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Great things for spring and summer

Written by Matt Pera. Posted in Entertainment

Published on April 13, 2011 with No Comments

The weather is finally starting to warm up. The snow has melted (hopefully) for good, and buds are starting to pop on branches.

With spring finally here, and summer approaching soon after, Porter County Parks and Recreation is working hard to make sure the area’s residents and visitors will have plenty of fun things to do.

Two of our biggest undertakings during the next few months will be our annual Spring Out to Sunset Event and our summer camp – Camp Funset.

Spring Out to Sunset will take place at Sunset Hill Farm County Park on Saturday, May 14. Family fun is the theme for this event, and a variety of activities will be available.

You will be wowed by the mid-air maneuvers of the 180GO! stunt kite team and you will have a blast watching the talented canines of the Indy Dog and Disc Club showcase their best tricks. Of course, everyone is welcome to bring their own kites and/or dogs to the event as well.

Other great attractions at Spring Out will be inflatable activities where the kids can bounce to their hearts content, wagon rides around the scenic park, a kite vendor where families can purchase and fly their own kites, food vendors and the Porter County Animal Shelter.

The cost is just $5 per car. Sunset Hill Farm County Park is located at 775 Meridian Road in Valparaiso, at the intersection of U.S. 6 and Meridian Road. Spring Out really is a great way to shake off the last remnants of winter and celebrate the fact that we’re headed into the best months of the year.

Camp Funset is another way we are making sure kids have the chance to get outside and stay active during the summer.

And fun will definitely be the key feature for our Camp Funset programs this summer at Sunset Hill Farm County Park.

Campers will spend each day hiking, singing, working on arts and crafts, playing games and meeting special guests. The camps are divided into two age groups – Acorns (incoming first-graders to 8-year-olds) and Sprouts (ages 9-12).

Porter County Parks and Recreation Programmer Katie Rizer, head of Camp Funset, said she and her staff kept the best features of past camps, while adding new elements as well.

“It’s so exciting to see how Camp Funset is coming together,” Rizer said. “We’ve taken what campers have loved in the past and super-sized it with this year’s camps. From movie making and nature programs to daily hands-on science activities and crazy hiking songs, we’re planning our best summer camp ever.”

The camps will run from June to August and feature programs that foster a wide range of interests. One of the more unique offerings will be a film camp, during which campers will write, direct and act in a video all about Sunset Hill Farm County Park.

Other camps will include a Nature Rangers Camp, during which campers will get to examine a new facet of the park – from the prairies and woodlands to the wetlands and ponds. The Wilderness Camp will teach the skills necessary to responsibly live outdoors, while the Wilderness Campout will allow campers to put those skills into action by spending a night under the stars at Sunset Hill Campground.

A camp geared toward art projects, called the Creative Kids Camp, will allow campers to explore painting, molding, Decoupage and beads, among other activities that will be available to our budding artists.

“That biggest compliment I can hear from parents of campers is their child went home tired and happy chatting about the day,” Porter County Parks and Recreation Recreations Supervisor Gayle O’Connor said. “The landscape of woodlands, prairies, and ponds makes Sunset Hill Farm County Park an awesome place for campers to experience fun, play, and adventure.”

For more information on Camp Funset, or to register, contact Rizer at 219-465-5192, or at krizer@porterco.org. You can also find the brochure and print it out from our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/pcparksandrec.

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Matt Pera is the communications director for Porter County Parks and Recreation. He has a background in journalism and public relations. For more information about Porter County Parks and Recreation, call 219-465-3586, or e-mail pcparks@porterco.org.

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