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GBRC enrollment open for summer programs
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School is out for the summer and now is the time to get your child registered for a summer of fun with the Rec, said Garet Fitzpatrick at the Great Bend Recreation Commission. The summer programs are set to begin on June 1 and run through July.

Summer activities will be offered at the Recreation Center; Activity Center; Lincoln, Jefferson, Eisenhower and Park Schools; Veterans Park; Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo; Kansas Wetlands Education Center (KWEC); and other locations throughout Great Bend.

A variety of enrichment and recreation programs are available for children between the grades of kindergarten and sophomores. These programs include youth theater - “The Adventures of Rikki-Tikki Tavi”, sketching, painting, general arts and crafts, cheerleading, Fourth of July crafts, science, games, tie dye, cooking classes, and outdoor experience activities.

A variety of fun one-time classes are also available: Baby-sitting 101, Dragonfly & Flowers, Palm Trees & Ocean Breeze, I Love Ice Cream, Bee Kind Flower, USA Gnome, Sharky the Shark, 4th of July Canvas, Grab Bag Creations, What Can I Build, Split Splat & Blue T-Shirt, My Rocking Robot, Lazy Ladybug Day, and Fancy Flamingo, just to name a few.   

There are also special camps and Kids Day Out programs scheduled for this summer: Fishing Fun Day, Rolling Hills Zoo, Fort Larned National Historic Site, All About Camping with KWEC, Pirate Treasure Hunt, 4th Of July, C.S.I. & Kids Safety Day Out, End of Summer Day Out, and Exploring the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo Camp.  

Preschool programs for children ages 3-5 years will also be held at various locations in Great Bend. These programs include Jr. All-Star, Little Artists, I’m A Little Farmer, Little Miss Bling, Dino Time, Little Chefs, Messology, I’m An Artist Too, and 4th of July Fun. There are also a variety of fun one-time classes such as Tractor Time, Dino Time, and My Big Truck.

There will be family classes for children ages 4-10 accompanied by an adult during the evening and on Saturday mornings. These programs provide families with an opportunity to spend some quality time together.  

The Recreation Commission also offers adult classes for ages 16 and older. These programs are held throughout the day from early morning to late evening: Water Aerobics, Fit For Life (60+), Yoga, Tai Chi, Cardio Blast, HIIT Suspension, Indoor Cycling, Midday Stretch & Strength, 50+ Crafts, painting, arts and crafts. 

A complete list of programs and class details can be found at the GBRC website at Online enrollment is now available on the website. Contact the Recreation Commission office at 793-3755, ext 110, or stop by the office at 1214 Stone St. for more information or with any questions.