Recreation programs on during holidays

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department will be hosting a number of camps, workshops and activities during this year's holiday break.

On Dec. 29, at the Gibson Aiken Center, there will be a basketball clinic for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. The cost for this one-day clinic is $5 for Brattleboro Recreation & Parks players and $10 for all others. The clinic is coed and for all ages and abilities. Children in kindergarten through second grade will meet from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Children in grades three through six will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. Paul Freed and the Brattleboro Union High School varsity girls basketball players will instruct the clinic.

From Dec. 26 to 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the department will offer a mini camp for children between the age of 5 and 11. The cost is $50 for Brattleboro residents and $65 for non-residents; the per day fee is $15/$18. A morning snack will be provided, but parents and caregivers are responsible for lunch and a drink. Activities include arts and crafts, new games, sports and more.

Stick time is now available at the Nelson Withington Skating Facility. It's open to all ages and abilities and non-Brattleboro Hockey Association participants are welcome. Helmets and gloves are required. Stick time will be supervised and equipment is available. Stick time is offered Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., and for adults only from 9 to 10 p.m., and Saturdays from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. The cost is $3 for student residents and $4 for non-residents. For adults, $4/$5. There will also be additional stick time over the holiday break, on Thursday, Dec. 28, from 11 a.m. to noon.

The Recreation and Parks Department and Brattleboro Bowl on Putney Road will co-sponsor a bowling day on Wednesday, Dec. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. An adult must accompany children under 10. The cost per person is $7 and includes two games, shoes, plus a hot dog and a drink.

There will be a movie matinee on Thursday, Dec. 28, at the Gibson Aiken Center, featuring "The Emoji Movie" in the Conference Room with free popcorn and juice. The movie starts at 2 p.m. Children of all ages are welcome.

The Nelson Withington Skating Facility is open for the season. Public skating is available on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.; Tuesdays and Wednesdays for adults only from 10:30 a.m. to noon; Fridays, open to the public from 7 to 9 p.m., adults only until midnight; Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.; and Sundays from 1:45 to 4:45 p.m., 7 to 9 p.m., and adults only from 9:15 to 10:15 p.m. Additional public skating hours will be available Dec. 22 and Dec. 26 through 29 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The rink will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

There will be additional open gym and game room time on Dec. 22 and Dec. 26 through 29 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. There will be no open gym and game room on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

For more information or to register for any programs, call 802-254-5808.


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