By Celeste Torres
Think back to when you were a child or even a teenager. What did you want to be when you “grew up”? A firefighter, a princess, figure skater or zookeeper?
What activities did you really enjoy doing? Sports, dance, art or writing?
Which, if any, of these are still your dreams or things you love to do?
From childhood through adulthood, we spend time searching for what we are good at, what we enjoy or what our passion is. We likely had some guidance from parents, teachers or others that helped us along the way.
How can you help your children find their passions and discover their talents? Here are a few youth special interest classes coming this fall that will definitely get your kids’ talents flowing.
For toddlers through 5-year-olds, try the city of Davis preschool classes with instructor Jeanne Lupien. Musical Munchkins, Creative Playtime, Play and Learn and Beyond the Crayon Box will get their morning started with creativity and fun.
It’s astonishing how fast these little ones develop imagination and cognitive skills taught in such a warm and inclusive environment. You’ll end up being the parent crying when your baby sings word for word her favorite song. Pass the tissue.
Maybe your child is a superstar basketball player and you don’t even know it. Pee Wee Basketball for first- and second-grade children will introduce them to the basics of the sport. This program is geared toward first-time players so there is no pressure to slam-dunk. Sportsmanship and fun are the main emphasis.
Encourage your kids to risk being silly, step out of their comfort zone and try something new! Jump into action with Davis Dynamites Jump Rope Team. Davis Dynamites is a fun and fast-paced way to get hearts pumping and feet dancing. Participants will learn new and fun tricks to show off, participate in group performances and, most importantly, learn what it means to be a team.
Each session will include a community event to show off what participants have learned. This program is for kids ages 6 to 12 years old.
More of a music lover? How about learning the beat of a taiko drum? If your child is between 8 and 12 years old, he or she may love taiko drumming and drumming on something other than your furniture. Taiko is an energetic class that introduces the fundamentals of playing taiko, including the basic skill, form, movement and rhythm patterns.
Additionally, participants will explore the rich history and traditions of this ancient Japanese art form. There is also an intermediate and level II available for drummers age 12 and older.
For teens, we suggest a brand-new class called Practical Academics. Aimed at teens ages 14-18, the program introduces critical thinking skills that can cross over to their personal, social and professional lives. Participants will discover individual strengths, connect talents to potential career fields, meet weekly with mentors and get in online discussion groups.
This is just a smidge of the many offerings the fall 2014 recreation schedule will have. It will be available online at www.cityofdavis.org and registration opens Aug. 19. For more information, call the registration office at 530-757-5626.
— Celeste Torres is a community services coordinator for the city of Davis. The Rec Report is published monthly.