By Janice Sullivan, DFMWR Marketing DirectorApril 8, 2010
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff and other installation entities have planned fun, energetic and creative outlets to keep children busy and entertained during spring break April 19-23.
DFMWR provides programs like these for Soldiers and Families as part of the Army Family Covenant.
Child, Youth and School Services staff offers several trips for parents and children-like the Montgomery Zoo or midday matinees at the Post Theater and full-day camps for pre-kindergarten through teens. Parents should call Parent Central Services at 255-9638 to enroll.
Other CYSS activities include the weeklong EDGE! program for ages 11-18 Monday through Friday beginning at 4 p.m., which features learning paintball, gardening, step dancing or fishing skills. For details, call 255-0666.
Army and Air Force Exchange Service personnel invite youngsters to their matinee movies April 19, 21 and 22 at 2 p.m. In conjunction with the Month of the Military Child, a sidewalk chalk contest, fingerprint kits, car seat checks, karaoke contest and more are offered April 16-17 at the Post Exchange. For details, call 503-9044.
Silver Wings Golf Course staff offers a free junior golf clinic April 19-20 from 9 a.m. to noon to teach the fundamentals of golf in a fun environment. The clinics are open to beginners and all other levels of golfers. Beginners learn safety, basic fundamentals, etiquette, rules and fun practice habits.
"Nothing gives (children) confidence like hitting a good shot, and knowing how they did it. We want parents to know they can drop their kids off at the golf course, and they will be safe," said David Unsicker, SWGC business manager and PGA Professional. "They will be learning a life-changing sport. We want all of our juniors to become certified to access the course when ever available. They will become the future of our facility."
For more information, call SWGC at 598-2449.
For those creative youngsters, the Arts and Craft Center offers art classes April 20-24.
"We look forward to seeing those smiling faces walk through our door and be able to offer them a fun, creative outlet during the school break," said Joan Varner, ACC program manager. "We are excited to share spring break with children and introduce them to a fun and low-cost creative learning experience that will broaden their horizons in the fields of arts and crafts."
For details, call the Arts and Crafts Center at 255-9020.
Spring breakers are also invited to participate in a writing workshop April 20 and 23 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Center Library.
"Writing Flash Fiction is a wonderful opportunity for children to meet and work with our renowned local author, Ginger Hansen, who is the host of the two seminars," said Les Waltman, supervisory librarian. "It is also going to be a fun, non-pressured environment where they are free to write on the topics of their choosing, limited only by their imagination. Hopefully participants will discover their writing talents (are) real and this knowledge will not only improve their self-esteem but also help them in their future career choices."
For more information about the writing workshop, call 255-3885.
Other indoor entertainment can be found at Rucker Lanes with $1 bowling and free shoe rentals April 19-23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 255-9503.
Picerne Military Housing staff hosts a Birds of Prey Demonstration April 21 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Rucker-Picerne Partners Building located at Bldg. 2908 on Andrews Avenue. The event is open to Picerne residents only. For details, call 503-3636.
For a complete list of DFMWR spring break activities, visit www.ftruckermwr.com and click on the spring break icon or call 255-2292.