Summer vacation is beginning for school-aged children. If you’re looking for fun and healthy activities to keep them busy and off the couch, take a look at these!
Swimming and water fun are among the top five most popular activities in the summer, so it is very important that children learn to swim.
The Portsmouth LIFE Center offers a variety of age and experience-appropriate swimming lessons for children from age 1 and up. Classes include Water Enrichment for ages 1 through 3, Aqua Tots for 3 and 4 year olds, Beginners, Beginner I and Beginner II, for 4 to 12 year olds, and Aqua Kids for ages 5 through 13. Private Lessons are available for anyone over 13 years of age.
The new session of swimming lessons begins the week of June 13 and the registration deadline for this session is May 31st. Call Susan Hunter at 740-356-7563 for more information.
Two sessions of CAMP LIFE are planned at the Portsmouth Life Center this summer. Children between 7 and 13 years old will spend a week learning healthy eating habits and participating in fun activities to get legs moving and hearts pumping. CAMP LIFE runs 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM June 6 through 10 and July 18 through 22 at the Portsmouth Life Center. For more information, call 740-356-7650.
Children are often fascinated and excited about special vehicles – police cars, fire trucks, helicopters all ignite the imagination. On Saturday, June 18, the SOMC Pediatric Guild is presenting Touch-a-Truck, at Portsmouth Spartan Stadium. The event will be held from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, and gives children the opportunity to get up-close and even inside fire trucks and police cars, semi-trucks, a helicopter and even the Batmobile. Batman and the Batmobile will arrive at 4:30 PM. Gates open at 4:00. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $2 per child.
Bring along your dog and head to Earl Thomas Conley Park in West Portsmouth on Saturday, June 4 for Bark for Life. Registration begins at 9:00 AM. Hosted by Ribbons of Life and the CrossFit Alpha Pack, all proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.
The event features a two mile walk at your own pace. Please be sure your dog is on a leash. Awards will begin at 10:00 AM for the best costume, smallest, largest, and cutest dogs, best dog trick, dog/owner look-a-like contest, obstacle course, and the Frisbee toss. There will be raffles, door prizes, food and drinks. Participants are encouraged to bring along supplies to donate to Sierra’s Haven. If you need more information, call 740-356-7490, or visit the registration page on eventbrite.com. There is a fee to register for Bark for Life.
Attention bicycling enthusiasts! Registration is open for the Tour of the Little Smokies (TOTLS) scheduled for Saturday, June 11. The tour begins at Moontime Lake, 2198 Sedan Crabtree Road, Lucasville (www.facebook.com/moontimelake). Riders can begin at any time between 8:00 and 10:00 AM. Participants have the option of riding 16 miles, 39 miles, 55 miles or the full 100 mile tour, which winds through the hills and woods of the Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail. The event is sponsored by The Rotary Club of Portsmouth, and is chaired by Reece Brown. TOTLS plans another tour in September. If you would like more information about this unique cycling event please contact TOTLS Committee Chair Reece Brown at 740-821-1904 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to try a little bit of running, dancing, extreme fitness and then some outdoor yoga, get registered for the Natural High Fitness Festival and 5K on Saturday, June 25 at Earl Thomas Conley Park in West Portsmouth. Sponsored by The Counseling Center, the Festival is a fundraising event for the Summer Outreach Club-a 9 week, free camp for children ages 5 – 12. Natural High Fitness Festival includes a 5k Trail Run/Walk, followed by Boot Camp led by Iron Body Fitness, Hip Hop Heat fitness class led by Shelle y Wisener from the SOMC Life Center, and finally an Outdoor Yoga session with Melissa Davis.
Registration begins at 7:00 AM followed by the 5K at 8:00 AM. For more information contact The Counseling Center’s Community Relations and Development Department at 740-354-3829 ext. 2707, or register online at www.tristateracer.com.