My Recap of Summer Camps, 2017 – by Jacquelyn Tyre-Perry

Messy art camp is messy!

Manassas Park Parks and Recreations School Age Recreation Specialist Jacquelyn-Tyre PerryI am pretty convinced that every year the summer flies by faster and faster. Here we are less than a week before school starts and I am still trying to figure out where the whole month of July went! I know I am not alone either!

You know what they say, “time flies when you’re having fun!” Therefore, I will attribute the speediness of time to exactly that saying. Let us do a quick recap of a few of the awesome camps we had here at the Community Center during this summer.

The summer camp kids had a blast in our Clay Creations Camp. The campers experimented with different types of clay and made themed clay projects. I am impressed how well these clay projects came out. I am not bragging when I say they all turned out great! Of course, it did not hurt that the kids were as creative as they wanted to be with their designs. Check out some of their creations below.

Another favorite summer camp was Messy Art Camp. I don’t know of one person who would not want to come to camp and get messy throwing around paint, playing in shaving cream, and making truly  awesome craft projects in the process?! Granted the hallway outside the Messy Art Camp room smelled as if there were at least 1,000 freshly shaved men walking up and down the hallway for hours, but the kids had a blast! After all, isn’t that always the best outcome we could possibly want?

If you missed the fantastic show performed during our On Broadway Camp week, you missed a real treat. The kids practiced all week as they made their own props, memorized their lines, and even designed their own choreography. The younger kids acted out scenes from Moana while the older kids performed their rendition of High School Musical 2. Even adults who had not yet seen the movies wanted to see the movies after seeing their amazing performance!

Overall, we could not have asked for a better fun-filled summer. It is not only important that each kid have a great time here with us, but staff as well. I think we succeeded on all accounts. We are truly sad that summer ended so quickly, but excited our fall and winter programs to begin. Thank you to all those that allowed their kids to have an amazing and memorable summer with us here at the Manassas Park Community Center. We look forward to seeing you in summer camp next year!

Jacquelyn Tyre-Perry is the Recreation Specialist for School Age for the City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation. She can be reached at (703) 335-8872 or via email at

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