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Posted on: January 30, 2019

[ARCHIVED] February Events

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American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course (ages 15+)
Friday, Feb. 1, 4-6 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. & Monday-Thursday, Feb. 4-7, 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

  • 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


American Red Cross Lifeguard Re-Certification (ages 15+)
Saturday, Feb. 23, 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. 102750-A

Arts/Special Interest/Outdoors

Preschool Chocolate Workshop (ages 3-5)
Saturday, Feb. 2, 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 both parent and child and all supplies. 202101-B

Kid’s Valentine Cupcake Decorating (ages 6-13)
Friday, Feb. 1, 5-7 p.m.
$20; $15 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Get introduced to basic cake decorating skills using buttercream icing. Decorate cupcakes in Valentine style - we’ll even use edible glitter and sprinkles. Please note any food allergies at time of registration. All cupcakes decorated are taken home. Note: Please tie back long hair and bring an apron. Fee includes all supplies. 202101-A

STEM Club: Engineering and Robotics (ages 7-12)
Mondays, Feb. 11-March 4, 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. 202130-A

The Good, the Bad, and the Bugly In Your Garden (ages 16+)
Saturday, Feb.16, 10-11:30 a.m.
Freedom Park Interpretive Center
Dr. Shawn Dash, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Hampton University, will show why insects are necessary for a healthy garden. Learn which bugs are friends and which ones are not. Dr. Dash's passion for these small but important creatures will convince you to be nicer to bugs and to think twice about chemical insecticides. For details/registration:

Before/After School, Camps

REC Connect
Need to sign up for Before/After School programs? 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 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.


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

Youth Yoga (ages 8-13)
Thursdays, 5:30-6:15 p.m.
$8 day; $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. Kids yoga increases strength and flexibility while helping them unwind, calm down, reduce stress and sleep better. YoKID certified instructor. Info: 757-259-4176.

R.A.D. Basic Physical Defense (ages 14+) Free!
Mondays & Wednesdays, Feb. 4-13, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 16, 9 a.m.-noon
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, (5 days) 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. Info/register: 757-259-4200. 302210-A

Stroke Awareness & Blood Pressure Check (ages 14+) Free!
Saturday, Feb. 9, 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 

Buddy Art (ages 7+ with disabilities) Free!
Saturdays, Feb. 2-March 23, 3-4 p.m. (no class March 2 and 9)
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)
Saturday, Feb. 16, 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! Offered in collaboration with Capernaum. For more information and a complete event schedule, call Caitie Maloney at 757-784-6226 or

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

Yoga (ages 13+ with disabilities) Free! 
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 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

Day Support Program (adults) Free!
Tuesdays-Fridays weekly, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Abram Frink Jr. Community Center
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: 757-229-3535.

Special Events

Movie Nights: Groundhog Day (PG - 1993) Free! 
Friday, Feb. 1, 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. Movie subject to change.

Jr. NBA Skills Challenge (ages 6-13) Free!
Saturday, Feb. 9*, 10 a.m.-noon
11 & younger, (born on or after Sept. 1, 2007), 502210-A
Ages 12-13, (born Sept. 1, 2005 through Aug. 31, 2007), 502210-B
James City County Recreation Center
This nationwide program 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 & Book Signing, Free!
Saturday, Feb. 16, 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.


Adult Co-ed Soccer (women 18+ and men 30+)
Sundays, March 3-May 19 (no games March 17, April 21 and May 12), 5-11 p.m.
$750 per team
Warhill Sports Complex
Recreational soccer with a focus on fun. League play culminates in an end-of-season playoff to decide the champion. Register your team under the Captain’s name. Teams must verbally commit before Feb. 15 by emailing Captain’s meeting to be announced according to team availability. 502700-A


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.

Program Locations

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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