Summer is in full swing here in Calgary! While summer break is a great time to relax and have some lazy days, there are also some great activities and programs out there for teens like us to do so we can keep active! I’ve been trying to decide which one is right for me and I thought I’d share the options I’ve been looking at.
Through the City of Calgary there are some cool drop in programs where you can learn or brush up on your skills in basketball, soccer, leadership, creative arts and cooking. The programs are held on specific weeks in the summer in different neighbourhoods – no registration required! Check out the link here to learn more info. I think they seem pretty fun and it’s good that you can just show up.
I saw my neighbor the other day. He’s a member at GoodLife Fitness and he was telling me they have a program for teens 12-17 where we get a FREE summer membership from July 4-September 4. The membership includes access to the clubs during the day (including things like treadmills, elliptical machines, weights and teen-friendly equipment). Your parents don’t have to be members but they do have to help your register online. Registration opens June 7 – more details can be found here. It sounds like a pretty good deal (how many things are free these days?). I know there are a lot of locations in the Calgary area and it would be easy for me to get there by bike or transit. I think it will be fun to work out with my friends and maybe make some new friends as well!
With the warm weather here, you might be looking for ways to cool off and stay active at the same time. I know I am! Did you know the City of Calgary has several outdoor pools? Most of them open up for public swim times with limited hours in the middle of June and longer hours at the start of July. I found this website that lists all the outdoor pools with links to specific info on the times they are open and other details you might need to know! The drop-in fee is about $3.50 and they also have 10x and 30x passes you can buy that can be used at most of the city’s outdoor pools – I think that’s cool, especially if I’m visiting friends in other areas of the city. Don’t forget your sunscreen!
There are definitely other programs to choose from. Knowing what program is right for you depends on your budget, how much free time you have, what interests you and of course other things like family vacation plans, part time jobs etc. There are sleepaway camps, day camps in town (SAIT and U of C offer some cool ones for teens) and some local community associations offer day programs and special recreation events. There are also a number of private organizations who are offering camps and workshops on everything from learning to sail or row to cake decorating.
There is really no reason to not be active this summer. Get out there and try something new, or learn more about a hobby or sport you already do. Recreation programs are a great way to meet new friends and learn, all while having a great time!