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Seidel: Fun and games not over – even though school is starting

Back to school!

With Geneva public schools starting the 2013-14 school year today, many parents are singing a sigh of relief. A return to the classroom routine means no more long, hot days filled with complaints about boredom, tantrums or sibling spats.

Here at the park district, we made a splash a Sunset Pool, enjoyed lots of live music and movies in the park, putt-putted at Stone Creek Mini Golf, rocked out at Battle of the Bands and even adopted some butterflies. Our summer camps had a blast at local parks with kickball, kites and more. They even ventured out of Geneva for field trips to  Wild West Town, Cougars stadium, Sky High Sport and Cantigny.

But just because the school year’s starting, doesn’t mean the fun and games are over. In fact, taking on a few recreational activities outside of school can improve your child’s performance in the classroom. 

Research shows that participation in recreational programs can increase self-esteem and commitment to education. A 2005 study by California State Parks cites nearly 80 percent of teens engaging in after-school activities as “A” or “B” students, while only half of teens not participating in after-school activities earn these high marks.

Annually, the Geneva Park District’s recreational opportunities enroll over 1,700 toddlers, youth and teens. Check out some of the exciting opportunities available at the park district this fall.

• Baton – Try out our new Beginning Baton Twirling classes with a free demo from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Stephen  D. Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Children ages 3 to 12 will learn baton twirling fundamentals and building blocks for harder, more complex routines performed in competition. 

• Sunset Dance Academy – Dance classes for ages 2.5 and older begin the week of Sept. 9. Classes include, Tiny Toes, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Pointe, Mommy & Me, Irish Step and Musical Theater. Selected classes will learn choreography and perform in the annual Nutcracker performance.

• Affordable Babysitting – Kidz Korral at the Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center provides a spot for kids to stay active, meet new friends and have fun while you enjoy a little time for yourself with a variety of affordable payment options available for both residents and non-residents. 

• Skateboard Contest – Showcase your skills Sept, 7, starting at noon at  Geneva’s Skate Park, 1800 S. State St. This all-ages competition features prizes for winning beginner, advanced and best trick categories. Pre-registration is $10 per skater. Day-of/on-site registration is $15 per skater from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

The Geneva Park District offers these programs and more for toddlers, youth, teens, adults, seniors and more. Registration is now open for all fall 2013 programs, including the Harvest Hustle 5K, basketball, cheerleading, gymnastics, adult fitness, senior trips, martial arts and so much more. For more information, call 630-232-4542 or visit

• Natalie Seidel is the marketing coordinator for the Geneva Park District and can be reached at 630-232-4542. Email her at

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