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2024 Happy Camp

March 18 - March 29

The Recreation Centers of Sun City West are proud to announce the return of Happy Camp in March of 2024 for the grandchildren of Sun City West residents. This program is coordinated through the Rec Centers’ Events Department and the Chartered Clubs of Sun City West.

Happy Camp provides a variety of activities that enlighten and entertain children of all ages, giving Sun City West residents an opportunity to share with their grandchildren the fun and excitement of activities such as flight simulator, broadcasting, auto restoration, desert gardening, panning for “gold” and much more!

Craft activities included in this year’s event include artistic lettering and card design, decorative arts, sewing, beading, weaving, clay sculpting, ceramics and much more. Children can also participate in a variety of physical activities such as fitness classes, hula dancing, pickleball, softball, tennis and bocce.

Tickets are required for both free and paid activities. Members can pick up tickets in person at the R.H. Johnson Box Office. Box office hours from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The program is designed for Sun City West residents and their grandchildren only. An adult must be present for the duration of all activities with their grandchildren. Ticketed activities are for children only.

Mark your calendars now for Happy Camp 2024!

Child Guest Passes

The Rec Centers will be waiving the child’s guest pass this year for all club activities. The only exceptions involve the purchase of bowling games at the R.H. Johnson Sports Pavilion and child guest passes for access to the pool at the R.H. Johnson Recreation Center and the R.H. Johnson Sports Pavilion.

Individual clubs may charge an activity fee (see schedule of events below).

Thank you to the Clubs

A big thank you goes out to all the Chartered Clubs that participated in this year’s Happy Camp event! If you wish to learn more about Chartered Clubs in Sun City West, visit scwclubs.com or click the button below.

Rec Centers Maps

To help you and your grandkids navigate all the great activities scheduled for this year’s Happy Camp, maps of each recreation center are available by clicking the buttons below.

2024 Happy Camp Schedule

Red Hot Clowns - Face Painting

The Red Hot Clowns will be providing free face painting in the R.H. Johnson Pool lobby on March 18 and 19 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Child’s guest pass must be purchased upon arrival at pool.

Root Beer Floats with Zymurgy Club

The Zymurgy Club will be serving free root beer floats at the R.H. Johnson Pool from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 18 through 21. Child’s guest pass must be purchased upon arrival at pool.

Bowling at R.H. Johnson

Enjoy a couple games of bowling at the R.H. Johnson Sports Pavilion. From 9 a.m to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24, two games of bowling are $2 and include shoe rental. Child’s guest pass must be purchased upon arrival.

Week One

March 18 through 22

Fitness – Zumba

  • Free activity
  • Ages 9+
  • 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
  • Palm Ridge Summit Hall
Fitness – Scult 45

  • Free activity
  • Ages 9+
  • 9 to 9:45 a.m.
  • Palm Ridge Summit Hall
Clay

  • Free activity
  • Ages 8 to 14
  • 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Beardsley Clay Studio
Rip N’ Sew

  • Free activity
  • Ages 5 to 12
  • 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • R.H. Johnson Arts & Crafts Village – Rip N’ Sew
Platform Tennis

  • Free activity
  • Ages 8 to 12
  • 1 to 2:30 a.m.
  • R.H. Johnson Tennis Facility
Basketeers

  • $5
  • Ages 7+
  • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Kuentz Mesa Room
Beaders

  • $4
  • Ages 6 to 16
  • 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Kuentz Kiva Room
Broadcasting

  • $1
  • Ages 7 to 14
  • 10 to 11 a.m.
  • RHJ Men’s Club Building – Broadcast Studio
Bocce

  • Free activity
  • Ages 6 to 16
  • 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • RHJ Activity Center – Bocce Courts
Pickleball

  • Free activity
  • Ages 8+
  • 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Palm Ridge Liberty Courts
Fitness – Zumba

  • Free activity
  • Ages 9+
  • 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
  • Palm Ridge Summit Hall
Fitness – Scult 45

  • Free activity
  • Ages 9+
  • 9 to 9:45 a.m.
  • Palm Ridge Summit Hall
Desert Garden

  • Free activity
  • Ages 8+
  • 9 to 10:15 a.m.
  • 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Beardsley Greenhouse
Learn Chess

  • Free activity
  • Ages 5+
  • Noon to 2 p.m.
  • R.H. Johnson Library
Leather Carvers

  • $5
  • Ages 9+
  • 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Kuentz Leather Crafts Studio
Ceramics

  • $3
  • Ages 5+
  • 2 to 4 p.m.
  • RHJ Ceramic Studio
Softball

  • Free activity
  • Ages 5 to 12
  • 4 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Kuentz Liberty Field
     
Flight Simulator

  • Free activity
  • Ages 10+
  • 9 to 10 a.m.
  • 10 to 11 a.m.
  • 11 a.m. to noon
  • Palm Ridge Computers West
Beaders

  • $4
  • Ages 6 to 16
  • 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Kuentz Kiva Room
Story Time with Craft

  • Free activity
  • Ages 3+
  • 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.
  • R.H. Johnson Library
Bocce

  • Free activity
  • Ages 6 to 16
  • 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • RHJ Activity Center – Bocce Courts
Pickleball

