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Kids and parents can participate in fitness classes

August 08, 2008|By LISA PREJEAN

Even though it's still the beginning of August, registration forms for fall programs are showing up in our mail boxes. There are a lot of choices to be made at this time of year.

Parents looking for programs that allow them to participate with their children may want to consider what the Washington County Recreation Department has to offer.

Whether it's learning sport skills or doing crafts together, there are several programs that encourage parent-child interaction during guided activity times.

"The parents are involved with the children learning skills and doing activities," says John Whitman, sports specialist for Washington County Recreation Department. "Our instructors teach them basic skills they can do with their children at home."

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Many parents participate in the programs until their children have reached the age limit, then they often move onto a recreation program for older children, Whitman says.

When parents exercise with their kids, they send a message that exercise is important for everybody. With programs like the ones offered by the recreation department, that important message is translated as fun.

Here are some of the programs being offered this fall:

Zumba Kids - Kids and their moms, dads or grandparents take part in this exercise to music with a Latin flavor. All participants are encouraged to pace themselves and take a break when they need one.

"The kids just love it, and the parents enjoy it just as much," Whitman says.

The Zumba kids class will be at Hagerstown Community College Athletic, Recreation and Community Center on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m., Sept. 9 to early December. The class, which is for children ages 5-12, costs $25 for Washington County residents and $35 for nonresidents.

Giggles and Wiggles -Preschoolers and adults can participate in musical games, obstacle courses, tumbling, storytelling, coloring and drawing.

"A lot of parents say that they want to find something where their kids can interact socially," Whitman says. "It is a good preparation for when they go to preschool or kindergarten."

Children in Giggles and Wiggles learn to work in small groups - each class has 10 to 12 students - without the fear of being separated from their parents, he says.

There are several days and times for this program, which also is held at HCC. Classes for ages 2 and 3 are on Mondays from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. or 10:45 to 11:30 a.m., Sept. 8 to Oct. 27; on Wednesdays from 9 to 9:45 a.m. or 10 to 10:45 a.m. from Sept. 10 to Oct. 29; or on Thursdays from 10 to 10:45 a.m. from Sept. 11 to Oct. 30. Classes for ages 3 and 4 are Wednesdays from 11 to 11:45 a.m. from Sept. 10 to Oct. 29. The fee is $45 for county residents and $50 for nonresidents.

Tiny tot soccer - Children ages 4 and 5 learn soccer skills and play games for fun at HCC's ARCC on Tuesdays from 6:15 to 7 p.m. or 7 to 7:45 p.m., Sept. 16 to Oct. 14. The fee is $35 for county residents and $40 for nonresidents.

Big and little basketball - Children ages 6 to 9 learn the fundamentals of basketball and experience playing the game. The class for ages 6 and 7 is on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Sept. 9 to Oct. 28, at the ARCC. The class for ages 8 and 9 is Tuesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 9 to Oct. 28, at the ARCC. The fee is $35 for county residents and $40 for nonresidents.

Big and little volleyball - For children ages 6 to 13. The classes are at the ARCC on Thursday evenings, Sept. 11 to Oct. 16. The class for ages 6 to 9 is taught from 6:30 to 7:30, and the class for ages 10 to 13 is taught from 7:30 to 8:30. The fee is $35 for residents and $40 for nonresidents.

For information about Washington County Recreation Department programs, call 240-313-2805.

Lisa Tedrick Prejean writes a column for The Herald-Mail's Family page.

Send e-mail to her at lisap@herald-mail.com.

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