Entertainment and Education: New Year’s Programs for Teens

Teens aren’t usually the subject of new year’s resolution discussions, but you can resolve to keep their boredom at bay in 2012.

The Town of Cary offers a multitude of programs aimed specifically at teens to ensure they start the year out on the right foot. From courses to day outings, kids and teens age 10 to 18 are sure to find something fun with the wide range of winter options.

Make sure they’ve honed their cooking skills by the time you send them off to college with an “All American” course teaching technique for homemade mac & cheese and more. And maybe if you ask nicely they’ll demonstrate the techniques they picked up in Crepe Flipping 101 at home.

For those who love to learn and appreciate other cultures, French or Spanish courses are available for ages 11 to 17 in an eight-class series.

Nature lovers will enjoy a Young Ecologists course, combining a field excursion with a classroom session relevant to a specific nature topic, for pre-teens. Older teens, 13 to 18, are welcome to enroll in the Hemlock Nature Quest workshops, which are designed to expand teens’ knowledge of local nature through hands-on field explorations and classroom investigations, while also exposing them to scientific study, methods and ethics.

Indulge their artistic side by signing them up for Line up Drawing, watercolor or abstract painting selections, or calligraphy. If that isn’t creative enough, they can create their own Manga sketchbooks, learn copper enameling techniques, or discover how to create jewelry or artwork using fused glass.

Fitness and fun are the highlights of a range of dance selections, including ballroom, hip hop, ballet and contemporary courses. Fencing and tennis offer courses appropriate for anyone from beginners to seasoned athletes, and Fitness & Wellness Core Yoga helps them build a strong core from an early age.

Performing arts classes, Financial Aid 101 and even a pageantry preparation class are among other options.

Most programs require a fee. Non-residents of Cary are eligible to participate for a slightly higher rate. See the Town of Cary for more information or to sign up for a program.

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