2017-12-17 / Insight

Winter Day Camp, other activities keep kids busy

Lapeer Community Center
BY NICHOLAS PUGLIESE
810-452-2601 • npugliese@mihomepaper.com


Eighth-graders at Zemmer Junior High School in Lapeer, Zachary Lacroix and Teegan Marsh enjoy some drop-in basketball during Thursday’s snow day. Starting Dec. 20, Lapeer Community Schools will go into winter break, and students like Lacroix and Marsh will be in search of activities to stay occupied. 
Photos by Nicholas Pugliese Eighth-graders at Zemmer Junior High School in Lapeer, Zachary Lacroix and Teegan Marsh enjoy some drop-in basketball during Thursday’s snow day. Starting Dec. 20, Lapeer Community Schools will go into winter break, and students like Lacroix and Marsh will be in search of activities to stay occupied. Photos by Nicholas Pugliese LAPEER — “When children are doing nothing, they are doing mischief.” So said English novelist Henry Fielding, and that was in the 18th century. It would probably not come as a surprise that 300 years later, the words ring just as true. And with the annual winter break on the horizon, parents of Lapeer County are scrambling to find activities to keep their little ones occupied, and perhaps more importantly, out of the house and out of their hair.

That’s where the Lapeer Community Center comes in. Located at 880 S. Saginaw Street adjacent from Lapeer High School, the 55,000-square-foot facility exists to provide recreational, social, cultural, fitness and educational opportunities year round to Lapeer area families and features an indoor six-lane competition/leisure swimming pool with a water slide and zero entry, gymnasium with seven baskets, weight/fitness equipment, meeting/group fitness rooms, track, two racquetball courts, child care area, cycling studio, and locker room facilities. It’s also the perfect place to drop off little ones looking to burn off some cooped-up winter energy, said office/recreational services manager Heather Bowman.


According to Lapeer Community Center office/recreation services manager Heather Bowman, the winter break usually brings with it a busy time for the facility. According to Lapeer Community Center office/recreation services manager Heather Bowman, the winter break usually brings with it a busy time for the facility. “It can kind of get busy during winter break,” she said. “Basketball is pretty popular.”

Upcoming on the slate for the Lapeer Community Center is the Winter Day Camp, created with busy parents in mind. The idea, said Bowman, is to help parents keep kids active during winter vacation. Children will enjoy seasonal activities, games, and crafts, as well as have the opportunity to go swimming every day. “It’s really good for working parents who don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for daycare,” said Bowman. Registration is going on now for children in grades K-6. The Winter Day Camp is held from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Dec. 20-22 and Dec. 26-29.

Just because winter break may come to an end, kids will still need a place to hang out with friends, and the Lapeer Community Center has something for later in the winter as well.

On Saturday, Jan. 20, the facility will host a “kids’ night out,” which will feature students in grades 4-7 “taking over” the Community Center for a funfilled evening of games, sports, swimming, pizza and refreshments. For only $10, kids will have the opportunity to be active in a safe, controlled environment from 7-10 p.m. “(The kids) really have free reign of the place, they can eat pizza, go swimming, there’s lots to do,” said Bowman. “If parents want to go to a movie and drop the kids off, that works.”

Visitors have four ways to enjoy the Lapeer Community Center: Annual passes, single visit passes, classes and programs and facility rental, with slight fee differences depending on if a person resides or works in the City of Lapeer. The center is open seven days a week. For more information on programs at the Lapeer Community Center, including upcoming winter league sports like volleyball and soccer, visit www.lapeercommunitycenter.com or visit the facility during business hours.

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