Parents, don’t stress. We got you.

The Summer 2020 Activity Guide was mailed over the weekend and registration opens for residents, tomorrow, March 10! And don’t worry, you can do it safely from your own home, online!

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There are 50 pages of camp activities waiting for you, and while we love giving you an incredible amount of options, we also realize that this is a lot to sift through. Many of us here are fellow parents, and we get it, planning can be overwhelming. So, we have dissected the guide to help alleviate the stress of the summer camp scavenger hunt, and have once again, created some cheat sheets. This is where we *fist bump!*

Below you will find links to our valuable planning tools that we hope will provide some guidance and quick reference for you.

Camp Calendar

This 3-page document shows all activities happening each week, plus references the page numbers they can be found on in the Activity Guide.

2020 Camp Calendar

Bridge Care Cheat Sheet

Use this guide to see which morning and afternoon camps can be paired up each week to create a customized full-day camp experience for your child. We only offer Bridge Care for 8 weeks each summer so check camp descriptions carefully as some of our other providers offer options to stay for lunch in between camps on off weeks as well as host their own aftercare (this especially applies to you, Sandpiper parents!). All camps listed here qualify for Pre & After Care as well! Learn more about Bridge Care here.

2020 Bridge Care Cheat Sheet

No Tricks, Just Treats! Join us for some scary-good Halloween fun!

Halloween is creeping up and we are HUGE fans of this festive day because it provides so many fun and creative opportunities for kids and adults alike! Not to mention, our department loves to dress up, decorate for the season, plus it doesn’t hurt that we’re big fans of orange and black – GO GIANTS, and we’ve never met a candy corn we didn’t like!

Check out all of the fun activities to help you and your family get into the holiday spirit!!!
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Halloween Spooktakular

Suggested Age- Newborn to 10 years
Saturday, October 19, 2019
12-3pm
Red Morton Community Center- 1120 Roosevelt Ave, Redwood City 94061

Kids will thrill to carnival games, proudly show off their Halloween attire in a Costume Parade at 1:30 pm, explore their way through the mysterious Monster Maze, create festive fall crafts, enjoy lots of other fun activities, and win prizes! Redwood City’s Halloween Spooktakular is suitable for kids up to age ten – admission is just $8 per child.

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Chills and Thrills Night! Kids Night Out!

Grades K-5
Friday, October 25, 2019
6-9pm
Red Morton Community Center- 1120 Roosevelt Ave, Redwood City 94061

Come and enjoy this spooky night filled with Halloween fun! We will make creepy crafts, enjoy a frightful dessert and play ghoulish games! Kids are welcome to come dressed in costumes. Pizza dinner and drinks are included.
Register Now

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Saturday Kids Night Out at Ingenium- Halloween Fun

Age 5-11
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019
6-10pm
Ingenium Enrichment- 2149 Roosevelt Ave, Redwood City at Roosevelt Plaza

Kids will create, design, play, eat dinner, and watch a movie with friends from across the community! Dinner and Dessert included!

Register Now

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Spooky Costume Party at the Youth Center

Age 10-17 – no membership required
Thursday, October 31, 2019
2:30-5pm
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Head to the Red Morton Youth Center on Halloween for a spooky Halloween costume party! All 10-17-year-olds are welcome to party- no membership necessary! We’ll have fun games, food, music, video games & more! FREE! For more info contact Erik Betancourt

And lastly, don’t forget to share your ghosts and ghouls’ photos with us on social media! Maybe you’ll end up in one of our posts! Mwah-ah-ah-ah!

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Kids Can TEACH!

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Children love to share what they know. It’s clear. My children are constantly excited to tell me things they have learned every single day. Sometimes it goes on, and on, and on… “One time in Minecraft…”

What if we could channel this excitement to share, into a classroom experience where your child could build on these story-telling skills. In our new class, Kids Teach, we will do just that! Kids will take an idea, passion, or skill and find a way to outline how to teach someone else how to do it! In return, your child will learn how to create outlines, organize their thoughts, gain public speaking confidence, and how to effectively communicate! At the end of the class, your child will teach a class to their fellow classmates and also have the option to run a small workshop that is free and open to the community!

