By Stacey Bomser
The Weston Community Center is your one-stop-shop for after-school activities. The Parks and Recreation Department has put together a wide variety of programs sure to appeal to all ages and interests. The schedule features activities focused on the arts, athletics and academics.
With its location inside Weston Regional Park, the community center is a natural place for children to take part in athletic and fitness programs. Returning after its debut this Spring is The First Tee golf program. This fun and engaging program for children in kindergarten through third grade teaches basic golf skills and fundamentals through an innovative curriculum developed by The First Tee in collaboration with the PGA, LPGA, Champions Tour and Masters Association. The equipment is specifically designed for young children with oversized club faces, color coded grips, and target-oriented training tools.
The Nike Marathon Kids Running Club is the first step to creating a lifelong commitment to physical activity. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade will learn to run/walk 26.2 miles throughout the school year. This fun fitness program sets realistic goals and provides rewards and incentives for reaching those goals.
In addition to coordinating the golf and running programs, Kidokinetics brings back its two most popular athletic programs. Kidokinetics Jr. introduces toddlers and preschoolers to physical activity. These classes increase body awareness and help little ones learn coordination and balance while participating in a fun, new activity each week. Kidokinetics helps older children develop important building blocks for life: discipline, confidence, coordination, fine and gross motor skills, and fitness. Participants enjoy a new activity each week in a fun and non-competitive atmosphere. There are programs for ages three to five and ages five to ten.
The community center also offers ongoing martial arts classes. In Youth Karate, children learn the basic principles of USA Goju Karate including self-defense, fighting, and weaponry to build confidence and self-esteem. There are programs for children from ages six to 18.
The Inside Out Theatre Company offers performing arts programs for middle school and high school students. The Performance Ensemble is for aspiring thespians, ages 13 to 18. This class targets serious theatre students interested in fine-tuning their performance skills. The program culminates with the production of the Broadway musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Superstars Dance and Baton is a high-energy class incorporating cheerleading, baton twirling and dance. Students will develop grace, poise and self-confidence. There is a beginner’s program for children ages four to seven or eight to twelve, as well as a Shining Stars competition team.
Children are also able to develop their minds at the Weston Community Center. New this year is the Code Explorers program, which offers participants ages four to 13 the chance to learn, explore and continue to develop skills in computer programming beyond their classroom experience. The program focuses upon critical thinking and sequencing using mobile devices. Buildbots Robotics allows students to design, build and program Lego robots to solve amazing challenges. This class combines creativity, design, logic, teamwork, scalability and problem-solving skills. It is for children ages six to 14. Chess Club is another after-school activity that challenges young minds. Chess has been proven to develop mental skills while also improving memory, self-confidence, intuition, concentration, logical and critical thinking, and reasoning skills. Chess Club is open to children ages five to 18 of all skill levels. Fun in Spanish allows children, ages two to five, to learn and practice Spanish in a playful, musical and artistic environment.
The SAT Preparation Class prepares students for all facets of the College Board entrance exam. The course reviews content of what is being tested and exposes students to numerous insightful strategies to help them score higher on the SAT. Sessions are available that lead right up to the October 7th and December 2nd exams.
There is a nominal fee to participate in many of the programs at the Weston Community Center. Generally, the tuition is charged either by the month or by the session.
To see the complete listing of all classes and programs available at the Weston Community Center go to http://www.westonfl.org/media/docs/misc/Class_Schedule.pdf. You can register for classes at the community center located at 20200 Saddle Club Road. For more information, call 954-389-4321.