JaxParks fall programs get kids MOVING!

Fall is upon us, and it’s the perfect time to get outdoors, get moving and get healthy!

The City of Jacksonville’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services offers a wide variety of free and low-cost programs and activities that support healthy living for families. Children can participate in “summer camp” style after school programs, take nature walks or join a new sports team.

“Getting out with your child and walking along one of our beaches, trails or parks is a great thing for families to do together, and it’s totally free,” said Pam Roman, community relations manager at JaxParks. “There continues to be a trend of obesity in all age groups in the U.S.,” Roman said. “If you establish healthy patterns early in life, people will continue them into their adult life. Kids need to be able to get outside and feel accomplished in activities, whether it’s a sports skill or even picking up a cricket and not being afraid of it. It gives them a sense of pride, which contributes to success later in life.”

After School
Club Rec (K-5th grade)
This exciting after school program provides children the opportunity to participate in crafts, games, sports, cooking activities and homework help. The free program, which takes place from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, is offered in 13 locations throughout Duval County.

Teen Warehouse (Grades 6-12)
In this free after school program, middle and high school students engage in the arts, community outings, games, study time and sports. The program takes place from 2:30 to 6 p.m. every weekday.

Health and Wellness
There are dozens of activities for families in Jacksonville this fall! From swimming lessons, karate and youth sports leagues to line dancing, children and their families can find ways to stay active and healthy as cool weather approaches. Some activities require pre-registration and fees, so be sure to call ahead. If financial issues are a concern to families, the city also offers scholarship opportunities for programs with fees.

Environmental Education
Interested in experiencing the outdoors? Take your little ones to one of JaxParks’ environmental education workshops this fall, including “Bat Basics,” “Simply Snakes” and many others where they will learn about Northeast Florida Wildlife in a safe, family-friendly atmosphere.

For more information about the individual programs and events JaxParks has to offer, visit http://bit.ly/1FRzdhz.

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