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Town introduces free programs for children

January 29, 2013

FROM STAFF REPORTS

With the generous support of First 5 of California, the town of Apple Valley Recreation Department is offering three new programs for children five years of age and under, all free of charge, according to a town press release.

“Mommy and Me” classes provide an outlet for parents and their 2- to 4-year-old toddlers to spend time socializing while learning about the importance of health and nutrition. Each session will meet four times a month. The first classes are every Friday from March 1 to 22 between 12:05 and 1 p.m. at Town Hall. The town will announce information on a second session soon, according to the release.

The “My First Sports” program teaches skills in basketball, soccer and T-ball to children ages 3 to 5. These classes meet for four weeks while improving socialization and muscle memory through age appropriate exercise. The first session will be offered each Tuesday from Feb. 5 to 26 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the James Woody Recreation Center’s Mini-Gym. The second session will be offered at the same location on Thursdays from April 4 to 25 from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.

Lastly, the town is offering a “Vantastic” good time to preschools and daycares serving children age 3 to 5. First 5 funding allowed the town to refurbish a passenger van for mobile recreating programming. The town’s professional staff can now introduce children to the world of health and fitness in a fun, creative and non competitive way. “Vantastic Fun” classes give children a great workout consisting of warm-ups and stretching, followed by a high-energy, low-impact exercise, dance, games and a variety of sports. Each class will conclude with a health, nutrition or safety lesson and a healthy snack. Each session will include two 55-minute on-site visits.

Registration is now open on a first-come, first served basis at the Recreation Department, 14955 Dale Evans Parkway. Call (760) 240-7880 for more information.