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[ARCHIVED] October Events with Parks & Recreation

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Learn to Swim, Free Swim Evaluations 

There are individual registration periods before each swim lesson session. Registration for October classes is open through Oct. 4. Registration is accepted at the James City County Recreation Center and online at Having trouble deciding which swim level is appropriate for your child? Our certified Water Safety Instructor will be available 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31 and Wednesday, Nov. 1 to provide free swim evaluations for upcoming classes. Info: 757-259-4185.

American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Class (ages 16+)

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 5-7 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 19, Tuesday, Oct. 24, Thursday, Oct. 26, Thursday, Nov. 2 & Tuesday, Nov. 7, all 4-9 p.m.
$255/session; $250 for JC/W resident (includes swim test, book and materials)
James City County Recreation Center
Learn how to teach Red Cross water safety classes. Participants must attend every class to earn certification. Failure to complete competency test does not guarantee full refund.
Info: 757-259-4185. 110720-A

Arts & Special Interests 

Music, Movement & MORE (ages 3-5 with parent/guardian) New!

Four Session Pack: $40; $35 for JC/W residents
Thursdays, Oct. 26- Nov. 16, 10:45-11:30 a.m., 210230-A
Per Session: $15; $10 for JC/W residents
Thursday, Oct. 26, 10:45-11:30 a.m., 210230-C
Thursday, Nov. 2, 10:45-11:30 a.m., 211230-A
Thursday, Nov. 9, 10:45-11:30 a.m., 211230-B
Thursday, Nov. 16, 10:45-11:30 a.m., 211230-C
James City County Recreation Center
Enhance your child’s development and love of music through song, dance, movement games and instruments. Explore the power of rhythm, melody and tonality while nurturing key physical, social and intellectual skills. Join our rhythmic community and make new friends! Parent/guardian must attend class with child. Register for all four sessions or per session.  

Kidz Clay (ages 9-15)

Mondays, Oct. 23-Nov. 27 (no class Nov20), 4:15-5:15 p.m.
$45; $40 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Make a mess, make some art, and make your mark… in clay! We’ll hand build and explore the potter’s wheel. A variety of topics will be presented, so students may repeat the class. No experience needed. $15 materials fee due to instructor during first class. Work will be available for pick up after firing. Dress for mess! 210060-A

Health Rhythms for Seniors (ages 55+) New!

Four Session Pack: $40; $35 for JC/W residents
Thursdays, Oct. 26-Nov. 16, 9-10 a.m., 210230-B
Per Session: $15; $10 for JC/W residents
Thursday, Oct. 26, 9-10 a.m., 210230-D
Thursday, Nov. 2, 9-10 a.m., 211230-D
Thursday, Nov. 9, 9-10 a.m., 211230-E
Thursday, Nov. 16, 9-10 a.m., 211230-F
James City County Recreation Center
Strengthen the immune system, relieve stress and express yourself through recreational music making! Studies have shown simply playing musical instruments can lead to a reduction of stress levels and improved moods. No experience needed. This program is backed by peer-reviewed scientific research found in the international journal titled “Medical Science Monitor.” Register for all four sessions or per session. 

Before/After School/Summer Programs

REC Connect

Need before-and-after school programs for your child? The REC Connect program is open to youth ages 5-14, enrolled in grades K-8. One registration packet may be used for both the Before and After School 2017-18 programs and summer camp 2018. Registrations accepted on a first-come, first-served basis according to date received and space availability. Weekly registration fees apply. Forms can be returned by mail or dropped off at the James City County Recreation, Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, the Freedom Park Interpretive Center or the Satellite Services Office in Toano.  Please allow up to seven business days for processing. Forms can be picked up at any of the drop off locations listed above or downloaded from the REC Connect homepage. For the complete list of fees and registration information, visit us online or call the Hotline at 757-259-3170. Discounts are available to any qualified resident based on total household gross income; please call 757-259-5414 for financial details.


Fit Mama – Stroller Fit (all ages)

Tuesdays/Thursdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
$13/day; $8 for JC/W residents310550-A
$65 (10 pack); $60 for JC/W residents310550-B
James City County Recreation Center
Want to get out of the house, do something fun, active and healthy for yourself and your child and meet a group of amazing moms in your own town! Get a great 60 minutes of exercise using your own body weight, bands and balls as well as our outdoor walking trail! Class ends at the My Place Playground for your tots to play. Pre- and post-natal workout for all levels. Jogging stroller not necessary. Bring water and a yoga mat or towel. Info: 757-259-4176.

