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Posted: Saturday, July 25, 2009 8:22 pm | Updated: 2:30 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

It's going to be a little quieter around Chandler's recreation centers starting Monday, as the summer youth camps concluded on Friday. It was a busy, exciting June and July for participants and staff. Even with school back in session on Monday, there will still be a variety of drop-in activities and fall classes offered through Chandler Recreation. Below is an overview of some upcoming programs for children and parents to have fun, learn new things and stay cool throughout August.

Fall Break Time

The fall Break Time magazine was mailed this week to subscribers and is now available at many city facilities, libraries, recreation centers, Chandler Fry's stores and at Registration starts Aug. 8 for Chandler residents and Aug. 14 for nonresidents. Starting with next week's registration, all classes, activities, programs and rentals provided by the Chandler Community Services Department will include a nonresident fee, which represents a 25 percent increase above the resident rate (and rounded up to the next dollar). For more information about residency verification, call (480) 782-2727 or visit

'Family Night' movie

"Family Night at Tumbleweed Recreation Center" continues every Wednesday night from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. This week's features are the movie "Hotel for Dogs" ($2 for children, $3 for teens) and the youth video game "Dance Dance Revolution Challenge." You can view the August schedule at

Aquatics available

There is still time to visit Chandler's six aquatic centers, which have postseason hours of noon to 5 p.m. on weekends in August. Mesquite Groves Aquatics Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, (play pool only) until Aug. 23. Monday's "Back-to-School" event at Mesquite Groves will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., not 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. as originally scheduled. West Chandler Aquatic Center is open noon to 8 p.m. on weekdays until Aug. 9, and Desert Oasis is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 12. Admission is 50 cents for children ages 2-17, $1.50 for adults and 75 cents for adults over 55. For more specific facility hours, policies and other swim program information, call (480) 782-2733 or visit

Puppet shows

Chandler Recreation has partnered with The Great Arizona Puppet Theater to host several puppet shows for children and their parent or guardian. The TRC will host a showing of "Rapunzel" for children 5 and younger at 10 a.m. Aug. 11. The Environmental Education Center presents "Hotel Saguaro" for children 5 and older at 2 p.m. Aug. 6. Both shows are $6 per child. Registration is available at For more information, call (480) 782-2900 or (480) 782-2890.

Spray pads

For parents who enjoy taking their children to the three Chandler spray pads - Chuparosa, 2400 S. Dobson Road; Desert Breeze, 660 N. Desert Breeze Blvd.; and Espee Park, 450 E. Knox Road - the new year-round operating schedule is as follows: 9 a.m. to noon and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., May through August; 10 a.m. to noon and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., September through October; closed November through March; and 10 a.m. to noon and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in April. For more information, visit

Stay connected

Don't forget to sign up for the monthly Chandler Recreation e-newsletter at, and if you use the social media site Twitter, you can stay current with the latest news, events and activities by following @ChandlerRec.

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