Youth Programs

Spring 2020 Youth Classes

Please register for spring classes online- you will be added to a wait list and you will not be charged a fee. This will hold your spot in the class.  You will be notified when we are allowed to resume classes.

Baby & Toddler Music and Movement Class

Join us for a singalong with children's musician Brittany Manville that delights both children and caregivers. Each class will incorporate plenty of movement and silliness into each song! The last 15 minutes is open play, while popular children's music is played, and toys are provided to encourage the kids to interact with each other. This fun-filled hour is for babies, toddlers and preschool aged children, birth-4 years old. Caregivers must accompany and stay with the children.

Activity# 4393

Day/Time: Friday’s, May 8, 2020-June 12, 2020 from 9:00AM-10:00AM

Location: Colchester Town Hall, Conference Room #1

Ages: Birth-4 years old

Cost: $50.00 Res./$55.00 Non.Res.

Instructor: Brittany Manville

Min.3/Max.20

Registration Deadline: 5/4/20

 

Children’s Ballet & Jazz Combination Class

Join us for a special partnership with Doreen's Dance Center to offer some spring dance classes! Students will spend the first 1/2 hr on the basics of classical ballet, including center floor exercises and dance progressions. The second half of the class will teach the basics of jazz dance with center floor isolations, dance steps and dance progressions to age appropriate pop music. Ballet is the foundation of all dance forms. Basics of jazz is used in funk routines, hip hop, broadway and latin dance. Class is 9 weeks with Erin McKenna.

Activity# 4391

Day/Time: Wednesday’s April 22, 2020- June 17, 2020 from 5:15PM-6:15PM

Location: Doreen’s Dance Center, 711 Middletown Road, Colchester

Ages: 6yrs-10yrs old

Cost: $105.00 Res./$110.00 Non-Res.

Instructor: Doreen’s Dance Center

Min.6/Max 15

Registration Deadline: 4/13/20

 

Magic Classes for Kids

Children will learn magic through fun, hands-on, interactive magic lessons that keep kids engaged and entertained. Taught by professional Magician Dean David’s, children will be taught in an age appropriate way that will give them step by step instruction and practice so they can become professional magicians too! Parents are encouraged and welcome to attend and learn some magic too! Class is 3 weeks.

Activity #4381

Day/Time: Monday’s 5/4/20-5/18/20 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Location:  Colchester Elementary School Cafe

Grades: K-5                                                       

Cost: Res. $50.00/Non-Res. $55.00

Instructor: Dean Davids, Magic of Dean Davids      

Registration Deadline: 4/27/20

Min.12/Max.20

 

Little Dragons Martial Arts

See your child develop more focus, self-discipline, respect and self-control in a structured activity. This program is designed to work on life skills while learning practical self-defense. Burn off some energy in a fun structured educational class that offers a "Mat Chat" to develop respect. Meets both on Monday and Wednesday. 5 weeks.

Activity #4357

Day/Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 4/20/20-5/20/20, 4:15 PM – 4:45 PM

Location:  360 Defense Martial Arts, Mill Street, Colchester CT

Ages:      5-6                                                     

Cost: Res. $50.00/Non-Res. $55.00

Instructor: Robert Hesser                                   

Registration Deadline: 4/15/20

Min.4/Max. 8

 

Martial Arts for Kids

This program teaches a special character-based system of Martial Arts to kids in a fun and interactive way. Your child will learn to kick, punch, and defend him/herself-and will build on goal-setting, confidence, and the lifelong benefits of self-discipline, focus and respect.  Meets both Monday & Wednesday. 5 weeks.

Activity #4359

Day/Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 4/20/20-5/20/20 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Location:  360 Defense Martial Arts

Ages:      7-11                                                  

Cost: Res. $50.00/Non-Res. $55.00

Instructor: Robert Hesser                                   

Registration Deadline: 4/15/20

Min.4/Max. 12

 

Preschool Rhythm & Movement

Join us for a special partnership with Doreen's Dance Center to offer some spring dance classes! Preschool Dance & Movement is designed for children ages 3-5 years old and teaches the fundamentals of dance through dance games, structured improvisation, and creative movement exercises. Children begin to learn spacial awareness, sharing and working as a group, following directions, & mind to body control, all while having fun with props such as scarves, bean bags, hoops etc. Class is 8 weeks long and will be held at Doreen's Dance Center, 711 Middletown Road in Colchester. Instructor Rachel Koffman.

Activity# 4389

Day/Time: Monday’s April 20, 2020-June 15, 2020 from 5:00PM-5:45PM

**No Class on 5/25/20 (Memorial Day)

Location: Doreen’s Dance Center, 711 Middletown Road, Colchester

Ages: 3-5 yrs old

Cost: $95 Res./$100 Non-Res.

