School's out for summer, and you're not sure how to keep your kids busy. They can always sleep in, watch TV and play video games all day, but you want them to do something more active. The Hesperia Recreation and Park District has several options for you just at Lime Street Park alone: Kids Kamp, open swim and swimming lessons.


Kids Kamp, available Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., provides parents with an opportunity to drop off their kids for the day when they go to work. Children ranging from 5 to 12 years old participate in various activities during the camp, including arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor sports, games, supervised play, quiet time and even field trips to places such as Power Play Skate Center and Scandia Amusement Park.


Lenamarie Ortiz, 11, who is not afraid to frequently say, "I'm awesome!" to those she meets, said she has been a faithful Kids Kamp member since she was 5 years old and has never been disappointed with camp.


"We meet new leaders," she said. "That's really fun. We play a lot of games."


While playing with the kids on the playground and sporting his tie-dye staff shirt, Craig Garcia said there has yet to be a dull moment during his first summer of being a Kids Kamp leader.


"It never gets boring. You're on your toes constantly," Garcia said, laughing. "You can't close your eyes for one second."


Children involved in Kids Kamp also get to play in the Lime Street pool, which is the only public pool available in Hesperia. But they aren't the only ones who use it. The pool is also available for open swim and swim lessons from Memorial Day to Labor Day.


According to Lindsay Woods, administrative operations manager for the Hesperia Recreation and Park District, the Lime Street Park pool has been open to the public since around the late 1960s and has seen a few generations of swimmers splash around in its chlorine-filled waters. Open swim, including late night swims on the first and third Saturdays of every month, is offered for $2 per person. Parents can register their kids for swim lessons online for a two-week session or for a four-Saturday session. Classes are based on varying swimming skill levels.


"We focus on trying to teach the kids in the community how to swim, so that's a priority," Woods said.


Jonathan "Peatry" Jordan, who has been a swim lesson instructor for three years and a lifeguard for four years, said he teaches his swimmers "familiarity with the water, improvement in their form and, for the higher levels, endurance."


Jordan also said that from his experience life guarding and teaching, he enjoys being an instructor the most.


"It's always just being in the pool and not having to sit down all day," he said. "Life guarding has its ups and downs, but teaching is always eventful."


Four-year-old Adrian Lopez, one of Jordan's Level 2 students, said he has had fun during his second year of taking lessons.


"I like being in the water," he said. "I like swimming."


Further possibilities for recreation at Lime Street Park could become a reality in the form of a requested $5 million grant sent to the state of California by the Hesperia Recreation and Park District. Woods said the grant would provide for a variety of improvements, such as relocating the equestrian center, as well as additions to the facility, including a skate plaza and a gymnasium.