Kids Storybook Yoga (ages 4-7)

Thursdays, 4:30-5 p.m.
$7/day; $5 for JC/W residents, 310502-C
$22 (5 pack); $20 for JC/W residents, 310501-C
James City County Recreation Center
This 30-minute class offers your child a fun way to bring together imagination, creativity and movement! While interacting with the book’s characters and plot, Storybook Yoga helps children contemplate meaningful messages such as gratitude, peace, self-love, respect and confidence. Certified KiYo instructor. Info: 757-259-4176. 

Kids Yoga (ages 8-12)

Thursdays, 5:15-6 p.m.
$7/day; $5 for JC/W residents, 310502-D
$22 (5 pack); $20 for JC/W residents, 310501-D
James City County Recreation Center
Inspire your kids to learn while they move! This 45-minute class helps your child learn techniques for relaxation, health and self-love in this hurry-up world. Kids yoga increases strength and flexibility while helping them unwind, calm down, reduce stress and sleep better. Certified KiYo instructor. Info: 757-259-4176.

Level 1 Yoga: 5-Week Workshop (ages 14+)

Thursdays, Oct. 5-Nov. 2, 6-7:15 p.m.
$30; $25 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
This five-week workshop is designed to establish a sustainable practice and is suitable for those who have never practiced before or had a daily home practice. We’ll methodically work through poses to strengthen the body, improve balance, flexibility and confidence, moving on as the class is ready. We’ll learn and progress together. All levels of practitioners are welcome. There is no such thing as beginner yoga, only yoga basics. Questions? Call 757-259-4176. 301610-A

Indoor Pool – SUP Yoga (ages 16+)

Mondays, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
$20; $15 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center pool
Doing yoga on a paddleboard at an indoor pool?! That’s something new! We have it, here at the Rec Center! The paddleboards are anchored in the pool to secure your spot. Each hour session begins with stable poses to warm up the body and discover balance. You build on that foundation as the class and weeks progress. Info: 757-259-4176. 310600-A

Foot, Ankle & Knee Workshop (ages 12+) Free!

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
The feet, ankles and knees are shock absorbers for the body. Every step you take with each of these feels the impact of your full weight. Multiply that if you’re running! This 90-minute workshop gives you the tools to care for these faithful friends. All levels are welcome. Info: 757-259-4176. 310612-A

Meditation Workshop (ages 16+)

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 6:15-7:15 p.m., $5
James City County Recreation Center
Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or brand new, all are welcomed to this open community meditation practice. We’ll explore different styles of meditation techniques as well as tools that aide the meditative process. You’ll be guided in and out of each session. Meditation can improve your physical, emotional and mental health and well-being. Info: 757-259-4176. 310620-A

Inclusion & Therapeutic Recreation Services

Sensory Friendly Movie Night (ages 3+ with disabilities & their families) Free!

Friday, Oct. 20, 6:30-8 p.m.
$3/person, 5 and younger Free!*
James City County Recreation Center
Enjoy a feature film with family and friends in a safe and accommodating environment. The lights will be turned down low and special sensory seating areas will be provided. Popcorn and snacks included. *Preregistration is appreciated - ages 6+, 905120-B; ages 5 and younger. Info: 757-259-5354. 905120-C

Teensational Socials: Fall Fun Day at Pumpkinville (ages 13-21 with disabilities)

Saturday, Oct. 7, noon-1:30 p.m.
Pumpkinville, 7691 Richmond Road, Toano
Meet us at Pumpkinville for an afternoon full of fun! Bring a bagged lunch and $5. Socialize with peers and practice social skills through fun recreational activities and field trips in the community. No need to register…just come. Offered in collaboration with Capernaum. For more information and a complete event schedule, contact Caitie Maloney at 757-784-6226 or

Yoga (ages 13+ with disabilities) Free!

