This summer, keep your kids active and entertained while away from school on summer break. The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and Phoenix Public Library offer a variety of programs citywide for youths and adults.

Parks and Recreation Summer Programs
Whether you’d like to learn to dance ballet or hip hop, participate in a new sport like fencing or gymnastics, try a cooking class, or join a summer basketball or tennis league—there’s something for everyone.

Registration is open for 2019 summer programs and swimming lessons. Sign up today by visiting

If you’re looking to swim, exercise or just keep cool this summer, the City of Phoenix has 29 pools open to the public during the summer months. The pools are open six days a week from June 1 to July 28 (closed Fridays).
From August through Labor Day (Sept. 2), 11 pools (Cortez, El Prado, Encanto, Falcon, Hermoso, Maryvale, Paradise Valley, Pecos, Perry, Sunnyslope and Washington) will be open only on weekends.

Splashpads are another option for the kids to cool down now through October 1. Phoenix splashpads are located in Altadena, Civic Space, Dust Devil, Edison, Francisco Highland, Mountain Vista, Nuestro, Pecos and Trailside Point parks.

The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department partners with various organizations to provide safe and healthy alternatives to youth age 17 and younger. The Kool Kids program provides FREE open swim admission to youth at select city of Phoenix pools.

Keep your kids learning this summer while having fun. The codePHX initiative provides FREE interactive classes in coding, robotics and 3D modeling for youth ages 4 to 17. Classes are offered at locations citywide to introduce tomorrow’s leaders to the fundamentals of computer coding. Through activities, apps and games, children will learn the fundamentals of coding while also building their confidence to problem solve and think creatively.

For more information, visit

Debra Stark
City of Phoenix
Council District 3