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  • Summer programs offered

    Apr 27, 2016 | Read More News
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    Pima County is offering summer youth programs that run the gamut, from swimming and cycling to birds and books, enough to keep youngsters busy through the long summer months until school resumes. 

    Kids swimmingPima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation has several activities on tap.  The Department of Transportation’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program is the lead sponsor on a youth summer bike camp offered by El Grupo Cycling. And who wouldn’t want to find a nice, cool spot to read, relax and win stuff? Pima County Public Library’s Summer Reading program has all the details.

    Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Programs

    Youth programs are offered at seven community centers, with many including field trips to cool spots like Mt. Lemmon, Kitt Peak and Colossal Cave. Many are full, but waiting lists are available and openings exist at Catalina and Arivaca Community Centers.

    How to register: 
    1. Go to
    2. Click on the “Register Now” button
    3. Hover over “Activities” at the top of the page, then select Summer Programs
    Info: Valerie Samoy, 520-724-5220.

    NRPR also offers Environmental Education Programs throughout the summer for children and families, with activities that range from bird watching to nature hikes. 

    Info: Environmental Education and Interpretive Programs website

    Swimming Classes

    Two-week sessions include eight classes. Cost is $20. Registration dates vary, depending on session.

    Info: Pima County Swimming Classes website

    Swim Team

    Nine swim teams for kids age 5-18 compete at pools around the county. Fee is $20 for the entire summer, which includes practices and meets. Registration begins Saturday, May 21, at 7:30 a.m. for all pools offering the program (except the Marana Marlins). For Marana, contact

    Info: Swim Team Program website

    Junior Lifeguard Training

    Pima County offers an in-depth American Red Cross Jr. Lifeguard program designed to prepare kids between the ages of 11-15 to become future lifeguards. Students must be 15 years old to take the American Red Cross Lifeguard training. Cost is $30 for the session, which is June 6-30.

    Info: Junior Lifeguard Program website

    Ghost Ship Play

    Kids can bounce, dodge and dash on a 57-foot inflatable obstacle course that looks like a ghost ship. Weather permitting, the ship will be available at the following locations:
    • June 11 – Wade Mclean Pool, 12000 West Emigh Road • 1-6:30 p.m. 
    • June 18 – NWYMCA-Thad Terry Aquatic Center, 7770 N. Shannon Road • 2-6:30 p.m. 
    • June 25 – Kino Pool (Mulcahy YMCA), 2805 E. Ajo Way • 2-6:30 p.m. 
    • July 4 – Ajo Pool, 290 Fifth St., Ajo • 1 -5 p.m. 
    • July 9 – Manzanita, 5110 S. San Joaquin Ave. • 1-6:30 p.m. 
    • July 16 – Los Niños Pool, 5432 S. Bryant Avenue  • 12:30-5 p.m. 
    • July 30 – Flowing Wells Jr. High School Pool, 4545 N. La Cholla Blvd. • 1-5 p.m.

    Youth Summer Bicycle Camp

    The Youth Summer Bike Camp program helps your child’s confidence, knowledge, and skills increase in a safe, fun and peer-led environment. Activities focus on developing safe-riding skills, mechanical knowledge, and bike handling for each skill level, as well as exposure to health and wellness, environmental stewardship, air quality issues, and recycled art through a series of hands-on experiences.

    The camp, which is designed for youth age 7-13, is offered June 6-10, June 13-17 and June 20-24. Cost is $175; scholarships are available. 

    Info: El Grupo Summer Bike Camp Program website

    Babysitter training

    Drexel Heights Fire District offers Babysitting Training for students age 12-16 years. 

    The two-day, 12-hour training includes classes such as Child Care, Poison Prevention, Fire Safety, Kitchen Safety, How to Use Fire Extinguishers, Resume Building, etc. The training also includes American Heart Association (AHA) training in infant, child and adult CPR, the use of AED’s and First Aid. (program flyers attached)
    Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate of participation from Drexel Heights Fire District and their two-year AHA card in CPR, AED and First Aid. 

    “Our students are learning not only child care tips but life safety skills. Everyone should learn how to use a fire extinguisher, change a baby’s diaper and perform CPR skills when needed” said Public Information Manager Tracy Koslowski.
    There are three summer sessions to choose from: Session #1 June 7 & 8, Session #2 June 21 & 22, or Session #3 July 12 & 13. Class times are from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. Registration fees are $35 and include handouts as well as many take-home safety products. (DHFD District residents can receive a $10 discount off their registration fees). The public should contact the Administration Center for registration details at (520) 883-4341 or stop by at 5030 S. Camino Verde, where the program will be held.
    DAY ONE:
    9-10am Check-In & Introductions
    10am-noon Basic Baby Care
    12:30-1:15pm Games & Activities
    1:15-2:15pm Poison Prevention
    2:15-4:00pm Fire Safety
    DAY TWO:
    9am-2:30pm First Aid, CPR, AED
    2:30-3:30pm Resume Writing
    3:30-4:00pm Presentation of Certificates

    Library Summer Learning Program

    Summer Learning is back at the Pima County Public Library and kids and teens are encouraged to visit any location from May 21 to July 16 to join in the fun.

    Kids can pick up a Summer Learning game board, read 20 minutes a day, and get stickers to mark their progress. All kids and teens are invited to pick up a free book the week of May 31, while supplies last.

    For teens, the Library is offering seven learning paths to explore at free Library events. From 3D design and coding to sewing and yoga, there’s something for everyone to try out. Every time teens attend a program, they’ll get a ticket for a drawing for cool prizes that will be given out at the end of the summer. Plus, they’ll get a certificate showing the skills they learned at the Library.

    Summer is a time for reading, learning, moving, and making… and the Pima County Library is just the place to do it.

    Info on other summer activities at libraries across the county may be found at the Library's events website. Library officials encourage users to check in regularly as new events continue to be added to the system.

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