CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle
Miranda Andazola, 8, of Clovis, skates at Hillcrest Park Wednesday. Miranda was at the park with her father, Willie, and sisters, Caitlyn and A'lani. She is spending her summer skating, swimming and reading.
A promenade of three tumbled from the minivan and into the shade of Hillcrest Park, drawn immediately to a set of swings. For their mother, Michele Roberts, the park is an oasis.
Also a teacher, Roberts believes it is important for children to remain active in the summer. Settling back into a school routine can be rocky for those who aren’t, according to the Ranchvale Elementary School teacher and mother.
Untwining summer from sloth in Clovis is not only possible, but advisable, agreed many who steer children’s summer programs in Clovis.
“It is not just important to keep the body active, but it is important to keep the mind active. Exercising the mind is something we struggle with. It is easy to sit in front of the TV and lounge, but it is better to stay in the habit of learning,” Clovis-Carver Youth Services Librarian Krissie Carter said.
Here is a guide for those who crave ways to spice up summer life.
The Clovis Community College offers nine courses for children ages 6-12. Children can learn about poetry, watercolor painting and pottery, among other things. Fees range from $30 to $50. Two free sessions, “Composting for Kids” and “Dogs, Wolves and Other K9s,” will be offered at no charge.
“These classes serve two purposes. They are educationally based, whether in body, mind or spirit. And it is important to us for children to feel comfortable and safe at college at an early age,” CCC Business and Non-Credit Training Coordinator Judith Spillane said.
The deadline for registration is Friday. Registration forms can be picked up at the CCC Information Desk or downloaded at www.clovis.edu/AreasOfStudy/NonCredit/Index.asp. Registration can be completed at the CCC cashiers desk, by phone at 769-4190 or through mail at 417 Schepps Boulevard, Clovis, NM 88101.
Clovis-Carver Public Library
The 2006 Summer Reading Program targets children ages 3-18. The program features movies, craft time, story readings and educational sessions on African drumming and campfire safety, among other things.
For a program schedule, visit the library at 701 N. Main St. or call 769-7840.
For the athletically minded, Play, Inc. has a variety of outlets, including summer camps and gymnastics, martial arts and swimming programs.
For more information, visit Play, Inc. at 1700 E. Seventh St. or call 763-6188.
Clovis Parks & Rec
There are 17 baseball and softball fields, 11 soccer fields, seven tennis courts, two indoor gyms, 12 playgrounds, 23 open play areas, four volleyball courts, one archery range and one model-airplane flying area in Clovis (both located on Highway 209 North), according to the city’s parks and recreation office.
This summer, a Portales church group will perform puppet shows at local parks. The group’s puppet show, “Splash and Friends,” will be performed at Green Acres Park on the corner of Mitchell Street and W. 21st St. at 6 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at North Avenue K and West Lime Street in Portales, and 6 p.m. Wednesday at Portales City Park.
For a map of park locations, visit the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce at 215 Main St.
Casel-land Fun Center
Go miniature golfing, visit the batting cages or enjoy a go-kart ride. Located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 60/84 and NM 467.
Clovis Depot Train Museum
See railroad memorabilia and trace the development of the railroad in Australia, Great Britain and the American Southwest. Located at 221 W. First St.
Blackwater Draw Museum and Archeological Site
Treasures discovered at this archeological site can be viewed at 12 miles south of Clovis on Highway 70.
Norman Petty Studio
Explore the studio where a series of rock ’n’ roll hits were recorded.Located at 1313 W. 7th St. Tours must be booked in advance through the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce at 763-3435.
This is the second largest zoo in New Mexico. Located at the intersection of Sycamore and 10th streets.
10 summer fun ideas
1.Have your child keep a summer journal.
2. Go on a picnic.
3. Plan a backyard scavenger hunt.
4. Go fishing.
5. Adopt a zoo animal at Hillcrest Zoo. Or have your child chose an animal in the zoo to research.
6. Fly a kite.
7. Find your child a pen pal. A helpful link to international pen pals is www.world-pen-pals.com.
8. Create a puppet show of your own.
9. Assign a word to each day. Pick a word from the dictionary and try to incorporate it into conversations.
10. Have a water balloon fight.
For summer reading lists and summer activity ideas, visit http://fun.familyeducation.com/summer/seasons/32954.html.
For a list of New Mexico museums and attractions, visit www.nmculture.org.