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Apple celebration to be next Fun Day at Sanibel rec center

By Staff | Sep 24, 2019

An apple celebration is the next featured theme for a Fun Day at the Sanibel Recreation Center.

The September Fun Day program will operate on Sept. 30 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Youth Program Specialist Dave DeFonzo said the Fun Day program began in 2007 when the new center opened. It began adding teacher duty and in-service days as an option for parents to have when their child is out of school.

“Parents don’t exactly get those days off,” he said, adding that Fun Days are regular eight-hour days at a reduced cost. “It was designed around the working parent.”

Fun Days are offered to kindergarten through eighth-grade students and coincide with school holidays.

“You don’t have to go to The Sanibel School,” DeFonzo said. “We have a pretty steady following on Fun Days. We have a few walk-ins, as well.”

If Fun Days coincide with a family’s vacation schedule, sometimes their kids are dropped off at the center while the parents enjoy a nice day at the beach.

“If we get 75 to 80 in an after-school day, we may get anywhere between 30 to 35 during Fun Days,” he said. “We always have a swim time, a snack involved, arts and crafts and gym time. We rotate them around a little longer in each location for a full day.”

The September program will celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s birthday, which will feature all apple themed activities, as well as the history of Appleseed. In one of the activities, participants will create paper mache apples, which will be placed in the center’s lobby for the month once they are completed. Another arts and crafts activity will include the students painting with a slice of apple.

The snack will include apple cider and a tasting of different varieties of apples.

All participants are asked to pack a swimsuit, towel and lunch.

“We provide a snack or treat towards the end of the day,” DeFonzo said.

The cost is $36 for center members and $48 for non-members.

The next Fun Days will be held on Nov. 25, Nov. 26 and Sept. 27. All of the days will have a Thanksgiving theme.

For more information or to register, call 239-472-0345, or visit www.mysanibel.com.

The Sanibel Recreation Center is at 3880 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel.