Tortoise for children five years old and younger with their parent or guardian on Wednesday, July 14 at 9 a.m. There is a $6 fee ($8 non-resident) and you can register at www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime or call 480-782-2900 for more information.
KaBOOM! Playful City USA Update
Chandler Recreation recently submitted its KaBOOM! Playful City USA award application and is waiting to hear for the winners to be announced in mid-July. Chandler has received the honor three consecutive years and is aiming to make it four in a row! For more information, visit http://kaboom.org.
Summer Camps Have Openings
There are still some openings for summer camps at Tumbleweed Recreation Center, Snedigar Recreation Center and the Environmental Education Center for half-day and full-day sessions for ages 5-12 through July 23. There also is the popular "Teen Adventure Camps" for students entering 7th-9th grades at Andersen Junior High School through July 16. You can register for all camps and classes at www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime or call 480-782-2727 for more information.
Chandler Aquatics Keeps You Cool
To get you through the summer swelter, Chandler Aquatics will keep you cool and active as all six pools are open daily - Mesquite Groves, Hamilton, West Chandler, Desert Oasis, Arrowhead and Folley. Summer hours vary at each location. For daily hours, swim lesson information and special events and activities in July, call the Aquatics Hotline at 480-782-2733 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/aquatics.
Spray Pads - Summer Hours
For parents who enjoy taking their children to the three Chandler spray pads - located at Chuparosa, Desert Breeze and Espee Parks - then new year-round seasonal hours are as follows: May-August: 9 a.m.-noon and 4-7 p.m.; September-October: 10 a.m.-noon and 4-6 p.m.; November-March - closed; April: 10 a.m.-noon and 4-6 p.m. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/parks.
Wednesday Family Nights
Tumbleweed Recreation Center Family Nights continue every Wednesday throughout the summer from 5:30-7 p.m. Each week there is a different activity for children and parents. There is a drop-in fee is $2 for children and $3 for teens ($3/$4 non-resident). For a schedule, visit www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed or call 480-782-2900.
"Come Out & Play Chandler!" Show
The summer episode of "Come Out & Play Chandler!" is airing on Channel 11, www.chandleraz.gov and on the Chandler Recreation YouTube Channel. The program highlights Chandler Aquatic Centers and summer camps. The July episode will begin airing Friday, July 9 and features preschool programs.
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NOTE: Liam O'Mahony is an information specialist with the city of Chandler.