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Dear Reader: Let's Party!

by Vaun Thygerson
Contributing writer and mother of three

I saw this phrase on a sign the other day, and it fits my sentiments exactly: “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s PARTY!’” Better weather, more fragrance, and a more colorful landscape are all signs that spring has arrived and summer is right around the corner. This seasonal change means it is time to get our children’s spring break and summer camps and classes scheduled. When my children were younger, I would sign them up for almost every camp or enrichment opportunity we could squeeze into our schedules. Over the years, they have had a variety of experiences with organized activities such as horseback riding, piano, art, sports, theater, swimming, whitewater rafting, and so much more. I love that Bakersfield offers such a diverse range of activities and gives my children a chance to become well-rounded individuals. It also helps them find their passion. They won’t know what they will like until they try it.

When I asked my kids what camp was their favorite, my 21-year-old daughter said it was an art camp she attended that was organized by a friend when she was 11 years old. My 16-year-old son said his favorites are any of the ongoing lacrosse clinics he’s participated in through North of the River. My 14-year-old son said his favorite one was when he was 10 years old and he went to the SPCA camp, where he took care of a Shihtzu/Terrier mix puppy for a week. He even named the girl puppy Batman. We still laugh about that one!

KCFM presents such a wonderful chance for you to sign up your children at its 24th Annual Summer Camp and Adventure Fair on Thursday, April 2. (For details, click here). You will be amazed at how many cool and exciting programs are available for your children to try. It really is a wonderful event, where all the camp and program directors are in one room. You can even sign up that day. If you’re looking for more resources, check out Callie Collins’ article, “11 Ways to Help Families in Kern County,” on page 7. She writes about five reader-provided suggestions for local non-profit organizations that they’re involved with in a positive way. Whether they need assistance or want to volunteer, there’s a cause that benefits everyone. For this month’s Humor at Home column, Julie Willis grapples with something most moms can relate to. In her article, “Confessions of Mom Failure: Thank You Super Moms for Making Me Look Awful,” on page 14, she writes about those times when we look at someone who seemingly has it all together while we KNOW we don’t. I can relate 1,000 percent! She has a funny take on these “perfect” moms and wants to know their secret. Janelle Capra’s Hello Happy Mama explores entrepreneurship with mamas and young girls. In her article, “Lessons from a Girl Scout and Her Mama,” on page 16, she interviews Kat Clowes, an author and local business owner of March Consulting, and mom to a Girl Scout, to find out about her life, business, and those yummy cookie sales. Let’s get this party started! Take advantage of all Bakersfield has to offer, because it provides a lot of diversity in learning and teaching. Children who participate in many different activities become more well-rounded and they have a better chance of finding their passion. Thanks to local camps and classes, my daughter found a lifelong joy in art, my middle son continues to play lacrosse for the Stockdale High School Mustangs, and my younger son is one of the biggest animal lovers you will meet. You never know what’s going to click until you try it, so you might as well try it. Come say “Hi” to me at KCFM’s Summer Camp and Adventure Fair on April 2nd! And let’s PARTY!

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