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Posted on: January 30, 2018

[ARCHIVED] February Events

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February Events


Learn to Swim, Free Swim Evaluations
There are individual registration periods before each swim lesson session. Registration for February classes is open through Feb. 7. Registration is accepted at the James City County Recreation Center and online at Aquatics. Classes held at the James City County Recreation Center. Info: 757-259-4185.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course (ages 15+)
Tuesday-Friday, Feb. 6-9, 4-8 p.m. & Saturday, Feb. 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
$210/session; $205 for JC/W residents (includes swim test, book and materials)
Class meets at the James City County Recreation Center on the first day
• Includes First Aid and CPR certification
• Must attend and pass a swim test (300-yard continuous swim (100 yards of front crawl, 100 yards of breaststroke and 100 yards of choice of front crawl or breaststroke). Retrieve a 10-pound brick from a depth of 7-8 feet and return 20 yards, keeping both hands on the brick at all times; face must remain out of the water. Tread water for two minutes keeping arms out of the water.
• Must attend every class to earn certification
• Failure to complete competency test does not guarantee a full refund
• Cell phone use is not permitted in class and can be grounds for dismissal
• Must be age 15 or older by the last day of class
• Classes held at the JCCRC and Eastern State Hospital
*Swim test held on first day of class

Arts & Special Interest
Preschool Chocolate Workshop (ages 3-5 with parent/guardian)
Saturday, Feb. 3, 10-11:30 a.m.
$20; $15 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Create tasty masterpieces with your little ones. Get introduced to basic chocolate making techniques. Dip pretzels and marshmallows and make chocolate clusters and other fun treats! Please note any food allergies at the time of registration.Dress for mess or bring an apron. Parent/guardian must attend. Fee includes all supplies. Instructor: The Williamsburg Chocolatier, Inc. 202101-B

Kid’s Valentine’sSweet Treats POPS (ages 6-12) NEW!
Saturday, Feb. 3, noon – 2 p.m.
$20; $15 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Create beautiful edible bouquets! You’ll assemble Krispy POPS on a lollipop stick and add some chocolate lollipops along with edible color and sprinkles.These will be the perfect edible centerpiece for Valentine’s Day! Students will take home bouquets in a non-edible flower pot complete with the grass. Please note any food allergies with registration. Note: please tie back long hair and bring an apron. Instructor: The Williamsburg Chocolatier, Inc. 202101-A

STEM Club: Engineering & Robotics (ages 7-12)
Wednesdays, Feb. 7 – 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
$60; $55 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Learn, Build, Program… in this hands-on class series! Develop critical STEM and problem solving skills! You’ll build different K’Nex® bridges based on bridge designs from around the world; complete LEGO® Robotics projects building and programming robots for sound and motion. Instructor: Sylvan Learning. 202130-A

Kidz Clay (ages 9-15)
Mondays, Feb. 19 – March 19, 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 work on the potter’s wheel as well as hand build sculptural and functional pieces. Finished work is dishwasher and microwave safe. No experience needed. Class may be repeated. $15 materials fee due to instructor at first class. Work will be available for pick up after firing. Dress for a mess! 202060-A
Before/After School & Camp Programs

Rec Connect 
Registration begins Friday, Feb. 2, for James City County/Williamsburg residents only. Nonresidents may apply starting Friday, Feb. 9.
Parents, please plan ahead! One registration packet may be used for both Summer Camp 2018 and the Before and After School 2018-19 programs. Registrations accepted on a first-come, first-served basis according to postmark date and space availability. Registration forms and program information are available at REC Connect  and at the Recreation Centers, Freedom Park Interpretive Center and Satellite Services Office in Toano.


Kids Storybook Yoga (ages 4-7)
Thursdays, 4:30-5 p.m.
$7 day; $5 for JC/W residents, 302502-C
$22 (5 pack); $20 for JC/W residents, 302501-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. KiYo certified instructor. Info: 757-259-4176.

Kids Yoga (ages 8-12)
Thursdays, 5:15-6 p.m.
$7 day; $5 for JC/W residents, 302502-D
$22 (5 pack); $20 for JC/W residents, 302501-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. KiYo certified instructor. Info: 757-259-4176.

