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Great ideas for a local ‘staycation’

Not sure about you, but I am still feeling our economic challenges. My second (and oldest) daughter is at basic combat training at Fort Sill, Okla. It was a lot easier for me to go to my other daughter’s graduation at Fort Bragg last year, but I will find a way to attend her graduation in August. Listening to other people, I am not the only one having to make choices and many have to stay around for their vacation (as I am this week).
There is nothing wrong with that. We call it a “staycation.” And we are so fortunate to have many things available you can do right here in Rowan County.
Since I work at the JF Hurley YMCA, let’s start there. Besides our traditional full day summer camps, we also offer half-day specialty camps like Track Camp, Volleyball Camp and Baseball Camp. As a family, you can come and take a splash in one of our pools and get some rays and cool off on our outdoor splash pad. Are you ready for a “mountain” climb? We have 12 walls that are 24 feet high with endless climbing possibilities for you and your children. How about one of our more than 100 land Group Exercise classes to choose from? Don’t forget our other YMCAs in China Grove and Rockwell, and check them out to see all the great things they have to offer you in your staycation. Outdoor climbing ropes course, splash pad and skate park to name a few. And, of course, visit one or more of the awesome shows at one of these outstanding local theaters — The Maroney, The Norvell Children’s Theater and The Black Box Theater. How about Salisbury Parks and Rec Movies at the Park? At City Park on the corner of West Miller and Jackson streets, they will play “The odd life of Timothy Green” on June 14, “The Lorax” on July 12 and on “Madagascar” on August 2.
Digging for precious stones? Dan Nicolas park has so many fun things to offer at no or low cost. How about a Safari? Not too far out of town we have the Lazy 5 Ranch where you can go on safari in your own car or on a wagon pulled by beautiful Belgium horses or Peruvians. Check with our local Chamber of Commerce to get all the information about all the awesome stuff that will help you plan your staycation. I believe the better you plan your staycation, the more great things you will be able to do with your children, and the more things your children can be part of at no or low costs. I believe with planning you can stay within your budget and make this summer a time you and your children will not forget. We all have to make sacrifices big or small, but that does not mean you can’t have a great memorable time with your family and friends.
I also hope to see you at the Y!

Ester Marsh, ACSM Cpt Associate Executive and Health and Fitness Director JF Hurley Family YMCA

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