The Harker Heights Parks and Recreation Department is offering new and updated year-round recreational programs for anyone interested in getting fit or learning something new.
The new classes offer enrichment experiences specifically tailored for the Harker Heights community, said Nichole Broemer, recreation and events coordinator for the Parks and Recreation Department.
“We want to provide and promote participation through Parks and Recreation and leisure opportunities because it helps the community get involved and provides a better quality of life for them and for the city in general,” Broemer said. “And there’s something for everyone.”
The city’s newest program, Bricks 4 Kidz, kicked off Tuesday for kids ages 5 to 13.
The program includes two sessions, Gizmos and Gadgets and Stop Motion Movie Animation, followed by a Fun Day event in December.
“It’s all about learning,” Broemer said. “Kids learn the scientific parts of building and structure by using Legos. Then they’ll make their own movie and will have a showing of the movie with their parents.”
Starting this month, line dancing classes are offered weekly for $15 a month.
Some ongoing programs like Zumba, Tae Kwon Do, and the cooking classes are undergoing makeovers and will take on a new fun theme each week, Broemer said.
Additional classes will be added to popular fitness programs such as Tai Chi, yoga and fencing.
Boot camp, Zumba Kids and Zumba Kids Jr. will be added to the roster in February.
These programs, Broemer said, have an advantage over other local programs because there are no contracts involved.
“Our classes are month to month and some even have a punch-card option, which gives you the flexibility to go when you can make it,” she said.
Program fees vary depending on the length and demand of each course.
“Each of the instructors and I sit down and look at the fees associated with the class, including the supplies that are needed and payment of staff,” Broemer said.
Several classes offer resident and non-resident rates as well as discounts for Killeen Independent School District employees and the military.
The Parks and Recreation Department also launched a new online registration site, Active Net, to give participants a faster and easier way to view and register for activities.
Go to activenet.active.com/harkerheightspr.com for more information.