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Bring on summer!

By Staff | May 23, 2013

JIM LINETTE Sanibel Recreation Center kids ready for the next 10 weeks of fun in the summer youth programs kneeling from left are Milena Weigel, Johnny Quiklin, Hudson Stirner, Bryden Williams; standing from left, Liam Murray, Sammy Rose, Bailey Drobnyk and Zane Stoneman.

School days turn into summer fun days this week and the Sanibel Recreation Center is bulging with programs for island kids to enjoy for the next 10 weeks.

There are weekly field trips that include lunch and admisions, daily pool time, special Friday activities including pizza lunches, professional athletic instructions, plenty of golf, junior yoga, tennis, horseback riding, fishing, pop dance and archery lying in wait.

“Our program is all inclusive,” said Rec Center recreation director Andrea Miller. “You don’t get that with a lot of camps. Our one fee takes care of it all, whatever the kids want to participate in.”

Junior yoga is a new activity this summer, according to recreation program coordinator Dave DeFonzo.

“It amounts to a healthy stretch to music for the kids,” DeFonzo said. “We also added pop dance with the latest hits where the kids learn some dance moves. The real biggie, though, is we van the kids over to Cape Coral for archery and horseback riding once a week.”

Horseback riding returns this summer as well as the Optimist Club’s fishing program. Kids participate in tennis and golf on the island at the Rec Center or the Sanctuary.

The camp began Tuesday and runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding July 4th. Financial assistance is available for families who qualify.

Field trips include stops at Zoomers fun park in Fort Myers for grades 1-3, along with King Solomons Castle, pump it up, laser maze and glow golf, Naples Zoo, Koreshan State Park, splash day at Hammond Stadium and others.

For grades 4-8 the field trips include much of what grades 1-3 experience, plus M.O.S.I. Museum in Tampa, Bamboozles Skate Park, shark fossils on Venice Beach, a Tampa Bay Rays game, radio station tour and more.

Field trips include either a sack lunch, Chick-Fil-A or meal provided at the destination facility.

Basically, something is going on all the time every morning and afternoon.

For registration and more information visit www.mysanibel.com or call the Rec Center at (239) 472-0345.