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Keep Kids Busy During Spring Break!

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Looking for some activities to keep your kids entertained and active during Spring Break?  There are lots of options, whether you are looking to fill a few days or a week: 

1. Coach Doug Camp for Kids age 3-13
Enjoy the week with friends doing sports, games, arts, crafts, or an organized activity. Bring a lunch and everything else is covered! Camp is available at Potomac Community Recreation Center for the week of spring break, Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 3:30 pm. Extended day is available and younger kids have a half day option.  For more information see page 37 of the Spring Guide or contact Coach Doug at 301-983-2690.

2. Lifeguard Training for Teens and Adults age 15+
Spend the week preparing to become a lifeguard, which will help you secure a summer job! Recreation is offering American Red Cross lifeguarding and safety sessions during the week of MCPS spring break. There will be a pre-course check that requires participants to have the ability to swim 300 meters, among other prerequisites. For details see page 18 of the Spring Guide or call Aquatics at 240-777-6860.

3. Visit the Indoor Pools and Slides
Want to know a secret? We have palm trees…even in winter! It’s true – just step into the Germantown Indoor Swim Center and you’ll not only see lots of water to splash in, you’ll see palm trees, and tropical mountains to climb…then slide down! The temperature inside is a comfortable 80 degrees.  Step inside one of our indoor swim centers, relax in the hot tub, and play in the pool with the kids…it’s a great way to feel tropical while saving the airfare.

4. Picnic at a Playground on the other side of the County
Take a day during the break to visit the playground at a Community Recreation Center that you don’t normally visit. You may be surprised by what you find! You can see just a few of these playgrounds through various videos that we have shared in the past, including White Oak, Mid County, and Damascus Community Recreation Centers

5. Bring a basketball, football, or soccer ball to the field
Just as our Community Recreation Centers have playgrounds, they also have plenty of space to play ball. Shoot hoops or start a pick-up game of soccer or football with your classmates. You are guaranteed to have fun!

6. Practice riding a bike
Did your child get a new bike for the holidays? Spring break is a great week to take off those training wheels or learn to switch gears on a new bike! In last month’s RECord we highlighted some of the best recreation sites around the County for just this type of activity. (Five Great Locations to Teach Your Child to Ride a Bike)

7. Take a virtual trip to Japan!
A fun way to start off spring break is to visit another country, right here in Montgomery County! Bauer Drive Community Recreation Center is hosting their annual Japan Fair on March 23 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Download the flyer for details.

8. Join us for an exciting one-day trip
Join us for an exciting family trip to Baltimore MD, Lancaster PA or Adventure Park! These are one-day trips and provide the perfect little getaway for one and all.  For details see page 93 of the Spring Guide or the article below in this issue of The RECord.