So much energy! So many days off school! If you'd like to keep your kid active this summer but haven't quite gotten around to registering for a summer sports league, don't despair.
There are still a range (a really wide range, so diverse it veers into strange territory) of leagues taking registrations in Atlanta for summer 2019. Give it a whirl!
Practices 4:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 33 sessions May through June
$242 plus swim team or summer membership, open to the community
Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, MJCCA-Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678-812-3862, atlantajcc.force.com
While practice has already started and online registration is closed, swimmers can still join by calling the center. The Bronze Group is best for beginners, dedicated to helping children learn all four strokes. They swim just minimal yardage and are allowed to participate in time trials, but not required.
8 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Tuesdays, $15 per class or $40 per month
Atlanta Kick, 764 Miami Circle NE Ste 206. 404-352-1140, atlantakick.com
Here's one for the older kid needing a lift in the summer. You have to be 16 to sign on for this movement-zen-really cool skill combination. Each session starts with a little meditation, followed by a live demonstration and then the students get into the formal movements involved. The best way to start is to call for the free evalutation session. Atlanta Kick also lets students start age-appropriate karate at any time, so if you've put off making plans for the summer, this could get your kid out of the house. And when the prospect of school is looming again, they have a Karate/Anti-Bullying Camp July 29th-August 2 for ages 3 and up ($300 for the weeklong session.)
Saturday mornings beginning May 18 and running through July 13
$125 or $170 depending on membership status
1055 East Piedmont Road, Marietta. 770-977-5991, www.ymcaatlanta.org/program-locations/basketball/mccleskey-cobb.php
You don't want to push past the deadline for much longer, but you can still register with the Y to get your kid on the courts this summer. Along with maybe inspiring a love for a "play anywhere, stay active" sport, the leagues assure that each kid participates in every game. And if your child bonds with teammates or loves the Y vibe, there are more leagues all year long.
5:30 p.m. Tuesdays May 28 and June 4, 11 and 18
Free, various locations
If you can't commit to a jam-packed schedule but your kid likes to run (or might like to run), here you go. The Atlanta Track Club welcomes all comers to these celebrations of track and field no prior experience required or expected. It's a great chance to learn about ATC, shake off video-game lethargy, or anticipate track or cross country for next fall.There are still four dates left in this year's calendar, so register ahead of time and head over. The group says anyone from toddlers to Olympians might be running in the springtime Atlanta air, so it's fun to watch, too. The next one is May 28 at Emory University (26 Eagle Row, Atlanta).
Thursday evenings; different times for different ages within the 3-9 bracket
$155 per child for the program including an opening day jamboree; family discounts apply
South Forsyth Middle School, 4670 Windermere Parkway, Cumming. 678-731-9009, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.i9sports.com
Summer nights are sweet when the kids get to play soccer! This league's registration deadline has passed but it still will honor the spots it has open in many age divisions. It's low-key and parent-friendly, from the no tryouts, no drafts policy to the practices, which are held right before the games. Teams are made up of 8-10 players and everyone plays equal amounts.
Saturday mornings, various times, 1 day week ranges $72-$108 month; 2 days $144-$216 month; 3 Days $216-$324/Month
Located at DeKalb Tennis Center, 1400 McConnell Drive, Decatur. 404-636-5628, www.agapetennisacademy.com, email@example.com
Geared towards kids who want to learn and improve without a lot of pressure, the classes teach technique and other basics. Kids as young as four can still sign up.
Grades 6-9, Mondays, seven sessions starting Aug. 12, $110
Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, MJCCA-Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678-812-4000
Just in case you want to be the early bird on kid activities once this summer, consider MJCCA's Ultimate Frisbee sessions for middle schoolers. It doesn't start until August 12, so plenty of time to register! The classes are bound to be a hit, especially with kids who aren't wild about traditional baseball and football but still like to move. The fundamentals and agility training are covered; no previous experience required.
Bowlero Lilburn, 3835 Lawrenceville Hwy. Lawrenceville. 770-925-2000, www.bowlero.com
10 a.m. Saturdays starting June 8; Adult/child league 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting May 29
$88 ($11 per week, $3 extra per week for a new Brunswick T-Zone bowling ball)
Bowling is one of the few bits of nostalgia that lives up to its childhood reputation, so don't hesitate to get your child involved. This league will allow you to register ahead of time or just show up early on the first day of play. Each session is three games and there's a pizza party the last week. Best of all, the summer bowling league includes a Bolero Summer Games pass that lets your kid bowl three free games (with shoe rental included) each day through Sept. 2. If you want, the pass is also a possibility on its own, and adults can buy one too for $59.
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