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Wednesday, 29 July 2015 00:00

Outdoor activities for kids

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A tennis camp for teens coming to Waynesville 

Teens ages 13 to 18 will get to work on their game with tennis professional Rumi Kakareka, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Aug. 3-7. The camp will cover beginning through advanced levels, accommodating those who want to get ready to start high school tennis or just improve their skills. Curriculum will include fitness, stroke production and basic strategy. 

$50. 703.966.7138 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Kids camp to explore the mountains

A weeklong day camp will likely spark kids’ desire for adventure with an itinerary including river snorkeling, rafting, hiking and a camping trip at Ralph J. Andrews Park on Lake Glenville in Jackson County.

The Youth Adventure Camp, hosted by Jackson County Parks and Recreation, will be held Aug. 3 to 7 and serve children entering grades five through eight. 

$250 covers transportation, activities and meals. Space is limited. 828.293.3053 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 


Camp to engage youth in agriculture

A two-day camp focused on agricultural entrepreneurship will give Haywood County youth a chance to visit local farms and complete hands-on projects such as miniature farm terrariums and birdhouses. 

The camp, open to children ages 5 to 13, will be held Wednesday, Aug. 12, and Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Haywood County Extension Center. 

$25, including materials and lunch. Organized by Haywood Cooperative Extension 4-H and sponsored by the Haywood Farm Bureau. 828.456.3575.


A squirrely storytime

Kids will crowd around to hear the story of Sabrina the brave flying squirrel during a special storytime with author Lisa Horstman at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 

Sabrina, published by the Great Smoky Mountains Association, tells the story of a brave young flying squirrel who is trying to fit in with her new family of red squirrels. She eventually saves the day, and her new friends realize it is OK to be a little different. 

Free. 828.586.9499.


Free kids’ fishing derby returns to Cherokee

The Cherokee Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby will be held from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Cherokee Island Park.

The annual event drew 2,000 kids last year who lined the banks of the Oconaluftee River to try their hand at fishing. Volunteers will be on hand to help novices. Children ages 3 to 11 will receive a free fishing pole, bait, hooks, sinkers, shirt and hat — plus free breakfast and lunch. Younger kids will be able to fish smaller ponds rather than fight the river’s current. 

Prizes will be awarded to first through third place in each age group, with one grand prize awarded as well, values totaling $20,000. 

Participants must register in person the day before. Registration will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 31, at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds. Activities on registration day include inflatables, animal exhibits, casting demonstrations, a zip line, clowns, Indian dances and stickball games, with food and snowcones for purchase. or 828.554.6528.

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