MUSCATINE, Iowa–When you think of summer fun, you may not think of playing golf with soccer balls or practicing yoga with goats. However, Flickinger Learning Center thinks these events may prove just the things for end of summer celebration and to help them run their programming all year long.
On Saturday, Aug. 15 at 9 a.m., Flickinger will treat attendees to an unusual but delightful morning of goat yoga. A certified yoga instructor will lead a 45 minute class for adults and children at 3102 Hershey Avenue. During the session, young goats will freely roam about the area, and anyone may visit with them. After the session, you may take photos with the goats. Participants will need to bring their own yoga mats as well as towels and water bottles if they would like them. Organizers ask that everyone place their mats at least six feet apart to create social distance. Registration costs $10 for children 12 and under and $15 for anyone 13 and up.
For those looking for some friendly competition, Foot Golf Friendzee will prove just the thing. In groups of up to four, friends and family members can play foot golf, an event where players try to kick a soccer ball into a 21 inch cup in as few tries as possible. Foot Golf Friendzee will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at Muscatine Municipal Golf Course, with family foot golf from 1 to 4:45 p.m. and adult only foot golf (including a cash bar) from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Registration costs $20 for kids and $25 for adults. Each player will have their own ball and groups will have adequate space between them to allow everyone to social distance.
Whichever event appeals to you, Flickinger Learning Center Executive Director Danni Zumwalt hopes you will come out and support them in their mission to help all children succeed in school: “Flickinger Learning Center’s after school programs are free to any child or family that needs our services. To keep it this way, we depend on the kindness of our community to help support our vision and mission. All funds collected will directly benefit our after school programs and thus the children we serve.”
This year, Flickinger knows their programs will look different because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are currently working closely with the Muscatine Community School District to ensure we can provide the support the students in our community need while following the proper safety best practices and guidelines,” explained Zumwalt. Whatever changes Flickinger makes, they hope to continue providing at-risk students with the academic support, emotional coping skills, individualized practice, and nutritious after school food they need to grow and thrive in all aspects of their lives.
Through the generous support of people coming out to goat yoga and Foot Golf Friendzee, Flickinger will have the funds they need to adapt their programming and best serve students in need during this challenging time. If you would like to attend either event, you may register online by emailing Flickinger Learning Center at [email protected].