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 Recreation Center! The paddleboards are anchored in the pool to secure your spot. Each hour session starts 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. 302600-A

Spinal Injury Avoidance & Postural Improvement Workshop (ages 18+) FREE!
Tuesdays, Feb. 6,13, 20, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Back pain? Want to prevent spinal injury? In this three-week workshop, we’ll focus on injury prevention and a 10-minute/day exercise program to improve balance, alignment and movement. 15 people max. Presenter: The Spine Center of Williamsburg.  302670-A

Stroke Awareness & Blood Pressure Check (ages 18+) FREE!
Saturday, Feb. 10, 9 a.m.-noon
James City County Recreation Center
A stroke is an emergency and every minute counts! Act F.A.S.T! Learn the risk factors and what to do if you suspect someone is having a stroke! Blood pressure checks by RN’s. No registration required.

Group Fitness Classes (ages 14+)
When the temperatures turn cooler, it’s time to move your fitness routine indoors!  From Ageless Yoga to Zumba, you’ll find a class just for you at the James City County Recreation Center. Check out our full group fitness schedule for a complete list of the more than 60 classes offered weekly. Info: 757-259-4176.

Inclusion & Therapeutic Recreation Services

Buddy Art (ages 7+ with disabilities) FREE!
Saturdays, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24 and March 17, 24, 3-4 p.m.
Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center
A variety of art activities are offered based on the ages, ability levels and interests. Children are assigned a volunteer “buddy” to work with them one-on-one. For more information, visit or contact or 757-879-4328. Sponsored by Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center in partnership with volunteers from William & Mary and JCC Parks & Recreation. 209090-B

Teensational Social:  Valentine’s Day Gala (ages 13-21 with disabilities) FREE!
Saturday, Feb. 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Ladies wear your favorite dress, men wear your coat and tie and let’s dance the night away! 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, call Caitie Maloney at 757-784-6226 or

Yoga (ages 13+ with disabilities) FREE!
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 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

Valentine’s Day Dance (ages 13+ with disabilities) FREE!
Saturday, Feb. 10, 7-9 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Come and celebrate with that special someone as the DJ plays your favorite love songs.

Day Support Program (ages 18+)
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! Gears, Tires and Tubes (ages 10+) NEW!
Thursday, Feb. 15, 10-11:30 a.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 Capital Trail, cruise to Jamestown Island or hit the terrain at Freedom Park! 802801-A

Native Orchids in the United States with an emphasis on Hampton Roads (ages 18+)
Saturday, Feb. 17, 10-11 a.m.
Freedom Park Interpretive Center
Lisa Schioler, a Master Gardener and Native Plant Society member, will talk about some of the orchids native to Hampton Roads as well as interesting species from other parts of the United States. Schioler also participates in native plant rescues with the Williamsburg Native Plant Rescue Team. A $5 donation to help the Williamsburg Botanical Garden grow is appreciated.

Special Events

Black Settlement Presentation & Book Signing (all ages) FREE!
Saturday, Feb. 10, 3-4 p.m.
Freedom Park Interpretive Center
Join Col. Lafayette Jones Jr., a descendent of those that lived on the Free Black Settlement at Freedom Park, for a presentation and book signing. You’ll experience 18th century life more than 60 years before the Emancipation Proclamation. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Destination Recreation Expo (all ages) FREE!
Saturday, February 24, 9 a.m.- noon
James City County Recreation Center
A one-stop-shop for everything Parks & Recreation has to offer! Discover your parks and facilities, learn about various classes and programs offered throughout the year and be one of the first to register for the upcoming summer camps! Informational booths, interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities are just a few great features of this event. We’ll keep your children engaged while you gather information about summer camp opportunities, sports, outdoor, aquatic programs, special events, parks and facilities, REC Connect, inclusion/therapeutic program and activities offered through our affiliate organizations. Raffles and discounts for camps, classes and facilities given on day of event! Children must be accompanied by an adult.


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. For information, call 757-887-5810.

Spring Adult Co-ed Soccer (men 30+ and women 18+)
Sundays, Feb. 25-March 20 (no games April 1 and May 13), 4-11 p.m.
$750 per team
Warhill Sports Complex
Offering recreational soccer with a focus on fun. League play culminates in an end of season tournament to decide the champion. Register your team under the Captain’s name. Roster forms can be picked up at the JCCRC. Registration by team only; deadline is Feb. 13. Captain’s meeting Feb. 22, 6 p.m. at the James City County Recreation Center.  502700-A


Red Cross Babysitting Course (ages 12+)
Saturday, Feb. 10, 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. 602010-A

For the complete list of Parks & Recreation programs and events or registration information for all activities, please visit our website 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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