Clovis, Portales offering summer programs

Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Marina Tapia, 10, of Clovis plays with a hula hoop Friday at the YMCA summer camp being held at the Highland Elementary School gym. Tapia said, “I enjoy coming for the fun, great time with friends, field trips, and everybody is nice.”

Alisa Boswell

School is out in Clovis and Portales which means the beginning of summer programs for local families and children.

The Portales Recreational Center has two four-week sessions for their summer program, which include swimming, arts and crafts, athletics, field trips and much more.

According to the center director, Jodi Kibbe, the first sessions begins Monday at 9 a.m. but those still wanting to register can sign up until 5 p.m.

“I want it to be a place where every kid feels involved, whether it be sports or arts and crafts,” Kibbe said of the center. “I’m excited. I think we’re going to have a lot of fun with the kids.”

The center’s second summer session will run July 11 through Aug. 5 with a 5 p.m. July 11 signup deadline.

Kibbe said discounts are offered to families with more than one child and for early registration.

“Personally, I think it’s a great place for kids for the summer,” Kibbe said. “They get a chance to hang out with friends and be active as well as learning and trying new activities. And it’s all for an affordable price.”

The Clovis YMCA also offers a summer program which began May 31 and runs through Aug. 5. The program includes weekly themes, such as aliens, science, sports and more.

“Each week is different, and we try to base our field trips and activities around that week’s theme,” said Shane Nelson, associate executive director of the YMCA. “We’re very excited and the families that are signing up are really excited that we can offer this service.”

Nelson said that the summer program is for children only, but the YMCA facility itself is for families to be able to do fun activities together.

“We are all about families. We accept everybody,” Nelson said. “We look forward to continue to grow the program throughout the summer and the rest of the year.”

Nelson said his program also offers discounts for families with more than one child.

More summer programs are being offered through the Clovis Community College Kid’s College which begins Monday and runs through July 29.

Kid’s College offers a variety of classes for children and youth ranging from ages four to 15, including poetry, dance, tennis, bird house building and more.

“We wanted to offer both educational and physical educational programs,” said Judith Spillane, Kid’s College director. “All of the classes have education and skills components, including our athletic programs.”

— Liliana Castillo contributed to this story