Published : Saturday, March 10, 2018 | 1:30 AM
Summer is already just around the corner and the City of Pasadena is gearing up to give parents and kids a sneak peek into the loaded schedule of programs that will be offered when school is out for summer.
The City-sponsored Jump Into Summer Fair and Open House event now rescheduled for Saturday, March 10 at Central Park will give families the opportunity to hear about the daily variety of programs available for kids to do and to talk the multiple City departments such as police and fire, the library, and others who make the fun possible.
In addition to the Summer Fair, the El Centro De Acción Social building at Central Park will reopen.
“What we hope to do is to present the various programs that each department will be offering during the summer months. Our summer programming is always popular and we usually have waiting lists for individuals. It’s a great opportunity for kids to meet new people, engage in fun and educational activities, and even make life-long friends,” said Director for Human Services and Recreation Department Horace Wormely.
From summer camp and aquatics to wellness programs, arts and crafts, creative writing exercises and summer reading programs, the event showcases the fun, free and low-cost options for youngsters at City of Pasadena summer events from June through August this summer.
The loaded summer programming is a collaborative effort between several departments including the Pasadena Police and Fire Departments, Public Health, Water and Power, and the Pasadena Public Library.
According to Catherine Haskett Hany of the Pasadena Public Library, Pasadena offers many programs and services for residents that they may be unaware of.
“Pasadena has so many libraries, parks and recreation centers offering summer programs and activities that there is literally something for each of our residents to do every day,” said Hany.
Diverse summer programs are important for both the well-being and development for children, according to Hany, who says that classes such as martial arts, dance, recreational swim, and more are valuable during months when children are not in school.
“The summer also provides children with an opportunity to acquire new skills,” said Hany.
The City also offers a variety of day camps and educational classes that are designed to keep kids active not only physically, but mentally.
“During the school year, children’s reading habits and comprehension progress. If they don’t practice that skill over the summer break, some can lose those important gains. Summer enrichment programs like Pasadena Public Library’s Summer Reading program are a great way to ensure that students return to school next fall with the skills they acquired the previous year intact,” said Hany.
In addition to the Summer Fair, the El Centro De Acción Social building at Central Park will reopen and guests will have a chance to tour it at an open house on the same day.
The building underwent an extensive rehabilitation project and will be renamed the Central Park Center. It will serve as a site for year-round after-school programs.
“We hope to take advantage of the opportunity and have an open house for the programs that we will be operating from that facility,” said Wormely.
The Jump into Summer Fair and Central Park Open House kicks off Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Central Park located at 219 S Fair Oaks Ave.
For more information and to browse a digital brochure of summer programming options, go to