Expand Summer with Fitness, Home and Local Events
By Sandy Schroeder
As summer unfolds, where do you want your family to be? Is it time to work on fitness, rethink your home, or enjoy local events?
Work on Fitness
Make family fitness a goal with long walks or runs through the park or just play with your kids on the swings. If you can, juggle work hours to come in later, or leave earlier, to make 30 minutes of fitness happen every day.
Rethink Home Space
Redo common areas to get everybody off screens. Bring in more books, hobbies, and games to broaden interests and find time to just sit around and talk. Create individual quiet spaces for kids with room for crafts, sewing, or doodling (as examples).
Find Local Stuff for Kids
Keeping kids involved in the summer works best when they have special spots and classes. Here are some things happening in Huntington Beach.
Huntington Beach Art Camp - Registration is open for full and half-day sessions with art and media fun for ages 6 to 12, staffed by contemporary artists. Themes focus on the “Deep Blue Sea, Nature in Art, Folklore, Myths and Legends, and Abstract Art.” Classes run June 25 through July 27. Space is limited. HBArtCamp
College student volunteers - Huntington Beach Art Camp invites students in arts, humanities or education to be volunteers to earn certificates of completion with work in the arts alongside professional artists.
Exploring Central Park - If you live in or near Huntington’s Central Park you know how amazing this 350-acre park can be. It includes two lakes, a sports complex, a butterfly garden, bike paths, dirt trails and picnic areas, plus special areas like the Central Library and Adventure Parkland.
The Central Library - This is my idea of a “dream library.” It has a moat and reading/computer areas overlooking Central Park. When you step inside there are three stories with huge plants, fountains, a special Children’s Library, art gallery, central theater, and many other special sections. Here is the link to The Central Library
Central Park Adventure Playground - “Mud Park” sits up the hill from the library. It’s open from June 18 through late August and is perfect for ages 5 to 12. There is a mudslide, small rafting pond, rope-climbing and fort-building areas. Bring $4 in cash per child, plus closed-toe shoes, change of clothes and bag for muddy things. Outdoor showers and changing areas are available. Children should be accompanied by adults, and entry is free for adults. (Reservations need to be made for groups of 10 or more.) Call (714) 842-7442 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday during open season.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Huntington Beach, Calif.