Make magical friends and memories at camp – Shaw Local

When I was a kid I spent some of my favorite spring days walking along the trails and parks near my home after school, dreaming and wondering, watching birds and squirrels frolic and feel the sweetness in the air.

When the sun came out more often than the rain, I knew it was almost time for school to end and the camp adventures to begin. I looked forward to seeing my school friends at camp and meeting new ones. The camp was cool and there was something for everyone.

I had the same nostalgic vibe when we created our summer fun guide. As the school year draws to a close, camp fun is right around the corner!

summer camps

Camps take up much of the summer in the Batavia Park District. We’re rolling out the red carpet for healthy competition, creativity and camaraderie.

Children can play with their friends during certain weeks or all summer at Camp SUN-sational. Or they can explore nature or hone their skills in chess, art, acting, cooking, STEM, robotics, Minecraft, or sports galore, including Ultimate Frisbee, for n to name a few.

Discover dozens of exciting summer camp options here! Registration opened April 18 for residents. Non-residents can register from May 2.

earth day

On April 22, Earth Day, why not spend some time outside to nurture and celebrate our planet? Take advantage of this day to participate in an eco-friendly activity, such as planting a tree or a garden or going for a walk to pick up litter in your neighborhood or local park. Every little gesture counts. We can all be more aware of what we can recycle or use more than once. Reusable bags and water bottles are a good start. Let’s ditch these single-use plastics and help protect the Earth’s resources for generations to come.

Fair for super savvy seniors

This year’s Super Savvy Senior Expo, themed Treasure Your Health, will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, June 1 at the Eastside Community Center. The Park District and the Batavia Senior Citizens Club are proud to present this annual tradition – a free, healthy and active event aimed at educating and entertaining senior citizens. Join us to meet dozens of local business representatives and browse their interactive exhibits in areas such as health, travel, entertainment and others that can improve the daily lives of seniors.

Dad Daughter Date Night

Dads, plan a special night out with your daughters ages 3-12. Join us from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 3 or Saturday, June 4 at Rotolo Middle School for a magical evening filled with fun, dancing, dessert, riddles, and a photo booth. Register using your daughter’s name.

Make the evening even more special by giving your little girl a beautiful corsage. Bodice pickup will be from 2-4:30 p.m. Friday, June 3 at the Batavia Civic Center for both evenings. For custom orders, visit The deadline to order a corsage is Wednesday, June 1st.

Add a tasty pre-dance dinner at Pal Joey. Enjoy pizza, salad, dessert and soft drinks, coffee or water. Tipping will be included. Each person must register separately. Registration is mandatory. To visit for more information and to register for the ball, corsage and dinner.

fishing derby

On Saturday, June 18, it’s time to grab your gear and have some fun with your whole family. Our annual Fishing Derby will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at Clark Island Recreation Area. Enjoy a fun morning of fishing. Bring your dad to celebrate Father’s Day together in the great outdoors. A limited amount of fishing gear will be available, but feel free to bring your own. There will also be prizes! The event is free for all ages and no registration is required.