Maybe your child wants to be the next Rachel Ray, YouTube sensation Evan, or just have a platform to gain confidence while sharing what they are excited about! Whatever the case may be, this unique enrichment opportunity can help foster your child’s love for learning while giving them valuable real world tools in a fun and supportive environment.

The class will be taught by Adnan Iftekhar, founder of our exciting new RWCEA – Redwood City Entrepreneurial Academy.

Here are the deets!

Kids Teach
Age 10-13
Thursdays, February 5 to April 9, 2015
4:00 – 5:30pm
at the Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave, Redwood City
Register Now! Space is limited to 10 students

Take Part in the First Redwood City Teen Entrepreneurial Academy – Guest Blog

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We are extremely excited about this!!!

How many teens get the opportunity to start their own business, learn the ins and outs of social media (in a good way) and set a foundation of entrepreneurship that they can use in practice for the rest of their lives? Please help us welcome, Adnan Iftekhar, the man who may singlehandedly help to cultivate the next innovator of the century! (you never know, right?)

Why Choose Actionable Entrepreneurship?

by Adnan Iftekhar

One of the major buzzwords in schools and education these days is, 21st Century Skills. We’re already fourteen years into the 21st century, and in my humble opinion, that buzzword should already be retired. What we really should be focusing on is 22nd Century Skills; we have 84 years to get those right!

Some of the biggest challenges the children growing up will face are those of a more global economy. There are some jobs that will just not be applicable to the US anymore, like taxes. Did you know that in 2013, 2 million Americans had their taxes done in India, whether they knew it or not? Or basic graphic design. Just take a look at a site like fiverr.com where you can get a logo, business card, illustration, even a website design for just $5. Yes, the quality may not be as good as that of a professional graphic designer based in the US these days, but then again, passable may be just what you need to at least get you started and on the road to creating awesome content. Comparing $5 to $25/hour (low-end hourly rate of a graphic designer) is not something to scoff at, especially as many of the designers on these sites have pretty high reviews and actually have very decent designs. I’m not saying Accountants and Designers will be obsolete in the next decade, but the climate is changing, and students need to learn to be resourceful and flexible with their goals.

teen_ideaComing back to the Entrepreneurship class, the real focus is to create quality, meaningful content that can be shared and delivered to an audience that will find value in it. This class will give students the opportunity to find the resources they need to create a simple online business. More importantly, it will give them an avenue to implement all that they learn (most of the learning will be in their own time) into concrete action. The “class” time will be focused on the actual doing of the work, rather than the theory of it. As one example, I will give a blueprint of how I gained 6000 followers on Twitter in three months. Students may choose to follow that blueprint, or create their own. Twitter may not be the audience and their business ideas may be focused on some totally different strategy. I certainly don’t have all of the answers, but I guide students where to find them.

In addition to the concrete creation of a business, the process that they will go through will leave them some multidisciplinary skills that are not being taught in any schools – at least not “formally”. One of the most important ones will be that of effective communication- in person and via internet. I cannot stress the importance of communicating with people who offer products and services all around the world and the value that they can add to a small budding business. Having to hire your first professional freelancer, whether it be a virtual assistant or a graphic designer is something that every student will go through. How many high school graduates can say that they have hired (and/or fired) someone? Figuring out how to clearly communicate ideas, whether it’s by Skype, Google Hangout, email or commenting on a blog post will be a major focus in the class. Also, as these students apply for college, will they stand out if they have on their resume “Founder of an online business”?

The ideas, although important, are really not the ultimate goal for the class – it’s the choosing of one idea that resonates and that you are passionate about and putting it into action. And that idea may not be the best one, but that’s okay – once you have learned to implement one idea, moving on to the second one will be a lot easier. The growth and learning experienced in this class will be unlike anything these students have experienced before. That is a money back guarantee – I will personally give you your money back if you are not 100% satisfied by the end of this course.

So, what are you waiting for?

