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Posted on: October 30, 2018

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Learn to Swim, Free Swim Evaluations
Registration is open from Nov. 6-16 for December swim classes. Registration is accepted at the James City County Recreation Center and online. 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, Nov. 13 and Wednesday, Nov. 14 to provide free swim evaluations. Classes/evaluations held at the James City County Recreation Center. Info: 757-259-4185.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Re-Certification (ages 15+)
Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
$60; $55 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Renew your Lifeguarding and CPR/AED for professional rescuers certifications. You must successfully complete the prerequisite skills, practical skills, first aid skills and written tests. Please bring current Lifeguard and CPR card for proof of certification. 111750-A

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course (ages 15+)
Friday, Nov. 23, 4-6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. & Monday-Thursday, Nov. 26-29, 4-9 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center & Eastern State Hospital
$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. 111710-A

  • Includes First Aid and CPR certification
  • Must attend and pass a swim test on first day of class: 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
  • Must be age 15 or older by the last day of class

Arts/Special Interest 

STEM Club: Engineering and Robotics (ages 7-12)
Wednesdays, Nov. 7-Dec. 5 (no class on Nov. 21), 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 and complete LEGO® Robotics projects building and programming robots for sound and motion. Limited space. 211130-A

Kid’s Gingerbread House Workshop (ages 7-13)
Friday, Nov. 30, 5-7 p.m.
$25; $20 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Construct and decorate your own gingerbread house! Supplies provided. These wonderful treats are perfect as centerpieces for the holidays. Please note any food allergies at the time of registration. All treats made during class are taken home. Note: Please tie back long hair and bring an apron. 212101-A

Paint Your Pet (ages 16+) New!
Friday, Nov. 16, 6-8 p.m.
$60; $55 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Create your very own acrylic masterpiece of your furry friend!  You’ll receive step-by-step instructions – no experience needed. Following payment, please complete your registration and email a high resolution photo of your pet to by Nov. 9. Art is the perfect holiday gift! 211570-A

Before/After School Programs

REC Connect
Need before and after school care 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 & After School 2018-2019 and Summer Camp 2019 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 (PDF) 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 7 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, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
$10/day; $8 for JC/W residents, 311550-A
$35(4 pack); $30 for JC/W residents, 311550-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.

Learn to Row (ages 14+) Free!
Saturday, Nov. 3, 9:30-10:30 a.m., 311800-A
Thursday, Nov. 15, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 311800-B
James City County Recreation Center
Have you ever wanted to try what many call one of the most efficient forms of exercise? Have you ever wanted to learn the proper technique of rowing?  Now is your chance! Join us for a free introduction to indoor rowing.  We’ll focus on proper rowing techniques using our indoor rowing machines (ergs).  Unlike most activities, rowing incorporates the use of your legs, core and upper body.  We’ll focus step-by-step on proper form so that you can learn and appreciate this complete full-body, low-impact, lifelong exercise.

Techniques of Meditation (ages 15+)
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
$8; $5 for JC/W residents
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. 311620-A. Info: 757-259-4176.

Kids Storybook Yoga (ages 4-7)
Thursdays, 5-5:30 p.m.
$7/class; $5 for JC/W residents
$25 (5 pack); $22 for JC/W residents
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.

Youth Yoga (ages 8-13)
Thursdays, 5:30-6:15 p.m.
$8/class; $6 for JC/W residents
$28 (5 pack); $25 for JC/W residents
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. Youth yoga increases strength and flexibility while helping them unwind, calm down, reduce stress and sleep better. KiYo certified instructor. Info: 757-259-4176.  

Joint Freeing Yoga Series (ages 14+)
Thursday, Nov. 1, 6-7:30 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! 311664-A. Info: 757-259-4176.

Inclusion & Therapeutic Recreation

Teensational Social: Pool Party (ages 13-21 with disabilities) Free!
Saturday, Nov. 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Splash into an evening of swimming and games. 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, Nov. 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

Keep Calm and Spa On (ages 13+ with disabilities)
Friday, Nov. 30, 6-8 p.m.
$15; $10 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Enjoy a night out with friends and pamper yourself. Bring your favorite nail polish or spa products or try some of ours. Dinner provided. Register by Tuesday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m. 905230-A

Day Support Program (ages 13+ with disabilities) Free!
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. Call the Arc at 757-229-3535 for more information.

Outdoor and Nature Programs

Forest Explorers Walk & Talk (all ages) Free!
Saturday, Nov. 3
Nature Program: Mammals, 9-10 a.m.
Guided Walk: 10 a.m.-noon
Freedom Park
Join us for a nature program and guided walk on the new Living Forest Interpretive Trail! One of our expert nature guides will present the nature program 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.

Take Your Kid Fishing (ages 5-12) Free!
Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m.-noon
Little Creek Reservoir Park
Want to spend a fun day with your child fishing from the shores of Little Creek Reservoir Park? Let the Park staff teach you and your child the fundamentals of fishing. All equipment provided. Info: 757-603-7853

Pool Battleship! (ages 13-18) New!
Friday, Nov. 16, 6-8 p.m.
$40/four-person team
James City County Recreation Center
Too cold for canoeing? Then why not bring the canoes inside and try out this wet and wild event! In this battle to the end, the last canoe floating takes home the championship. Teams of four attempt to sink opponents by throwing water into their opponent’s boats.  All canoes will be provided, but bring your own buckets and shields. Preregister by Nov. 10 under your Captain’s Name! Fee includes team of 4 people. Space is limited. 511010-A. Email us for more information.

Challenges of Gardening in James City County (ages 16+) Free!
Thursday, Nov. 1, 6-7 p.m.
Freedom Park Interpretive Center
Whether you’re new to gardening here or you want to get started, challenges meet you each season. Come learn about the soil, the weather, the critters and other obstacles that you can overcome—or at least manage.

One-Way Paddle down Powhatan Creek (ages 16+) Free! New!
Saturday, Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Meeting location to be announced.
Join a James River Association guide for a leisurely paddle down Powhatan Creek, taking in the historic waterway by canoe! Guides will help orient you to the vessels, provide basic paddling instruction and provide interpretation of the ecology. James City County Parks & Recreation will provide a free shuttle back to your car after the experience. Register online or email Emily Cope for more information.

Bulbs as Companion Plants (ages 16+)
Saturday, Nov. 17, 10-11:30 a.m.
Freedom Park Interpretive Center
Learn how to use flowering bulbs in combination with perennials, annuals, ground covers and flowering shrubs to create a four-season garden. Presenter: Brent Heath, Brent and Becky’s in Gloucester. Offered in partnership with the Williamsburg Botanical Garden. A $5 donation is suggested to help the garden grow. Learn more or register online.

Special Events

Movie Nights: Captain Underpants (PG - 2017) Free!
Friday, Nov. 2, 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. All ages welcome; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Stop by the Front Desk for a schedule of movies offered the first Friday of every month. Movies subject to change.

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!


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.

Program Locations

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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