Tuesday, Oct. 31, 7-9 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Move through a series of postures to allow the body to become flexible and healthy in a state of deep relaxation. Offered in partnership with The Arc of Greater Williamsburg. For more information on Arc events or to become a member call 757-229-3535 or visit 

Indoor Sports Night (ages 13+ with disabilities)

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 7-9 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Swing, Kick, Spike! Join the W & M baseball team for a full evening of sports and fun! Offered in collaboration with The Arc of Greater Williamsburg. 

8th Annual Williamsburg Landing 5K for The Arc

Saturday, Oct. 7; registration and packet pickup begins at 7:30 a.m.
Minimum $35/entrant; registered entrants 10 and younger Free!
Williamsburg Landing, 5700 Williamsburg Landing Drive
Join us on the Williamsburg Landing campus to help support The Arc. All proceeds benefit The Arc of Greater Williamsburg’s mission to improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community. Minimum donation for pre-entries is $35/entrant; registered entrants 10 and younger Free! Register online at

Day Support Program

Tuesdays-Fridays weekly, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
 Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, 8901 Pocahontas Trail
Offers adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities an opportunity to receive educational, life skills and vocational training, as well as engage in social and recreational activities with their peers, instructors and the community. Info: call The Arc at 757-229-3535


Bring Your Bike Back to Life!: Tires and Tubes (ages 10+) New!

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 4:30-6 p.m.
$10; $5 for JC/W residents
James City County Marina
Brush the cobwebs off your 10-speed, your beach cruiser or your BMX racer! Don’t worry about the flats or the rust. Bring the bike and supplies; we’ll provide the tools and tips needed to get you ready to ride the Virginia Capital Trail, cruise to Jamestown Island or hit the terrain at Freedom Park! 810801-A

Interpretive Paddle (ages 16+) Free!

Monday, Oct. 23, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
James City County Marina
Kayak historic Powhatan Creek beside Jamestown Island. View and learn about birds and wildlife native to our area. Kayaks provided, and trips are guided by James River Association. 16-person limit. To register, visit For more information, contact Jamie Brunkow at

Using Hardy Ferns in the Landscape (ages 18+)

Saturday, Oct. 21, 10-11:30 a.m.
Freedom Park
Retired York County Extension Agent and Senior Agent Emeritus, Jim Orband, will present a very comprehensive discussion on ferns that are hardy to the climate of the Tidewater area. 

Forest Explorers Walk & Talk (all ages) Free!

Oct. 7
Nature Program: Backyard Birds, 9-10 a.m.
Guided Walks: 10 a.m.-noon
Freedom Park
Join us on the first Saturday of every month this fall for a nature program and guided walk on the new Living Forest Interpretive Trail! One of our expert nature guides will present a program on a different topic each month, then lead children and their parents on a trip through the forest to learn about plants, wildlife, insects and anything else we may encounter! The nature program will take place at the Freedom Park Interpretive Center. The walks will begin at the Freedom Park playground, with a new walk starting every 30 minutes.

Special Events

Capital Color Ride, New!

Oct. 7, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
$10/person; ages 9 and younger Free*!
Chickahominy Riverfront Park James City County Parks & Recreation welcomes you to a new biking event, a fall time family ride to color” your way through the Virginia Capital Trail! Come venture from Chickahominy Riverfront Park to the James City County Marina and back where you’ll encounter “color stops” (rest stops) with water, snacks and fun recreational activities (optional). Ride as much or little as you like and get marked at the Purple .5-mile mark (1-mile ride), GREEN 2-mile mark (4-mile ride), BLUE 4-mile mark (8-mile ride) or RED 7-mile mark (14-mile ride) and return to Chickahominy Riverfront Park for the GOLD finisher color! The James City County Police Department will also be onsite to register bikes, offer bike safety checks and more! Other local vendors will also available. The registration fee includes refreshments, maps, T-shirt (while supplies last) and lunch. *Children age 9 and younger are free, but must be on a tandem bike or trailer. Preregistration forms can be picked up at all payment locations – the James City County Recreation Center, Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, Satellite Services in Toano, Chickahominy Riverfront Park, the Freedom Park Interpretive Center or register online at Info: 757-259-5353. Weather permitting.

