Summer fun just around the corner

June is bustin' out all over. And before we know it, Redmond kids and teens will be bustin' out of school for the summer. That's cause to celebrate, but once the novelty wears off, students — especially those too young to hold jobs — may find themselves with a lot of idle time. Here's a rundown of some local end-of-schoolyear celebrations and summer activities to stave off the dreaded "b-word" ... boredom.

Kids can cool off this summer at Redmond's Idlywood Park

June is bustin’ out all over. And before we know it, Redmond kids and teens will be bustin’ out of school for the summer.

That’s cause to celebrate, but once the novelty wears off, students — especially those too young to hold jobs — may find themselves with a lot of idle time. Here’s a rundown of some local end-of-schoolyear celebrations and summer activities to stave off the dreaded “b-word” … boredom.

JUST FOR TEENS

The Old Fire House (OFH) Teen Center, 16510 NE 79th St., will host a Junior High Dance with music by DJ Kyle from 7-10 p.m. Friday, June 11. Students must be enrolled in junior high and show their school ID to enter. Admission is $6 or $5 with a canned food donation.

• The OFH’s 10th annual “End of School Bash” is from 3-9 p.m. Wednesday, June 16. The event will feature carnival booths, games, music, a barbecue dinner and ice cream. And from 3-5 p.m., the Hoops for Food 3-on-3 basketball competition will pit Redmond teens against Redmond Fire and Redmond Police Departments, “having a ball,” pun intended, and helping the local food bank. Admission is $6 or $5 with a canned food item.

• An OFH Talent Show, at 8 p.m. Friday, June 25, is open to all talented teens. To get a spot in the show, contact Casey Catherwood at mccatherwood@redmond.gov. To attend the show and cheer for your peers, tickets are $5.

• Activity Days at the OFH offer free drop-in programs, from 3-9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 4-10 p.m. Saturdays. Participants must be between the ages of 13-18 and enrolled full-time in junior high or high school. Supervised activities include arts and crafts projects, music jams, basketball, barbecues and more. For information, contact Rana Shmait, OFH program assistant at (425) 556-2371 or rshmait@redmond.gov.

• Summer camps at the OFH include Digital Mixing, Digital Photography, “For Those About To Rock” Music Camp, Basic and Intermediate Video Production and more. Students must pre-register and tuition fees apply. For details, visit http://www.redmond.gov/insidecityhall/parksrec/teens/pdfs/2010teensummercamp.pdf

• For general information about the OFH, call (425) 556-2370, e-mail OFH@redmond.gov or visit www.theoldfirehouse.org.

FOR YOUNGER KIDS

• Redmond Parks and Recreation has a huge range of summer camps and classes for preschoolers, elementary and middle school children — way too many to list here — with themes such as art, music, math, science, fitness and cooking. Copies of the Redmond Recreation Guide can be found at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th St. Call (425) 556-2300 for registration information or view the Rec Guide online at www.redmond.gov.

• Free, spontaneous fun can be found at Redmond’s beautiful parks. Children’s favorites include Grass Lawn Park, 7301 148th Ave. NE and Farrel-McWhirter Park at 19545 NE Redmond Rd.

Grass Lawn has terrific playground equipment, climbing walls and a water feature, a sprinkler where kids can cool off when the temperatures rise. Farrel-McWhirter has picnic areas adjacent to big, green fields where the kids can run wild, as well as an animal farm.

• Free, family-friendly performances such as music, comedy and kids’ theatre are part of the City of Redmond’s Arts in the Park program, at noon Tuesdays, July 13, July 20, July 27, Aug. 3, Aug. 10 and Aug. 17. They happen on the green space outside Redmond City Hall, 15670 NE 85th St. For details, visit www.redmond.gov/arts.

HIT THE BEACH

Yes, Redmond has a beach on Lake Sammamish. Lifeguards will be on-duty at Idlywood Park, 3650 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, June 16-Sept. 6.

READ FOR REWARDS

The King County Library System (KCLS), including the Redmond Regional Library at 15990 NE 85th St., runs free summer reading programs for children and teens beginning Monday, June 14. All details will “go live” online that day at www.kcls.org. Or call the Redmond Library at (425) 885-1861.

Each summer reading program is age-based and features reading goals and prizes.

MARKET MUNCHIES

The Redmond Saturday Market, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each Saturday thorough Oct. 30, is one of the liveliest farmers’ markets in the region, with free entertainment, as well as kid-pleasing snacks (for purchase) such as shaved ice and kettle corn. The market is at 7730 Leary Way. For a list of vendors and schedule of events, visit www.RedmondSaturdayMarket.org.

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