Category Archives: Silvana Clark

Celebrate National Kid’s Craft Day March 14

Your parks and recreation department celebrates the Fourth of July and Valentine’s Day, so why not celebrate National Kid’s Craft Day? This is a great chance for kids and adults to enjoy gluing, painting, coloring, building, decoupaging and sculpting. Plan a citywide event that encourages creativity and some great finished projects. Here are a few simple craft ideas to incorporate as part of National Kid’s Craft Day. 1. Who says crafts have to be pink and cute? Provide an assortment … Continue reading

Posted in Craft Projects, February 2008, Parks and Rec Business, Silvana Clark, Sports + Fitness + Recreation | Leave a comment

Spread The Word

As in most parks and recreation departments, you probably offer a crowd-pleasing array of programs, such as road runs, craft classes, senior excursions and soccer clinics. How about adding an additional element to a class or activity? Pick a project and encourage participants to get involved in volunteering. Many people have a vague feeling of, “I know I should volunteer but don’t know where to start.” Your department can be a way to involve children and adults in finding opportunities … Continue reading

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Equal Opportunity Participation

Listen in on an adult conversation, and it won’t be long until you hear someone say, “I wish I had more time with my family. We’re all going our separate ways, and it seems like we never do anything together.” School and work keep families apart, and other activities, such as pre-school story time, middle school soccer and high school sports are designed for specific age groups. Churches even split families into distinct age groups. Why not offer recreational activities … Continue reading

Posted in Icebreakers, Games, Skits, January 2008, Parks and Rec Business, Silvana Clark, Sports + Fitness + Recreation | Leave a comment

Spread The Word

As in most parks and recreation departments, you probably offer a crowd-pleasing array of programs, such as road runs, craft classes, senior excursions and soccer clinics. How about adding an additional element to a class or activity? Pick a project and encourage participants to get involved in volunteering. Many people have a vague feeling of, “I know I should volunteer but don’t know where to start.” Your department can be a way to involve children and adults in finding opportunities … Continue reading

Posted in December 2007, Icebreakers, Games, Skits, Parks + Playgrounds, Parks and Rec Business, Silvana Clark | Leave a comment

Signs Will Steer ‘Em Straight!

During the holidays, I scan the newspaper for announcements of activities for families. In addition to attending parks and recreation-sponsored craft fairs, holiday concerts and Lunch With Santa, I check out other community events. “King Mountain Church Offers Walk-Through Bethlehem Program,” one notice read. The article described an amazing free experience in which the public could stroll through a re-creation of Bethlehem, complete with real camels, sheep, hundreds of biblically dressed characters and even a live Baby Jesus. The article … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, December 2007, Departments, Icebreakers, Games, Skits, Issues, Parks and Rec Business, Silvana Clark, Voices of Parks & Rec, Writers | Leave a comment