Fall activities include the annual Haunted Trails special event, which provides opportunities for youth 13 years and older to volunteer as monsters, terrifying the attendees, while earning community service hours for their participation. The Jr. Civic Workshops provide middle school students with an opportunity to learn about their city government, with guest speakers from the City Manager’s Department, the Mayor, the Registrar of Voters, and a local judge, who presides over the juvenile court system. Community Service hours are awarded in this monthly workshop that meets during the school year in the Community Room at City Hall.
In the winter, the Laguna Niguel Youth Committee sponsors a free dance workshop. Instructors have taught basic instruction in swing dance, salsa and hip hop. During the spring, youth and teens volunteer for the City’s Earth Day Celebration, helping to plant and clean up the Niguel Botanical Preserve. Middle and High School bands are selected by the Youth Committee to perform in the newly renovated amphitheater at the annual Music & Arts Festival. Colleges and Employers represent their organizations by providing answers to questions, as High School students meet representatives and apply for seasonal employment, at the annual High School Job & College Fair.
A new series of “life skills” classes offered: a food prep class called Chopped, Jr.; strategies to reduce and prevent victimization promote self-confidence in the Self Defense class; and practicing communication skills during the Interviewing Skills class.
For more information about Youth and Teen programs, check out LNTEENS.org, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, @lnteens or contact: Gretchen Malcolm at (949) 425-5100.
The Laguna Niguel Skateboard and Soccer Park features a 20,000 square foot concrete skateboard park and a synthetic grass soccer field. Both parks provide year-round enjoyment for skateboard and soccer enthusiasts with state-of-the-art facilities. The Skatepark is supervised by Parks and Recreation Department staff. Passes are required for all individuals using the park. Liability waivers signed by the parent or guardian is required. Proof of residency will be required by showing driver’s license or California I.D. Park users 18 years old and over are also required to sign a waiver on their own behalf. Skatepark identification cards will be issued once the waivers are signed. These I.D. cards serve as your permit to enter the park. Helmets, plastic capped elbow, and kneepads are required at all times while in the park. For more information on park hours, birthday parties, and lessons contact: Jeff Kirby at (949) 916-7755.