As the long school holidays creep closer I am sure there are many mothers out there who are getting all misty-eyed and fuzzy at the though of twelve uninterrupted weeks with their little darlings. I am not one of them.

Much as I love them, I have to admit that the thought of three solid months in the company of my kids makes me feel faint. I work for home but know very well there will not be much work done if I am to spend the whole summer refereeing their daily squabbles.

Thank heavens for Gaga and Bampa. I am lucky to have them nearby and they help me out a lot but even the most devoted of grandparents has the occasional urge to run screaming from their grandchildren pulling what is left of their hair out and jabbering in frustration.

So, I have nothing but praise for the Arona ayuntamiento which every year organises a bunch of activities to occupy the kids through the long, hot summer. Usually these activities are heavily subsidised and are either free or offer really good value for money.

Swimming Courses – €25

Kids: 4 to 16 years old

Held in the municipal swimming pool of Los Cristianos in the Jesús Dominguez “Grillo” Sports Centre and open to both resident and non resident kids, these swimming classes run for set times through the months of July, August and September.

Babies: 1 to 3 years old

These classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There are four sessions of 45 minutes each in July and August and two sessions a day in September.

Both the swimming courses, those for babies and those for kids up to 16 cost €25.

Call 010 and ask for the Ayuntamiento of Arona or 922761600 for more information and to enrol your child.

Tennis Course – €20 per month

Kids: 6 to 17 years old

Held in the tennis courts of the Jesús Dominguez “Grillo” Sports Centre in Los Cristianos, the tennis courses are held on Mondays and Thursdays or Tuesdays and Fridays according to the child’s age and ability.

Enrollment for this course opens on the 15th of June and preference will be given to those who are enrolling in tennis courses for the first time. Ask at the office of the sports centre for more information.

The tennis course runs from 1st July till the end of August and costs €20 per month.

10€ Mini-Courses

There are a number of mini-courses on offer which are a great way to see if your kid is really interested in an activity before you go the whole hog, enrol him into a club and buy a mountain of associated kit. This year you can pick from sailing, windsurfing and canoeing. These classes are kept small. There are only 4 kids per group in the windsurfing course, 6 in the sailing class and 8 in the canoeing course. While this means you can be sure someone has an eye on your beloved it also means you need to get his or her name down pronto.

In order to get your child enrolled call 010 from 17th of June and ask for ‘informacion del Complejo Deportivo de Los Cristianos’.

Free Kids Summer Activities

Free activities include mixed sports and games  in Las Galletas, Cabo Blanco, Valle San Lorenzo, El Fraile, Arona, La Camella, Las Rosas and Guaza. These are for kids between the ages of 6 and 14, last two hours per day, Monday to Friday and are held in each town’s sports centre or pavillion.

There are beach games and beach volleyball on the Playa de Los Cristianos every Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 12.00 through July and August and free golf courses for kids between the ages of 8 to 16 at the Campo de Golf Las Americas in July and August.

The Karting Club in Parque de La Reina have 40 free places  for kids between the ages of 6 to 11 for a free initiation class on the theory and practical aspects of whizzing round the kart track.

Arona Ayuntamiento also organises summer activities for young adults, adults, seniors and both kids and adults with disabilities. You can take a look at Arona Online for more information (although quite honestly, good luck with that).