Boo Bash at the Beach

Saturday, Oct. 21, 1-4 p.m. 
Jamestown Beach Event Park
Enjoy a “day at the beach” with a Halloween twist! Costumes welcome. Trick-or-Treating onsite for ages 12 and younger. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Hands-on activities, pumpkin carving and decorating ($), first-come, first-served while supplies last. Also features music, games, food for purchase and much more! Admission is $5/car (cash or check only). Info/registration visit or call 757-259-4200. Weather permitting.

Skate Jam After Hours

Saturday, Oct. 28, 5 p.m.$10/participantSkate Park (adjacent to the James City County Recreation Center)
Join us for a special night of skateboarding competition! Participants are divided into experience categories and judged on style, flow and difficulty of the run. All ages and experience levels welcome! Spectators are free and welcomedPreregistration is recommended, but not required. Registration forms available at Skate Jam After Hours or call 757-259-4200. Weather permitting.


Skateboarding for Grommits Clinic! (ages 6-12)

Saturday, Oct. 28
$15/session; $10 for JC/W residents
Ages 6-9: 1-2 p.m., 510250-A
Ages 10-12: 2-3 p.m., 510250-B
Skate Park (adjacent to the James City County Recreation Center)
Interested in becoming the next Tony Hawk and need a starting point? Come out and learn some skateboarding basics during our skateboard clinic. Safe, structured and FUN! Helmets are required; elbow, knee and/or wrist guards recommended. 

Fall Adult Co-Ed Flag Football (men & women 18+New!

Tuesdays, Oct. 17-Dec. 19 (no game Nov. 21), 6-9 p.m.
Warhill Sports Complex
Register by Oct. 9! Looking for a fun adult league? Bring your coworkers or friends and family for the County’s newest adult sports offering. The Co-ed Flag Football league will play regular season games and an end of season tournament to determine the champions! Register your team under the Captain’s name. Individuals looking for a team or who have questions can email Captain’s meeting is Oct. 10, 6 p.m. at the James City County Recreation Center. 


Red Cross Babysitting Course (ages 12+)

Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
$75; $70 for JC/W residents 
James City County Recreation Center
Learn all the basics of babysitting – childcare, fire and home safety, and first aid – plus learn how to set up your business. Receive a babysitter’s textbook, babysitting certificate and first aid kit. Bring a bagged lunch. 610010-A

The Lounge

Fall Luncheon - Mangia Bene! (ages 55+)
Friday, Oct. 13, 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.
$12; $10 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center, Rooms A & B
Register by Oct. 9. What a great way to meet new friends or see old ones…over a plate of good Italian food. Spaghetti, Lasagna, garlic bread and more, plus entertainment and door prizes. Lounge membership not required. 231202-H

Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, Special Activities

Neighborhood Learn to Swim (ages 7-18)
Mondays & Wednesdays, Oct 30, Nov 1, 6, 8, 13 & 15, 5:15-6 p.m.
Classes are held at the James City County Recreation Center and transportation is provided from the Abram Frink Jr. Community Center
Depart: 4:30 p.m.
Return Time: 6:30 p.m.
Registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 20. Know what to do if there is an emergency in or near the water? Join us and learn about water safety, water awareness and stroke development. All skill levels welcome. Transportation and snack provided. Participants must complete a registration form. Space is limited. Please call 757-259-5372 for registration and program information.

Movie Nights, Free! New!

Friday, Oct. 6, 6-8 p.m.
Abram Frink Jr. Community Center
Bring a blanket and pillow and join us for family friendly movie nights held inside the Frink Center multipurpose room. Popcorn and drinks provided. Scheduled feature is Ghostbusters (1984) PG; movies subject to change. Stop by the Front Desk for a complete schedule of movies. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Movies are held on the first Friday night of every month. 

Teen Tournaments (boys and girls ages 12-19) Free!

Thursdays, 4-6 p.m.
Abram Frink Jr. Community Center
Come out for weekly Xbox game tournaments and competitive active game tournaments. These safe, free and fun nights challenge you to play in competitive tournaments against other gamers in your age group. Info: 757-887-5810.

For the complete list of Parks & Recreation programs and events or registration information for all activities, please visit or call 757-259-4200 (unless otherwise noted). For outdoor events, please call the Activities Hotline at 757-259-3232 if inclement weather is in the forecast. JC/W = James City County/Williamsburg resident.

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Veda McMullen, Senior Communications Specialist

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