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No excuses for ‘I’m bored’

Molly Shore

Whether you like to swim the backstroke or swing from monkey bars,

read a good book or grind the rail, the city has a summer activity to

choose from regardless of age or ability.


George Boghozian is grateful for Burbank’s summer parks program,

which began this week at Lundigan, Miller and Pacific parks and the

McKinley Elementary School playground.

During the week, Boghozian drops off his 9-year-old daughter,


Sione, at Miller Park, where she participates in arts and crafts and

board games, plays on the playground equipment and enjoys a free

lunch, all while being supervised by park staff.

“It’s very good for the children that they are active and don’t

stay home and watch TV,” he said.

Carol Mercado oversees the free summer parks program, which is for

youths between 6 and 18. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.



“It’s a good place for kids who are not in day camp,” she said.

In addition to the parks program, the pools at McCambridge

Recreation Center and Verdugo Park are open for recreational

swimming, and the Burbank Skate Park at Valley Park has introduced

summer hours.

Juliet Nazari and her son, 8-year-old Armi Babakhanloo, splashed

in the pool at McCambridge on Wednesday afternoon, when the

temperature reached 92 degrees.


“Today was our first time this year, and it’s wonderful,” Nazari

said, adding that she and her son plan to swim at the pool twice a


Seniors looking for something to keep them busy can participate in

a host of activities at the Joslyn Adult Center that include playing

bridge and making jewelry and T-shirts. The center offers seniors and

friends and family members age 55 or older dance and exercise classes

and a variety of workshops in air-conditioned comfort.


* The city’s summer parks program 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at

Lundigan Park, 2701 Thornton Ave.; Miller Park, 720 E. Providencia

Ave; Pacific Park, 3715 W. Pacific Ave. and the McKinley Elementary

School playground, 349 W. Valencia Ave. Call 238-5440 for more


* The McCambridge and Verdugo Pools are open for recreational

swimming from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 to 5 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday. Admission for residents with I.D. is $1 for

those 12 and younger, $1.50 for those 13 to 18, $4 for adults and $2

for those 60 and older. McCambridge Recreation Center is at 1515 N.

Glenoaks Blvd. and Verdugo Park is at 3201 W. Verdugo Ave.

* The Joslyn Adult Center, 1301 W. Olive Ave., offers a variety of

activities for seniors. Call 238-5353 for more information.

* Burbank Skate Park at Valley Park, 1625 N. Valley St., is open

from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and

Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The park is closed

Monday. Fees for residents are $3 per day or $8 for a weekly pass.

Call 238-5390 for more information.

* Stough Canyon Nature Center and Wildwood Canyon Park offers

nature day camps that begin Monday and include hikes, nature

activities and crafts. Fees are $30 for the first three sessions and

$45 for remaining sessions. Call 238-5440 for more information.

* Creative Arts Center offers the Arts Experiences Program for

aspiring artists ages 6 to 13, beginning July 7. Classes are from 9

a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays. The fee is $57 per week. Call 238-5397 for

more information.

* Burbank Boys & Girls Club offers field trips for members between

the ages of 7 and 17 to the Burbank Nature Center, California Science

Center and the Japanese American History Museum. Members can

participate in Junior Achievement classes, a book club or an on-site

basketball league. Call 842-9333 for more information.

* The Burbank Public Library offers a summer reading program for

children in kindergarten through the eighth grade at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday at the Northwest Branch Library, 3323 W. Victory Blvd.; 3 and

7 p.m. Wednesday at the Central Library, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd.; and 3

and 7 p.m. Thursday at the Buena Vista Branch Library, 300 N. Buena

Vista St. For more information, call the Central Library at 238-5600

for more information.

* The Burbank Family YMCA runs day camps for children in

kindergarten through eighth grade from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays.

Also available are weeklong specialty camps, including soccer or

basketball camps. Prices range from $145 to $170. Call 845-8551 for

more information.

* Transportation to many of these activities is available on Got

Wheels!, the youth transportation program for Burbank students 10 to

18. Call 238-5410 for more information.