Early Afternoon Explorers

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***Sugar Sand Park Community Center is open Monday-Friday from 9am-8pm, and Saturday & Sunday from 9am-4pm for walk-in permit sales and customer service questions.

2020-2021 Beach, Boat, & Dog Permits are available NOW for purchase at City Community Centers. City beach, boat, and dog park/beach permit-holders are still encouraged to renew permits online. Facial coverings are required in all City facilities.

The Science Playground, Splash Pad, walking paths & outdoor basketball courts at Sugar Sand Park are open for public use. Athletic fields are open for individualized or family use only.

Please remember to practice #ResponsibleRecreation, and continue to utilize hand sanitizer, wear face masks, and keep physically distant while visiting our parks and facilities.

Please be advised that the Children's Science Explorium, Willow Theatre, Carousel, and Field House are currently closed.

Pavilions are not being rented at this time. They are available on a first-come first-serve basis, for ten people or less. Decorations are not permitted.***

Early Afternoon Explorers is BACK!

To accommodate for Covid-19 restrictions, we will be using the virtual platform GoTo Meetings to provide you with with hands-on activities and immersive learning experiences, all from the comfort of your own home! Please make sure to use a desktop computer or laptop.

These monthly, hour-long classes for home-schoolers offer explorers a chance to participate in fun and educational science programs, focusing on a different topic each month.

Classes are one hour long, and divided into age groups. The first expedition takes fledgling explorers (ages 6 to 9) on an engaging and interactive adventure of the basic scientific principles. More in-depth exploration is at hand for the more experienced trail-blazers (ages 10 to 12), in the second hour of the program.

Cost: Resident $10; Non-resident $12.50

Registration Information:

Click here to learn about online registration.

After registering, a meeting link will be emailed to you. Make sure a current email address is on file with your Webtrac account.

Due to the nature of this program, we will not be able to accommodate same-day registrations. Please register at least one day in advance.

Pick up for program supplies will begin one week prior to the date of the program, and will end the day before the program.

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Become a recycling wiz as you build a recycled windchime, and follow a plastic bottle on its journey of being made, used, and reused!

Date, Times & Ages:

Mon, Apr 12 1:00pm Ages 6-9 (Activity No. 213807 A7)

Mon, Apr 12 2:00pm Ages 10-12 (Activity No. 213807 A8)

Standards Met

SC.4.E.6.3- Recognize that humans need resources found on Earth, and that these are either renewable or nonrenewable


Discover the challenges that face endangered species today, and design your own shrinking animal keychain!

Date, Times & Ages:

Mon, May 10 1:00pm Ages 6-9 (Activity No. 213807 A9)

Mon, May 10 2:00pm Ages 10-12 (Activity No. 213807 10)

Standards Met

SC.4.L.17.4- Recognize ways plants and animals, including humans, can impact the environment