Registration Information:

Redwood City Teen Entrepreneurial Academy
Age 13-17

Meets Thursdays 5:30-7:00pm
September 25 – December 4, 2014
Community Activities Building

Click this link to view course information & requirements
Follow Redwood City Entrepreneurial Academy: Twitter &  Facebook

428945_10150511889067816_1808340469_nWho is Adnan Iftekhar?
Adnan has founded a non-profit, four businesses (two of which were profitable from day one) and a school. He has studied and taught biology, french, math, dance, yoga, design, acrobatics and productivity on three continents to students ranging from age 2 – 82. He speaks 5 languages and still strives to make sense of the vagaries of the english language. Most importantly, he wants to transform the way we educate our children and redefine the words learning, educating, teaching and school. Questions? Email: adnan@mac.com, Follow @adnanedtech

I’m Calling It! It’s Spring!

 

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Spring may *officially* be only days away – March 20 to be exact – but since December of last year, we have had Spring & Summer on the brain. So I’m calling it! Spring is here! Countless emails, phone calls, meetings, etc. have been constant, as we have been coordinating the thousands of classes and camps that are coming your way. Then what? Then we take all of this data and enter it one-at-a-time into our registration system, create marketing pieces, update websites, bombard your Facebook and Twitter feeds and write blogs telling you that it’s HERE!

Here are some important things you should know:

  • Resident Online registration begins on Monday, March 18th at 11am. Non-Residents can register on April 1 (no joke!)
  • Our Full Interactive Spring Guide can be viewed here.
  • Need an online account? Get one here.
  • The Summer Camp Guide has been online since March 5th here. How did people know about it? It was on our website, we emailed it to our customers from our electronic mailing list (sign up here), and we posted it on Facebook & Twitter. We really wanted you to see it as soon as we had access to it. We know how important and stressful Summer Planning can be!
  • Both the Spring and Summer Guides have hit the Post Office today! It is now in their hands. Some of you may get lucky and receive your guides today, but our bets are on tomorrow.

What’s New?

  • We have quite a few new programs – too many to actually list.
  • We have added an After Care Pilot program this Summer to hopefully help parents have more flexibility in their planning. We recognized that many kids wanted to take Science Camp, but couldn’t be picked up at 3pm. Now parents will have more options!

Have Suggestions? We are all ears!

Email us at recreation@redwoodcity.org and tell us!

 

HAPPY SUMMER PLANNING!

 

 

Guest Post: Things That Make For a Terrific Camp Counselor

This post was contributed by Brett Gardner, Skyhawks Franchise Owner and local resident. I was elated and relieved by her passion for kids and health as well as her keen insight about youth sports on the Peninsula. We have already seen great improvements to the program and are looking forward to our future working relationship with Skyhawks! You can still register for Summer Camps either directly through Skyhawks or through our website at RedwoodCityCamps.org, some are starting NEXT WEEK!
 

 

A wise employee from the Redwood City Parks and Recreation Department once told me, “Your camps are only as good as your worst staff member.” And, she was so right. Kids can spot a lame camp counselor a mile away. So, parents, when you are looking at summer camps, be sure to consider whom will be staffing them. It is not unreasonable to expect a camp to be able to provide you with at least a summary of who will be coaching your little (or big) ones.

Here are three rules to live by when evaluating camp staff.

  1. First, if it’s a sports camp, do they know the sport they’re teaching?  Just because someone played football when they were in third grade doesn’t mean that they know enough about the sport to teach it. Same goes for art camps, dance, theater, etc. Look for staff that did that activity at the high school level. Better yet, see if they are currently doing it in college. The more camp staff knows the activity, the more they can teach your child

  2. Second, have they worked with kids before? A great sculptor does not ensure that they will be a great teacher. But, there are lots of them who are truly gifted with kids. Find them – they are out there.
  3. Third, is the camp staff full of counselors who, in some ways, are still kids at heart? Working at a camp is a labor of love. In a perfect world, they are there because they want to pay it forward to the next generation of kids. To do this, they have to remember what it was like to be seven and just learning how to play golf, flag football or do ballet.

An official recovering Silicon Valley “executive,” I now own Skyhawks Sports Camps  Mid-Peninsula, which serves kids in Redwood City, San Carlos, Belmont and Half Moon Bay starting June 11th.  When I started recruiting coaches and directors for my camps, I kept in the front of my mind the advice that sage Parks and Rec employee gave me.

