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Posted on: May 3, 2018

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May Events


Learn to Swim, Free Swim Evaluations 
There are individual registration periods before each swim lesson session. Registration for June classes is open May 29-June 8. Registration is accepted at the James City County Recreation Center and online at Aquatics. 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, May 29 and Wednesday, May 30 to provide free swim evaluations. Classes/evaluations held at the James City County Recreation Center. Info: 757-259-4185.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course (ages 15+)
Course held Friday, May 4-Thursday, May 10 at the times listed below:
Friday, May 4, 4-6 p.m.
Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Monday, May 7-Thursday, May 10, 4-8 p.m.
$210; $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 (held first day of class):
    300-yard continuous swim (100 yards of front crawl, 100 yards of breaststrokeand 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. 
  • 105710-A

American Red Cross Lifeguard Re-Certification (ages 15+)
Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
$60; $55 for JC/W residents (course does not include materials).
James City County Recreation Center.

  • Renew your Lifeguarding and CPR/AED for professional rescuers
  • Must successfully complete the prerequisite skills, practicalskills, first aid skills and written tests
  • Failure to complete all requirements does not guarantee a full
  • Cell phone use is not permitted in class and can be grounds fordismissal
  • Please bring current Lifeguard and CPR card for proof of
  • 105750-A

Before/After-School Programs, Camps

REC Connect
Looking for summer camps or before/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 Summer Camp 2018 and the Before- & 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 is available online and at the Recreation Centers, Freedom Park Interpretive Center and Satellite Services Office in Toano. Weekly registration fees apply. For the complete list of fees and registration information, visit REC Connect or call the Hotline at 757-259-3170. Please allow up to seven business days for processing. 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 residents, 305550-C
$35 (5 pack); $30 for JC/W residents, 305550-D
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. 

Group Fitness Classes (ages 14+)
Get in shape for spring! 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

R.A.D. Basic Physical Defense (ages 14+) Free! 
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, May 14-25, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
The R.A.D. system (Rape Aggression Defense) is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. This comprehensive, 12-hour course (six days, two hours/day) for women begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, then progresses on to the basics of hands-on defense training. Classes are taught by certified R.A.D. instructors with the James City County Police Department. To register, call 757-259-4200. 305625-A

Joint Freeing Yoga Series (ages 14+) Free!
Wednesday, May 16, 1:30-3 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
This series of 22 poses completed in 90 minutes is accessible to all. Based on the practices developed by Makunda Stiles, this workshop will work all the major joints gently and systematically through full and natural range of motions to enhance joint mobility and reduce pain and stiffness. You’ll go home with practices you can add to your everyday life! Info: 757-259-4176. 305664-A

Meditation Workshop (ages 16+)
Wednesday, May 2, 6:30-7:30 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: 757-259-4176.305620-A

Stroke Awareness & Blood Pressure Check (ages 16+) Free!
Saturday, May 5, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
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. 

Inclusion & Therapeutic Recreation Services

Sensory Friendly Pool Party (ages 3+ with disabilities & their

Saturday, May 5, 7-8:30 p.m.
Ages 6+: $3/person, 905120-C
Ages 5 & younger:  Free!, 905120-D
James City County Recreation Center
Splash, yell, float and enjoy the James City County Recreation Center pool after hours. We’ll turn the lights down and open the swim lanes so everyone can have as much fun as they want. Bring your own float and pool toys. Preregistration is appreciated.

Keep Calm and Spa On (ages 13+ with disabilities) New!
Friday, May 18, 6-7:30 p.m.
$25; $20 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
The registration deadline is May 15, 10 a.m. Enjoy a night out with friends and pamper yourself. Bring your favorite nail polish or spa products or try some of ours. Dinner provided. 905230-A

Day Support Program (ages 18+ with disabilities)
Tuesdays-Fridays weekly, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Abram Frink Jr. Community Center
The “Arc of Abilities” began in 2016 to support adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who do not have a Medicaid waiver. The Day Support Program provides continuing education, life skills and vocational training. In addition, clients are engaged in fitness, recreational and community service opportunities with peers, instructors and the community. Monthly tuition based on need. Info: The Arc at 757-229-3535.

Yoga (ages 13+ with disabilities) Free!
Tuesday, May 29, 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

Outdoor Programs

Forest Explorers Walk & Talk (all ages) Free!
Saturday, May 5
Nature Program: Trees - 9-10 a.m.
Guided Walk:  10 a.m.-noon
Freedom Park
Join us on the first Saturday of every month for a nature program and guided walk on the new Living Forest Interpretive Trail! One of our expert nature guides will present a nature 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. Weather permitting. 

Plant Uses in the Freedom Park Settlement (all ages) Free!
Wednesday, May 9, 2-3 p.m.
Freedom Park
Long before there were pharmacies on nearly every corner, our early settlers learned to harvest herbs and other plants to serve as medications. Come learn about how they relied on native plants and forest plants for many of their day-to-day needs plus tour the settlement cabins. 

Mammal Man (ages 6+)
Saturday, May 12, 10-11 a.m.
Freedom Park
Are you interested in skulls, bones, pellets and scat? Come hear Les Lawrence, a Virginia Master Naturalist, explain how to identify mammals by their skulls and skeletons. Participants will have a hands-on experience and learn how animals capture prey and survive in their natural habitat. Offered by the Williamsburg Botanical Garden, please register at A $5 donation to help the garden grow is appreciated.

