With temperatures rising, the Concord Parks and Recreation Chilly-Willy Wednesday’s event was all about playing in water to cool off.Recreation program specialist Taylor Morris separated the children into two groups of eight for the games.The first game was a team relay that required each member to fill up a water blaster, run to a line, shoot the water in a bucket and then return to hand off the blaster to the next teammate.Eight-year-old Jane Mikesh struggled at first, then smiled and said: “I do better when I hold it high and shoot down,” as her stream landed in the bucket.“Yuck! I got some of this in my mouth and it tastes awful,” she shouted as she crawled through a tube with her stomach dragging in the soapy water that covered the obstacle course. Each of the children tackled the obstacles that included diving, sliding and crawling through the soapy water.Ten-year-old Christopher Bailey, 7-year-old Luke Dolan and 7-year-old Vicente Matthews formed a tight circle as they made their hands soapy by rubbing their clothes. They figured out that if you slid you fingers across each other just right, you could make bubbles.The boys’ attention was drawn away from the bubbles when the frozen Chilly-Willy treats were given out during a short break.After the break there were water balloon games that included using a launcher, running while others tried to hit you with water balloons and even a round of “Duck, Duck Goose” with a water balloon.Concord resident Tina Eisenhart brought her two sons, 6-year-old Alex Eisenhart and 9-year-old Nic Eisenhart. She has attended several of the parks and recreation programs.“I love the price of the programs. It helps to break up our week with something different to do besides going to the pool,” Tina said.Rhoda Waters, who owns Sunshine Day Care, said she uses the city publication Leisure Times to help her coordinate her field trips. When Eisenhart asked how she handled the multiple tie-dye items from one event, Waters laughingly replied: “I washed and dried them so the families wouldn’t have to deal with the mess.”The next Chilly-Willy Wednesday program will be the Crayon Crawl, 10 a.m.-noon, July 24 at J.W. “Mickey” McGee Jr. Park, 219 Corban Ave. E. The Muddy Buddy event, 10 a.m.-noon, July 31, will be at Beverly Hills Park, 631 Miramar St. NE.The programs are held at different area parks every Wednesday through Aug. 14. You must register, and there is a fee for each program: residents, $5 each and nonresidents, $10. A registration form can be found on the back page of the Leisure Times publication. Details about registering as well as information about all the summer programs offered by Concord Parks and Recreation can also be found at www.concordnc.gov/Departments/Parks-Recreation. Click on the 2013 Summer Leisure Times for a PDF copy.
Tuesday, Jul. 23, 2013
Kids splash off the heat in Concord
Marty Price is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marty? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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