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Posted on: June 30, 2022

July is National Parks & Recreation Month

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July is National Parks & Recreation Month

Nampa Parks & Recreation has lots of ways to get active this summer! Swimming, parks, pathway and movies in the park are some of the ways Parks & Recreation increases your quality of life in Nampa. This month we will celebrate with fun activities and giveaways going on throughout the month. Follow us on Facebook and sign up for our emails to learn about our pop-up giveaways all month long! 


Check out the programs and classes being offered for the month of July from the Nampa Parks & Recreation Department. For more information or to register, please call 208-468-5858, go online to, or stop by the Harward Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way in Nampa.


Family Golf Month at Ridgecrest Golf Club

Kids get a large bucket of range balls for $3.  Limit one per day.

July 1-31

 Discounted Green Fees for Kids

Enjoy discounted Green Fees for kids 17 and under. 

July 10 – 16   

Ridgecrest Golf Course Club Executive 9 $5+tax

Adults $11+tax (with a child under 18)


Beginning Racquetball 

These classes are designed for individuals who have little or no experience in racquetball. Come learn the basics of racquetball, including rules of the game, strategy, safety, good sportsmanship and more. 

Ages 10-14 

First four Saturdays of every month 10-11am or 11am-12pm

Harward Rec Center 

Member $20/month Non-Member $23/month

Injury Screening

Provided by St. Alphonsus Physical Therapy.  

Sign up at the weight room desk for a 15 minute injury assessment, including recommendations for injury treatment and prevention.  All ages are welcome.

July 7 & 21

12:30 – 1 p.m.

Free for Nampa Rec Center Members or with day pass

Noodle Mania

Come play and float as we toss all our foam floatable noodles into the pool at Lakeview Water Park.

July 11

12:30-2:30pm & 2:45-4:45pm


Pole Cat Loop Trail Hike 

This 6-mile loop is a moderate hike near Boise. This trail offers spectacular views of the foothills and a chance to see wildlife. Dress for the weather and pack your own lunch. 

July 12 8am-2pm

Depart and Return: Harward Rec Center 


Canoe Science Camps at Lake Lowell Park 

This is a learning-focused STEM summer camp for 10 to 12 year olds interested in exploring the outdoors through science and recreation. Student participants collect water quality data using scientific instruments and engage in hands-on field science. Campers will explore concepts like experimental design, and hypothesis testing to learn about ecology and hydrology and local history. They also develop recreational paddling and hiking skills through practice each day. Trained adult guides in each canoe will ensure safety and provide a fun and supportive learning environment. Please pack a sack lunch. 

Ages 10-12 

July 11-15 


Lake Lowell Park 12996 Iowa Avenue Nampa ID 83686 


Instructor: Canyon County Parks, Cultural & Natural Resources


Dig it! 

Volleyball Camp This camp is designed for athletes with minimal volleyball experience but is diverse enough to challenge players who have participated in volleyball camps and leagues. This camp will teach basic skills and will emphasize organized volleyball. A variety of drills and games keep it fun for repeat campers. Boys and girls entering grades 5 (if played competitively), 6, & 7 

July 11-13 


Harward Rec Center 

Member $50, Non-Member $55

Big Blocks Volleyball Camp 

This camp is designed for those ready to elevate their game and help athletes prepare for volleyball season. Players with a background in playing school and/or club volleyball will feel right at home. This camp will challenge athletes to internalize the skills needed to play at a high level, as well as how to use those skills in the ideal game situations. Players will be given specific feedback for what to improve and how to enhance their skills for the upcoming volleyball season. Boys and girls entering grades 7 (if played competitively) 8, 9 & 10 

July 11-13 3-5pm 

Harward Rec Center 

Member $50, Non-Member $55

10th Annual Kids Triathlon 

Sponsored by Idaho Central Credit Union

Ready! Set! Participate! in the Nampa Rec Department’s Kids Triathlon! This fun and challenging event is for kids ages 6-13 and will include swimming, biking and running. The 3-event race not only promotes fitness but improves your child’s self-confidence as they cross the finish line on their own. A great introduction to the sport, participants will swim in Lincoln Pool, followed by a safe bike and run-on roads and grounds of Lions Park. All participants will receive an event bag and all finishers will receive a t-shirt. The transition areas will be in the parking lots and we strongly encourage friends and family to come cheer on these young competitors. 

