As we prepare for another long hot summer, the Chandler Recreation Division has many classes in May and youth camps throughout the summer to help keep everyone active, healthy and engaged in learning new skills and meeting new friends.

The summer Break Time magazine is now available at many City facilities. It features a variety of all-ages classes for June, July and August and also outlines several half-day and full-day summer youth camps that will run from June 6-July 21 at Tumbleweed Recreation Center (TRC) and Snedigar Recreation Center (SRC) and June 6- July 1 at the Environmental Education Center (EEC).

The TRC summer camps are offered for boys and girls ages 5-12 for morning (7 a.m.-noon), afternoon (1-6 p.m.) and full-day (7 a.m.-6 p.m.) sessions. The camps feature sports, arts & crafts, computer and science activities. The SRC camps are offered at the same times and include skits, cooking and other youth development activities. The EEC camps have half-day options (7:30 a.m.-noon and 1-5:30 p.m.) and full-day (7:30-5:30 p.m.) that will help youth explore the great outdoors through nature-oriented games, hikes and experiments. For more information, call TRC (480-782-2900); SRC (480-782-2640) and EEC (480-782-2890).

Teens are invited to participate in the Teen Adventure Camp at Andersen Junior High School where they can meet new friends, swim and play a variety of games. The six-week camp runs from June 6-July 15 and is designed for teens entering seventh, eighth and ninth grades. Every Friday features a different field trip, which teens can also register for separately from the full-week camp options. Register for all six weeks or individual weeks beginning Saturday, May 7. For more information, call 480-782-2718.

Registration for all summer Chandler Recreation classes and programs will begin on Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m. for residents (Friday, May 13 at 10 a.m. for non-residents). Registration is available online at, in person at Chandler Recreation facilities or via mail. For more information or registration assistance, call 480-782-2727 or 480-782-2900.

Below is an overview of other May activities for residents.

Mesquite Groves & Hamilton Aquatic Centers Open in Early May

Chandler Aquatics has the Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center (5901 S. Hillcrest Dr.; west of Val Vista Dr. on north side of Riggs Rd.) open daily except for Monday. Hours for the recreational swim area are Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. and 12-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Hamilton Aquatic Center is open 12-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. More Chandler Aquatic Centers will open later in May. For more information, visit or call 480-782-2733. You can follow @ChandlerAquatic on Twitter for the latest news and updates.

Spray Pads Are Open

The three Chandler Spray Pads (Chuparosa, Desert Breeze and Espee) are now open for their seasonal hours of 9 a.m.-7 p.m. for May-August. For more information, visit or call 480-782-2727.

May Family Nights at Tumbleweed Recreation Center

Join in the fun at Family Night at Tumbleweed Recreation Center every Wednesday in May from 5:30-7 p.m. There is a different activity each week. The fee is $2 ($3 for non-resident ages 1-12) and $3 ($5 for non-residents ages 13-17). Call 480-782-2900 or visit for more information.

May Parent & Toddler Activities at TRC

The popular parent and toddler activities Bubble Blast and "Bikes, Bounce & Boogie" will be held at Tumbleweed Recreation Center on Wednesday, May 4 and Wednesday, May 18, respectively, from 9-11 a.m. in the outdoor courtyard. There is a drop-in fee of $2 per child ($4 non-resident). For more information, call 480-782-2900 or visit

Teen Program to Make Duffel Bags for Children

Several teens have worked with Chandler Recreation staff to organize an event called "Sew for Survivors" on Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the East Valley Jewish Center that will make 300 duffel bags for local service agencies to provide to abused or neglected children for their personal belongings. To volunteer and help sew the bags for the children, contact Donald Smith at 480-782-2718.

Help Chandler Prepare for Centennial Celebration!

A community celebration is coming in 2012 to mark the City of Chandler's 100th birthday. There will be a variety of cultural and historical events during the year. You can help by volunteering or contributing your ideas. Just call 480-782-2751 to share your ideas or volunteer or take the short survey at

Stay Updated With Social Media

To stay connected with the latest information, you can follow us on Twitter (@ChandlerRec) and Facebook (Chandler Recreation) or sign up for the enewsletter, which is sent out at the end of each month, at The May edition of the newsletter is now available on the Chandler Recreation Facebook Page or Break Time web site at

Liam O'Mahony is an Information Specialist with the City of Chandler Community Services Department. He can be reached at liam.o'

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