Summer activities gearing up throughout countyJune 4, 2021
By CHRISTINE STEPHENSON
Parents, guardians and babysitters, have no fear — summer in Dubois County is going to be full of activities to keep kids busy and engaged.
Locations throughout the county are offering summer camps, library events and classic summer fun, such as swimming at the municipal pool. Here are just a few of the upcoming activities in the county’s three largest communities.
Jasper’s Kamp 4 Kids will run from June 7 through July 30. The camp, for kids age 4-6, will be from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday in the Jasper Municipal Pool basement. It will include arts and crafts, field trips and cookouts. Kids in the Greater Jasper School District can be registered each week for $45 when arriving.
Camp C.A.R.E., a camp for special needs children and adults of Dubois County, is canceled for the 2021 season due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The Jasper municipal pool is open daily from noon to 7 p.m. On Wednesdays, a twilight swim is available from 8 to 10 p.m. Admission is $4, and children under 4 are free. Coupon books with 20 passes are $50.
The Jasper Public Library will also have activities for kids throughout the summer, such as a Mobile Makerspace event today from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center. Library Director Christine Golden said the staff is excited to start up activities that previously had been postponed due to COVID-19.
Check the library’s website at https://jdcpl.us for upcoming activities, where events at the Dubois and Birdseye libraries can also be found.
The Huntingburg municipal pool and splash park are open for the season. The pool is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 8 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Daily admission is $4 per person, and children ages 4 and under are free. Coupon books with 20 tickets are $50.
Admission to the splash park is free with pool entry. It is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m, Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Swimming lessons are offered throughout the summer for $50 a session for city residents and $60 for non-city residents. Lessons can be scheduled by calling the pool’s front desk at 812-683-5600.
"We're trying to do as much as we can to try and keep lots of things for the little ones," Parks and Recreation Superintendent Dale Payne said.
The Huntingburg Public Library will have activities for kids throughout the summer, such as Summer STEAM events throughout the month of June. Check the library’s website at https://huntingburglibrary.org/calendar for upcoming events.
Ferdinand’s summer park and recreation program begins at 9 a.m. June 8 at the lower shelter house at the 18th Street Park. Sessions will be Tuesday, Thursday and Friday through July 30.
“We still want to offer programming for the kids,” Ferdinand Town Manager Chris James said, “so they can try to have a somewhat normal summer with their friends and be able to take advantage of our parks, as well.”
Unlike previous years, the program will be split into two sections per day so the participants can be more distanced and the employees can sanitize between sessions. The first session will be from 9 to 10:15 a.m., and the second will be from 10:45 a.m. to noon.
All kids will be required to wear masks when social distancing isn’t possible. Additionally, all participants must be registered in advance before they can attend. Contact Chris James at 812-367-2282 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
The Ferdinand Public Library is also hosting events for kids all summer, such as canvas painting June 7 from 2-3 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. Check the library’s website at https://jdcpl.us/ferdinand-library/ for upcoming events.
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