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Posted on: September 19, 2018

Fall/Winter Activity Brochure Available!

Destinatioin Recreation Promo 2018

Parks & Recreation invites you to a great season of activities, classes, programs and events for all ages and abilities!  The Fall 2018/Winter 2019 edition of Destination Recreation highlights all of the department’s offerings through March 2019, hundreds of opportunities to have fun and get fit. Try out our new offerings…venture out for Night Hikes at Freedom Park, grab a friend for “Date” Paint Nights, have a ball at the youth Winter Break sports camps, and celebrate family and community at a variety of special events. The award-winning Freedom Park Multiuse Trail 3 is also featured in this edition, so read more about this hidden treasure within your reach.
Copies of the brochure can be downloaded online or picked up at the James City County Recreation Center, the Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, the Satellite Services Office in Toano, the Freedom Park Interpretive Center, County parks, all public County government offices and at the James City County and Williamsburg libraries. For information and registration details, call 757-259-4200 or visit us

Upcoming Special Events!

James RiverfestFree! 
Saturday, Sept. 29*, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Jamestown Beach Event Park
Join us for free, fun and hands-on educational activities for the whole family! Presented in partnership with the James River Association, James Riverfest is a family environmental festival promoting protection of and recreation on the James River! All ages welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Capital Color Ride
Saturday, Oct. 6*, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
$10/person ($5 if you register before Sept. 30)
You’ve heard of The Color Run™, but how about a color ride? Enjoy this family-friendly biking event along a 15-mile stretch of the Virginia Capital Trail. Venture from Chickahominy Riverfront Park to the James City County Marina and back while encountering color stops, snacks, water and more at the rest stops. Preregister by Sept. 30 and save $5! Registration includes lunch and a free T-shirt, while supplies last. All ages welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Boo Bash at the Beach 
Saturday, Oct. 20*, 1-4 p.m.
Admission: $5/car (cash or check only)
Jamestown Beach Event Park
Enjoy a day at the beach with a Halloween twist! Costumes welcome. Trick-or-Treating onsite for ages 12 and younger. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Also enjoy hands-on activities, pumpkin carving and decorating ($), first come, first served while supplies last. Event also features music, games, food for purchase and more!

Skate Jam After Hours 
Friday, Oct. 26*, 5-8 p.m.
Skate Park (next to the James City County Recreation Center)
Check out the Skate Park in a whole different light! This glow-themed night will include a skate competition broken down into beginner, intermediate and advanced divisions where participants are judged on style, flow and difficulty of run. Warm ups begin at 5 p.m. and registration is required for admittance into the park. Preregistration is encouraged. All ages welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Live Well Expo   (ages 55+) Free!
Friday, Nov. 2, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
James City County Recreation Center  
Pamper your mind, body and spirit while taking advantage of FREE preventive health screenings during this annual event! Learn about services for adults ages 55+ that are available in the community and get your vaccinations as well as vision, hearing, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings. Also take advantage of information provided about nutrition, home health care,pharmacies, leisure services, recreational activities and MORE!

Santa Calling   (ages 9 & younger) Free! 
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 5:45-8 p.m.
Parks & Recreation is sponsoring “Phone Calls from Santa” for children ages 9 and younger living in James City County and Williamsburg. Arrangements have been made with the North Pole for Santa and/or Mrs. Claus to personally call each child who returns their completed form by Tuesday, Nov. 27. Registration forms available (English and Spanish) beginning Nov. 1 at the James City County Recreation Center, the Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, Satellite Services in Toano, Freedom Park Interpretive Center, Chickahominy Riverfront Park and online at

Breakfast with Santa 
Saturday, Dec. 8, 9-11 a.m.
$12/person; ages 2 years & younger, Free!
James City County Recreation Center  
You and your family are invited to attend our annual Breakfast with Santa. Enjoy a pancake breakfast buffet and a morning of holly-day cheer with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Photo opportunities available. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please register everyone who is attending to ensure their seat; registration required by Dec. 1. Max 100 people.  

Fitness Open HouseFree! 
Saturday, Jan. 12, 9-11 a.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Now is the time! It’s a New Year and time for a new routine! Aquatic and land instructors will be available to discuss their classes, formats and typical modifications with you in a personal setting. Participate in mini classes throughout the morning. Sentara nurses will be available to administer health screenings. Gait Analysis appointments will be held and fitness orientations conducted. All ages welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Info: 757-259-4176.

Family Health Fair, Free! 
Saturday, Jan. 19, 9 a.m.-noon
James City County Recreation Center
Join The Arc of Greater Williamsburg and learn about the health benefits our community has to offer to you and your family! Enjoy activities for all ages, healthy recipes and cooking demonstrations, giveaways, nutrition workshops and Zumba and Yoga demonstrations. All ages welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult. If you’re interested in presenting as a vendor or would like more information, please email Pam McGregor

Jr. NBA Skills ChallengeFree! 
Saturday, Feb. 9*, 10 a.m. - noon
James City County Recreation Center
This nationwide program, for ages 6-13, is a fun way to lace up the basketball shoes and test your skills against other local players! The competition consists of a one minute timed drill and shots from multiple, pre-determined locations around the court. The top three participants in each age group are eligible to move on to the regional tournament and from there to an all-expense paid trip to the skills challenge championships! Aging date for each participant is their age on Aug.31, 2019, not their current age. Preregistration is highly recommended as spaces are limited.

Black Settlement Presentation (all ages) Free!
Saturday, Feb. 16, 3-4 p.m.
Freedom Park Interpretive Center
Join Col. Lafayette Jones Jr., a descendant of those who 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.

Fido Fest
Saturday, March 16*, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admission: $5/car (cash or check only)
Jamestown Beach Event Park
Don’t miss the PAW-TY! Grab your leash and get to the park with your furry friend for a great time! Family and dog-friendly activities, games, contests, fabulous food ($) and more awaits you! Merchandise ($) and community vendors will also be present. All ages welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult. Co-sponsor: Heritage Humane Society.  

Family Fun Night 
Saturday, March 30, 7-9:30 p.m.
$5/person; 12 and younger Free!
James City County Recreation Center
Join us for a night of family FUN and entertainment – enjoy structured games in the gym, create various craft projects together, splash in the pool, dance to some tunes, play racquetball or old-fashioned board games and more! If preregistering, please register everyone who is attending! Pre-registration recommended but not required. All ages welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult.

*For outdoor events, please call the Activities Hotline at 757-259-3232 if inclement weather is in the forecast.

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). 

JC/W = James City County/Williamsburg resident.

Program Locations

  • Chickahominy Riverfront Park, 1350 John Tyler Highway  
  • Freedom Park/Interpretive Center, 5537 Centerville Road 
  • James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Road  
  • Jamestown Beach Event Park, 2205 Jamestown Road  

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