The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department will be offering some new programs this summer for both kids and adults.

The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department will be offering some new programs this summer for both kids and adults.

Youngsters ages 3-8 will be able to work on their balance, agility and coordination while beginning to build healthy habits at the JumpBunch "Fun in the Sun" camp.

The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 1-6 in the McKinley Field Shelter.

"JumpBunch is a private business that works with various parks departments around the area," recreation supervisor Mike Patterson said. Campers will participate in such activities as Frisbee games, beach volleyball and relay races.

"It's a chance for young kids to work on developing skills like balance and coordination while participating in some activities that are different than the usual things like baseball or basketball," Patterson said.

Participants should bring a snack and water bottle each day to camp.

More information about JumpBunch Sports and Fitness for Kids is available at www.JumpBunch.com/camps.

The cost for the camp is $94 for residents of Grandview and Marble Cliff and $112 for non-residents. Registration should be made with Grandview Parks and Recreation, but checks should be made payable to JumpBunch.

The Land and Water Challenge youth biathlon will allow youngsters to compete against each other in an event that will combine running and swimming.

"We have such a good turnout for our Tiny Tot Pumpkin Trot and our swim team, that I thought we'd try to do something that combined running and swimming," Patterson said. "It will be a true biathlon event."

The competition will include boys and girls divisions for ages 8-11, 12-15 and 16-18.

The Land and Water Challenge will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Grandview municipal pool and Buck Park.

Cost is $20 for residents and $35 for non-residents. Registration deadline is Aug. 12.

Volunteers are needed to serve as timers and judges. Anyone interested in volunteering should call Patterson at 481-6202.

In the tradition of the popular adult kickball league, a new adult co-ed wiffle ball league will conducted July 25-Aug. 29 at Little Pierce Field, 1080 Oxley Road.

"This is an offshoot of our adult kickball league," Patterson said. "Some of the participants in that program said, 'Hey, why don't you try a wiffle ball league?' Other communities have done similar programs. We'll see if we get teams to sign up for it."

The wiffle ball league will feature five weeks of games with a one-night playoff.

Games will be held at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Mondays.

The league is open to those 18 and older. The fee is $80 per team.

A minimum of four teams and maximum of six teams are needed for the league.

The adult kickball league will return for its third year on Aug. 7 with a six-week season and one-night playoff.

Games will be held at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sundays at Buck Park, 1280 Goodale Blvd.

Cost is $80 per team with a minimum of four teams and six teams needed for the league.

The registration deadline for returning teams is July 29.

The parks department tries to come up with new programs that meet the needs and desires of area residents, Patterson said.

"A lot of ideas come from our residents, from things they suggest to me," he said. "We're always looking for new ideas."