By Gerry Clare
June 21, 2012
There is much to do while school is out for our local students, besides the Atlantic Recreation Center events reported in a previous Fernandina Observer article.
How about skateboarding, basketball, volleyball or miniature golf at Main Beach in Fernandina Beach. Interested in art lessons? The Island Art Association has a children’s art program on Saturdays for ages 6 to 9 year olds from 10 to 11 a.m., and from 11:15 a.m. to noon. For 10 to 13 year olds the classes are from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Classes are held in the new Education building on North 3d Street and are free. Parents must call the Association to register by calling 261-7020.
Maybe you want to be in a musical, aiming for Broadway stardom. Kinderstudios offers a weekly performing arts camp for students ages 4 to 13 this summer with productions of “Peter Pan,” “Wicked,” and “The Muppets.” Hours are 9 to 3 p.m. and parents need to call 415-0954 for availability.
Gymnastic Camp is offered from June 25th to June 29th with Ms Barbara at Bean’s School of Dance where you can check on any other classes available at 261-3262.
Have you been thinking of equestrian activities? Horseback riding is offered with Osborne Quarter Horses @ 753-1155. If you are more interested in sports, the next Junior (golf) Clinic is offered from July 15 to 20 from 9 a.m. to noon for ages 6 to 14 at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club.
Perhaps Karate is more your style. Call Pak’s Karate Academy at 261-9660 for their special short summer program for ages 4 years and up. Living on an island can make you hungry for sailing and Windward Sailing School offers a special 3 hour family introduction to sailing. Or you may want to charter a youth event. Call 261-9125 for more information.
There is also open gym for girls who attend Fernandina Beach Middle School on Wednesdays until July 18th from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Note that starting June 27th the hours will change to beginning at 3:30. Also at school Southside Elementary has free lunches Monday through Thursday from 11 to 2:00 p.m. for ages 1-18 this summer.
Of course, there are other programs for Little Leagues, the Police Athletic League and organized sports programs as well. But, if all this activity is wearing you out, how about attending the Nassau County Library, Fernandina Branch program called “Dream Big” at Southside Elementary School on Wednesdays from June 13th to July 18th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for ages 1 and up for some interesting programs. For other county library locales and programs, visit Nassaureads.com under “Young Readers.”
If all else fails to intrigue you, you may be able to volunteer to help Mom and Dad with some projects around the house or in your neighborhood or at your church. Have a great summer and send us some pictures.