Instructor: Doreen’s Dance Center

Min.6/Max.12

Registration Deadline: 4/15/20

 

Start Smart Baseball & Softball   

Start smart Baseball & Softball is a developmentally appropriate introductory Baseball & Softball program for children 3-5 years old. The program prepares children for organized tee ball, baseball and softball in a fun non threatening environment. you can help your child develop basic motor skills such as throwing, catching, running and hitting as well as agility skills and teamwork. Parent participation is required. 6 Weeks.

Activity # 4351                  

Day/Time: Tuesday’s 4/21/20-5/26/20 from 5:30PM-6:15PM     

Location: CES Gym

Ages: 3-5

Cost: Res. $60.00/Non-Res. $65.00

Instructor: John Bornhorst                                  

Min. 6/Max.12

Registration Deadline: 4/15/20

 

 

Yoga and Mindful Me: Afterschool Activity at CES

Each class will combine yoga and mindfulness practices in fun, active and engaging ways. Children will participate in games and activities that will have them:  move, stretch and strengthen their bodies through yoga postures, learn breathing techniques, practice focusing, build social skills while connecting to others and themselves, as well as learn strategies for self-regulation and relaxation. Yoga and mindfulness practices can help bring the body, breath and mind into a balanced, healthy state. Plus it’s a lot of fun! This class is for children in grades K-2. Students must have a parent pick up note to stay for the class. Students will be picked up by the instructor in the CES cafeteria at parent pickup time. Parents will pick up their child at 4:30PM in classroom F5 in the first grade hallway. Please have your child wear comfortable clothes. Yoga mats are provided.

Activity # 4394

Day/Time: Thursday’s 4/30/20-5/28/20 from 3:15PM-4:30PM

Location: Classroom F5

Grades: K-2

Cost: Res. $35/Non-Res. $40

Instructor: Susie Hawkins

Registration Deadline: 4/27/20

Min.8/Max.10

 

Yoga and Mindful Me: Afterschool Activity at JJIS

Each class will combine yoga and mindfulness practices in fun, active and engaging ways. Children will participate in games and activities that will have them:  move, stretch and strengthen their bodies through yoga postures, learn breathing techniques, practice focusing, build social skills while connecting to others and themselves, as well as learn strategies for self-regulation and relaxation. Yoga and mindfulness practices can help bring the body, breath and mind into a balanced, healthy state. Plus it’s a lot of fun! This class is for children in grades 3-5. Students must have a parent pick up note to stay for the class. Parents will pick up their child at 4:30PM in room 79. Please have your child wear comfortable clothes. Yoga mats are provided.

Activity # 4395

Day/Time: Wednesday’s 4/29/20-5/27/20 from 3:15PM-4:30PM

Location: Room 79

**Class on 4/29/20 in JJIS Gym

Grades: 3-5

Cost: Res. $35/Non-Res. $40

Instructor: Susie Hawkins

Registration Deadline: 4/27/20

Min.8/Max.10

 

 

Water Safety Class

Learning how to swim is an essential component to preventing water related accidents. Colchester Recreation believes that water safety is imperative to the safety of all children and is committed to preventing water-related injuries and fatalities. This event is a starting point for children to learn how to make safe choices, increase physical fitness, prevent injuries and act in emergency and rescue situations. This on-land course is designed in a fun and engaging way for children ages 3 years-11 years old, taught by certified Water Safety Instructors.

 

Activity #4383

Day/Time: Saturday June 6, 2020 9:00AM-10:00AM

Location: RecPlex Pavilion

Ages: 3yrs-11yrs

Fee: $5.00

Min. 4/Max.30

Instructor: Tiffany Quinn

Registration Deadline: 6/1/20

 

Horseback Riding Lessons

Tots that Trot

A fun way to introduce small children to horses and riding. Children will work as teams of two with a pony and instructor. Your child will get a minimum of 30 minutes of riding time per session with one on one instruction. Instruction will include basics such as mounting & dismounting, steering, stopping, and basic posture.

Activity #:4361

Day/Time: Sunday’s 4/5/20-5/17/20 9:00AM-10:30AM

**No Class on 5/12/20 (Easter Sunday)

Ages: 3-6 years old

Cost: Res. $235.00/Non-Res. $240.00

Location: Showtime Stables, 51 Clark Gates Road, Moodus CT

Required Equipment: Boots with a heel (minimum 1/4 inch), long pants and helmet

Minimum 4/Maximum 8

Registration Deadline: 3/31/20

 

Introduction to Horses

This is a great class for those who are interested in learning about horses and riding. Classes will cover haltering, leading and basic safe handling of horses around the barn.

