Youth | Classes and Programs

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About Our Youth Programs

The Recreation Department offers a variety of youth programs for ages 5 – 12 yrs. These programs vary throughout the year with some staple programs such as Morning Addition and Afternoon Addition, Summer Camps, and several sports programs. Find the perfect class or program for your child in our current Activities Guide.

 

Summer Camps

Find the perfect camp for your child here!

The Takoma Park Recreation Department offers the traditional range of summer camp activities, along with specialty camps designed to enhance your child’s summer and create lasting memories. The Camp Takoma program also offers sports, nature, arts and crafts, dance, music, swimming, creative time, cooperative games, and special activities. The camps are created to give each child a unique summer experience. Our Specialty Camps provide campers with activities in their favorite areas. There are several specialty programs for arts, sports, nature study, science and more.

Our Counselors In Training (CIT) Program is designed for our 14-17-year-olds. It develops leadership skills and character, while providing an excellent opportunity for community service. Supported by an excellent group of counselors and program staff, campers are encouraged to try new things, meet new friends, and most importantly have fun!

A full list of camp offerings is online now and also  is in the Spring/Summer Rec Guide.
 

  • Please inquire about the necessary paperwork needed prior to the first day of camp
  • Before Care and After Care are available for those camps ending at 4 pm only

Registration for summer camp opened Saturday, March 1 – * Don’t miss the fun, sign up early!
*Scholarship applications must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the start of the program.

 

School Age Child Care Programs

Following the 2014-2015 MCPS School Year Calendar
Registration is open - spaces will fill - dont wait!

Morning Addition

This before-school program is designed for those families that need early morning options before the school day starts. Staff will be available to provide informal recreation activities and will escort participants to Takoma Park Elementary School and Piney Branch Elementary School. Children will also have time for homework assignments, breakfast (not provided) or prepare for their day at school.

When:
7:00 am - 9:00 am

Where:
Takoma Park Community Center

Who:
Grades K - 5th

Afternoon Addition

Emphasis is on providing leisure and recreation programs utilizing our facilities to include but not limited to the computer learning center, dance studio, art room, game room, athletic fields, library and more. We have some exciting activities planned this year including: drama, music, art, sports, study time and playtime that will enlighten, empower and enrich minds and imaginations.

When:
3:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Where:
Takoma Park Community Center

Who:
Grades K - 5th

 

After the Bell  *NEW*

A newly revamped After School program at Takoma Park Recreation Center (7315 New Hampshire Ave). Transportation is not provided to this program. Enjoy games, crafts and fun time after school. We will also provide homework time.

When:
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Where:
Takoma Park Recreation Center

Who:
Grades K - 5th

 

Program Spotlights

Comics 101

Jump into the world of comics! Learn about your favorite heroes and villains and their origins. Learn how Superman became the "Man of Steel" or how Batman became the world's "Greatest Detective". Join us in discovering new worlds and fighting crime. Free with a Recreation Center membership.

When:
ongoing
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Where:
Takoma Park Recreation Center

Who:
Ages 6-11

 

Hot Chili Steppers Step Team

Stepping is a form of dance in which you use your entire body as an instrument to produce rhythms and beats through footsteps, clapping and words or chanting. Presently, stepping is popular among college fraternities and sororities. No experience is necessary as this is a non-competitive team and welcomes all who are willing to learn. The goal for the Hot Chili Steppers is to teach the art of stepping. Participants will learn self- expression, coordination, self-discipline and teamwork. Free with a Recreation Center membership.

When:
Thursdays, June 5 - Aug 28
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Where:
Takoma Park Recreation Center

Who:
12- 16 yrs

 

Click here for more information in our Current Recreation Guide!

Have a suggestion for a new class, workshop or program? Let us know here!

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