Are Your Teens Looking for Something to Do? – by Eliut Morales

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Do you ever wonder what your teens do when they get home from school? Whether they play sports or hang out with friends after school, you always hope they’re making the best decisions. With busy work schedules, it can be difficult to make sure your teens are being active and responsible when they’re not in school. Here at the Community Center, we have a wide variety of programs throughout the week that are sure to grab your teen’s attention!

Sports Conditioning: For athletes, this is a perfect way to get some practice or learn a new sport. Sports Conditioning is a training course that helps students get ready for school sports by running scrimmages and cardio exercises. Whether they’re in-season or training for varsity, our staff will help them make sure they’re ready for tryouts.

If your teens are simply looking to play with their friends after school, our gymnasium is available for drop-in basketball and soccer games Monday and Friday afternoons!

Movie Mondays and Video Game Tournaments: If your teens’ interests lie in the realm of movies and electronics, the Teen Center is the place to be! Every Monday afternoon, we turn the Teen Center into a mini movie theater. Teens are welcome to bring a friend, snacks, and enjoy a movie! We watch some of our favorite Disney classics as well as the newest hits.

Video game enthusiasts are welcome to join us every Friday afternoon for weekly tournaments featuring some of their favorite games! All video game titles are age appropriate and our staff supervise the tournaments. Prizes are awarded to the winners!

Life Skills: Aside from the games and recreation opportunities offered at the Community Center, we understand the importance of shaping our future leaders. We’ve created a number of courses that give teens the opportunity to get involved in their community. Our Volunteer Club gives teens the opportunity to make community service hours needed for school while having fun with friends. Additionally, our Career Launch course helps teens looking for summer jobs be prepared by creating resumes, cover letters, and learning to be ready for interviews.

These and many more recreation opportunities are included in the All Access Passport and Teen Passport memberships! To find out how to enroll your teens into any program, contact Tony Thomas via email at t.thomas@manassasparkva,gov.

Eliut Morales is the Writer/Content Specialist for the City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation. He can be reached at 703-335-8872 or via email at e.morales@manassasparkva.gov.

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