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Make this summer an experience to remember

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Bloomington Briefing Published February 28, 2022
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Summer 2022 will be an experience to remember in Bloomington. Parks and Recreation offers a variety of engaging, inclusive, and entertaining experiences that are educational and competitive for people of all ages, abilities and interests.  Registration for many programs begins April 18, 12 p.m.  Fee assistance is available for qualified participants. You can find all of the details in the full 2022 Summer Experience! catalog online at blm.mn/parksrec.

Youth programs
Youth and inclusion Programs

Camp Kota returns in 2022.  This longtime favorite features traditional camp activities like swimming, arts and crafts, and basic outdoors skills, along with paddleboarding and log rolling. Four weekly Camp Kota sessions will be held July 11 – August 5, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. The camp welcomes kids in kindergarten through seventh grade. It takes place at East Bush Lake Park. Registration fee is $190 – $275 depending on participant age and city of residency.

Summer Adventure Playgrounds offers a summer of classic fun in a local neighborhood park. Kids in first through seventh grade will enjoy games, sports, arts and crafts, special events and field trips, all supervised by instructors trained in recreation and working with children. The fun takes place Monday – Friday,
June 20 – August 11, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., at Brookside (new in 2022), Kelly, Poplar Bridge, Running, Smith, Sunrise and Westwood parks. The fee for an entire summer of fun is $250 for residents, $375 for nonresidents.

Playground Littles Program (new in 2022) allows preschool and kindergarten aged children to develop friendships and enjoy structured playtime and activities with peers in a local neighborhood park. Morning, afternoon and full-day options are available June 20 – August 11 at Bryant Park. Fees are $125 for residents, $180 for nonresidents per session.

Mobile Recreation (new in 2022) brings fun, free programming to parks around Bloomington on Tuesdays, June 28 – August 2,  1 – 3 p.m. Activities include kickball, spikeball, arts and crafts, pop-up disc golf, slacklining and parachutes. No registration required. Open to anyone 18 years old and younger.  Locations currently scheduled include Wright’s Lake, Brye, Bryant, Tarnhill and Valley View parks.

Adaptive Softball offers both recreational and competitive adult, and recreational youth softball opportunities for persons with disabilities. All leagues play from mid-June through early August, with games starting at 6:30 p.m. at Tarnhill Park. Youth play on Mondays. Adults play on Tuesdays. The season culminates with the annual “Under the Lights” game at Red Haddox Field. Registration fee is $70 for all players and includes a team shirt and photo.

Registration begins April 18, 12 p.m. Details at blm.mn/youth-programs.

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Adult and Youth Recreation and Sports

Adults looking for competitive sports have come to the right place! Bloomington’s leagues offer a wide variety of traditional and unique activities including tennis, sand volleyball, softball, pickleball, kickball and even bags (or cornhole or baggo or whatever you choose to call it). Visit blm.mn/adultsports to find the summer sports league that is just right for you!

Soccer Shots is a high-energy program that introduces kids to the fundamentals of soccer and builds on the basics. The program highlights respect, teamwork and appreciation. There are three levels for kids age 2 – 8 offered at three different Bloomington Parks at a variety of times. The cost for Summer Soccer Shots is $136.25 and all equipment, including a jersey, is provided. Registration begins April 18, 12 p.m. Details at blm.mn/youth-programs.

Amazing Athletes helps children build motor skills through non-competitive sports, and inspires a lifelong appreciation of physical activity.  Offered in two levels for children ages 1.5 – 6. The curriculum teaches fun, patience, teamwork and self-confidence. The registration fee is $83. Sessions take place on Thursdays, May 5 – August 11 at Moir Park. Start times vary. For details, visit blm.mn/youth-programs.

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Forest Bathing (Shinrin Yoku) is an immersive, meditative experience during where you can slow down and connect your senses to the healing beauty of Bloomington’s green spaces. Sessions are offered on Thursdays, 7 – 9 p.m., at Moir Park (April 21), Tierney’s Woods (May 19) and Richardson Nature Center (June 16). Cost is $45 per person and restricted to adults age 18 and older. Maximum number of participants per session is 24. Registration opens April 1. Details at blm.mn/rec-online.

Artistry has a summer arts camp that is just right for your age, interests and skill level. Aspiring young painters, potters, crafters, illustrators, glass artists (and more) in grades 1 – 9 have half-day and full-day camp options this summer at Bloomington Center for the Arts. Registration opens March 15. Learn more and register online at blm.mn/artistry.   

Shrek is coming to Summer Camp 2022. This summer, two weeks of the summer camp program at Artistry will be devoted to all things “Shrek.” There will be opportunities to learn on-stage and off-stage theater skills. Participants will also create pictures, sculptures and all kinds of crafts of Shrek characters. Shrek Camp will be the weeks of July 25 and August 1, the last two weeks of Artistry’s Summer Camp which will run from June 13 – August 5.  Registration for Summer Camp will open on March 15. To learn more visit blm.mn/artistry.

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Dwan Golf Course features an 18-hole layout that provides a fun and challenging experience for players of all skill and experience levels. Annual patron, senior and junior loyalty programs make this already value-packed course even more affordable. In 2022, lessons return to Hyland Greens Golf Course, which is now managed by Three Rivers Park District. Learning opportunities await for adult and youth beginners in May, June and July. Visit blm.mn/golf for the latest updates.

Creekside Community Center offers programs for older adults such as fitness classes, wood working, crafts, card and music groups and more. The Fare For All discount food sale returns each month. You can even rent space at Creekside for events, meetings and activities of all kinds.  Find out more at blm.mn/Creekside.

The Bloomington Ice Garden Skate School is the perfect place to learn and improve your skating skills. There are classes for kids and adults at all experience levels. Details at blm.mn/big.

Bloomington Aquatics offers a pool, a beach and a splash pad for cooling off this summer. Bloomington Family Aquatic Center has season passes, aqua exercise classes and much more. The FREE Cedar Crest Park Splash Pad is open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., seven days a week in the summer. Bush Lake Beach is open June 1 – August 31 and offers free parking. Visit blm.mn/aquatics for the latest information.