• Ages 6-7: 1 pool length (approx 22 yd), 3/4 mile bike, 1/4 mile run 

• Ages 8-9: 2 pool lengths, 1 1/4 mile bike, 1/2 mile run 

• Ages 10-11: 4 pool lengths, 2 1/3 mile bike, 3/4 mile run 

• Ages 12-13: 6 pool lengths, 4 mile bike, 1 mile run 

July 16 Lincoln Pool at Lions Park 

$25 Registration 

Deadline: Monday, July 11 All participants must wear a helmet for the bike portion and provide their own bike. 

Check-in and Prerace Meetings will be held by age group and exact times will be established based on the final number of participants in each age group. However, approximate check-in times are: 12-13yr: 7:30am, 10-11yr: 8:30am, 8-9 yr: 9:00am, 6-7 yr: 9:45am 

Heats for each age group will start immediately following the pre-race meeting

Junior Golf Clinics 

This program specializes in junior golf instruction for both young men and women of all abilities. The clinics will be incredibly fun so that self motivation and participation are assured. Clubs provided if needed. Instruction by a PGA Professional. 

July 18-21 

Ridgecrest Golf Club 

(Ages 12-17) 2-3:15pm 

Centennial Golf Course 

(Ages 8-11) 3-4:15pm 

(Ages 12-17) 1:30-2:45pm



SNAG (Starting New At Golf) 

SNAG is all about having FUN while learning the basics of golf. It is a proven learning and training tool for entry level golfers. This player friendly program contains all the elements of golf and allows for full shots, pitching, chipping, and putting. 

Ages 4-7 

Ridgecrest Golf Club 

July 20-21 




Swim Lessons -  Harward Rec Center

Harward Recreation Center swim lessons meet American Red Cross curriculum standards, and all instructors are certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors.   To view class descriptions, visit the “Aquatics” page on our website, or stop by the Recreation Department Desk.

Session 4 July 11-21 (Monday-Thursday) 

Session 5 July 25- August 4 (Monday-Thursday) 

Member $35, Non-Member $48


Swim Lessons  -  Lakeview Water Park OR Lincoln Pool

Harward Rec Department swim lessons meet American Red Cross curriculum standards and all instructors are certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors.   To view class descriptions, visit the “Aquatics” page on our website, or stop by the Recreation Department Desk.

Session 4 July 11-21 (Monday-Thursday) 

Session 5 July 25- August 4 (Monday-Thursday) 



Youth Tennis 101 

Youth Tennis 101 teaches the basic concepts and strokes of the game quickly and easily in a fun, family-friendly, active & encouraging group environment. Classes will take place on multiple courts with instruction provided by Columbia Head Coach Lee Haskill.

Ages 6-14 

July 11-14, 9-10am 


Columbia High School 



Youth Dance 

Taught by instructors from Idaho Rhythm & Dance Company at Harward Recreation Center. 

Princess Dress Up Camp 

Dress up in our costumes and participate in activities. Dancing, tumbling, and playing a game may be included each day based on each character. 

Ages 4-8 

July 11-15 5-5:45pm 

Member $30, Non-Member 



Shooting Stars Basketball 

Boys and girls in kindergarten and first grade will have fun playing basketball that emphasizes learning skills and sports values rather than pure competition. Each child is placed on a team coached by a parent volunteer. Teams will have one 45-minute practice and one game per week. Practices begin the week of July 11. Games will begin July 14. 

July 11-August 18 Practices: Monday-Wednesday evenings Games: Thursday evenings 

Harward Rec Center 

Member $40 Non-Member $45

Coaches needed!  If you are interested in work with or coaching a team let us know upon registration.


LEGO® EV3 Mindstorm Battle Bots 

Calling all LEGO® enthusiasts! Come explore the fun with LEGO® bricks, sensors, motors and anything else to build and create all EV3 Mindstorm projects. This will include Boogie Bots, Robo-Bots and more! Get prepared to program your Bots on Ev3 software or the LEGO® master brain itself and get ready to battle till the end! Children will be working in pairs to learn teamwork and collaboration. Note: Participants will not be taking Lego Kits home at end of class. 

Ages 9-12 

July 11-July 15 


Member $85, Non-Member $90


Youth Dance

Taught by instructors from Idaho Rhythm & Dance Company at Harward Recreation Center. 


Princess Dress Up Camp 

Dress up in our costumes and participate in activities. Dancing, tumbling, and playing a game may be included each day based on each character. 

