MASSENA — With the weekend’s high school graduation ceremonies officially signaling the end of the school year, the Massena Recreation Department is kicking its summer activity schedule into full gear.
The youth Summer Recreation Program starts things off on Monday and runs until Aug. 9. It includes organized activities and field trips, as well as trips to the Massena Town Beach. The program is on a drop-in basis, meaning adults can drop off and pick up their children any time they wish at the designated areas.
Organized playground programs will be available at Jefferson, Madison and Nightengale elementary schools, as well as Alcoa Field. Children can register at the playground of their choice on the first day they attend. Participants must be at least 5 years old to attend the playground program. There will be no program on, July 4 or July 5.
Games and activities will be offered from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and an arts and crafts instructor will visit each playground once a week with a variety of projects for kids of all ages.
A free lunch program will be offered Monday through Friday at Jefferson Elementary School, with buses picking up participants at their playgrounds starting at 11:30 a.m. and taking them to Jefferson. Children must be at least 7 years old to ride the bus to Jefferson, and a signed parent or guardian consent form is required.
With the exception of Wednesdays and Fridays, a bus will take the participants to the beach after lunch. Wednesdays are a full day at the beach, with a free lunch provided to the program participants courtesy of Stewart’s Shops, An Italian Affair, Subway and SeaComm. All drinks are provided by Pepsi Cola.
The buses for the beach will pick up participants starting at 11:30 a.m. at their respective playgrounds, and they’ll leave the Massena Town Beach at about 3:45 p.m., with all kids back to their playgrounds by 4 p.m. This year’s program features “Wacky Wednesday at the Beach,” with Slip ‘n Slide Kickball on Wednesday, Frisbee Golf on July 10, Tie Dye Water Balloon Wars on July 31 and Make Your Own Ice Cream Day on Aug. 7.
Fridays are reserved for a field trip to the movies, mini-golf, a trip to Nicandri Nature Center and bowling.
The Massena Town Beach will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily in July, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in August. The waterfront is open with certified lifeguards on duty from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in July, and 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. in August. The beach will close for the season on Sept. 2. Daily parking passes are $5 per vehicle, or $60 for a season parking pass. Beach picnic pavilions are available for rent for $50.
Other summer recreation activities include a trip to Calypso Waterpark on July 17, the 39th annual Boss Frog Jumping Contest at 9 a.m. July 18 at the Massena Arena, Street Hockey Skills Week from Aug. 5 to 9 and Youth Soccer from Aug. 5 to Sept. 27. Nerf Wars will return on Sept. 14 at the Massena Arena.
The cost for the Calypso Waterpark trip is $25 for transportation and ticket. Anyone who’s interested in the trip is asked to pre-register by calling the Massena Arena at 315-769-3161.
All events are subject to date and time changes, so anyone who plans to participate should contact the Massena Arena as the event approaches.