In Pinal County, summer youth activities abound

Tom Reardon
Young skateboarders in Casa Grande can learn some new tricks this summer.MIGUEL SCHINCARIOL/AFP via Getty Images

By Tom Reardon / NewsBreak Pinal County, AZ

(Pinal County, AZ) With the summer here, parents are often looking for activities for their children after school closes for the year.

Here are five ideas for Pinal County parents looking for ways to help children learn, grow, and have fun.

Casa Grande has a number of activities for children, teenagers, and parents to take advantage of this summer. For example, there are swimming lessons available for ages six and up, intermediate skateboarding (sorry, the beginner class is full), art classes, and even gong meditation for ages 13 and up.

The full list of classes can be found on Casa Grande’s city website, as well as any applicable fees, times, and locations.

Over in Coolidge, summer camp sessions are available for children 5-12 beginning June 6. The camp runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. In addition to the summer camp, Coolidge is also offering swimming lessons beginning on June 6 for all ages and water aerobics beginning on June 7.

The water aerobics courses happen Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and there are evening courses on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Visit their website for more information.

Across Pinal County, the public library system is sponsoring summer reading activities for students of all grade levels and ages. The theme this year is “Oceans of Possibilities” and each library in the county is doing different events related to this theme.

In San Tan Valley, for example, participants are encouraged to spend 600 minutes ready over the month of June to complete the program and be eligible for fun prizes. Please visit the Pinal County Library District website for more information.

Maricopa parks and recreation are offering a summer fun pass for families to take advantage of multiple events and opportunities at their Copper Sky Recreation Complex. The pass is available from now until August 31. This membership deal gets you unlimited access to the Aquatic Center, free group exercise classes, childcare through their CHILD WATCH program (with membership) and discounts towards the Great American 4th Event, and several other offers.

In addition to the summer fun pass, Maricopa parks and recreation is also offering swimming lessons for all-ages. These lessons started on May 28 but will continue throughout the summer. For information on swimming lessons and the summer fun pass, please visit the website.

Florence Parks and Recreation has a Teen Club event every Wednesday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the community center starting on June 8 and Teen Glow Bingo happens on July 29. Information on all Florence Parks and Recreation summer activities can be found here.

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