Community Organizations Offer Family Activities

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5Next week, students in the Milford School District will be headed back to school. As families prepare for the school work, sports and extra circular activities at school, they should also keep in mind that there are many community organizations that assist in the development of young minds and bodies.

First State Dance Academy

In business over 14 years providing Milford’s community with successfully trained dancers for many performances, First State Dance Academy offers dance in a variety of forms for the beginner to pre-professional level, ages 2.5 and older, or just for anyone who wishes to dance. The studio offers ballet, pointe,  jazz, hip hop, contemporary, modern, Zumba, Hoopnotica, and tap, offering a free mid year performance and ending the year with a dance concert. Open enrollment is being held now for the 2015-2016 season and an Open House is planned for August 31 from 6-8pm. For more information, families can visit http://firststatedance.com.

Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club

A staple in the Milford community for several decades, the Boys & Girls Club celebrated their sixth year in their new location off Airport Road in January. Programs at the Club are geared toward helping kids develop into productive, responsible and caring citizens. The Club provides before and after care from 6:30am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday. Using daily guidance and mentoring, the Club offers structured programming throughout the year which has supported improved academic performance and attendance of Milford Club kids in local elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to serving school-aged children, the Club has recently expanded its facility and services to include a full size fitness center, adult basketball and pickleball leagues and water aerobic classes. The Richard Y. Johnson Aquatic Center at The Club is also home to the Milford High School Buccaneers Swim Team, the Club’s own Milford Marlins Swim Team and is the only Boys & Girls Club in Delaware to offer swimming scholarships through the Michael Phelps Foundation. For additional information, families are encouraged to call The Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club at 302-422-4453.

Milford Parks & Recreation

Milford Parks and Recreation has Fall Registration going on Mondays through Fridays from 8 to 4pm.One of the largest programs for the department is the soccer program, offering games from first grade through eighth grade levels. All soccer programs are held at the Tony Silicato Memorial Park behind the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club off Airport Road. Youth wrestling is another popular program through Milford Parks and Recreation. The program is held Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7:30pm in the Milford High School Wrestling Room. The Field Hockey program at Parks & Recreation offers both a beginner and advanced level. Participants learn drills, skills and plays while developing knowledge of positions along with defensive and offensive strategy. The program is held at the Milford High School Field Hockey field. Boys and girls can also join the Instructional Flag Football program which is designed to teach the fundamentals of the game. Families can learn about additional sports and events at www.cityofmilford.com. Fall registration is ongoing at the Milford Parks & Recreation office between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm Mondays through Fridays at 207 Franklin Street. For more information about any programs or to learn about their scholarship programs, families can call 302-422-1104.

Mispillion Art League

This year the Mispillion Art League (MAL) in Milford celebrates their 11th year anniversary as they continue to expand their cultural impact through public exhibits, classes and symposiums in downtown Milford. Still true to its founding values of promoting visual arts and arts education to the Greater Milford Area, the organization offers several kids and teens courses and events throughout the year. This fall and winter, children can learn skills and experience the fun behind drawing, watercolors, clay, paper mache and several other mediums. The fall, winter gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 to 5pm and Saturday 10 to 4pm. More information can be found at http://www.mispillionarts.org or by calling 302-430-7646.

Music School of Delaware

The only statewide, accredited, community music school in the nation, the Music School of Delaware is offering fall classes, lessons and ensembles. Private lessons are offered to students of all ages. Those looking to take private lessons have many instrument options including but not limited to strings, woodwinds, brass, piano, guitar, voice and percussion. In addition to traditional lessons, the Music School also offers Suzuki Academy instruction for children ages 3+ in violin and cello. Group guitar and group violin classes are great options for children ages 6 to 10 to start an instrument without a yearlong commitment. Early childhood music and movement programs are back starting September 19 on Saturday mornings at 10am. Children ages 18 months to 6 years old can register for 4-week sessions. An exciting new program offered this fall is music therapy, a specialized program for individuals with physical and/or developmental disabilities. There are also various satellite locations for private lessons in Felton, Dover and Lewes. For pricing info and other details, families can contact the Milford Branch office at 302-422-2043, or email mbfrontdesk@musicschoolofdelaware.org or visit their website at www.musicschoolofdelaware.org.

SSP Children’s Theatre

The Second Street Players’ Children’s Dessert Theater series provides families with high fun, low cost entertainment. Shows in the series can be enjoyed by anyone from age 4 and up and are designed to provide the community with theatre for children to experience and discover the magic of live performances. Anyone can audition for these shows, even children, as cast members include children as well as adults. This is a great way to introduce your child to the world of theater in a friendly setting. This October the Children’s Theatre will perform The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and in 2016 the company plans to perform Snow Queen, Pinnochio and Charlotte’s Webb.Tickets are general admission open seating so no reservations are necessary. Groups are encouraged to attend and can arrange a special discount rate by calling the theatre at 302-422-0220.

TADA Dance Studio

Born from the longest performing company in Milford, Diamond Dance Company, and named for their inspiration, Tatiana Akinfieva Smith, TADA is focused on delivering the highest quality instruction in a family friendly environment. With a focus on Classical Russian Ballet with the addition of Jazz, Modern, and Creative Movement, TADA offer a well rounded foundation of dance principles starting with students as young as 2.5 years old. An Open House and Registration for new and returning families will be held on Wednesday, August 26 from 5 to 8 pm at 18 S.W. Front street in downtown Milford. For more information, families can visit http://tada-ballet.com or call 302-399-8739.

Teen Titan Program

A Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club program that is aimed at children between the ages of 13 and 19. Dubbed Teen TITAN (Taking Initiative, Teens Acting Now), the program will start up again on Friday, September 11 as it offers local teens a safe atmosphere to interact with other teens on Friday nights from 7 pm to 11pm. While at The Club, located off Airport Rd in Milford, DE, teenagers can take full advantage of what the Boys & Girls facility has to offer including the full-size swimming pool, basketball courts, fitness center, arts and crafts center, gaming room and open gym. For more information on the program and how to get involved, individuals are encouraged to call the Club at 302-422-4453.

Fur-Baby Boutique Doggie Daycare

Do not forget about your favorite four-legged friends this fall. Fur-Baby Boutique, Daycare, Spa and Hotel, offers an open indoor dog park where dogs are placed in play groups based on their size and temperament. Fur-Baby Doggie Daycare has one large park area that can be divided into four areas for different play groups while Park Rangers supervise and interact with each dog. In addition to playing with trained rangers, dogs also enjoy daily nap time, filtered water, agility equipment and walks along the Mispillion River. When pet owners come in at the end of the day they are greeted by a Park Ranger that hands each parent a report card which details activities for their specific Fur-Baby including potty times, snacks, fur-iends made, activities enjoyed and who their Park Rangers were for that day. Fur-Baby Boutique also offers overnight care, grooming, pet training and grocery services. For more information about Fur-Baby Boutique, Daycare, Spa and Hotel, individuals are encouraged to contact the business at their new location, next to Arena’s in downtown Milford, at 302-725-5078 or visit http://www.fur-babyboutique.com/.