Best After-School Hangout 2008

Horizon Community Learning Center is already on fall break and now Kyrene School District parents and those from other schools will be looking for activities to keep their kids busy on those upcoming days off.

To aid in the search for those fun activities and to give working parents peace of mind, consider the following:

YMCA camps

The Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA, 1030 E. Liberty Lane, is offering a variety of activities to keep kids and teens active during fall break. The YKidz fall break camp Oct. 11 to 15 will offer kids the chance to partake in recreational sports, games, swimming and also rockwall climbing. There is a full-time, part-time or one-day-only option for the camp, with prices varying.

There will also be a Teen fall break camp at the YMCA from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 11 to 15. It will include five different field trips: Pecos Park, the movie theater, bowling, Jump Street and a hiking trip. The camp cost is $154 for facility members, $167 for program members.

The Ahwatukee YMCA will also be having a dodge ball game from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13. The game is free for YMCA members and $5 for non-members.

To learn more about the camps being offered through the Ahwatukee YMCA, visit or call them at (480) 759-6762.

Kyrene offerings

Kyrene Community Education is offering three different camps and activities during fall break. The offerings Oct. 11 to 15 will be at various locations.

The Kids Club Camp is for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, and also for children ages 3 to 5 that are not yet enrolled in school. Participating students will be able to attend one of the camp's two different locations: Kyrene del Milenio Elementary, 4630 E. Frye Road, and Kyrene del Sureno Elementary, 3375 W. Galveston St. The Kids Club camp is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily.

There will also be two Kyrene After Hours camps for students in sixth through eighth grades at Centennial Middle School, 13808 S. 32 St., and Kyrene Middle School, 1050 E. Carver Road. The After Hours camp will be open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 pm. daily.

Both camps will included numerous activities for kids of all ages to partake in, including recreational games, cooking projects, arts and science projects, etc. The price of the Kids Club camp is $25 per day in advance, and $35 on the day of. For those ages 3 to 5, the price is $30 a day if bought in advance, or $40 the day of. The After Hours camp is $25 a day if bought in advance, $35 the day of.

There will also be two middle school athletic clinics, one for basketball and the other for volleyball, during fall break. The basketball clinic will be from 10 a.m. to noon, and the volleyball clinic will be from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost of each clinic is $65 for the week.

To learn more about the camps being offered through Kyrene Community Education, or to register, visit or call (480) 783-4044.

Other activities

The Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center, 4700 E. Warner Road, will be conducting a Golf, Swim and Tennis Camp during fall break for kids ages 6 to 14. The camp will be Oct. 11 to 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Participating kids will be split into groups according to their skill levels, and will be involved in different skill set games that will teach them something new in each individual sport.

Susan Hyden, community center director for the Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center, said the camp is a great way to keep kids active during fall break, and also to get them interested in other sports.

For more information, or to register, call them at (480) 893-3431 or visit

Chelsea Brown is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. She is a senior at Arizona State University.


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