Foothills' senior Recreation Coordinator Jackie Anderson said the 360 program, for boys and girls 5 to 11, offers something for every child.
“It's a very similar program (to past years),” Anderson said. “We're working on bringing in guest speakers at least once a week, which the kids always look forward to.”
She said the most popular feature for parents is still the three-day or five-day option. For the three-day option means residents are charged $66 per week (non-resident fee is $88), and the five-day option is $100 per week ($135 for non-residents).
Anderson said parents appreciate the program as more than a recreational outlet for their children.
“They really want the kids to socialize and be active,” she said. “We do physical activities and we keep the kids busy all day long. There's a little bit of something for everyone.”
Anderson said there is a new wrinkle parents and children will enjoy.
“We added a week in the last week of May and the first week of August into our schedule,” she said. “Parents were requesting this, and before we started Memorial Day weekend and ended at the end of July.”
Also at Foothills, which Anderson oversees, is the Junior Racquetball League for kids 10 to 15. The three-year league is taught by Carl Thompson, and is all about rules and skills for fun, safe play.
“There's instruction at the beginning on the racquetball court,” she said. “For many kids, it's a new sport and it's a great physical activity. It's like riding a bike; once you learn it, it's with you. We provide all the equipment, so just dress comfortably and be ready to work out.”
Sessions are two hours (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Tuesday and Thursday with the first session from June 8 to 24 and the second session running from July 6 to 22.
Players are paired with others having similar abilities with Glendale residents paying $24 and non-residents $30.
Registration is a matter of signing up at the Foothills front desk or calling 623-930-4600, www.glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation, or calling Anderson, 623-930-4608.
Lastly, Anderson also oversees the Fitness for Teens program for 13- to 17-year-olds. The program runs 10 a.m. to noon June 7 to 10 Monday through Thursday and for the next five weeks.
There is a Fitness for teens program July 5 to 8. The sessions are taught by certified physical trainer and certified nutritionist, Eileen Sammer.
“We're trying to teach these kids how to develop their own workout plan so they stay healthy,” Anderson said. “Once they get here, they get a wide variety of options and hopefully they'll find something they like.”
Part of the three-hour classes also focuses on a one-hour fitness boot camp, spinning, rock climbing, nutrition, strength training and cardio.
“I've added three additional sessions this summer (July 12 to 15, July 19 to 22 and July 26 to 29) to meet the demand, and they've got their afternoons free.”
There is a $50 per session fee for Glendale residents $65 for non-residents) and for more information call 623-930-4608.