By Heather Wood
The wait is over! You are invited for the Grand Re-Opening Celebration of newly named, “Freedom Playground” located in Fourth of July Park on Saturday, April 7th. Through a community endeavor recognizing the need for inclusion for all children, the plans were laid out to make this all-inclusive park a reality. The playground was built originally in 2005, and quickly became a popular destination for parents and kids. The beautiful shaded tree canopy is just one of the many reasons why Fourth of July Park is so frequently visited. To assist in making it a one-of-a-kind park, now children of all abilities can play side by side without limitations. This will be the first all-inclusive playground in this area.
Join us and be the first to experience the new playground! Enjoy family activities (including games hosted by UNCG students), visit with different organizations, and “Explore Your Senses!” Beginning at 11:00 a.m., there will be a ribbon cutting with special guest House Representative Virginia Fox, Mayor Dawn Morgan, and the Kernersville Aldermen. Engage in a 1:00 p.m. performance from the Greensboro Ballet, “Dancing above the Barre,” a creative movement for young children with physical or other disabilities.
You may not realize the importance of first aid or CPR certification until you are faced with a life-threatening situation. Earning a first aid and CPR certification will prepare you for those moments and make you a better caregiver. It is not fun to think about emergencies, but as much as you hope they will never happen, you do have to be prepared. CPR and first aid are skills that everyone should know, especially people who care for children. For some, an emergency may never occur and for others it may happen more than once. Whether you are a new parent, a senior care aid, a nanny or a budding babysitter, the value of CPR and first aid training is priceless in an emergency.
Kernersville Parks and Recreation offers a Heartsaver class that teaches you how to respond to emergencies including cardiac arrest and choking. The class will ensure that you are prepared and is being offered one more time in our spring class session on Saturday, April 14 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. To register visit www.kvparks.com.
Speaking of being prepared and taking good care of yourself…Have you attended one of our Zumba classes? Dance Fit Divas, led by Katina Boyd, is a mobile fitness company that inspires women to journey through life with faith, fitness, and fun. Our classes currently feature Devoted Fitness, Zumba, and Zumba Toning. We host fitness classes and events, but more importantly, we create an environment for women to encourage each other. They are a BLAST and you should check them out on Saturday, April 14 at 8:30 a.m. at our Community Recreation Center or any Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.
There is still time to register for our Adult Basketball and Golf Leagues. For more information, please contact Adam Carpenter at 336-336-3039.
Our spring programs may be wrapping up; as we are looking forward to a new season of fun. Summer is right around the corner and our countdown has begun! We are 78 days away from the 2018 season of camp, and happy to report that registration is now open! Right now, our camp staff is busy preparing for the summer season and recruiting our fantastic camp counselors. The Kernersville Parks and Recreation Summer Camp will open June18 – August 17. If you already know your child will be attending our camp this summer, and you are ready to register, congratulations–you have made a great decision! The next step is to complete our online registration form at www.kvparks.com. We encourage early registration to ensure your child is not wait-listed. Summer camp enrollment is limited, and some weeks of camp will reach capacity. Our 2018 summer season promises to be the best ever, and we look forward to seeing you and your child this year!
Vendor registration is now open for our 2018 Honeybee Festival as well! The event will be held August 18 in Fourth of July Park. The festival includes authentic arts & crafts, food, and kid’s activities. The main stage will be rockin’ out with several class acts featuring The Exit 180 Band and The Brickhouse Band. There will also be games, bounce houses, face painting, a live bee hive, blacksmiths, on-site demos, and of course, honey! Admission is free and event hours are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Kernersville Parks and Recreation strives to offer something for everyone! Stop by and see what all the hype is about!