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TRACKING ANIMALS: In this file photo, day campers search for animal tracks during the Super Explorers day camp at Jackson Morrow Park on Monday, July 16, 2018. Kelly Lafferty Gerber | Kokomo Tribune

The Kokomo Parks and Recreation Department released details Monday about four of its upcoming summer programs.

Those programs include:

Super Explorers

Once again, the KPRD is offering Super Explorers, a science and nature day camp in Jackson Morrow Park’s Kirkendall Interpretive Nature Center.

The program includes a Junior Explorers camp for children ages 5 to 8, with two sessions, from 9 a.m. to noon each day from June 24-28 and July 8-12. Campers are allowed to enroll in only one session.

There is Senior Explorers camp for children ages 9-12, which will take place from 9 a.m. to noon July 15-19.

All children must be in the age range set for each camp by the first day of the program, according to a media release.

Registrations, which are currently being accepted at the Highland Park KPRD office, are open to the first 20 children per age group. Registration forms may be picked up at the office and are also available online at www.cityofkokomo.org.

Registration fees for the program are $25 for a city resident and $35 for a non-resident.

For more information, contact the KPRD at 765-456-7275.

Recreation Adventure Program

The city’s Recreation Adventure Program begN June 10 and will continue through July 25. It will be held Monday through Friday at Highland park and Mohr Park.

Programs are also offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at bon Air Park and Tuesdays and Thursdays at Lafayette Park School.

Times for each day are noon to 5 p.m.

The program includes a litany of options – including board games, card games, hula-hoops, whiffle ball, box hockey, basketball, dodgeball, volleyball, tennis rackets and balls and more. Crafts will be available from 50 cents to $1 apiece.

“Supervisors are present to offer leadership and organized play but not to babysit, so remember that children are free to come and go,” noted a media release. 

“If you are looking for something to do this summer, get up off the couch, put down the video game and come out to the park and play with us!”

Take flight!

A Birds of Prey show will be held June 15 at the Kirkendall Nature Center.

Showtimes will be noon to 1 p.m. and 2-3 p.m.

Mark Booth of Take Flight Wildlife Education will bring a hawk, an owl and falcons “to help teach about the raptor family and how these birds of prey have made a difference in society throughout history.”

The event will include demonstrations, lessoNs and stories ‘to help the audience understand the importance of nature, wildlife and ecology.”

It is free and open to the public. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Water sprays

Free water sprays will be held across Kokomo this summer – in eight different locations.

The free events, open to people of all ages, could be cancelled in the case of inclement weather. Residents are encouraged to come in their bathing suits or shorts and a T-shirt.

Water sprays, which are always from 1-3 p.m., are scheduled for the following dates:

  • June 12: Mohr Park
  • June 19: Bon Air Park
  • June 20: Jackson Morrow Park
  • June 27: Highland Park
  • July 2: Lafayette Park School
  • July 11: Garden Square Apartments
  • July 17: Darrough Chapel Park
  • July 24: Foster Park

George Myers can be reached at 765-454-8585, by email at george.myers@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @gmyerskt.

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George Myers covers city and county government. He joined the Kokomo Tribune on November 18, 2014.