The Marana Parks and Recreation Department is hoping they have a program for you this summer. They have programs for teens, adults and retirees. Whether your interests lie in art, fitness or sports, they have something to offer you.
Marana Parks and Recreation wants to make fitness fun. They are offering a wide variety of classes to appeal to different interests.
Want to dance? Then Zumba with Janet may be the class for you. The class mixes low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning, dance fitness party.
The Barre Above workout mixes Pilates, yoga, and aerobics into what Parks and Rec describes as “dancer’s strengthening exercises.”
There are two self defense options.
Steve Berry’s School of Chun Kuk Do is more workout-based, combining Korean Tang Soo Do, Japanese Akido, Brazilian Ju-Jitsu and American Boxing. They also offer self defense classes, some exclusively for women, and others for families and business professionals.
They also offer traditional aerobics classes, both in the dance studio and in the pool.
Need something for the kids to do? Marana Parks and Recreation offers a number of youth day camp options.
For children ages 3-6, there is the Preschool Fine Arts program, which incorporates storytelling, play-acting and focused art instruction.
The Create With a Beat program is for students ages 4-13 years old, and runs all summer long, but has a new theme each week. Students will play games, create music and make crafts all centered on that week’s theme.
There will be half-day camps offered by Pima Community College as part of Pima for Kids. Students ages 5-17 can learn about robotics, rockets, architecture and more. These camps allow students to get a jump start on things that are normally taught in college.
For those who crave a little competition, a number of summer sports are offered.
The Junior Golf program is designed for beginners to develop and enhance their coordination and golf fundamentals through weekly lessons. This program has three age brackets, keeping participants with their peers.
Marana’s cross-country-race series lets runners experience the Sonoran Desert in all its glory. The program is not designed for inexperienced runners.
Young flag football players who want to get a jump on the next season can participate in one of Marana’s flag football clinics. There are two targeted camps for both 6-9-year-olds and another one for 10-14-year-olds, which will help them prepare for the season whether they are first-time players or have experience with the game.
They also offer basketball clinic. Like the football camps, this program is offered for two age group, 6-9-year-olds and 10-14-year-olds, and focuses on developing fundamentals, teamwork and sportsmanship.
Volleyball is the third sport to get a clinic. Like football and basketball, the clinics are broken up into a pair of age groups, though it does skew older, with one for 9-11-year-olds and the other for 12-15-year-olds.
The Pee Wee Sports Camp allows young campers to get a taste of a number of different sports. The one-week camp is designed to be non-competitive while developing coordination, fundamentals, teamwork, and sportsmanship. The program allows kids to experience a wide variety of sports including, soccer, T-ball, and P.E.-style games.
The town also offers a number of art programs.
Those who do not believe they are skilled, or just don’t have a lot of experience, are encouraged to check out Art Isn’t Scary After All. The class offers an introduction to various techniques, medias and styles.
Make and Take Crafts is taught by expert craftswoman Tammy Burchet, who will teach students everything they need to know to make a cork board out of actual wine corks, an umbrella door decoration for spring, a daisy wall hanging and more. Perfect for those who are jealous of the projects they see on Pinterest.
They also offer free adult craft groups for those interested in needlework, knitting, applique and other fabric crafts. They meet on the first, third and fourth Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Marana Parks and Recreation administrative office. Participants should be prepared to bring their own project supplies, as well as lunch, if desired.