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Summer Fun in the Sun at Mount Prospect Park

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July 5 – August 11, 2023 (no camp July 3rd or 4th)

Monday through Friday
(Please Note: There are optional field trips taken on Wednesdays, however any participant not registered for a trip will have to remain home for the day as all staff are needed for supervision on the trip).

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Session 1: July 5th - July 21st - Weekly Themes: Mad Hatters; Fins Up; & Dragons vs. Unicorns
Session 2: July 24th - August 11th - Weekly Themes: Gettin' Jiggy with it; Things with Wings; & Color Me Crazy

Participants must be 5 as of October 1, 2022 through 13 as of October 1, 2022. Children completing 9th grade or who are 15 years of age or older, should apply for the Future Leaders Program.

Summer Fun in the Sun participants will be divided into three age groups (Ponies, Stallions and Mustangs) based on birthdate and enrollment at each site. Participants may be placed in different groups from one session to another based on that session's enrollment.

Pre-registration is required. There are 2 sessions. Each session lasts three weeks and is limited to 60 participants at each site. When registering if your 1st choice is full please put your child's name on the wait list. During each session, each week will have a specific theme. Activities and special events will be geared toward these themes. Summer Program registration will be conducted online including trips and special events. If you do not have access to a computer at home, you can come into the Recreation Department and use one of our computers. Visit for registration procedures. Both residents and non-residents will be able to register at this time. Registration closes for each session on the Friday before the session begins at 3:30 p.m. or earlier if the program has reached capacity. Please be sure to select the site that best works for your family when registering.

$150.00 resident / $240.00 non-resident per session (additional costs for trips, special events & T-shirts).

Mount Prospect Park - 341 Mount Prospect Ave.

Please note that the program will be conducted outdoors ONLY for all daily activities.

Park locations may be combined due to lack of enrollment at a particular site. In the event of a change, participants enrolled at an affected park will be contacted by the Recreation Department for re-location by June 16th.

In the event of inclement weather, before the day begins, parents will receive a text message after 8:00 a.m. to alert you if the program is canceled for the day (there are no indoor facilities available). Please make sure to sign up for mobile notification under your account. In the event of inclement weather, during the day, children will need to be picked up as soon as possible because there is no shelter for them at the park.

Pre-registration is required for all trips and events. There are only 100 spaces available for each trip and are on a first come, first served basis. Participants may only go on trips that take place during the sessions they are registered for. Trips and events can be paid online, with credit or debit card, up until 12:00 midnight, Monday the week before each trip (see registration deadlines below). Due to trip facility current guidelines and safety policies these are firm registration deadlines. Payments can also be made with cash or check at the Recreation Office following the same registration deadlines below.

Once you pay for the trip you are registered. If you miss the pre-registration deadline or the trip is full, please put your child on the on the waiting list online. Participants will be notified, if a spot becomes available, in the order in which they registered on the wait list.

T-shirts are required for all trips and may only be purchased at the Recreation Office for $7.00 each. Trips leave from and return to Anzaldi Park (formerly known as the Athenia Steel Recreation Complex) - 38 John Samra Way. Calendars will be available to inform parents of upcoming events and additional information can be found in the Parent Handbook, which can be found online below under forms. Below is a list of trips/ special events for each session. Prices are available online.

Session 1:
Week 1: No trip this week
Week 2: Frog Falls Aquatic Park, Summer Luau & Hoop Wizard Show - Registration Deadline is 7/3/23
Week 3: Camp Hope (first 100 people to register from any of the 4 park sites from Session 1), Castle Fun Center & Park Olympics - Registration Deadline is 7/10/23

Session 2:
Week 1: Camp Hope (Albion & Stefan Tatarenko Park only) & Funplex - Registration Deadline is 7/17/23
Week 2: Camelbeach & Academy of Amazement Magic Show - Registration Deadline is 7/24/23
Week 3: Camp Hope (Nash & Mt. Prospect Park only), High Exposure & Summer Picnic - Registration Deadline is 7/31/23

Summer Luau: Thursday, July 13th at Anzaldi Park (formerly known as Athenia Steel Recreation Complex) (38 John Samra Way) from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $10.00 per person (includes dinner and entertainment). Participants registered for both Sessions 1 & 2 may attend. The registration deadline is Monday, July 3, 2023. Participants are to be picked up and dropped off at Anzaldi Park by parents.

