Summer activity registration underway

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, April 13, 2013

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Bridgeport’s Parks and Recreation Department is already preparing for the hot, sunny days of summer. Registration opened last week for various camps and activities – some of them centered around pool splashes, others refuged in air-conditioned facilities.

Among the options are two joint programs with community members – swimming lessons led by Mama Fishy (Jan Pierce of Paradise) and dance camps led by Miss Twister (Kylie Gentry Stegman of Cottondale).

The Dallas Stars Ice Girl, wife and mother brings with her a wealth of experience that includes cheerleading, college drill team and a stint with the dance team of a minor league hockey team.

“These instructor-based camps and classes are great,” said Chris Heasley, recreation superintendent. “They attract so many more people. People out there have skills that I don’t know how to teach. We’re always looking for more people in the community willing to share their talents and skills and make a class out of it.”

Art classes are in the works, but the city is looking for other avenues. Contact Heasley at 940-683-3480.

Registration is at City Hall, 900 Thompson St.

The multiple-class/additional-child discounts outlined below are valid only when purchased together.

Here is a breakdown of the various summer activities offered by Bridgeport Parks and Rec:


Three dance camp options will be offered this summer.

Princess Camp for 4- to 6-year-olds is 9 to 11:30 a.m. Each day of the three-day event will be themed after a different fairytale and will include dancing, arts and crafts, snacks, story time and a few surprises.

Because the camp is not a registered childcare facility, 4-year-olds must have a parent or guardian present at all times.

“Once the child hits 5, they fall into the same category as our after-school program and it’s not necessary to have the parent around,” Heasley said.

Rock Star Dance Camp for 7- to 10-year-olds is 1 to 4 p.m. and includes jazz and hip-hop dance, singing and karaoke, games and an end-of-camp concert.

The two camps will be offered in three sessions – June 11, 12 and 13; July 9, 10 and 11; and Aug. 12, 13 and 14.

“The sessions are not really different from each other,” Heasley said. “But people can, and will, do all three.”

Cost is $50 for the first session, and $45 for each additional session or child.

A Pre-Teen Dance Intensive for ages 8 to 13 is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 15 to 18.

“This will definitely be focused on all-day dancing,” Heasley said.

Campers will learn jazz, hip-hop and current dance crazes. There will also be games and an end-of-camp performance at the Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon.

Cost is $60 for the first session, and $55 for each additional session or child.


Enrollment for Mama Fishy Swim School is at City Hall through June 8. After that date, registration will be at the city pool, where classes will take place.

“It’s the same thing it’s ever been,” Heasley said.

There will be four, two-week sessions offered, Tuesday through Friday mornings – June 18 to June 28; July 9 to July 19; July 23 to Aug. 2; and Aug. 6 to Aug. 16.

Each session will consist of a 40-minute class Tuesdays through Friday mornings in the following skill levels at the noted time:

  • Guppies (intro to water); 11 to 11:40 a.m. – for ages 3 to 5; a parent or legal guardian must be in the water with each child.
  • Tadpole (Level I); 10:15 to 10:55 a.m. – for ages 3 to 5, may be fearful of water; lots of games, songs and water exploration; parents may be asked to assist their child.
  • Minnows (Level II); 9:30 to 10:10 a.m. – for ages 3 to 5, fearless, usually has had one previous session; should learn to save self.
  • Blowfish (Level III); 8:45 to 9:25 a.m. – for ages 4 to 6; can save self but little or no stroke technique; introduce side breathing.
  • Dolphins (Level IV); 8 to 8:40 a.m. – for ages 7 and up; needs detailed instructions; will learn to apply correct breathing; learn all five strokes and develop lap swim; candidate for swim team.

Students may be moved from one level to another to better meet their needs. Repetition is the key to learning. Safety skills will be introduced and reaffirmed in each class.

Cost is $60 for the first registration, and $55 for each aditional child or session. Space is limited, and all classes are subject to change.

Class fees are non-refundable. Classes cancelled due to weather will be rescheduled whenever possible. After the class has started, no refund, rescheduling of sessions or pro-rated fees will be allowed.


Weekly scheduled summer camps for students in kindergarten through fifth grade (ages 5 to 12) are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 10th through Aug. 16 (except July 4), at Bridgeport Elementary School.

Field trip destinations include the American Airlines Center, Cosmic Jump, Sea Life Aquarium and Fort Worth Zoo.

The weekly fee is $75 per child, and participants receive one free Bridgeport Summer Camp T-shirt.

Discounts available for those in financial need or who have multiple children in a family.


Registration for the park and rec’s swim team is open to those who can complete 25 yards of front crawl and 25 yards of back crawl. Cost is $80 for first registration and $75 for each additional child or session.

Team members will practice at the city pool 6:30 to 8 Tuesday nights from May 7 to June 4, before “normal” Tuesday through Friday morning practices begin June 11. Practices are 45 minutes long between 8 and 9:30 a.m., as assigned by the coach.

The team will compete in four circuit meets before facing Metroplex swim teams at regionals. The schedule is as follows:

  • Saturday, June 14, at Lewisville
  • Saturday, June 22, at Granbury
  • Saturday, June 29, Keller
  • Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14, Keller (regionals)

Transportation is not provided.


In this introduction to lifeguarding, students 10 to 14 years old will learn basic skills such as stroke refinement, stamina building, CPR, First Aid, spinal injury management and basic water rescues. Select members will compete with other junior guard teams.

The group meets 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, June 11 to 29, at the city pool.

Cost is $80 for the first registration, and $75 for each additional child or session.

This is not a lifeguard certification course.


With the opening of summer activity registration came pool party bookings.

“They are already selling like hotcakes,” Heasley said. “They are going fast. It is not uncommon at all.”

Rates are as follows:

  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays: 1 to 50 people – $100; 51 to 100 – $150; 101 to 200 – $250.
  • 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 1 to 50 – $200; 51 to 100 – $300; 101 to 200 – $500.

Rates include use of the pool and lifeguards.


The deadline to register for the city’s co-ed softball league is Friday, May 31.

The recreation league games are Monday nights, beginning June 10, and players must be at least 16 years old.

Cost is $375 per team, which for the recommended 10-person team translates to $37.50 per person, or $5.36 per person each of the guaranteed seven games. Corporate sponsorships are welcome.

First and second place receive shirts.

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