ROCKS: all-day summer program for Gr. K-7



Recreation Opportunities for Creative Kids in the Summer

Don't let your kids miss out on these treasured memories of summer that will last a lifetime! Fridley Recreation offers an affordable, all day program to assure working families the opportunity to participate in what makes summer vacation the most magical time of the year. ROCKS is all about learning, exploring, adventure, creativity, friendships, and most of all FUN!  The program meets from 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday - Friday at the Fridley Community Center (6085 7th Street NE) June 13 - August 19, 2016.


Program Description

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday are structured with the following four components: arrival and gathering activities at 7:00 a.m., enrichment and recreation classes from 8:30 - 11:50 a.m., lunch and the Playground/Chill Program from 12:00 - 4:30p.m.  Participants will return to the Fridley Community Center to be picked up by parents at 5:30 p.m.  Wednesday is Field Trip and Special Event day.  Weekly cost for the program is $130. Daily Registration is $30 per day (Daily fee applies to Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri.  Wednesday trips/special events have separate fees.)  


Arrival & Gathering Activities

The morning and afternoon gathering activities are held in the ZONE, which is located in the lower level of the Fridley Community Center.  This facility is an up-beat atmosphere, equipped with pool tables, air hockey, foosball, music, board games, craft activities and more!  Unstructured activities will be held in this facility from 7:00 –8:15 a.m., 4:30-5:30 p.m. and during the morning free time.

Enrichment and Recreation Classes

We will be using several classrooms in the Fridley Community Center.  This facility is air conditioned and well equipped for the wide-variety of classes we offer between 8:30 a.m. and Noon each day.   Over 50 classes are offered each summer.  Classes include sports such as t-ball, soccer, archery, floor hockey, fencing and tennis; visual arts such as drawing, bead art, painting, clay sculpture and scrapbooking; enrichment classes such as babysitting, cooking and newspaper club; performing arts such as movie making, puppets and dance; and science classes including silly science, rocketry and our earth.  A brochure with detailed descriptions of classes will be available in March.  

Lunch & The Playground/Chill Program

We will head across the street to Commons Park with our bag lunch each day and a little free time on the playground.  Then children will spit up into two age groups (K-3 and 4-7).  Children in grades K-3 will participate in our theme based Playground Program, which is held at the Commons Park Shelter and has been designed to involve children in a variety of activities including crafts, games and weekly visits to open swim and the library.  Children in grades 4-7 will participate in the Chill Program, which is held at the ZONE and outside the FCC in the field areas.  This program is made up of a variety of activities including sports, crafts, games, fishing, foosball, air hockey, video games, weekly visits to open swim and more!  The afternoon program activities promote the development of friendships, self-esteem, good sportsmanship, coordination, motivation, creativity and imagination. 

Wednesday Trip and Special Events

On Wednesday participants will have a fun filled day out and about.  Each summer there are seven trips to fun destinations such as Bunker Beach, Sky Zone, MN Zoo, Valleyfair and Cascade Bay.  We also have two special events each summer: Wet & Wild Water Party and Nickel Jamboree.  Participants will spend time before and after the event at the Fridley Community Center. 


Most of our leaders are high school and college students who have a love for working with children.  We hire only the best leaders who are carefully screened for interest, work ethic, responsibility, creativity and experience.  Once hired they are thoroughly trained on safety, policies and procedures, positive discipline, group leadership, emergencies, creativity, preparedness and much more!