Interpretive Paddle (ages 16+) Free!
Monday, May 7, 5:30-7:30 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 free, and trips are guided by James River Association. 16-person limit; must be 16 or older. To register, visit and click on “Interpretive Paddle Series”under “What’s Happening.” 

Be a Kid Again: Bike, Kayak and Hike (ages 18+)
Monday-Thursday, May 14-17, 9 a.m.-noon
$55; $50 for JC/W residents
James City County Marina
Why let the kids have all the fun? Discover what our County parks have to offer and join us for hiking, biking and kayaking in some of the County’s most beautiful spots. Cap the week off on Thursday with a tour of the James River on the Jamestown Discovery Boat tour! 805510-A

Grow Your Favorite Vegetables in Your Yard (ages 18+)
Saturday, May 19, 10-11:30 a.m.
Freedom Park
Barbara Gustafson, Master Gardener & Co-Chair of the Historic Triangle Community Garden, will share ways to grow vegetables in raised beds, containers, flower borders and elsewhere. Following the program, Master Gardeners will be available in the Williamsburg Botanical Garden to discuss what’s in bloom. Offered by the Williamsburg Botanical Garden. Info: visit or email Ms. Gustafson at  A $5 donation to help the garden grow is appreciated.

Rafting the James with Riverside Outfitters (ages 18+)
Saturday, May 19, 11:45 a.m.-6 p.m.
$90; $85 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
The registration deadline is Saturday, May 5. Pack your lunch and a towel, we’re headed to Richmond to join up with Riverside Outfitters for an afternoon of whitewater rafting along the James River. and spaces are limited! 805120-A

Wildlife Mapping (ages 18+) New! Free!
Saturday, May 26, 9 a.m.-noon
Freedom Park
Team up with the Virginia Master Naturalists to learn about and catalog wildlife in our local parks! Enjoy a day of learning about data collection and animal identification to help better understand the distribution of wildlife in the area. Bring a camera and discover birds, frogs, butterflies and mammals. 805210-A

Special Events

Movie Nights, Free!
Friday, May 4, 6-8 p.m. 
Abram Frink Jr. Community Center
Bring a blanket/pillow and join us for family friendly movie nights held inside the multipurpose room.  Popcorn and drinks provided. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Stop by the Front Desk for a schedule of movies, which are offered the first Friday of every month. Scheduled featured: Coco (2017) PG; subject to change. 

Family Fun Fest (all ages)
Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $5/car (cash or check only) 
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
Enjoy petting animals, inflatable rides, hands-on activities, family entertainment with music and contests too! ‘Touch-a-Truck’ is back for all ages! Stop by the ‘Good for You Zone’ and see why being healthy can lead to loads of fun. Oh, and be sure to participate in the Fun Run! Grab some lunch provided by our
food vendors and visit all of our local craft and business vendors! 

Movies Under the StarsFree!
Friday, May 25, 8:30 p.m.
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
Enjoy some of the great box office titles out under the sky! Bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. We’ll bring the stars. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Scheduled feature: Coco, rated PG for all ages; movies subject to change. Weather permitting. 

Opening Day at the Outdoor Pools
Saturday, May 26, noon-6 p.m.
Pool fees apply
Chickahominy Riverfront Park & Upper County Park
It’s time to kick off summer! Come out to one of our two outdoor pools to celebrate the start of the season. Door prizes given each hour between 1-4 p.m. 

Karaoke in the Park (all ages) Free!
Saturday, May 26, 7-9 p.m.
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
Sing the night away while enjoying the park! All ages welcome, 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Weather permitting.

May is Bike Month!

James City County Parks & Recreation, in partnership with Bike-Walk Williamsburg and the Williamsburg Area Bicyclists, encourages you to celebrate May Is Bike Month! Get your bike out of storage, tune it up and get riding this month! Check out these opportunities for you to join the biking community. 

Pedal the Parkway, Free!
Saturday, May 5, 8 a.m.-1 p.m
Colonial Parkway
The Williamsburg/James City County Biking Community’s signature event has been cruising for more than 21 years! The Colonial Parkway will be closed to vehicles allowing cyclists, runners and walkers to enjoy the ride at their own pace. Helmets required for cyclists. There’ll be refreshments along the route and don’t forget your commemorative T-shirt; the shirts will be available for purchase during this free event. Visit for details.

Cap2Cap Ride
Saturday, May 12, 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Ride starts at the Charles City County Courthouse, 10760Courthouse Road, Charles City, VA 23030
Join over 2,000 riders for an unforgettable day at one of the fastest growing ride events in the region, the Capital to Capital Ride (aka Cap2Cap). Come pedal through 400 years of history between Virginia’s past and present capitals of Richmond, Jamestown and Williamsburg. Bike some of the state’s most stunning scenery – ride options include Century (100 miles), Half Century (50 miles), Quarter Century (25 miles) and a Family Ride (15 miles). Enjoy well-stocked rest stops, lunch, a vendor expo and live entertainment. Cost dependent on age and ride option, ranging from free up to $90/rider. Visit for details on this full day of outdoor fitness and fun.

Sports & Athletics

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. 


Red Cross Babysitting Course (ages 12+)
Saturday, May 12, 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. 605010-A

For the complete list of Parks & Recreation programs and events and 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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