Summer Recess, a staple of the Hobbs community, has been enjoyed by generations of Hobbs children.

“The City of Hobbs is ready to provide family memories and improve the quality of life for families in Hobbs,” according to Brittney Huffman, coordinator of the Summer Recess and recreation program. The primary goal is taking care of the city’s smallest residents, the elementary age school children. “We have all sorts of programs for kids over the summer, but our Summer Recess and sports programs are our most well known. Summer Recess began at several different remote sites, and over the last ten years, we’ve streamlined it so that the program was more accessible for parents,” Huffman explained. Summer Recess activities are conducted at Houston Middle School and the sports program is held at Tasker Arena.

To enroll in the Summer Recess and sports programs, parents can swing by the Parks and Recreation office at City Hall to fill out a general information form. “The program is free for all our kids in kindergarten through fifth grade,” she noted. “Older kids are encouraged to go to the Teen Center.”

All summer programs through the city began June 5 and run from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. until noon on Fridays. In addition to the unbeatable price, breakfast and lunch are also served to each of the children enrolled in the program. To get breakfast, each child must be checked in by 7:30 a.m. and by 10:30 a.m. for lunch; drop off and pick up times are more flexible, however.

This year’s weekly themes for the Summer Recess program are Summer Safety, American Pastimes, Totally 80s, Fun Future, Fifties Flashback, Cave Quest and the Final Frontier. Weekly trips to Del Norte Pool are also available with transportation provided from Houston to Del Norte for a $1.00 fee.

The sports programs at Tasker Arena are slightly different from Summer Recess, because they “focus on one particular sport, and each has its own time slot,” said Huffman. “There can also be a small cost for those programs. For instance, we offer swimming lessons from young children to adults with varying skill levels. You can either register and pay online or come into City Hall and register and pay there.” Football, volleyball, soccer and tennis are all available through the summer sports program.

“We had a big summer kick off for all of our programs. On May 26, we began the movies under the stars program at Del Norte Park, and on May 27, the Splash Pads and pools officially opened.”

A large July 4th celebration was held at Harry McAdams Park. “We actually celebrate on the 4th of July. We have a diaper derby (baby racing), a family movie and fireworks as well as vending. It’s a good time for the entire family.” Huffman encouraged readers to “feel free to come by the Parks and Recreation office with any questions. We also have a brochure outlining all of our programs.”

Children, teens, adults and seniors can all find the perfect summer activity through the City of Hobbs Parks and Recreation Department.