Summer Sizzles With Activities For All

Judy Kramer
County Reporter
Summer is a break from school for many kids. They can play with friends, ride their bikes, and discover nature in their back yard. They can also take advantage of many free or low cost events taking place in the county including various vacation bible schools (VBS), bowling, library reading programs, swimming, robotics coding, agriculture events and disc golf. And don’t forget the enjoyable community events such as Jubilee Days, June 7-9; and The Dam Experience Fireworks Show on June 30.
The Warsaw Municipal Pool Grand Opening will occur on Saturday, May 26. It will have new hours this year extending the time the pool is open in the evenings. It is open 12 to 7 PM Monday through Saturday, and Noon to 5 PM on Sundays and holidays. Punch passes, open swim, aerobic classes, swim lessons and more will be available. A pirate party is also planned, plus some possible new activities. For questions about the pool, call 660-428-2199.
Cole Camp’s Swimming Pool will open the Tuesday after Memorial Day. It will be open Tuesday through Sunday 1 to 7 PM. Admission is $6 for ages 8 and up; and $3 for those 4 through 7 years. Those 3 and under are free. Cardboard Boat Races are scheduled June 16 at the pool. For more information, call 660-668-2424.
Kids can bowl free all summer at Jester’s House. All they have to do is go to and register to receive two free games of bowling each day the program is available. Check the website for further information about times free bowling is allowed.  There is also a $29.99 shoe pass that can be purchased to provide shoes for the whole summer. Bowling alley hours this summer are Wednesday and Thursday, 5 to 9 PM; Friday and Saturday 12 Noon to 12 midnight, and Sunday 1 to 6 PM. Jester’s House is closed on Monday and Tuesday. Information is available at 660-547-2695.
Free robotics coding is also available at Jester’s House on Thursdays from 6 to 8 PM, for K through 6th graders. More information is available from Club leader Jim Kjar at 660-553-0245, or by emailing
The American Legion Post 217 is offering free trap shooting lessons to kids on Thursdays at 4 PM. Each young person must have a parent or guardian with them during the lessons.
There will be a free Benton County 4H FFA Fair in Lincoln July 5-7 beginning each morning at 9 AM. It will take place at the 4H building, across the ball field. The public is invited to come and watch the activities.
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Various free Vacation Bible School (VBS) programs are offered in Benton County this summer, during June, July and August.
Cedar Grove Baptist Church will offer its VBS June 25 through 29, from 1 to 5 PM. Lunch is served at 12:30 for those who preregister. The program is for kids 4 years of age to those going into the sixth grade. Activities will have a sports theme. More information is available by calling 660-438-5675.
River Church will offer a combination of VBS and Church Camp July 17 through 20, from 1 to 5 PM. There will be Bible sessions, games and a possible field trip. More information is available by calling 660-438-5749.  Pastors Sam and Denise Hinkle are also welcoming the public to a “Sing for the King” concert, June 24 at 7 PM, and a July 4th picnic, 6:30 PM at the River Church.
The First United Methodist Church of Warsaw will offer its VBS from July 23 to 27, from 9 AM until Noon. The program is for children PreK through 5th grade, and the theme for this year is “Rolling River Rampage, Experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God.” 
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, in Cole Camp, will offer VBS from July 30 to August 3, from 6 to 8:30 PM. PreK through 8th grade students will be eligible to attend. More information is available at 660-668-3446.
For those who want to play Disc Golf, there are two courses in Warsaw. The first is at M.K. White Park near Drake Harbor. The second one is at Shawnee Bend with views of Truman Dam and Truman Lake.
Many children are spending the summer playing baseball in the Warsaw Parks and Recreation Program. Registration for baseball has ended, but those interested in Fall Soccer can register by August 12th, online, at Registration fees are Buddy Soccer (3 years old), $15; Pee Wee (4 and 5 year olds), $15; Minors (68 - year olds), $25; and Majors (9 – 12 years), $25.