Summer activities to keep kids busy this summer

07_water_8936PLAY POND  – After the hail and rain storm on Monday, these kids found a cool water hole at the corner of Iowa and 6th St. In the foreground on the bike is Kaden Gebhart, Colter Riphenberg on a bike in the background and friend Blake and Parker. Photo courtesy of Brain Robinson



By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter

Don’t let the kids fool you this year, if they say there isn’t a thing to do this summer, they are sorely mistaken.

Kids of all ages can cool down with a dip in the Conrad Swimming Pool. For more structured fun, sign them up for one of three swimming lesson sections. These sections run from June 13-23, July 11-21 and August 1-11 on Monday through Friday.

‘Guppies’ are from ages 2-3 and adult participation is required. ‘Starfish’ must meet a height requirement and be four years old. ‘Angelfish’ are ages 4-5 and will dunk their heads. ‘Sea turtles’ are age five and up with a lifeguard or coach recommendation. ‘Dolphins’ can be age 7 and up and can have little or no experience. A ‘stingray’ can swim at a five foot depth and advance. The ‘swordfish’ will learn the deep and shallow dive and the ‘tiger shark’ is an experienced swimmer who may be doing junior lifeguard skills and training.


Pool passes are available at the City Office and you must have one to enroll in swimming lessons. More information on lessons is also available at the City Office at 411-1/2 S. Main St. or by calling them at 271-3623.


For the adventurous type with two legs and no fin, Golden Triangle Gymnastics is open year round with lessons for those 18 months to 18 years. Lessons are one to two times a week. More information on lessons is available at the Flipping Gym at 324 S. Front St. or by calling 271-2066.

The Library is hosting a day camp of One World Many Stories beginning this week. There day camp is full for this year but children from first to fourth grade are encouraged to enroll next year. The Library is giving away 10 free ice cream cone coupons each week. Come in to the library each week to participate.

The Orpheum Theatre/Weigand Auditorium is again hosting their special Wednesday matinee. A movie will be shown each Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. for six weeks beginning June 8. All audiences are invited and a discounted strip ticket is available to purchase at Olson’s Drug or at the box office. The Pondera Arts Council and other businesses are proud to sponsor this opportunity for families.

Creative Addictions has recently opened their doors and is already busy keeping kids’ minds and hands active. Your creative crafter can attend their daily craft lesson from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Punch cards are available and the daily craft and other information is available on their Facebook page at There will also be a day camp beginning June 20 that will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Creative Addictions is located at 412 S. Main or you can reach them at 271-2730.

Bible camps and day camps have been scheduled. Check with your local congregation for more details on these spiritual and fun activities for your family.

Keep your family active, busy and healthy this summer and always remember to remind your children about bicycle safety and local curfews.