Summer is just a week away for several Michiana students. For several families, it's time to plan for summer activities.
"It's fun, a lot of fun! The kids love new adventures and they like to get out and do different activities," says Ron Lawrence, St. Joseph County Boys and Girls Club.
Lawrence says they have teachers on staff all summer long. He says students are taking part in educational events as well as the physical events.
Their club is holding registration for camps for champs this summer. To sign up, go their office on Sample Street on May 22nd from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. To sign up for other events, call the club at 574-232-2048.
"The important thing to realize is the programs we do have we keep at a nominal fee," says Rich Payton, Director of Development at the South Bend Parks Department.
Payton says it's affordable fun for everyone. The events cater to ages 5 to 55 and up. Payton says they have everything from youth sports events, to magic camps, to a kids triathlon. They also offer free programs, including several concerts and lunch programs.
"The lunch program really hits the spot that we need to be able to provide food and lunch programs to these kids that may not be able to afford lunch or go without lunch throughout the day," says Payton.
Payton says thanks to the local option income tax that was passed last year, the parks department is able to continue services that keep the sun shinning on their biggest events.
Event directors say now is a good time to sign up for summer activities and camps. Usually the longer you wait, the more the fee goes up.