Enfield Recreation Department makes summer fun for families on a budget
By Calla Vassilopoulos - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Thu., Jun. 13, 2013
With gas prices rising and families living on tight budgets, it can be difficult to free up cash to take advantage of the nice weather. The Enfield Recreation Department offers many programs to help families have an enjoyable and active summer for little or no cost to them.
One of the department's money-saving programs is discount tickets to Six Flags and the Big E. “We also offer picnic packs to folks having a summer cookout who want to have some recreational activities - for a $10 rental fee,” said assistant recreation supervisor Alison Alberghini-Durler. Picnic packs are athletic equipment such as volleyball nets, badminton sets and more.
A popular free summer event for families to enjoy is called "Children on the Green," a children's speaker series. The event takes place on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. on the Town Green (820 Enfield St.) or the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center (19 N. Main St.), if there is inclement weather.
“It's a great opportunity for people to come and bring a picnic if they want, eat dinner outside and watch the entertainment,” said Alberghini-Durler. This year the series starts on July 17, with Les Julian, an award-winning children's performer who plays a variety of instruments and engages the audience. The July 24 show features T-Bone to get the kids singing and dancing. The last event is the Airborne Jugglers on July 31. The juggling act is synchronized to music and also encourages audience participation.
The summer carnival on Aug. 8 is a free family event offering amusements, a bounce house, and face-painting from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Fermi High School tennis courts. The rain location is the high school's gym.
Most programs are exclusive to Enfield residents, but there are some programs that welcome people from out of town. To find out more about Zumba and yoga classes, summer camps, and certification programs at the Recreation Department, visit the town's website at http://enfield-ct.gov/.
“We suggest registering as early as possible, to help make sure we have enough people to run the program, and if it is really popular you can make sure you can get your child or yourself into the program,” said Alberghini-Durler.