Looking for something to do this summer?

The new Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior and Youth Center at Eustis Park has daily activities geared toward getting people, both young and old and up and moving.

"Realistically, a senior could come in the morning and end up staying the first half of the day because there's so much going on," said Recreation Program Supervisor Samantha Radford of the city of Aiken Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department. 

Programs for different age groups run through the day in the banquet hall space. There are classes for fitness, nutrition, health and more.

Many of the fitness classes have unique setups to accommodate the age groups participating. For seniors and adults there is chair yoga, chair volleyball and gentle exercise activities like tai chi and Walk with Ease programs.

One of the newest programs, Matter of Balance, helps teach seniors how to improve their balance and minimize the damage they could take if they fell. 

"There's a lot of stuff always going on," said Recreation Program Coordinator Stephanie Safford. "There's pretty much something for everyone to do, especially the seniors who live in this area."

On the other end of the age spectrum, there are classes and programs geared toward children as young as three. Little Yogis is a yoga class for small children taught by Nicole Troutman. There are youth pickleball games for teens and preteens and Pound Fit classes (fitness routines using drumsticks) for all ages.

More advanced fitness classes include cardio kickboxing and advanced zumba programs.

Liz Centers brought young Madelyn Yapoujian to a Little Yogis program while she was babysitting.

"I saw on Facebook that they were having this, and I love to get her out and do new activities," Centers said.

In addition to workout classes and programs, the center also provides social clubs and activities to the community, especially seniors. Radford said bingo and cards and dice games have been growing in popularity and are open to all age groups.

"It just gives them another place to go if they want to take part," Radford said. "We have a lot of people come in and say, 'I would love to do things but Odell Weeks is too far from my house.' A lot of people walk here."

On the educational side, the center hosts creative arts and computer classes for all ages.

While many of the center's diverse array of programs will be regular, others may change from month to month. Most of the programs are free of charge.  

The Senior and Youth Center is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The center is located at 841 Edgefield Ave NW.

For more information about the facility and programs, including possible fees or registration info, call 803-643-2181.

Kristina Rackley is a general assignment reporter with the Aiken Standard.