Activities abound for kids out of school

Dominic Valdez shows off his ability to hula hoop using just his neck during Holiday Camp at the city Rec Hall. DAILY RECORD PHOTOS BY DENISE CATHEY

Holiday Camp

Parents who have to work or need some time to run errands or recover from the holidays have an option for child care: Holiday Camp, presented by the city. The camp started on Dec. 28 and will continue on Jan. 2-3 at the City Park Rec Hall. For $20, children ages 5-11 can enjoy a day of activities from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with an afternoon snack provided. Children must bring their own lunches and morning snacks if desired. Youth Services staff keep chidlren busy with crafts, hikes, movies and more.

San Marcos Youth Services staff member Ikeyia Burks declares that she has the best snowmen as she holds up her completed drawing. The campers did not agree, and a competition ensued to see who had the best snowmen.

Catherine Marler, who is overseeing the camp, said there were 11 children at camp on the first day.

Jessica Ramos, Youth Services manager, said this is the first year that Youth Services has hosted the camp. In previous years, the city’s Nature Center hosted a camp that was very similar.

Roy Gano, Andrew Wilson and Sara Wilson play gaga ball, a variation on dodgeball played with a single ball, and try to tag each other out while avoiding getting hit themselves during Holiday Camp hosted by San Marcos Youth Services at the San Marcos Rec Hall. The camp provided all-day entertainment and games for children. 

Registration is required for camp; Ramos said that drop-ins are not accepted, but if someone wants to take their child to camp they can register at the Parks and Recreation Department office the same day and then take their child over to the camp. The main office is located at 401 E. Hopkins St. For more information on the camp, visit the city's website.

Youth Services Coordinator Catherine Marler holds onto the gaga ball as she explains the rules of the game before letting the campers try it on their own.

Camper Dottie Armbruster, Youth Services staff member Ikeyia Burks, Victoria Bradshaw and Sara Wilson work on their own crafts or making roll-a-snowman using dice to determine the features of their personal snowman. 

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