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September 19th, 2019

ROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times


June is here and with children out of school, parents are looking for something fun for them to do.

For a few years now, Seward County’s K-State Research and Extension office has offered its Summer Fun Thursdays program for children ages 5 to 10 to enjoy. This year, the program has been expanded to another day of the week, Wednesday, and renamed Summer Fun Days.

Extension Office Professional Chelsea Shuck  said the first of this year’s four Summer Fun Days events kicks off next week, and that will be followed by three more events in July.

“The Arkalon Day Camp will be Thursday, June 20, from 8:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. out at Arkalon Park,” she said. “Pioneers of the Wild West will be like ‘Little House on the Prairie.’ That will be July 10, and that will be here. We have our Air and Space theme, and that will be July 24, also here. We have our Shark Attack, our fourth, and that will be Aug. 1 Those three events will be here at the Extension office.”

Shuck and Extension Agent Mirna Bonilla said workers in the office have been busy promoting the Summer Fun Days events by reaching out to schools and passing out flyers at the library, the Liberal Recreation Center, and other facilities. Bonilla and Shuck also said the activities for Summer Fun Days vary from year to year and are chosen carefully.

“We pick things we think would be very interesting for kids and also fun for us to plan,” Bonilla said. “The Arkalon Day Camp, Chelsea planned out quite a bit of different activities for the kids to do throughout the day. They’ll be up and going and making sure there is lots of laughter throughout the day. It’ll be a fun day.”

The Arkalon Day Camp will also feature young people from neighboring Meade County, as Seward County’s Extension office will partner with workers from that county’s Extension office for the day.

Shuck and Bonilla also hope both adults and youth get much out of Summer Fun Days.

“It’s about bringing the community together, getting kids out of the house,” Shuck said.

“We hope to see the kids just enjoying the days,” Bonilla said. “Summer is meant to be out and be fun. We love planning activities specifically for the kids to enjoy themselves.”

Extension Agent Kylee Harrison said past Summer Fun Thursdays, or Summer Fun Days as they are now known, have gone well.

“We’ve had a lot of different topics,” she said. “We never have the same topics. I think that really helps with our attendance. They know it’s always going to be something different.”

Registration forms for Summer Fun Days are available at the Extension office at 1081 Stadium Road in Liberal and online at There will also he health forms for the parents to fill out in case of emergencies. 

“They just need to come by the office in order to hold their spot,” Harrison said. “They will have to pay.”

Fees for the activities are:

• Arkalon Day Camp $15

• Pioneers of the Wild West $5

• Air and Space $5

• Shark Attack $7

Children can be dropped off and picked up for each activity at the Extension office, and a lunch will be provided. For more information, call the Extension office at 620-624-5604.

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