  • Free activity
  • Ages 8+
  • 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Palm Ridge Liberty Courts
Mac-Cro-Knit

  • $5
  • Ages 8 to 12
  • 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Kuentz Pueblo Room
Automotive Restoration

  • Free activity
  • Ages 10 to 18
  • 2 to 4 p.m.
  • RHJ ARC Building
     
Fitness – Zumba

  • Free activity
  • Ages 9+
  • 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
  • Palm Ridge Summit Hall
Fitness – Scult 45

  • Free activity
  • Ages 9+
  • 9 to 9:45 a.m.
  • Palm Ridge Summit Hall
Weavers West

  • $2
  • Ages 7 to 12
  • 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Kuentz Weavers West
Scrapbooking, Papercrafts & More

  • Free activity
  • Ages 8+
  • 9:30 to 11 a.m.
  • Beardsley Arts & Crafts Building – Agave Room
Broadcasting

  • $1
  • Ages 7 to 14
  • 10 to 11 a.m.
  • 11 a.m. to noon
  • RHJ Men’s Club Building – Broadcast Studio
Decorative Arts

  • $2
  • Ages 8+
  • 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Kuentz Courtyard Breezeway
       

Week Two

March 25 through 29

Fitness – Zumba

  • Free activity
  • Ages 9+
  • 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
  • Palm Ridge Summit Hall
Fitness – Scult 45

  • Free activity
  • Ages 9+
  • 9 to 9:45 a.m.
  • Palm Ridge Summit Hall
Clay (Sold Out)

  • Free activity
  • Ages 8 to 14
  • 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Beardsley Clay Studio
Artistic Hand Lettering, Cards & Mixed Media

  • Free activity
  • Ages 7 to 13
  • 10 a.m. to noon
  • Kuentz Pueblo Room
Rip N’ Sew (Sold Out)

  • Free activity
  • Ages 5 to 12
  • 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • RHJ Arts and Crafts Village – Rip N’ Sew
Tennis

  • Free activity
  • Ages 8 to 12
  • 1 to 3 p.m.
  • RHJ Tennis Facility
       
Weavers West Guild

  • $2
  • Ages 7 to 12
  • 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Kuentz Weavers West
Basketeers

  • $5
  • Ages 7+
  • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Kuentz Mesa Room
Beaders

  • $4
  • Ages 6 to 16
  • 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Kuentz Kiva Room
Broadcasting

  • $1
  • Ages 7 to 14
  • 10 to 11 a.m.
  • RHJ Men’s Club Building – Broadcast Studio
Bocce

  • Free activity
  • Ages 6 to 16
  • 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • RHJ Activity Center – Bocce Courts
Pickleball

  • Free activity
  • Ages 8+
  • 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Palm Ridge Liberty Courts
Hula #1 with Craft

  • The scheduled Hula #1 class has been canceled
     
Fitness – Zumba

  • Free activity
  • Ages 9+
  • 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
  • Palm Ridge Summit Hall
Desert Garden

  • Free activity
  • Ages 8+
  • 9 to 10:15 a.m.
  • 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Beardsley Greenhouse
Leather Carvers

  • $5
  • Ages 9+
  • 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Kuentz Leather Crafts Studio
Ceramics

  • $3
  • Ages 5+
  • 2 to 4 p.m.
  • RHJ Ceramic Studio
Hula #2 with Craft

  • The scheduled Hula #2 class has been canceled
Softball

  • Free activity
  • Ages 5 to 12
  • 4 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Kuentz Liberty Field
       
Rockhounds

  • Free activity
  • Ages 8+
  • 8 to 10 a.m.
  • 10 to noon
  • Beardsley Ramada 2
Flight Simulator (Sold Out)

  • Free activity
  • Ages 10+
  • 9 to 10 a.m.
  • 10 to 11 a.m.
  • 11 a.m. to noon
  • Palm Ridge Computers West
Beaders

  • $4
  • Ages 6 to 16
  • 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Kuentz Kiva Room
Story Time with Craft

  • Free activity
  • Ages 3+
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • R.H. Johnson Library
Bocce

  • Free activity
  • Ages 6 to 16
  • 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • RHJ Activity Center – Bocce Courts
Pickleball

  • Free activity
  • Ages 8+
  • 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Palm Ridge Liberty Courts
Hula #3

  • The scheduled Hula #3 class has been canceled
Automotive Restoration

  • Free activity
  • Ages 10 to 18
  • 2 to 4 p.m.
  • RHJ ARC Building
   
Fitness – Zumba

  • Free activity
  • Ages 9+
  • 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
  • Palm Ridge Summit Hall
Fitness – Scult 45

  • Free activity
  • Ages 9+
  • 9 to 9:45 a.m.
  • Palm Ridge Summit Hall
Scrapbooking, Papercrafts & More

  • Free activity
  • Ages 8+
  • 9:30 to 11 a.m.
  • Beardsley Arts & Crafts Building – Agave Room
Broadcasting (Sold Out)

  • $1
  • Ages 7 to 14
  • 10 to 11 a.m.
  • 11 a.m. to noon
  • RHJ Men’s Club Building – Broadcast Studio
Hula #4 with Dance Recital

  • The scheduled Hula #4 class has been canceled