When I started my interviewing process, I already had in mind what the ideal camp coach and director would be. I remember when I went to camps as a kid, my coaches were like rock stars to me. They were the local high school sports heroes that we all followed as if they were in the pros.  But, not only were they terrific athletes, they made me feel like I was the most special kid at camp.

And, the truly outstanding ones made an indelible mark on me that carried me through to adulthood.

Fast forward to today and I started looking for my staff with those characteristics in mind. I was lucky enough to find 100% of my coaches almost in my own back yard.

In the course of interviewing potential coaches, I found lots of sports-minded kids from the local community who are excited about the idea of instilling the love of sports, and sportsmanship, to others. Our summer staff, many of whom are current or former students from Sequoia High School, is amazing. Not only do they have wonderful sports backgrounds, they are outstanding people who want to help and encourage the next generation of up and coming athletes. I’m certain each and every one of them will have a positive impact on the kids coming to our summer camps.  I can’t wait to see how our participants respond to this group of counselors who are eager to give them the sports camp experience of their lives.

The end result? Happy kids!

It’s GO Skateboarding Day!

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It’s Go Skateboarding Day!

Every year on June 21, skateboarders around the world drop everything to embark on one of the most popular sports around, and  go skateboarding!

Redwood City loves skateboarding and loves our local riders. Here are some quick facts about our Skate Park:

  • Our skatepark was designed with the help of our local skateboarding community.
  • Phil Shao Memorial Skatepark was named after local pro-skating legend, Phil Shao. Phil was raised in Redwood City, a graduate of UC Berkeley and a mentor to many young skaters in the area.
  • Just before Phil’s untimely death, at the hands of a drunk driver, he was named as the next editor of  Thrasher Magazine.
  • Thrasher Magazine rated our skatepark an 8.5 out of 10 – not too shabby!
  • We offer Skateboarding lessons & camps!
  • Hours of operation: dawn to dusk; except when the sport lights are on, when the skate park closes at 10:00 pm (same hours as the entire park).

Skate Camps & Programs!

Coincidentally, we happen to have Skateboarding Camp running this week! We planned that…right?  Society Skate Shop has provided us with their awesome instruction for several years now, and this summer is no exception! Kids have been shredding, ollying, dropping-in and kick-flipping since Monday of this week!  Do you have a little X-Gamer in the making that would have enjoyed this camp? Have no fear! We have 3 more weeks of camp, with openings, that you can sign up for! Click here to get started!

Check out our slideshow above! Many of these kids had NO BOARDING EXPERIENCE and are already skating in the bowl! Plus, Society Skate Shop will give registered participants 10% off at the shop to get them hooked-up with safety gear!

So drop everything, grab your board (helmet & pads too) and hit the Skatepark today, in honor of “Go Skateboarding Day!

One of the Best Jobs Ever!

One of my fondest memories from “teenagedom,” is that of one of my first jobs. There are not many options for preteens to make money, so babysitting seemed like the perfect job at the time. It was fairly easy to land a paying gig – someone ALWAYS needs a sitter- and you didn’t have to wait 2 weeks for a paycheck!  Did I mention that teens love instant gratification? I think it also inadvertently helped me to gain a little more respect for my own parents by highlighting the challenges of taking care of young children. Wow! It’s not that easy! Really!

 

I also gained valuable work experience and confidence moving forward into my teens. Babysitting IS work experience, for sure, and I am certain it helped me to land my first job in Parks & Recreation as a swim instructor for a neighboring City.  If your 12 to 18 year old is chomping at the bit to get out there and make some cash of their own to help pay for some new clothes, texting overages, or to start saving for college or dare I say A CAR *tremble*, check out the Babysitting Workshop Class that starts THIS SATURDAY!!! Also, with your consent, they will be added to our PRCS Babysitting List that is available for parents to pick up at their local Recreation Center… just to make their job search THAT MUCH EASIER!

 

Okay, now it’s time to register…

 

Babysitting Workshop
Saturdays 9am-12pm
April 28 to May 12, 2012
Location: Red Morton Community Center

REGISTRATION LINK

PS- can you please register today, so we don’t have to cancel this class? We only need 2 more to secure it!

PPS- Are you looking for other activities for your tween this summer? Visit our Summer Camp Website for more info!

