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Summer Class Registration Begins Tomorrow

by Katie Pyzyk — May 22, 2012 at 9:35 am 1,580 21 Comments

Coming up with ideas for things to do throughout the summer isn’t always easy. But the Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation has hundreds of classes available, and registration opens tomorrow, May 23.

Examples of active kids’ classes are swimming and tennis, creative classes include music and theater, and crafty classes include woodworking and ceramics. A wide range of activities is also available to adults, including knitting, various sports and gardening.

The catalog of courses is available online, as is a request form to have a copy sent through the mail. Registration can be done online starting at 8:00 a.m.

Although registration forms can also be mailed and faxed starting tomorrow at 8:00 a.m., and phoned or carried in starting on May 30, online registration is recommended to expedite the process.

Registration for those who are not residents of Arlington begins on June 6.

  • RedShirt

    Let’s hope the server doesn’t crash this time.

    • drax

      They do every single year, and I have faith they will again.

  • John Fontain

    At 8am tomorrow morning, 100 parents’ heads will explode as they get angry about having to delay their morning trip to Starbucks by five minutes to sign their kids up for enrichment classes.

    “Why can’t the enrollment begin at 7pm? Wait, no that’s dinner time.”

    “Why can’t the enrollment begin at 8pm? Wait, no that’s my precious child’s bedtime.”

    “Why can’t the enrollment begin at 10am? Wait, my au pair is watching my non-grade school kids at that time because I have a scheduled massage.”

    • Quoth the Raven

      Oh, stop it. You know very well that the people who complain are the working parents who try to register before going to work. Let’s not demean their valid points (server crashes, etc) by claiming that it’s going to delay their Starbucks visit. That’s just silly.

      • John Fontain

        As one of those working parents, I’ve never had a hard time adjusting my schedule by 5 minutes to register. So tell me again why the timing of the beginning of registration is such a problem?

    • AB

      John, what exactly are you getting at? Its great that Arlington provides these programs, and great that so many parents want the best for their kids. While are you ridiculing us and painting with such a broad brush? My wife and I are work our butts off to provide the best for our child, as do many of the parents that sign up for these programs. What would you rather? That they sit inside and play video games? So you can make some snarky comment when there is a childhood obesity report on arlnow.com? Maybe your parents didn’t love you enough.

      • JohnB2

        I think y’all are taking JF too seriously. Much of his humor angle comes from last year where there were problems with the registration website, causing some irrationally irate parents to have fits. He is not saying the program is bad or that parents who want the best for their kids are bad (I think).

        • Bluemontsince1961

          I think JF was doing a tongue-in-cheek/humor angle as well based on the threads/comments from last year. Am I correct, JF?

        • drax

          They weren’t irrationally irate though.

          You try to register for a program that determines your kid’s schedule for the summer, the website freezes up for hours, you need to get to work and the kids to school – then you tell me if being pissed is “irrationally irate.”

      • John Fontain

        What am I getting at? Every time registration for classes opens, dozens of people come on this site and complain that the start time for registration isn’t convenient for them. They say it’s an incredible hassle to take 5 minutes out of their morning schedule to go online. My post has nothing to do with whether the classes are worthwhile for the children.

        • AB

          I owe you an apology John. Sorry.

          • John Fontain

            No apology needed as long as you do your duty and show up on this site tomorrow morning to complain about the inconvenient starting time for registration.

          • AB

            Will do :)

        • drax

          It’s not the time of day, John, it’s the fact that it can take hours because of the server problems, which would be easier to handle at a different time of day.

          Get it now?

          • John Fontain

            Like shootin fish in a barrel after the water has been drained….

            http://www.arlnow.com/2011/12/13/arlington-parks-and-rec-class-registration-crashes-again/

            “We registered this morning. We ended up being an hour and a half late for work”

            “8:00 on a weekday is the absolute worst possible time to open a registration like this. Do it at noon, or in the evening.”

            “First of all, 8 am is absolutely ridiculous to do an online registration when Moms are getting kids to school and trying to get to work themselves. So, I make the sacrifice to be late for work unnecessarily”

            “juggling kids and this kind of thing and work in the AM is not easy”

          • Right….

            Maybe some crybabies were complaining about the timing, but the main issue with us rational parents is the continual server crashing which turns a 5 minute process into a hour debacle, which frankly is annoying at any time of day.

  • FedUp

    Didn’t know Arlington had a department of “Sports and Recreation”.

  • Customer

    Online isn’t the only way to turn in registrations – it may be too late for this summer, but you can also mail or fax in your registration days or weeks before the start date.

    • Right….

      No you can’t. The classes fill up within 2-5 minutes online (if the server doesn’t crash). There is no way to register any other way and get a spot. By the time you mail or fax something in, you are number 30 on a wait list.

  • Arlingtonian

    Fax? Ugh.

  • JohnB2

    So how did it go?

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