Summer is the perfect time to get outside and try something new. No one knows this better than the City of Prosper’s Parks and Recreation Department, which has once again compiled a creative and engaging summer season of programs for families and children of all ages. Prosper Parks and Rec officials say the department separates itself from other cities with the sheer diversity of its events.


In addition to the new baseball camp and traditional summer camps, Prosper P&R offers new experiences such as Bricks 4 Kidz. The program provides a space for children to learn and build with Lego bricks, and while they play, participants will learn crucial skills that will help them achieve in the classroom and beyond.


“Classes are designed to teach the fundamentals of S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, by using Bricks 4 Kidz’s proprietary model plans created by engineers and architects,” department Director Dudley Raymond said. “The Bricks 4 Kidz belief is that kids learn best through activities that engage their curiosity and creativity.”


Raymond said he enjoys how Bricks 4 Kidz uses popular children’s activities to educate summer camp participants.


“The great thing about our summer activities is that our outstanding instructors always keep it fresh and exciting,” he said. “Every year, Bricks 4 Kidz and Engineering for Kids have new themes and activities.”


This summer’s Bricks 4 Kidz campers will get to enjoy themed camps such as Amusement Park Mania, Bat League, Heroes and Villains, Brick City Engineers, Galaxy Far Away, Jr. Robotic and Mining and Crafting.


Meanwhile, this year’s Engineering for Kids camps include Amusement Park, Electronic Game Design, Forensic Investigators; Survivor Week, Engineer’s Cove, 3D Printing and Minecraft Creations. But that’s merely the beginning of a summer chock-full of educational and artsy activities.


The popular “Fun Fridays at Frontier” program returns to the pavilion at Frontier Park, offering young artists the opportunity to hone their craft. This partnership between the Community Library and the Parks and Recreation Department features arts, crafts and exercise — all free of charge. Prosper’s Recreation Coordinator Julie Shivers said she believes the program is the perfect combination of fun and exercise.


“Fun Fridays get the kids outdoors and away from electronics,” she said. “We enjoy hosting these activities, meeting new kids and greeting familiar faces for this casual, relaxed morning of fun.”


Fun Fridays will take place every July, during which time the Parks and Rec department will also celebrate National Park and Recreation Month. Programming is still underway, but the month’s activities are sure to highlight all that Prosper parks offer to the communities.


Raymond said the department’s goal is to provide a safe place for children to try new things, develop social skills and build character.


“Our primary goal is making sure children have fun and are in a safe environment,” Raymond said. “Summer programs are where creativity, adventure, smiles and plain-old good times are the priority. … We hope that the experience and memories made in our programs will last our participants for a lifetime.”


For more information about this summer’s Parks and Recreation events, visit www.prosperparksandrec.org