Recs and Reads
By Anne McKay Garris
If Easter comes, can summer boredom be far behind? Whether it's your own youngsters, or the grandchildren, come for a visit. It's not too early to take stock of answers to, "I'm bored! What can I do?"
The Clearwater Beach Library and Recreation Center has some very helpful answers. You can start with the well stocked children's section of the library. It's bright and comfortable and appealing to children. There are even big arm chairs, big enough for one Grannie and one youngster to fit in where soft reading is allowed. This is in front of large windows with a fabulous view of Clearwater's sparkling bay.
Then there's the swimming pool. Right now the hours are from Noon to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. In June the pool hours will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Or, you might want to dig the tennis rackets out of the back of the closet and show the youngsters a thing or two about the game of tennis on the Recreation Center courts. The same is true for the old fishing rod. Fishing is not spectacular off the Recreation Center sea wall, but it can be fun for youngsters who get excited catching just a shiner.
And, you might even convince Grandpa that he's still young enough to provide decent competition on the basket ball court. Actually, there's usually a pick-up game going most any time of the day or night and your youngsters could join it.
Over at McKay Field there's room to play a game of Frisbee or "catch". For the little ones the small playground at McKay Field offers them some happy hours of good exercise while both at McKay Field and at the Recreation Center there are picnic tables and benches for your use.
And, this week, the Friends of the Clearwater Beach Library and Recreation Center will be meeting to try and work out some more programs for the summer hours, including Wii for families. Do you have any other suggestions? This is, after all, your recreation center.
If you think you would enjoy sharing your talents with the community by volunteering to help with some of these programs, please contact us on the Friends e-mail at email@example.com. I got it wrong last week, using .com instead of .net. What do I know? I don't belong to the internet generation, I'm just hanging in there by my toes.
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