Children will learn how to:

groom/clean horse's feet and basic first aid.

parts of the equipment and how to tack up

lunge horses

put on boots & wraps

mount/dismount, steer/stop, navigate basic obstacles at the walk

properly care for the horse after rides

 

Activity #: 4362

Day/Time: Sunday’s 4/5/20-5/17/20 10:30AM-12:00PM

**No Class on 5/12/20 (Easter Sunday)

Ages: 7 years-Adult

Cost: Res. $255.00/$260.00 Non-Res.

Location: Showtime Stables, 51 Clark Gates Road, Moodus CT

Required Equipment: Boots with a heel (min 1/4 inch) long pants and helmet

Minimum 2/Maximum 6

Registration Deadline: 3/31/20

 

Futsal Soccer After-School Program

Want to be a skillful player? This program is designed to have children touch the ball up to 20,000 times in a fun and enjoyable way. The aim of the program is to increase the player’s personal skills to the next level. Using Fustal (Soccer in a Room) as a platform for high speed, high volume ball touches and maneuvering in tight spaces. A typical Futsal game allows the player to touch the ball up to 600% more than traditional soccer thereby increasing the player's decision-making skills and comfort with the ball. A Futsal ball is smaller and heavier, which allows the player to easily command the ball and in return increase confidence that seamlessly transforms to a soccer game. This process produces skillful players. 8 Weeks of foot skills, 1vs.1, 5 vs.5 games. Children should wear futsal/sneakers (No Cleats), shin guards, soccer gear and bring water.  

Activity #4333

Day/Time: Tuesday’s March 31, 2020-May 26, 2020 3:30PM-4:30PM

**No Class on 4/14/20

Location: JJIS Gym

Grades: 3rd-5th Grade

Fee: $125.00 Res./$130.00 Non-Res.

Min. 6/Max.30

Instructor: Futsal Soccer

Registration Deadline: 3/23/20

Food Explorers Camp

Become a Food Explorer and learn all about nutritious and delicious food! You’ll explore the five food groups through taste tests, games, and make delicious recipes all with the help of a nutrition expert. In this tasty camp, you’ll also learn about the importance of eating locally, foods from different cultures, food marketing and added sugars. Be prepared to taste new foods, learn new skills and new recipes. All recipes will be nut free, snack and lunch included daily. There will be two sessions of the Food Explorers Camp offered. The morning session will be for kids in grades 2-4 and the afternoon session will be for kids in grades 5-8.

Session I: Grades 2-4           9:00AM-12:00PM         Activity #4400

Session II: Grades 5-8         1:00PM-4:00PM           Activity #4401

Dates/Time: Monday-Friday August 17, 2020- August 21, 2020

Location: Colchester Town Hall Room #3

Fee: $135.00 Res./$140.00 Non.Res

Min.5/Max.12

Instructor: Megan Jalbert, Food Explorers

Tennis Lessons for Kids (Ages 4-6yrs)

Red Level 1 (Ages 4-6 years)

This program introduces the foundational skills of tennis with an oversized low-compression ball on a small court. Players learn basic rally, serve and net play skills along with activities that build tennis specific coordination. Rules of play and "I am a Good Sport" behaviors are reinforced as well. 5 weeks. 

Activity#4404

Date/Time: Saturday’s 9:30AM-10:30AM May 9, 2020- June 6, 2020
Location: Colchester RecPlex Tennis Courts

Ages: 4-6 years

Fee: $65.00 Res/$70.00 Non-Res

Instructor: Glastonbury Tennis Club certified teaching professionals
Min.4/Max.20

Registration Deadline: 5/4/20

Tennis Lessons for Kids (Ages 7-9yrs)

Orange Level 1 (Ages 7-9 years)

Orange tennis is played on a 3/4 size court with a low-compression ball. Players learn how to serve, rally, score and play at the net. "I am a Good Sport" behaviors are reinforced. 5 weeks. 

Activity#4405

Date/Time: Saturday’s 10:30AM-11:30AM May 9, 2020- June 6, 2020
Location: Colchester RecPlex Tennis Courts

Ages: 7-9 years

Fee: $65.00 Res/$70.00 Non-Res

Instructor: Glastonbury Tennis Club certified teaching professionals
Min.4/Max.20

Registration Deadline: 5/4/20

Tennis Lessons for Kids (Ages 9-12 yrs)

Green Level I (9-12 years)

Players learn to serve, rally, score, and play at net singles and doubles on a regulation-sized court with a low-compression transition ball. Lessons take players through a progression of skill building activities that speed learning. 5 weeks.

Activity#4406

Date/Time: Saturday’s 11:30AM-12:30AM May 9, 2020- June 6, 2020
Location: Colchester RecPlex Tennis Courts

Ages: 9-12 years

Fee: $65.00 Res/$70.00 Non-Res

Instructor: Glastonbury Tennis Club certified teaching professionals
Min.4/Max.20

Registration Deadline: 5/4/20