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Parks and Recreation youth programs available

Published 11:11 am, Sunday, January 26, 2014
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The Darien Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of programs for the residents. Registration for programs takes place online at www.darienct.gov/parkrec, at the Parks and Recreation office in Town Hall or through the mail. For information, call 203-656-7325.

Registration for 2014 spring and summer programs, as well as the sale of 2014 beach permits, will begin Wednesday, March 5.

Registrants are reminded that they will need a client barcode number and family pin number to sign up for programs or purchase beach stickers online. To obtain one, call 203-656-7325.

Program offerings will be accessible online starting Friday, Jan. 31. The 2014 spring and summer brochure, which includes the beach permit application, will be mailed out to all Darien residents the last week of February.

Youth programs

February Vacation Camp: The Parks and Recreation Department and Overtime Athletics will sponsor the camp, which takes place Feb. 18 to 2. Parents have the choice of registering for Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $245, Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to noon for $130 or daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $65 a day. The variety sports camp is for children ages 5 to 12 and includes instruction in the fundamentals of such traditional sports as basketball and soccer as well as using Overtime Athletics' curriculum incorporating non-traditional sports such as kickball, relay races and cooperative games. The camp will be take place at the Darien Town Hall.

Tiny Tots Soccer: Blue Wave Kickers' Tiny Tots Soccer engages children in physical activity while developing their motor and basic soccer skills. Mommy & Me classes are offered on Friday or Saturday mornings and classes for children ages 3 to 5 are offered Wednesday to Saturday. Classes start the week of Feb. 5.

Blue Wave Kickers Little Athletes: Blue Wave Kickers staff will engage children in physical activity while developing motor skills and sports fundamentals. Children will build confidence and self-esteem by playing fun games built around sports such as soccer, basketball and t-ball. The program will run on Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. or 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. and Thursday from 1:15 to 2 p.m. for six weeks in the Town Hall gymnasium beginning Feb. 5. The fee is $110 for residents and $132 for nonresidents.

Lego in Motion: Students learn how to use wheels and axles, motors, kinetic energy and balance to create numerous contraptions, which will be powered with motors and battery packs. Classes meet each Friday in March in Room 119 of Town Hall starting March 7. The program, for children ages 6 to-- 8 will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The fee is $120 for resident and $144 for nonresidents.

Horses 101: Introduction to horses will be offered at Mead Farm in Stamford. Each session will include a 30-minute horseback riding lesson in the outdoor ring and a 30-minute horsemanship class covering general horse care, grooming, tacking and untacking. Participants must fill out a waiver packet before the first session. Lessons are offered on Sunday from March 9 to 30 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. or Tuesday starting March 11 to April 1 from 6 to 7 p.m. The fee is $215 for residents and $258 for nonresidents.