By Chris McGuinness
Killeen Daily Herald
Children and families in Central Texas won’t have much trouble finding something do for spring break this year.
Local municipalities, schools and community organizations are preparing to offer day camps, activity centers, swimming and even archaeological digs next week.
“It’s important that kids have a place to go,” said Calvin Darthard, the deputy chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas. “It’s good to keep them active and having fun while they are out of school.”
Darthard said the club, which has eight locations in Killeen, Copperas Cove, Lampasas, Gatesville and Georgetown, offers a variety of activities to members, including crafts, games, computer labs and sports.
This spring break, Darthard said, the club will offer swimming at its Woody Hall unit, as well as the chance for members to participate in the Image Makers National Photography Program.
Membership is the club is $20 per year, said Darthard.
In Killeen, the city’s parks and recreation department will run a Spring Break Day Camp with various activities for children. In addition, the Junior Service League’s Spray Pad, which offers water activities for children, is set to open today in Long Branch Park and continue operations through October.
On Wednesday, the city, along with the Friends of Killeen Public Library System and Killeen Public Library, will host Truck Day. The event, at the Special Events Center at 3601 S. W.S. Young Drive, will give children the chance to see a number of city vehicles up close.
The Harker Heights Parks and Recreation Department will offer its Camp Heights 2012 Spring Break Day Camp this year, which will include visits to local parks, indoor and outdoor games, movies, board games and other activities. The department also hosts a spring break baseball camp.
Children also can participate in Copperas Cove’s spring break camp, which includes similar trips, games and activities.
The Armed Services YMCA in Copperas Cove is offering trips to movies and midnight bowling for junior high and high school students.
The Armed Services YMCA of Harker Heights is offering a similar program.
In Belton, the Bell County Museum will host a number of spring break events for children and families.
On Wednesday and Friday, students will have the opportunity to learn about Native Americans and archaeology when the museum opens its archaeology pits.
On Tuesday and Thursday, children ages 9 to 14 can participate in a genealogy workshop to learn how to trace their family trees.
Contacts for spring break fun
• City of Killeen: (254) 501-8889, www.ci.killeen.tx.us.
• City of Harker Heights: (254) 953-5600, www.ci.harker-heights.tx.us.
• City of Copperas Cove: (254) 542-2719, www.ci.copperas-cove.tx.us.
• Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas: (254) 634-0308, www.bgctx.org.
• Armed Services YMCA: (254) 542-2851, www.asymca.net.
• Bell County Museum: (254) 933-5243, www.bellcountytx.com/Museum/.