Pee Wee Adventures participants, from left, Niklas Malacinski, Giovanni  DeMusis and Ian Heydon learn about the letter G by making and playing with a gel recently at the Pee Wee Adventures program.

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Pee Wee Adventures participants, from left, Niklas Malacinski, Giovanni DeMusis and Ian Heydon learn about the letter G by making and playing with a gel recently at the Pee Wee Adventures program.

Pee Wee Adventures returns

City to restore child activity program with increased fees

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Parents can register their children for the Pee Wee Adventures program at the Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services office at the Howelsen Ice Arena. Forms also are available at the city's recreation Web site. For more information, call Youth Program Coordinator Jennifer Travis at 879-4300.

— With a daily fee increase from $12 to $19, the city of Steamboat Springs' Pee Wee Adventures program has been reinstated after previously falling victim to 2009 budget cuts.

"Council had asked, 'Is there any way to try and get it back and make it less of a subsidy from the general fund?'" interim City Manager Wendy DuBord said.

Pee Wee Adventures is for potty-trained children 3 to 5 years old and is held from 9:15 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Igloo, 279 Howelsen Parkway.

Whether Pee Wee Adventures will continue past March and into the summer, however, is not certain and could depend on what happens when the Steamboat Springs City Council reopens the city's 2009 budget in early March to make additional cuts.

"We hear so often that there's a need for it," said Susan Petersen, the city's recreation supervisor.

Petersen said the city heard from many parents disappointed that the program had been cut and found that parents would be willing to accept a fee increase that would fully recover the city's costs.

"Most people were in favor of that," Petersen said. "This is kind of that trial to see if you're really going to put your money where your mouth is."

Now, the city is working to get the word out that the program is back, Petersen said, in an effort to boost enrollment from 10 children to 15.

Petersen said Pee Wee Adventures is a recreation-based program that emphasizes socialization among children. A typical 2.5-hour session includes group activities, play time, a snack and story time.

"I think the parents that really want it aren't using it for day care but for the group socialization opportunities," Petersen said.

Parents can register their children for the Pee Wee Adventures at the Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services office at the Howelsen Ice Arena. Forms also are available at the city's recreation Web site.

For more information, call Youth Program Coordinator Jennifer Travis at 879-4300.

- To reach Brandon Gee, call 871-4210 or e-mail bgee@steamboatpilot.com

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