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Local children enjoy holiday open house at Centennial Park 

Paso Robles Recreation Department, Centennial Park, Meagan Friberg

San Miguel resident Juanita Martinez and daughters, Victoria, 3, and Bronia, 18 months, decorate Christmas cookies prepared by Culinary Academy students with staff members Adam Gálvez and Cindy Duff during the Paso Robles Recreation Department’s Holiday Open House on Wednesday at Centennial Park. Photo by Meagan Friberg

Santa joins Recreation Department staff to ring in the holidays for area youth

–Over one hundred children and their parents turned out to enjoy a free holiday event offered by the staff of the Paso Robles Recreation Department at Centennial Park on Wednesday. The Holiday Open House, a way of encouraging local children and their parents to get into the holiday spirit, was a success.

“We are just excited to celebrate the holidays with the community with this family event,” said Heather Stephenson, Recreation Coordinator for the City of Paso Robles. “We had a great turn-out and I could not be more thrilled.”

Paso Robles Recreation Department, Centennial Park, Kindermusik, Nancy Knox, Heather Stephenson, Meagan Friberg

Kindermusik Instructor Nancy Knox leads a group in a song and movement activity at Centennial Park. Pictured from left: Paso Robles resident Caitlin Frampton and her one-year-old son, Declan, City of Paso Robles Recreation Coordinator Heather Stephenson, Knox, and Paso Robles resident April Anderson and her daughter Violet, 15 months. Photo by Meagan Friberg

In addition to the event being an opportunity for parents to meet various recreation instructors and find answers to questions about classes for children, adults, and families, there was plenty of fun to be had. Kids and adults alike enjoyed sharing their wish list with Santa, playing an Olaf corn-hole game, joining in on a Santa hat ring toss, drinking hot chocolate, and decorating sugar cookies with their fair share of icing and sprinkles.

“Paso Robles students at the Culinary Academy prepared 100 Christmas tree and Gingerbread Man cookies and icing for us,” said Stephenson. “It was so fun to watch the families gather together to decorate the cookies – there were a lot of happy faces.”

Paso Robles Recreation Department, Centennial Park, Kidz Love Soccer, Isaias Rosas, Isaac Rosas, Meagan Friberg

Kidz Love Soccer Regional Manager Isaias Rosas of Santa Maria and Coach Isaac Rosas of Paso Robles test the skills of Ulises Garcia of San Miguel and Jackson Harper of Paso Robles at the Holiday Open House. Photo by Meagan Friberg

Recreation instructors from Kidz Love Soccer, Kinder Musik and the Baby Seals Swim programs offered a variety of holiday games, led children in craft projects, and invited attendees to enjoy music and movement activities. One of the most popular activities – a photo booth equipped with props galore – had families posing and snapping pictures throughout the afternoon.

“It’s been a lot of fun today,” said Kidz Love Soccer Regional Manager Isaias Rosas. “We have enjoyed playing mini-games with the children and sharing information about our year-round soccer programs.”

Paso Robles Recreation Department, Centennial Park, Meagan Friberg

Paso Robles Recreation Department staff members share their Christmas wish lists with Santa at the Holiday Open House on Wednesday at Centennial Park. In front row from left are: Heather Stephenson, Santa, and Lynda Holt. Back row, from left: Sharon Williams, Jesusita Martinez, Tiffany Hernandez, Julie Dahlen, Cindy Duff, and Adam Gálvez. Photo by Meagan Friberg

Stop by the Paso Robles Recreation Services office at Centennial Park, located at 600 Nickerson Drive, call (805) 237-3988, or visit to find information about events, activities, classes and programs for the youngest to the most senior family member.

“And be sure to ask about gift certificates for our many classes and programs – perfect for the holidays,” said Stephenson.



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About the author: Reporter Meagan Friberg

Meagan Friberg is a reporter for the Paso Robles Daily News and A-Town Daily News.