Summer Programs for Kids

Terre Haute, IN - Parents are running out of time to get their kids situated for the summer.

School is almost over and that means a break from the books.

But learning doesn't have to end over the summer.

Friday may have been stormy, but a whirlwind of opportunities are coming to Deming Park and the Torner Center.

Organizers and parents both agree that learning shouldn't stop, even when school ends for the summer.

When school comes to a close, more often than not, parents' jobs don't.

So for families with kids ages 12 and under, the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department is offering an alternative to day care that gives kids a valuable experience in education and fun.

"They're not in a classroom during the summer, so this gets them out and gets them learning and exploring instead of just sitting at home all summer," says Alysha Kesner, director of recreation. 

Johnathan Peel has raised kids of his own.

He's not from Terre Haute but he still agrees that a child's learning is still a top necessity.

"Anything you can learn, is something new," says Peel. "It's always a benefit. You know, they may not know it at the time when you're doing it. But later in life, it's gonna come to ya."

Summer programs range from cooking classes to exploring the creek at Deming Park.

"We get them outside, exploring nature, getting in the creek and actually trying to catch creatures," says Kesner. "It's always fun to see how excited they are if they catch something in their net."

Since budget cuts took away the 5-day summer camp, the idea blossomed to bring a single day camp on Thursday's.

"It may give kids a break from their regular day care or just kids that are staying home all summer," says Kesner. "It gets them one day a week where they're out at the park with other kids and just learning."

Johnathan Peel says there's nothing more important than a community making an effort to educate kids and potentially keep them out of trouble.

"If they don't do anything or don't interact with anybody and just, sit around doing nothing but searching garbage on the internet or playing games, they're not going to learn any of that," says Peel. "So it's definitely going to be better for the community and the people around. Especially the children."

The Torner Center will also be offering a mobile program, which sounds actually pretty interesting.

Kids Cooking Class

  • June 7 & 21, July 5 & 19, August 2
  • Ages 4-8  9:30 am-11:00 am
  • Ages 9-12  1:00 pm-2:30 pm   
  • Torner Center in Deming Park
  • $7/ class or register for all 5 classes for $30

Creek Stomping

  • June 14 & 28, July 12 & 26, August 7
  • Ages: 5-12
  • Time: 9:30 am-11:00 am
  • Place: Deming Park
  • Cost: $5/class

Thursday Summer Day Camp

  • June 8- Superhero Day
  • June 15- Arts & Crafts
  • June 22- Emergency Services
  • June 29- Under the Sea
  • July 6- Wild West
  • July 13- Water Fun Day
  • July 20- Wizard Expo
  • July 27- Fun & Fitness
  • August 3- Olympics
  • Drop off: 7:30 am-8:30 am     
  • Pick up: 4:00 pm-5:30 pm
  • Deming Park
  • 1 session - $20       
  • 5-8 sessions - 10% discount        
  • 9 sessions - 20% discount

To sign up for Creek Stomping, Kids Cooking or Day Camp call the Torner Center at 812-232-0147.
Mobile Recreation
Mobile Recreation will be making its rounds this summer to local day cares, day camps, and more.  If you are interested in Mobile Recreation being a part of your summer fun call the Torner Center at 812-232-0147.


  • Tuesday 6th  10:00 am-12:00 pm - Deming Park
  • Monday 12th  1:00 pm-3:00 pm - Collett Park
  • Wednesday 14th  1:00 pm-3:00 pm - Brittlebank Park
  • Monday 19th  9:00 am-11:00 am - Fairbanks Park
  • Tuesday 27th  10:00 am-12:00 pm - Voorhees Park
  • Wednesday 28th  1:00 pm-3:00 pm - Dobbs Park


  • Friday 7th  10:00 am-12:00 pm  Deming Park
  • Tuesday 11th  1:00 pm-3:00 pm - Spencer Park
  • Wednesday 12th  1:00 pm-3:00 pm - Thompson Park
  • Monday 17th  9:00 am-11:00 am  Collett Park
  • Friday 21st  10:00 am-12:00 pm  Fairbanks Park
  • Monday 24th  1:00 pm-3:00 pm - Coy Park
  • Wednesday 26th  1:00 pm-3:00 pm - Herz-Rose Park
  • Monday 31st  1:00 pm-3:00 pm - Sheridan Park


  • Friday 4th   10:00 am-12:00 pm  Dobbs Park
  • Monday 7th   1:00 pm-3:00 pm  Thompson Park

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