Area Programs Help Combat Spring Break Boredom

PARA Day Camp participants try out the space net at Snow Hinton Park. PARA Day Camp participants try out the space net at Snow Hinton Park. PARA

Spring break is a week for making memories. It’s a much-needed 168-hour recess from school for students and teachers, and a time to get out and revel in the fresh air and sunshine.

It’s often a chance for area families to make tracks out of town. But what about those who’re staying in Tuscaloosa during their time off? The area has plenty of options to choose from, and all of them will keep the kids off the couch. Tuscaloosa area schools will be out from March 13 through March 17, so what better time to get out and have some fun within the community?

Check out a couple of the programs available for children and teens of all ages:

Tuscaloosa Public Library

Swing by Tuscaloosa Public Library’s main branch and take advantage of the various programs available. From its baby steps program to teen board game night, there’s something sure to please any age.

Vince Bellofatto, the library’s director of public relations and marketing, said the spring break is the perfect way to wind down before summer break while having some productive fun. He said going to the library, zoo and local museums were common activities during spring break when he was growing up, and it’s something he’s shared with his own son.

“Tuscaloosa has a lot of exceptional places for family fun,” he said. “Besides the library, Tuscaloosa offers great parks, museums and playgrounds for families. These places are fun and very affordable, if not free.”

Speaking of Parks…

The Tuscaloosa Parks and Recreation Authority offers a Spring Break Day Camp to keep children engaged and active during their week off. Becky Booker, public relations and marketing manager for PARA, said the day camp experience provides more than just fun for children.

PARA's spring break day camp is open to children from ages kindergarten through eighth grade at the Belk and Phelps Centers. Day camp lasts from 7:30 a.m. through 5:45 p.m., with early-bird drop off for an additional charge.

Swimming, skating, archery, golfing, softball, bowling and arts and crafts are just a few of the activities offered. Older kids often get the chance to go on field trips to local attractions. 

The camp is  $81 per week with a $30 registration fee, and sibling discounts are available. Children are recommended to pack a lunch, two snacks and three drinks. For more information, visit tcpara.org/recreation/parakids/school-holiday-camp. 

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