Summer is underway, and parents are looking for ways to keep their kids busy during the long, hot days.
Fortunately, several organizations have planned activities designed to entertain kids and, in some cases, educate them.
Parents who want their kids to learn something while having fun may be interested in the activities at Wiggles to Wisdom, 116 E. Main St. in downtown Ada. The store is offering workshops on a variety of topics, including sign language, poetry and science.
The workshops began the first week of June and will run through the end of July. The cost ranges from $30 to $80, depending on the workshop.
The goal is to give students a fun way to spend the summer and help them retain the information they learned in school, said co-owner Jessica Stettler.
“We are about keeping them on track over the summer,” she said.
Wiggles to Wisdom also offers coloring sessions from 3 to 4 p.m. each weekday and story times at 10 a.m. Wednesdays during the summer.
For more information or to register for a workshop, contact the store at 279-1798.
The Ada Public Library is also offering kids a chance to have fun and learn something new during the long vacation.
The library’s summer lineup includes a variety of workshops for kids, such as a popsicle stick construction contest, a robotics session and a build-your-own cupcake event. Kids must register in advance for many of the workshops, which are free of charge.
Some of the activities, such as the Lego Club and story times, are perennial favorites, said children’s librarian Debbie Whelchel. Other programs focus on a specific theme.
“‘Build a Better World’ is our theme this year and all the things that can include, which can be building, or it can be conservation or healthy eating,” she said. “Just lots of different things.”
The library also hosts shows by musicians and other performers during the summer.
Kids who love to read can revisit favorite books or try new titles during the library’s summer reading program, which began earlier this month. Participants will receive a small incentive — possibly a coupon to a local restaurant — for every five books they read.
“We are fortunate to have so many supporters around the Ada area that provide the coupons,” Whelchel said. “We really appreciate their support.”
The library also serves as a host site for a free summer sack lunch program for kids, sponsored by the Chickasaw Nation. The sack lunches are available at noon weekdays until Aug. 4 in the back lobby.
Ada Boys and
Once again, the Ada Boys and Girls Club is offering its annual summer camp for kids of all ages. This year’s camp began May 30 and runs through Aug. 4, but students are not required to attend all 10 weeks.
Camp applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable $15 membership fee, said operations manager Michelle Smith. The club also charges weekly camp fees, as follows:
• $75 per week for students entering pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.
• $50 per week for students entering first through sixth grades.
• $25 a week for next year’s seventh- through 12th-graders.
The camp also offers a sibling discount for larger families, Smith said. The first two children will pay the regular price for their grade level, but each additional child gets in free.
Campers will enjoy a variety of activities, including dollar movies at Cinemark Ada and the McSwain Theatre; swimming at the Wintersmith Aquatic Center and field trips on Fridays, Smith said. There is no extra charge for the movies or visits to the Aquatic Center, but there is a small fee for the field trips depending on the location.
Breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner are provided for free, thanks to the Chickasaw Nation’s food program and the Oklahoma City-based Enrichment Cafe, Smith said.
The camp is open to all area kids, from pre-K through high school seniors, and advance registration is encouraged but not required.
For more information, call (580) 332-3717, drop by the club at 915 S. Hickory Ave. or visit www.bgcada.com.
Ada’s parks and recreation department is offering a variety of kid-friendly activities this summer, including a series of Pop-up Play events.
Pop-up Play takes place from 9 a.m. until noon Tuesdays in June and July. In addition to the city, other sponsors include the OSU Extension Center, TSET, HEALTH OK, ECU and the Early Childhood Advisory Council.
Each Pop-up Play location will be announced the day before the event on the city’s website, the city’s Facebook page and the recreation department’s Facebook page. The event will take place in a different city park each week.
The events are free of charge and will include an Imagination Playground, arts and crafts, tricycles, chalk art, bubbles, snacks and other activities.
Pop-up Play isn’t the only city-sponsored event for kids this summer. The city also hosts a series of concerts at 6 p.,m. each Sunday during the summer at Wintersmith Park.
For movie fans, the city will host a series of family-friendly movies in Wintersmith Park, including “Sing” on June 23 and “The Secret Life of Pets” on Aug. 7.
Families can also check out the “Dive-in Movie” at the Wintersmith Aquatic Center, which will host a showing of “Moana” July 11. Gates open at 7 p.m., and the movie begins at dusk. The cost is $1 for pass holders and $2 for single admissions. The pool will close 15 minutes after the movie ends.
Families seeking a sports-themed movie can catch a showing of “Field of Dreams” at dusk July 14 at the Ada Sports Complex, 1020 Egypt Road.
The Wintersmith Aquatic Center opened for the season in late May, and the new Glenwood Aquatic Center in Glenwood Park should open in early August.
Movies at McSwain
The McSwain Theatre, 130 W. Main St., will offer its children’s summer movie series again this year. Showtimes are at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays except for the week of July 4, when the only showings are on Wednesday.
This year’s lineup includes:
• “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” June 20-21.
• “The Prince of Egypt,” June 27-28.
• “Wreck-It Ralph,” July 5.
• “Ratatouille,” July 11-12.
• “Frozen,” July 18-19.
• “Trolls,” July 25-26.
Tickets are $1 apiece for general admission or $5 for the combo deal, which includes popcorn and a drink.
The Chickasaw Nation also offers a variety of activities for kids during the long vacation, including a summer lunch program, a reading program and Chickasaw Youth Clubs.
• Summer lunch: The Summer Food Service Program provides nutritious, delicious meals to children ages 1 through 18 during the summer, when the National School Lunch Program is not available. Meals are served at various locations throughout the Nation’s territory, including Chickasaw Nation Boys and Girls Clubs, the Nation’s youth clinics and camps, church Bible schools and camps, Indian Falls Creek and daily feeding sites at Glenwood Park in Ada and Blair Park in Stonewall.
• Library: The Chickasaw Tribal Library, 1003 Chamber Loop in Ada, offers a summer reading program during early June-August.
• Chickasaw Youth Clubs: Chickasaw Youth Clubs Inc. was established in 1998 in Tishomingo. Funding is provided by the Chickasaw Nation.
Youth clubs are located in Sulphur and Tishomingo and offer programs in areas including character and leadership development, health and life skills, Chickasaw history and cultural education. Required applications are available at both locations.
For more information, contact the youth club in Sulphur at (580) 622-8302 or the Tishomingo club at (580) 371-0153.