Millstone summer rec program off and running Month-long program started Monday with 300 participants

Staff Writer

By ruth calia stives

Millstone summer rec program off and running
Month-long program started Monday
with 300 participants

MILLSTONE — As the Summer Recreation Program gets under way, the 300 children who have paid the $250 registration fee are preparing to make lots of memories. Their response to the question "What’s New?" will be filled with lengthy descriptions of an amazing array of activities.

The program, which runs from July 9 through Aug. 10, will make use of the elementary and middle school buildings, as well as the fields, and will offer indoor and outdoor sports, arts and crafts projects, computer instruction and televised video programs.

The children, who are students from kindergarten through eighth grade, will have the benefit of familiarity with the facilities and many of the counselors. They will see old friends, make new friends, and spend the weekday hours between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. having a wonderful time.

A schedule of special trips, for which additional fees are prepaid, includes everything from swimming, skating, bowling, miniature golf and laser tag, to visits to Emmons Dairy Farm, the Bronx Zoo, Barnegat Lighthouse, the Statue of Liberty, and Wild West City.

Each day offers a number of options for the children, and the variety of activities and trips available assures everyone of a good time. There are lots of opportunities to get wet — by swimming in the Indian Rock Campgrounds olympic-size pool, visiting the Waterworks at Seaside, or fossil hunting at Shark River Park.

There are theater opportunities at the Forum Theatre in Metuchen throughout the five weeks, as well as a number of minor league and major league ball games to which parents are also invited. Another highlight is sure to be the Philadelphia tour on July 26.

A visit to the Intrepid, a tour of NBC Studios, a chance to make Indian pottery at Holmdel Park, and a fishing contest, are still more illustrations of the diverse activities available.

All of this summer fun will culminate in a talent show and closing ceremony on Friday, Aug. 10, which will leave the children just enough time to write the annual essay titled "What I Did on My Summer Vacation."