Kids enjoy Family Fitness camp

Tribune Chronicle photos / Bob Coupland Children spent time at the Trumbull Family Fitness indoor swimming pool as part of the summer children’s program. Activities are held at Family Fitness in Warren and offsite through Aug. 18.

WARREN — Six-year-old Ethan Hixson said getting to swim in the pool is one of the highlights of a summer camp for children held since June at Trumbull Family Fitness.

Paulette Edington, director of Family Fitness, said the Summer Kids program provides a place for children to enjoy various recreational activities during the summer. The program, which ends Aug. 18, includes crafts, swimming, racquetball, cycling and health and wellness.

Children also painted rocks for the Ohio rock project, went on field trips and did science projects.

”We want to provide a place for children to come for supervised summer activities so they are not home by themselves,” Edington said.

Children in the Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority summer program also come to the fitness center Mondays through Thursdays.

Edington said the Ohio Rock program involves children statewide painting a picture and then a message on the back of the rock. They photograph it and place it on social media. The rock is then planted somewhere.

Juliana Currier-Queen, summer aquatic director, said the children take part in the free open swim lessons and also playtime in the pool.

Ethan West, 7, of Champion said he likes swimming and the other activities. Landon Marlowe, 7, of Champion, said he signed up for the summer camp because he wanted to have something fun to do.

Derrick Luton, 7, of Warren, said he wanted to be busy during the summer. He said the activity room with computers and games provides that opportunity.

”I liked being able to come here and do things to have fun,” said Kameron Marlowe, 9, of Champion.