The Youth Division provides classes and events to promote self and social growth for children
and teens in a positive, safe and fun environment. All programs build and promote self-esteem, creativity, physical fitness and social awareness while encouraging children to make new friends and participate in new activities.
Additional class information including registration, dates and times, can be found at CRgov.com/registration.
Arts and Crafts
KidzArt: Imagine Weekly Drawing Classes (ages 5-12)
Students “power up” their creative energy at KidzArt! Students are exposed to a variety of artistic styles, cultural interpretations and materials. Students will complete an original drawing and color it using different mediums each class time (all materials included). “If you can dream, you can draw!”
Day / time: Thursday afternoon
Facilitated by Dance Explorations, LLC. All students registered in the winter / spring session will perform at an end-of-session showcase. This informal showcase allows parents to watch dances the children have worked hard on all session long! The Showcase will take place Friday, May 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. There are not any additional fees to participate. All classes are taught at the Recreation Center.
Mommy, Teddy Bear and Me™ (ages 18 months-3 years)
Mommy, Teddy Bear and Me™ classes are a child’s first introduction to a structured dance and movement class. This 30-minute parent-participation class is designed as an interactive, play-time dance class, with a goal to introduce dance and movement to toddlers and preschool-aged children. Parents and caregivers will enjoy stretching, making noise, dancing and blowing bubbles with their little ones.
The class is designed based on the Dance to Learn!® curriculum, which is focused on the whole child and has been created around a child’s cognitive, language, social and motor development to form the 6 Methods of Dance™.
Day / time: Tuesday, 9:30-10 a.m.
Ballet / Tap Combo (ages 3-5)
Ballet / Tap Combo class is perfect for children who want to be soft and graceful, but also enjoy making a lot of noise! The Dance Exploration LLC Ballet / Tap Combo class follows the Dance to Learn!® Curriculum and is designed to teach the whole child through the 6 Methods of Dance™, which have been formed based on the stages of childhood development.
Like Pre-Ballet and Creative Dance, Ballet / Tap combo classes follow a themed class structure, which changes each month to keep class exciting. Dancers learn a ballet routine as well as a tap routine. Routines are based on the child’s ability and talent and designed to encourage artistic and technical growth. Children get to share their dances with parents at select parent observation days throughout the session. (Tap shoes are required.)
Day / time: Wednesday, 4-5 p.m.
Day / time: Saturday, 9-10 a.m.
Creative Dance (ages 3-5)
Creative Dance classes are designed as an interactive play-time to introduce dance and movement to preschool-aged children. Each month, a new theme is introduced to keep the class fun and exciting. Parents are able to observe what their child has learned with several free observations and community performances throughout the session! Recommended attire includes anything the child and parent can move in, along with ballet slippers, socks or bare feet. Students are invited to participate in the Session Showcase.
Day / time: Tuesday, 10-10:45 a.m.
Princess Events (ages 3-5)
In these magical Dance Exploration classes, dancers will meet their favorite princesses while learning and mastering different dance moves, interacting with the characters during story time, completing obstacle courses and even getting autographs! Dancers will get to move to their favorite songs and have adventures, just like their favorite princesses!
Teddy Bear Hip Hop (ages 3-5)
Teddy Bear Hip Hop Dance™ is an introduction to the urban street styles of dancing known commonly as Hip Hop. What makes the class unique is in the execution of the deliverance of dance steps. Each move will be taught using a stuffed animal, like a teddy bear, or similar prop to easily teach break dance moves and other hip-hop genres. As classes progress dancers will be asked to perform dance moves that replicate a real life creature or event. The skills and movements taught will be age appropriate and test motor development as well as spatial awareness all part of the ‘Dance to Move!’™ Method. Each Teddy Bear Hip Hop Dance™ class will learn a combo or dance routine to be performed at the graduation.
Day / time: Tuesday, 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Pre-Ballet (ages 5-7)
The Pre-Ballet classes follow a themed class structure, similar to Creative Dance, but places larger focus on beginning ballet movements as well as a greater emphasis on technique. Students will learn the five positions of the arms and feet, basic body positions, introductory ballet movements as well as ballet terminology. Props such as teddy bears, magic wands, hula hoops and scarves are used to make class fun, and to help children learn by association. All Pre-Ballet students are taught choreography to teach memorization, spatial awareness and self-worth! Routines are based on the child’s ability and talent and designed to encourage artistic and technical growth.
Date / time: Saturday, 10-11 a.m.
Cheerleading (ages 6-10)
D-A-N-C-E Dance Exploration is where you wanna be! Dance Exploration’s Cheerleading program is a progressive exploration of chanting, stunting, dance and movement. Parents are welcome to watch the performance on the last day of class. Recommended attire includes anything the child can move in, along with tennis shoes. No boots, sandals, socks or bare feet. Students are invited to participate in the Session Showcase.
Day / time: Wednesday, 5:05-6:05 p.m.
Hip Hop (ages 6-10)
These Hip Hop classes explore the popular, urban street style dance! Each week we explore a new aspect of style, such as break dance and tutting. Parents are welcome to come watch a performance on the last day of class. Recommended attire includes anything the child can move in with tennis shoes. No boots, sandals, socks or bare feet.
Day / time: Tuesday, 5:20-6:20 p.m.
Register for one of our Dance Exploration classes
Kidstage Program (ages 6-12)
KidStage is a national after-school drama program with instruction in acting, theater activities and performance opportunities for kids of all ages. The curriculum includes concentration, teamwork, improvisation, movement, voice, theater terminology and much more. Each class closes with a production, with a full cast of fun characters that bring a classic tale to life.
Day / time: Thursday, 4:30-6 p.m.
Location: Recreation Center
Dungeons & Dragons Roll Play
Ignite passion in your adventurer by signing them up to learn to play the game that is growing in popularity across the country! Whether your adventurer wants to be a spell-caster, tossing powerful curses at your foes or a strong front line attacker, swinging your sword, there’s a place for them at the table. Your adventurer will join together with others in a cooperative game taking place in the shared imaginations of the young warlocks and warriors as a simple quest keeps turning up new mysteries and adventure! Roll Play Lead directly and indirectly encourages the familiarity and further mastery of the following, skills that children and teens can use to navigate social and personal challenges including empathy, communication skills, frustration tolerance, and critical thinking!
After School Mini-Adventure Session (ages 11-13)
Day / time: Wednesday, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Evening Mini-Adventure Session (ages 14-17)
Day / time: Fridays, 6-7:30 p.m.
Youth and Adult Olympic Fencing
Discover the exciting sport of Olympic Fencing! Fencing is a centuries old art and is gaining in popularity each year. Fencing is a mental and physical sport that builds your agility, strength and stamina. It also teaches you focus, strategic thinking and problem solving. Our class fosters competition, confidence, respect and self-discipline in a safe and fun environment. This is great sport for parents and children!
This six-week program includes an introduction to the history of fencing, weapons, target areas and fencing technique. The use of equipment is included in the class fee.
Day / time: Tuesday, 5-6 p.m.
Creative Brikster Club | Space Exploration Lab
Interested in Space? Join Creative Brikster Club for a cool exploration lab. Learn what it takes to be an astronaut, go through the timeline of space exploration. build the coolest motorized LEGO® models of Hubble telescope, Mars Rover, and much more. Kids get to keep a LEGO® mini-figure at the end of the 6-week session.
Day / time: Thursday afternoon
Location: Recreation Center