Hot Fun in the Summertime

prjuly14by Heather Wood

For many Americans, the Fourth of July holiday weekend is a time to spend with family and friends enjoying picnics, barbeques, parades, fireworks, and relaxing by a pool.  Kernersville hosts many outdoor activities for families to enjoy along with the traditional small town favorites.  Kernersville will kick off its July Fourth celebration with a parade through historic Downtown Kernersville at 9:00am.

Looking for a way to beat the heat?  Head over to the Kernersville YMCA Slide pool and Waterpark for the Annual Splash B4 the Blast, hosted by Kernersville Parks and Recreation.  Spend the day by the pool enjoying your family, sun, prizes, giveaways, and best of all free hotdogs (while supplies last) beginning at 10:30am.  Community non-member rates do apply.

End the night with a bang!  The Kernersville fireworks show will begin at 9:15pm.  Come join the fun with live music, volleyball, kids’ activities, and food before the fireworks behind Kernersville Elementary on the Raider field at 6:00pm.

Kernersville Parks and Recreation is honored to host the Play 60 Carolina Panthers Clinic again this year at Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex on Thursday, July 10 at 10:00am.  The Carolina Panthers are recognized as an NFL leader in youth health and fitness programs.  The team offers a variety of programs designed to help children establish positive health and fitness habits to curb the rise in childhood obesity.  The Panthers are avid supporters of the NFL’s Play 60 initiative, which encourages children to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.  The Play 60 clinic is a free and non-contact grass roots program where participants run through tunnels, jump over bags, tackle dummies, catch footballs, touch cones, toss balls at a target and do physical conditioning exercises, all led by Panthers staff and community volunteers. This camp is designed for rising 2nd – 7th graders.  Visit our website to register at  Pre-registration is recommended.

Still trying to find a summer camp that is the right fit for your child?  Have you researched Specialty Camps?  Specialty camps cater to a child’s specific interest, are reasonably affordable, and typically only last one week.  Visit our website at for pricing, dates, and to register.

LB3 Lacrosse Camp – July 14-17, 9:00am – 12:00pm (Ages 8-18)

LB3 Lacrosse Camp is designed with three key elements in mind:  safety, player development, and fun.


RDU Tennis Camp – July 7-10 & July 14-17, 9:00am – 1:00pm (Ages K-8)

RDU camp provides an exciting, safe environment for kids to learn the game of tennis through skill building activities. Contact:


Drama Kids International – July 14-18 & July 21-25, 9:00am – 3:00pm (Ages 6-11)

Camp activities include group improvisations, silent scenes, dialogue development, scene starters, theater games, arts and crafts, and a whole lot more.


Dance Camp – July 7-11 (Ages 3-4) & July 14-18 (Ages 5-9), 9:30am – 12:00pm

The dance camps are Christian based and sure to be full of fun.  The camp includes ballet, tap, jazz, and tumbling.


All Terrain Tracker Camp – July 21-25, 9:00am – 12:00pm (Ages 7-12)

How about some land rover excitement?  Build and take home your very own All-Terrain tracker vehicle.  It travels the rough terrain overcoming objects in its path.

KPRD’s Movies in the Park series continues in July with another family friendly favorite “Hook”.  Join us on Friday, July 18 at dusk, in Harmon Park, with your family and friends to watch a free movie under the stars.  Giada’s Mobile Brick Oven Pizza, Patriot Pretzel, Kona Ice, and the Kernersville Boy Scouts will be on-site with an assortment of food for dining and snacking throughout the evening.  We would like to thank our July movie main sponsors: FastMed Urgent Care and Vestal Buick GMC of Kernersville.

Special Olympics and KPRD will be hosting a Sports Expo Saturday, July 26 from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the Fourth of July Park with bocce ball and tennis.  The event is free and open to anyone interested in participating in Special Olympics.  Lunch will be provided and pre-registration is suggested.  Please contact Lisa Kiser at 336-727-2425 or KPRD at 336-996-3062.

Preparations are underway for the Annual Honeybee Festival presented by Cone Health.  The festival will be in Fourth of July Park on Saturday, August 23 from 10:00am – 5:00pm.  Join us for live entertainment, tons of handmade crafts, inflatables and games, food, and of course HONEY!!  This traditional festival is full of family fun and is free to the general public.  Visit our website at for updates, entertainment schedule, food vendors, crafts vendors, and much more! #honeybee2014


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