Summer Recreational Activities Available for Kids and Adults – Kiowa County Signal
By Jayden Mies Special student journalist at the Tribune
Whether you are a toddler, teenager or adult, there is a summer recreational activity for you! The Pratt Recreation, run by Larry Eisenhauer, hosts a variety of events for people of all ages.
First, the rec is offering a summer youth program for children in pre-kindergarten (5 by May 30) through 5th grade (school year 2021-22). It starts on June 6 and ends on July 15. It’s Monday to Friday (no activity on July 4) and lasts from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 382 USD also provides a free summer lunch after, which lasts until 12:30 p.m.
This program offers different activities every day. For example, Mondays are usually outdoor days at Lemon Park, Tuesdays at the ice rink, Thursdays at the Green Sports Complex, and Fridays at 6th Street Park, followed by a movie at the Pratt Public Library. Wednesdays are like a variety day. It can be swimming games at Zerger Park or excursions to different places. These include Great Bend Zoo and Water Park, Hutch Zoo and
Salt City Splash Waterpark and a Wichita Windsurge baseball game. Excursion days require a $30 fee which covers everything, but the rest of the program is free.
The Pratt Rec also offers a variety of other activities and events that people of all ages can participate in. First, boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 20 can participate in kickball tournaments. Games will be played at the Green Sports Complex, and the fee is $100 per team. The rec also offers tennis lessons, which are on Wednesdays for 6 weeks, from June 1 to July 6. Grades 2-4 are 9:00-10:00 a.m. and Grades 5-8 are 10:00-11:00 a.m. The fee for this is also $25.
Summer baseball and softball leagues are available for children ages 5 to 13. The fee is $25 and games will take place weeknights from June 6 to July 22. These matches will be played at Green Sports Complex or Lemon Park. From Monday, June 6 through July 18, there is a Little Sluggers Academy for kindergartners, which is a basic T-Ball clinic. Parents must attend each of these sessions with their child, and these will also take place at the Green Sports Complex.
A variety of indoor activities are also offered by the rec. Dee Fletcher teaches arts and crafts classes for young people at the municipal building. The fee is $25 per class and children in kindergarten through 8th grade are eligible to participate. Classes are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and Thursdays are advanced class days. These courses begin on June 7 and end on July 14. Krista Wilson also gives summer dance classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 5 to July 28. The fee is $25 per session and sessions are held in the municipal building gymnasium. Wilson has several different dance styles depending on age. These range from ‘Creative Movement’ for 2-3 year olds to ‘Just Dance’ for 6-10 year olds.
Youth and adult sand volleyball are also available. Fees are $100 per team and games are held on Sundays at the Green Sports Complex, starting in mid-July. Men’s and women’s softball leagues are also available. The fee for men is $225 and the fee for women is $175. A summer cornhole league is available for men and women 14 and older. Finally, ongoing recreational activities include yoga for adults 16 and older and karate, which will resume in September.
For more information on any of these activities, visit the Pratt Rec website at www.prattrecreation.com, or stop by the Pratt Rec office, which is in the Municipal Building.