A Redwood City Love Story

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Once upon a time, there was a young girl named, Arista Frick.  Arista was a bubbly little girl who loved gymnastics and set off on a journey to make it her life. From age four she began flipping and tumbling, and by age six, became a full-fledged competitor. Gymnastics WAS the love of her life until an evil knee injury came along and retired the bouncy damsel from her sport.

She persevered, and Arista continued to dance and cheer throughout high school, all the while realizing that this is what made her the happiest. She knew early-on, that a life without movement and fitness, was no life at all. She decided to start her own gymnastics business (Arista’s Jump Start Gymnastics) where she could share this passion with young children and their parents. Arista came to Redwood City Parks & Recreation 10 years ago with her pitch to start this wonderful program. We emphatically accepted, which brings us to this current day.

Over the past decade, Arista has touched the lives of THOUSANDS of local children. She has helped them to embark on their own journeys of movement, fitness, and personal success. But now that she was all grown-up, it was time to focus on something else…finding a Prince (bear with me, it’s Valentine’s Day!)

Here’s the BEST part…

One lovely evening, on the beautiful Courthouse Square, in perfectly temperate Redwood City, our lovely Arista sat enjoying the Michael Jackson tribute band, Foreverland. The band name could not have rung truer for Arista, because moments after the show started, she spotted HIM. There he sat with some of his family members, a young man, destined to meet our story’s star. Their eyes locked and the courtship began.

Fast forward to May of 2011… The Prince, who we will now refer to as “Jeremy,” planned to marry the lovely Arista. How would he propose, you ask? Well, in the exact same place the magic began…on Courthouse Square on a Friday Night (see pic above).  And the rest is history!

And the moral of our story is…

Courthouse Square is truly the heart of our City…and you can find love, right here, in your own backyard.

THE END.

Meet Angie Torres, Dance Machine

If you don’t have a little person under the age of 6 in your home, you may not have met instructor, Angie Torres. Angie has been teaching gymnastics with Arista’s Jump Start Gymnastics for three years and has recently added Children’s Ballet & Tap as well as Jazz & Tap classes for adults here at Red Morton Community Center. I met with Angie recently to go over Spring & Summer class ideas and was overwhelmed by the crazy amounts of energy she exuded. She can start a class at 9am and finish at 9pm, exercising the same amount of high-energy throughout the entire day!  I felt like I needed a nap after our meeting, but in a good way OF COURSE!  Here’s a little more about our beloved, resident Energizer Bunny!

When & Why did you start dancing?
I have been dancing since I was seven years old. I went to see the San Francisco Ballet perform the Nutcracker and I fell in love with the Sugar Plum Fairy. I wanted to be just like her, so I started taking lessons. Ballet was my first love, but soon I discovered my passion for jazz and tap as well.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a teacher. When I was very young I wanted to be a school teacher. As I got older I wanted to be a dance teacher (and a broadway star!).

When did you start teaching?
I began teaching dance at age eleven. My mother had an art camp which she ran out of our house. She taught painting in the garage, and I would teach dance in the play room downstairs. We had about 40 kids a week. At the end of each week we would have a show for the parents. I have been teaching ballet, tap and jazz at Kirkpatrick’s School of Dance in San Mateo for six years as well as gymnastics with Arista for three years.

Fun Facts

Favorite Style of Dance: Jazz

Favorite Broadway Show: Guys and Dolls.

Favorite Performer: Bette Midler.

Favorite TV Show: Modern Family

Favorite Dessert: Cheesecake AND Chocolate Mousse!

If you could be any cartoon character, who would you be?: Betty Boop

Come learn to dance this Winter from a seasoned dancer who makes learning fun. Classes for kids adults are held at Red Morton Community Center.

Click links to register for Angie’s classes!

Children’s Ballet & Tap – Ages 5-7
FRIDAYS 3:45-4:45pm
REGISTER (in progress 1/13-2/210)
REGISTER (2/24-3/30)

FRIDAYS 4:45-5:45pm
REGISTER (2/24-3/30)

Adult Jazz
THURSDAYS  8-9pm
REGISTER (1/19-2/16)
REGISTER (3/1-3/29)

Adult Tap
MONDAYS  8-9pm
REGISTER (1/23-3/26)