Ages 4-8 

July 11-15 


Member $30, Non-Member $35


Rappelling Class 

This class is designed for individuals who have little or no prior experience in rappelling. Rappelling is the act of descending a rope in a safe and controlled manner. These classes are held the second Friday of the month. Come learn basic rappelling principles at our 30-foot climbing wall. Participants will learn how to descend a rope with an ATC and Figure Eight while having a focus on safety. This class does not cover anchor building for outdoor rappelling. This class is a great way to develop the confidence needed to pursue additional technical skills.

Ages 12 and up 

July 8 


Harward Rec Center 

Member $25, Non-Member $30


Lead Climbing Class 

This class is for individuals who have experience in top rope climbing, belaying and are ready to learn the fundamentals of lead climbing. These classes will cover proper clipping and belay technique for lead climbing. Participants will learn how to belay a leader with an ATC and grigri. Must be able to consistently climb a 5.9 or higher. 

Ages 14 and up

July 9 


Harward Rec Center 

Member $30, Non-Member $40


Beginning Rock Climbing 

This class is designed for individuals who have little or no experience in rock climbing. Come learn the basics of climbing, including; movement, hand positioning, footwork, belaying, and safety. 

Ages 14 and up 

July 9 


Harward Rec Center 

Member $15, Non-Member $21

Summer Mario Kart & Smash Tournament Series 

Join us this summer for one of our Mario Kart Deluxe 8 and Super Smash Bros Ultimate Nintendo Switch tournament series. Although competitive in nature, this tournament series is meant to be fun for all ages and will no doubt have many levels of skill present. Tournaments will be double elimination with pool play to determine seeding. Mario Kart will be 150cc, Smart Steering and Auto Acceleration will be turned off, and no CPUs. Super Smash Bros Ultimate will have a 7-minute time limit with 3 stocks per game. Ages 9 and up 

July 13 Mario Kart Double Dash (Teams only) 


Harward Rec Center Member $12, Non-Member $15 

Registration due 2 days prior to event date.

Kids Creations

Let the kiddos tap into their inner decorator and bring them in for some cookie fun. All supplies are provided, including thick homemade frosting and tasty edibles, and each participant will take home six cookies of their own creation. 

Ages 3-12 (Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult) 

July 16 Cookie Critters 


Harward Rec Center 

Member $12, Non-Member $15


Starlight Mountain Theatre 

Starlight Mountain Theatre is an outdoor theatre nestled in the mountains of Garden Valley. Each summer features a lineup of popular musicals. Enjoy dinner before the entertaining performance. Trip includes transportation, dinner and admission to the show. Registration required by noon Monday the week of the show. 

July 14 – Pirates of Penzance Goes West 

Depart Harward Rec Center at 5pm


Get Golf Ready 2 

Already taken Get Golf Ready? Join our Get Golf Ready 2 class. This program provides advanced instruction on the range, putting green, and chipping green for students that have participated in Get Golf Ready classes and want to continue to learn the game of golf. 

July 19-August 23

Tuesdays, 6-7pm (the last two classes will be 6-8pm) 

Ridgecrest Golf Club 


Nampa Parks & Recreation Presents Silver Screen on the Green 

Come out to the park and enjoy the silver screen on a large inflatable movie screen.

Grab a blanket, a lawn chair, family and friends, and head to Optimist Park in

Nampa. Movies are free and begin at dusk.

July 1 – Clifford the Big Red Dog

July 8 – Space Jam: A New Legacy

July 15 – American Underdog

July 22 – Rumble

July 29 – Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway


Optimist Park


Lock In for Kids 

Sponsored by Domino’s Pizza 

Stay locked in at the Harward Rec Center all night! Kids will enjoy movies, swimming, games and a pizza party. A male and female supervisor will be with the children all night. Children should bring a sleeping bag, swim suit, towel and clothes to sleep in. 

Ages 6 -12 

July 29 

7pm Friday-8am Saturday

Harward Rec Center 

Member $25, Non-Member $30


Cake Decorating 

If you think that serving a showstopper cake is out of reach, then think again! Come learn some techniques the pros use to create a layered cake worth setting the table for. All supplies are provided; participants will take home a decorated cake. 

Ages 12 and up 

July 30 Drippy Decadence 


Harward Rec Center 

Member $35, Non-Member $40


Looking Ahead In AUGUST.  .  .  .  .


  • 35th Annual Festival of the Arts
  • 14th Annual Pooch Party
  • Adult Flag Football

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