Glendale kids play Pokemon at Kool Dayz Camp

Areg Aslanyan, 7, of Glendale and Adrian Magana-Miller, 7, of Glendale, battle with a group of fellow cardholders on a shaded picnic table in a loud, fast, and competitive Pokemon game at Kool Dayz Camp at the Community Center at Pacific Park in Glendale on Thursday, June 19, 2014. (Tim Berger / Staff Photographer / June 19, 2014)

Pacific Community Center & Park is a hopping place this summer with a nine-week session of various activities filled to its maximum — 120 children ages 6 to 12.

Kool Dayz Camp has grown quickly in popularity since it started six years ago, said Norma Mower, community services coordinator for the city.

“We were at nearly 70% capacity by the first week of registration,” she said. “We fill 120 spots every week.”

The children are broken into groups by ages, with about 25 to 30 kids in each group, Mower said.

Then they are divided up throughout the center and park, some in the art room, others in the gymnasium or the playground or soccer field.

There is also a camp for children ages 4 and 5, Mower said as well as a Traveling Teens group that goes to a different place each Thursday including the Santa Monica Pier, Universal City Walk, Aquarium of the Pacific and, closer to home, the Americana at Brand.

“They also take the Beeline, so they get to know their Glendale neighborhoods,” Mower said, referring to the city’s bus service.

While there are no openings at the Pacific Park site, children can sign up for a similar camp at Maple Park.

The Kool Dayz Camp, the camp for younger children and the camp at Maple Park all run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $70 a week. There is an option for care before and after the camps, from 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m., respectively, for an additional $20 for each time period per week.

For more information about other camps, visit glendaleca.gov and visit the Community Services & Parks page.

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