Some of the leaves are already starting to change colors in Rio Blanco County which means that the fall activities at the Meeker Recreation Center are in full swing. Part 1 of this article outlined the activities available through the rec center for kids younger then the 6th grade for the most part. Some of the activities described in that article went to older ages as well so if you have an older child be sure to check out that article too. Part 2 is for the activities for kids 6th grade and above and for family activities in the month of October.
With school in full swing the middle school and high school kids are possibly getting a bit restless and ready for some un-school related fun. Many older kids are in sports through the schools, but for those who aren’t the activities offered through the rec center are a great opportunity to get out and enjoy themselves. There are also some very informative programs for them to participate in that can help keep them safe.
- Alive at 25: With many of the milestones a child reaches parents have a variety of emotions. Many times there is pride and excitement, but there can also be some sadness at them growing up so fast or some fear at what the next phase will bring. One of the most scary milestones for parents is when a child is now ready to drive. As a parent you cannot control the other drivers on the road, the weather or the animals, but you can give your child every advantage to be able to handle these situations and the Alive at 25 program can help with that. This programs if for kids ages 15 through 24 years of age and concentrates on safe driving practices. This program is put on by Colorado State Patrol Family Foundation so to register you need to visit their website at coloradosafedriver.com or contact them at 1-866-605-3900. The class is October 10th at the rec center from 12:30 p.m. through 5:00 p.m. The cost is $79.00 for students who already have a license or $39.00 for students who are 15.5 years old and are looking to get a learners permit. There is a $25.00 Department of Revenue surcharge if the student has been court ordered to take the class. The online registration deadline is October 8th.
- How to Recycle: This is a fun and informative course for people of all ages to participate in. The course will be held on October 16th at the Meeker rec center from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The cost is $5.00 or $4.50 for members.
- Splash Bash: Swimming is an activity people of all ages enjoy and the residents of Meeker are blessed to have such a wonderful pool to enjoy. On October 22nd it is the middle school kids turn to enjoy the pool when they participate in the Splash Bash. For grades 6th through 8th this activity is from 7:00 p.m. through 9:30 p.m. and costs $5.00 per teen. No admittance after 7:45 p.m. and no re-entry will be allowed.
- Drills and Skills: This new aquatic program offered through the rec center is sure to become a favorite for kids ages 13 and up. This class goes from October 25th through December 8th and is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. through 6:30 p.m. The cost is $40.00 or $36.00 for a member. Kids will be able to advance their swimming skills and their overall fitness in this course. In order to register they must be able to swim one length of the lap pool in both freestyle and breaststroke. The registration deadline is October 10th.
- Pumpkin Eats ‘N Treats: Halloween is a favorite holiday among youngsters and Meeker always does it up big. Join everyone for the Pumpkin Eats ‘N Treats on October 31st on the courthouse lawn. The costume parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. but feel free to arrive as early as 4:30 p.m. and stay until 7:00 p.m. There will be games, stories, a haunted house and he parade. The local business along Main Street are all open for trick-or-treating. The event is free and is for kids of all ages. Come as a family!
As always if you have any questions or to register for a program visit the Meeker Recreation Center website or call them at 878-3403. Happy October!