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Turlock Recreation offers fun in the sun for everyone
Thomas, 2, Jaime, 3, and Elijah, 2, along with parents Jaime and Priscilla Suarez, eat a picnic dinner before the movie starts during one of the 2009 Movie Under the Stars events hosted by the Turlock Recreation Department. - photo by Journal file photo
With the 70 degree weather and the blooming spring flowers, it’s hard not to anticipate the warm months of summer right around the corner. And with the summer time, there comes plenty of camps, swimming, summer sports and the popular movie nights that can all be found through the City of Turlock Recreation Department.
On Monday, the Recreation Department will release their summer recreation guide to the public which includes a list of summer activities to take on during the months of May to August.
There are activities for everyone ranging from swimming lessons to parent and baby play time to babysitting classes to over seven different summer camps.
Some of the summer camps offered include the Story Book Camp, the Prehistoric Creature Cartoon Camp and the Little Gigglers Summer Camp.
The Story Book Camp is for children in pre-school from the ages of three and a half until they are five years old. The camp will give children the opportunity to explore the world of Eric Carle through art and reading. They will read different Eric Carle books and learn how to draw a variety of creatures. The camp will take place June 21 through June 24 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Recreation Department Youth Center. The camp has a cost of $69 per child.
A swim camp is available for children from the ages of eight to 12 years old, where they can learn to refine their strokes, learn starts, turns and build endurance. The swim camp includes class instruction and a swim event. The camp runs from July 19 through July 23 from 11 a.m. to noon for the price of $57 per child. For children to participate in the swim camp they must have passed the City of Turlock level two swim lessons.
There is also a wide-range of sports activities that are offered through the recreation department.
Children can participate in the Sticks for Kids class to learn how to golf for $30 or they can play in the Summer T-Ball Baseball team for $55. There are also classes in track and field, tennis, soccer, volleyball, self-defense and football.
If families are looking for something to do after work, the Recreation Department has some family fun activities planned under the stars that will be starting next week.  
The well-attended movie nights are back where families can watch a movie outside in the park. The first movie night is scheduled for April 16, featuring “Madagascar 2” for the price of $2. The next movie will be “Monsters vs. Aliens” on April 30, “The Bee Movie” will be shown on May 7 and “Shrek” is scheduled for May 21. All movies will be shown at the Turlock Regional Sports Complex where the gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie starts at dusk.
For more summer recreation activities, check out the new Turlock Recreation Department Summer Guide at
To contact Maegan Martens, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.