Summer is in full swing, which means school is out, and kids are home for break. If you’re sticking around the Tri-Community this summer and have little ones that are eager to get out and enjoy some summer fun, then look no further. There is a wide range of kids’ activities happening throughout the community during the month of July. You’re sure to find something that will interest everyone in the family.
1 If your child enjoys being active and playing outside, you don’t want to miss out on Phelan’s free Kids’ Archery lessons. Classes are every Thursday from 9 am-11 am on the corner of Cayucos and Sheep Creek Road. Lessons are taught by the Mojave Archers Club members, and children as young as four years old are welcomed. While instructors go over safety protocols and whistle commands, students are placed into groups. Archery equipment is provided; each student gets to shoot three arrows during each rotation. Adrian Torres of Phelan brought his nine-year-old son Angel to the free lessons, where he successfully shot a bullseye during his first time attending. “I told my kids, whoever made the bullseye gets no chores for a week,” said Torres.
2 The Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District also offers Dance Lessons in the Park. Classes are every Friday from 10am-11:30am at the Phelan Community Park. Instructors from Miss Tanya’s Dance Studio give children a warm-up lesson followed by a choreographed dance routine to fun Disney music.
3 Maybe your child isn’t as active but is more creative. Then there are still plenty of opportunities to let their creativity flow. Painting in the Park is offered every Thursday at the Phelan Community Park and offers separate classes for different age groups. Classes start at 9am for ages 5-12 and 11am for ages 13 and up. Laura Chacon has taken her granddaughter to several PPHCSD summer programs and mentioned that the Painting in the Park was one of their favorites. “It gives kids the chance to try something new and gives them a taste of different types of activities.” Canvas and art supplies are free, but RSVP is required through PPHCSD. 760-868-1212.
4 The Phelan Memorial Library and Wrightwood Library will also be hosting creative craft events for kids. Most craft projects are space-themed to coincide with the San Bernardino County Library’s Summer Reading Program: Join the Galactic Forces. Craft events are scheduled throughout the month of July and offered by age group. The Wrightwood Branch will even provide a craft event for teens ages 12-17 on Thursday, July 21 at 4 pm.
5 In addition to crafts, special performances are scheduled this month at both library branches. Last month the Wrightwood Library held a performance by POWERHOUSE dance. The dance group is led by Director Brian Bon, who has appeared on such television shows as America’s Got Talent and The Gong Show, where he competed and performed his unique percussive dance styles. Performances are engaging for all ages and offer a wide range of entertainment, including dancers, magicians, animals, and puppet shows. July is the last month to catch special performances like these, so be sure to check out the calendar list for each branch in the Library Adventures section of NewsPlus.
6 If you’re looking for a more relaxing time with the family, watching a movie is a perfect way to unwind during the summer. You can beat the heat and enjoy a movie with the comforts of air conditioning on Thursdays at the Phelan Memorial Library starting at 2pm. Or, if you prefer to enjoy a movie under the stars, head to the Phelan Community Park on Fridays. The film begins at dusk and is co-hosted by PPHCSD and the Tri-Community Kiwanis. Outdoor movies are also happening in Wrightwood on select Saturdays at the Wrightwood Community Building parking lot, where snacks and food will be available for purchase.
7 Vacation Bible School at the Fountain of Living Waters Four Square Church in Phelan. July 11-15th from 9am-noon. Ages kindergarten-5th grade are welcome to join in on the fun. Info call 760-680-5985.