The ever-changing winter weather will still be a reality for a few months, but that doesn’t mean Families can’t get out and enjoy time together thanks to Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs.

Art and Crafts

Patrice Johnson-Winters, supervisory recreation specialist, said arts and crafts are a great way to decompress.

The MWR arts and crafts program is offered in a class format at the Cole Park Community Activity Center, 1610 101st Airborne Division Road, or as a private party in which the arts and craft activity is brought to your location.

The benefits of delving into the creative spirit are numerous for both children and adults.

“The benefits of doing arts and crafts can be both physical and psychological,” Johnson-Winters said. “It is easy to understand how the physical benefits are achieved. Hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills develop when we draw, color, sculpt, paste, and perform the other activities we use to creating. Evidence of this growth can be seen in any child’s coloring book.”

For adults the benefits are just as real, though they are more psychological in nature, she said.

“The psychological benefits of becoming involved with arts and craft activities is less obvious but even more important,” Johnson-Winters said. “The act of creating something, anything, fosters a sense of accomplishment and self-satisfaction. It reduces stress and can become a method of expression.”

Available classes can be viewed on the MWR website calendar at, while private arts and crafts activities are up to the individual.

For classes at Cole Park Commons Community Center, COVID-19 precautionary measures including the wearing of face masks and social distancing are required. Class sizes are limited to comply with Centers of Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 mitigation guidelines.

For more information about arts and crafts activities, call 270-798-3625, or visit or Facebook at

Hooper Bowling Center

Sports and Family games are another way to connect with one another, and the Hooper Bowling Center is a place to start.

Keri McPeak, business manager, said bowling is an affordable way to spend an afternoon with Family.

“Bowling is a great Family activity,” McPeak said. “There are not a lot of places you can spend $40-$60 [based on a Family of four] as a Family and have several hours of entertainment, activity and good food to go along with the fun.”

Along with having food available, the bowling center offers several discounted programs, and is as good for the body as it is for the wallet.

“Bowling is a sport that can be done by all ages and physical abilities,” McPeak said. “It is a low-impact sport that works hand-eye coordination, core, and leg muscles. You truly get the most bang for your buck when you bowl.”

Hooper offers Cosmic Bowling on Friday and Saturdays starting at 7 p.m., as well as birthday party packages and the ability to accommodate large functions.

In April, Hooper will welcome back the Kids Bowl Free program. This program runs through the beginning of September and allows children 14 and under to receive two free games each day at bowling centers that are participating in the program. Families are encouraged to purchase a Family pass so anyone older than 14 can also get two free games. Shoe rental is $2.75 per person. To sign up people can go to Be sure to watch the MWR Facebook page for more information about the Kids Bowl Free program.

COVID-19 safety precautions are in place at the bowling center and include social distancing and the wearing of face masks. Equipment must be wiped down after each use.

Those interested in joining a bowling league can join in August when signups start. Currently Hooper has a Wednesday Night League and Saturday Youth League. They also host several United States Bowling Congress-sanctioned tournaments throughout league season. Both current leagues are USBC-sanctioned and Hooper Bowling Center is USBC-certified.

For more information about Hooper Bowling Center, call 270-798-5887, or visit or Facebook at

Shaw Physical Fitness Center

For those who are restless because of winter weather, going to the gym is a great way to blow off some steam, said Brian Hinton, Shaw Physical Fitness Center manager.

“Getting back into the gym and being active has many advantages,” Hinton said. “It will help you maintain a healthy weight, reduces the risk of heart attacks, and helps lowers the risks of type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. It will also help maintain stronger muscles and joints to help prevent the developing of osteoporosis.”

PFC visitors must wear a mask upon entering the facility. When engaged in a physical activity visitors may remove their masks but when walking around the common areas a mask is required. All equipment must be properly wiped down before and after each use.

There are a few new classes to check out this year, for more information call 270-461-2294, or visit or Facebook at

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