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Genesis Place Recreation Centre offers variety of party options

By: Dawn Smith

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 12:43 pm

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Genesis Place staff is gearing up for another busy season. The recreation facility, which serves Airdrie and north Rocky View residents, offers much more than swimming lessons and a workout room.

The aquatic area features a lazy river, leisure pool, six-lane competitive pool, dive tank, hot tub, tots pool and waterslide.

A large gymnasium, indoor running track, fitness area, dance studio, childcare area, indoor soccer field and a number of community and meeting rooms round out the facility’s offerings. The facility also offers a variety of rooms for rent and staff can set up birthday parties for youth ages three and up.

“All of our recreation programs are starting up on Jan. 18, and we have ongoing birthday parties,” said Bobbi Thomas, preschool, children’s and youth programmer.

Parties include princess and pirate parties, which feature half an hour of physical activity and half an hour of face painting and games, for children ages three to eight.

Dance parties provide an hour of instruction to participants and can be customized to suit the birthday child’s favourite musical genre.

Games parties include an hour in the gym with an instructor, who leads activities using scooters, balls, hula hoops and a parachute.

Sports camps, for ages seven and up, are for those who want to play floor hockey, soccer, basketball or lacrosse. Survivor birthday parties are for children ages eight and up and feature challenges and competitive games for participants. Wet and wild parties include swimming.

All Genesis Place parties include a one-hour rental of a community room for opening gifts and eating cake.

Thomas said the party spots, which cost between $150 and $180, fill up quickly.

“We definitely want people to book in advance,” she said, adding staff suggest four to six weeks notice. “We probably do between four and six parties each weekend.”

Thomas said Genesis Place has been offering the parties for some time and the response has been positive. She said they see many families return after celebrating a birthday or attending a party for a friend at the facility.

Thomas said party leaders are the same staff members who run the Genesis Place recreation programs in the summer and during school holidays.

“They are really experienced with kids,” she said. “It is really all about the kids being active and having fun. The kid that is having the birthday party, we really want them to feel special.”

Thomas said leaders do so by customizing choices to the birthday boy or girl, adding parents attendance during the activity-filled first hour is optional.

She added Genesis Place staff sets up for the party and cleans up afterwards.

Those who want to rent a room to host their own party can do that as well, said Thomas, adding the McDonald’s room is a popular choice for hosting parties for young children, as it includes access to the room’s play structure. Thomas encourages people to contact Genesis Place at 403-948-8804 extension 5519 or by email at party.enquiries@airdrie.ca for more information.

Thomas said the facility will offer recreation camps during the teacher’s convention school break from Feb. 15 to 22. She encourages those interested to contact Genesis Place staff as soon as possible, as day camps fill up quickly.

For more information or to book online, visit www.airdrie.ca


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