NEW: Summer Shows/Entertainers: This summer we have added two shows to the program. Both shows will take place at Main Memorial Park (1395 Main Ave) at 10:00 a.m. Pre-registration is required. There is NO FEE for these shows. Participants may only register for the shows during the session they are registered for Summer Fun in the Sun. Participants are to be dropped off at Main Memorial Park at 9:00 a.m. on show days and will be transported, by bus, back to their park site for the remainder of the day after the show is completed. Pick up your children at the end of the day at their regular daily park site location.

Session 1: Hoop Wizard-Friday, July 14th. (registration deadline is Monday, July 3, 2023).
Session 2: Academy of Amazement Magic Show-Friday, August 4th. (registration deadline is Monday, July 24, 2023).

Summer Program Olympics: Thursday, July 20th at Anzaldi Park (formerly known as Athenia Steel Recreation Complex) (38 John Samra Way) from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $10.00 per person (includes lunch). Only participants registered for Session 1 of Summer Fun in the Sun may attend the Olympics. The registration deadline is Monday, July 10, 2023. Participants are to be dropped off and picked up at Anzaldi Park by parents.

End of Summer Picnic: Friday, August 11th at Main Memorial Park (1395 Main Avenue) from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $10.00 per person (includes lunch and rides). Participants registered for Sessions 1 & 2 may attend. The registration deadline is Monday, July 31, 2023. Participants are to be picked up and dropped off at Main Memorial Park by parents.

Camp Hope Trips
Located in West Milford activities may include crafts, swimming, athletics, nature and hiking. Trips take place on Tuesdays according to the following schedule:
July 18th - Open to registered Session 1 participants Only from any of the 4 park sites. Only 100 spaces are available.
July 25th - Open to registered Session 2 participants from Albion & Stefan Tatarenko Park Only.
August 8th - Open to registered Session 2 participants from Nash & Mt. Prospect Park Only.
There is no camp available for individuals not attending the Camp Hope trip on the day your park site is scheduled to go (this does not pertain to the session 1 Camp Hope trip on July 18th open to all four sites). Participants must bring long pants, sneakers or hiking shoes (no sandals), bathing suit & towel (no jeans or cutoffs). Pre-registration is required. The cost is $10.00 per person (includes lunch and transportation). Trips leave from and return to Anzaldi Park (formerly known as the Athenia Steel Recreation Complex) - 38 John Samra Way.

Additional Information:
Please note, the program is conducted in a park and the full day is spent OUTDOORS for program activities.

Request For Summer Aides:
If you feel your child is in need of an aide to assist/shadow them at the summer programs, you must make a request through the Recreation Department. Request should be submitted no later than June 5th. At the time of request, you must submit a copy of your child’s I.E.P. Report (if you also have a 504 Plan please submit with your I.E.P.). Assignments will be made based on a review of your child’s documents and results of an interview. This will help determine the best strategy to assist your child in having a memorable and safe summer. After June 5th we will contact you to set up an interview. Once the summer program begins, aides cannot be hired.

Scholarship Program:
The Clifton Recreation Department Summer Scholarship Program (CRDSSP) was established to assist the Clifton youth residents, who without financial assistance, would not be able to attend summer programs and to assure that no child is turned away. Our department believes that youth need a summer program experience to enrich their lives. The funds used for the summer program scholarship program are raised through our annual specialty camp program. A small portion of that registration fee goes toward helping those less fortunate and is advertised on all registration information for those programs. Funds are also donated by individual and/or companies /organizations specifically to send youth to the summer program.

CRDSSP – is only available to Clifton Residents and cannot be used for extended family whose primary residence is elsewhere. The children, for which the scholarship is requested, must be claimed as dependents. The scholarships are only for the department sponsored summer programs (Summer Fun in the Sun) and not eligible for specialty camps, summer classes, special events, trips or T-shirts. Requests are approved by the Board of Recreation Scholarship Committee. Requests must be made by May 31, 2023. Scholarships are for one year only and for a portion of the program costs. Once approved the balance must be paid to secure a place in the program. Parents interested in applying for financial assistance for their child's summer program must email the Clifton Recreation Department at to request an application.

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