The Hive: Fun for West Cary Residents

Parents and kids play hockey at during a KidoKinetics class, which teaches sports fundamentals in a safe environment.

The Town of Cary is trying something new to serve its western residents: a storefront community center.

Dash Gonzalez, 3, wriggles through a tunnel during a KidoKinetics sports and fitness class for preschoolers at The Hive in Cary.

Next to a juice bar and Domino’s pizza in a small shopping center at 712 Slash Pine Drive is The Hive, so named because the town hopes it will be abuzz with activity, says Julie Collins, a recreation manager for Cary’s parks and recreation department.

With that part of Cary growing rapidly, she says the town saw a need to add more accessible classes and activities.

“There were no indoor spaces for a lot of those neighborhoods,” Collins said. “Bond Park is the closest and you’d have to travel 20 to 25 minutes (to get there) on a good day.”

She calls The Hive a mini center because it’s one 2,000 square foot room. Senior fitness, art classes and birthday parties are popular, while evenings from 6 to 8 are its busiest hours, Collins says.

Programs are for ages 2 and up, and include art, dance, yoga and fitness. There won’t be summer camps, but some classes, such as robotics, are offered over several weeks.

The Town of Cary recently opened The Hive, a small storefront community center, to serve residents of new developments in western Cary.

For a list of programs and how to register, go to or call (919) 319-4590.

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