Plan a Simple, Fun Summer for Your Kids

By Heather Wood

I am always down to cozy up on the couch during the winter months to watch a flick. But there is just something about a classic movie under the stars and a warm evening that go together so well. With summer breezing in, now is the perfect time to start planning a movie night with a few friends.

Movies in the Park are a free outdoor movie series in Harmon Park, centrally located in downtown Kernersville. The mission of Movies in the Park is help foster a sense of community and enjoyment in downtown by bringing people together to enjoy a movie in a unique setting. Since its debut, Kernersville Parks and Recreation has always believed that Movies in the Park should be free and open to everyone. We are grateful to all our sponsors because without their generosity, Movies in the Park would not be possible.

This month’s featured film will be the newly released, Beauty and the Beast. If you choose not to bring your own picnic we do have food vendors available for sale. So, round up the kids, spread out your blanket, take advantage of our affordable snacks, and enjoy a fun-filled movie under the stars! All movies begin at dusk, but arrive early to visit with vendors, grab a goodie bag, and participate in activities for the kids.
Specialty Camps offer a wide variety of themed camps that focus on your child’s special interests in either arts or sports. Your camper may choose to spend a week focusing on the specialty of his or her choice each morning.

Serve up your summer at Fourth of July Park tennis courts under the direction of Coach Rod Pearson. Mentor Tennis Jr. Camp offers weekday camps that include tennis instruction, games, drills, and play for players of all levels ages 6-14 years old. Learn and/or improve your Jr. Tennis skills! Limited space is available so register early. We are offering four weeks during the summer for you to take advantage of this opportunity. To find out more information please email or call 336-459-0647.

Lights, Camera, ACTION! Spend the week in our Drama Kids Acting Academy. This camp takes it up a notch. Does your teen have a passion for the dramatic and performing arts? Acting Academy campers will be challenged to express themselves creatively and collaborate in various aspects of the dramatic arts. Learn about set and costume design, stage direction, and script writing. Have fun taking on characters, acting out scenes that you create, and learning how to command the attention of others while performing on stage. At the end of the week, they will showcase their amazing talents and present them to friends and family. This camp is offered Monday, July 9th – Friday, July 13th, from 9:00am-3:00pm at the historic Kernersville Community House (405 Salisbury Street, Kernersville). For more information on fees, ages and registration deadlines please visit or call 336-754-4385.

Kernersville Parks and Recreation is happy to announce, in partnership with the Kernersville Public Library, the return of Storytime in the Park! Storytime in the Park can be an effective way to strengthen reading habits during the summer and we would like to invite children and families in our community to attend. Join Stefanie Kellum, Youth Services Librarian, for stories, songs, dancing, and coloring in the outdoor classroom area of Fourth of July Park on Saturday, July 7th at 10:00am. To stay up-to-date on cancellations or information call the Kernersville Library at 336-703-2930.

Heartsaver CPR /AED for Adult /Child /Infant is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches adult and child CPR and AED use, infant CPR, and how to relieve choking in adults, children, and infants. This course teaches skills with the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback, and guide the students’ learning of skills. This course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in CPR and AED use to meet job, regulatory, or other requirements. Ricardo Davis is RPSGT, AHA/ECC Certified, and leads this two-part class being offered (Saturdays: June 23, July 21, and August 11) at the Kernersville Community Recreation Center (125 E. Bodenhamer Street). The CPR class is held between 8:00-11:30am and the First Aid will be from 11:30am-1:30pm. Visit our website to learn more at

Is your child interested in dance classes? We offer fun combination classes for younger dancers (ages 7 and up) to explore and discover their love of dance. Combo dance classes for kids feature basic technique instruction in ballet, tap, and tumbling. Instructor Jennifer Antonosanti, a former Professional Cheerleader for the Carolina Panther and Former Walt Disney World dancer teaches this high energy dance class and will teach you rhythm, musicality, and coordination. Class size is limited, be sure to register in advance at to ensure a spot.

Grab your family and hit the door running…you don’t want to miss out on all the fun!

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