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Posted on: January 31, 2020

[ARCHIVED] February Events

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Learn to Swim, Free Swim Evaluations
Registration for March classes is open Feb. 10-21 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 staff will be available 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18 and Wednesday, Feb. 19 to provide free swim evaluations. Classes/evaluations held at the James City County Recreation Center. Info: 757-259-4185.

Arts & Special Interest 

Preschool Chocolate Workshop · Ages 3-5
Saturday, Feb. 1, 10-11:30 a.m., $20
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

Kidz Clay · Ages 10-15
Thursdays, Feb. 20 – March 19, 4:15-5:15 p.m., $40
James City County Recreation Center
Make a mess, make some art, and make your mark… in clay! We’ll hand build and explore the potter’s wheel. A variety of topics will be presented, so students may repeat the class. No experience needed. $15 materials fee due to instructor at first class (cash or check). Work will be available for pick up after firing. Dress for mess! 202060-A

VIMS Tour · Ages 14+ New!
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 9:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m., $5
James City County Recreation Center
Take a tour of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science laboratory in Gloucester and learn about ongoing programs and projects that are housed in the facility. The tour includes a basic overview of the educational, research and advisory duties of VIMS as well as a tour of unique labs including the fish collection which houses thousands of marine, estuarine and freshwater fishes. Trip will meet in the James City County Recreation Center lobby. Transportation and all fees included. 802103-A

Guide to Genealogy-Beginners · Ages 16+ Free!
Wednesdays, Feb. 5 & 12, 5-7 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Have you ever wondered where your family came from? Or thought about an advertised DNA genealogy test? Anyone interested in learning about genealogy and DNA test results – this class is for you. Learn how to get started and the resources available. You don’t have to begin alone! Limited space. 202140-A

Orchids and American First Ladies · Ages 18+
Saturday, Feb. 15, 10:30 a.m.-noon
$10; Free to Williamsburg Botanical Garden Members
Williamsburg Library
Arthur E. Chadwick, known world-wide as an author and expert on cultivating orchids brings us the stories of the orchids and the American First Ladies for whom they are named. Learn about orchid history and tips for growing your own. Offered in partnership with the Williamsburg Botanical Garden. Details and Tickets:

Before/After School Programs

REC Connect

Need before, after school or holiday break child care? 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 2019-2020 and Summer Camp 2020 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 information 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 discount details.


Gait Analysis · All ages Free!
Saturday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m.-noon
James City County Recreation Center
What could be more basic than walking and running? Local sports chiropractor Dr. Daniel Shaye of Performance Chiropractic will be performing FREE gait analysis. You may learn why your knee hurts, or your back, or your hip – you may even catch injuries BEFORE they happen! Please wear shorts and a tank type shirt for the best analysis. Call 757-259-4176 to schedule your time slot. 302668-A

Kids Storybook Yoga · Ages 4-7
Wednesdays, 5-5:30 p.m.
$7/day; $25 (4 pack)
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. For information, call 757-259-4176.

Youth Yoga · Ages 8-13
Wednesdays, 5:30-6:15 p.m.
$8/day; $30 (4 pack)
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. For information, call 757-259-4176.

Youth Intro to Weights & Functional Training · Ages 12-15 Free!
Thursdays, Feb. 6 & 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Is your child ready to hit the weight room? Hold on! Let us teach them proper and safe techniques, etiquette of lifting and age appropriate lifts and functional training. Your child will learn to safely strength train, improve their balance and body control as well as proper form. We’ll perform functional lifts with body weight, focus on core strength and muscle toning for a total body workout. Class instructed by a certified personal trainer. 302530-A

Stroke Awareness & Blood Pressure Check · Ages 14+ Free!
Saturday, Feb. 8, 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 RNs. No registration required.

Getting Back in the Swing - Golf Fitness & Flexibility · Ages 14+ New!
Saturday, Feb. 22, 1-2 p.m., $10
James City County Recreation Center
This golf strength and flexibility class is designed for all golfers looking to improve their game. You’ll learn exercises to build your muscular strength and endurance where you need it while also working on mobility, flexibility and cardio to get you ready for the course! 302650-A

Inclusion/Therapeutic Recreation

Ooey, Gooey, Fun-Sensory Play · All ages and abilities Free!
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 6:30-8 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Do you like to play with slime? Have you ever painted with spaghetti? Join us for fun evenings full of yucky, messy activities. Snacks and materials provided. Bring a messy shirt. Preregistration is appreciated. 903120-F

Family Spa Night · All ages and abilities New!
Friday, Feb. 28, 6:30-8 p.m., $5
James City County Recreation Center
Need to wind down after a long week? Bring the whole family for fun, games, relaxation techniques and much more! Snacks and materials provided. Registration required. Registration deadline: Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. 905230-A

Buddy Art · Ages 6+ with disabilities Free!
Saturdays, Feb. 1-29 & March 21 & 28, 3-4 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
A variety of art activities are offered based on the age, ability levels and interests. Children are assigned a volunteer buddy to work with them one-on-one. For more information, visit or or contact or 757-879-4328. Sponsored by Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center in partnership with volunteers from William & Mary and James City County Parks & Recreation. 209090-B

Valentine’s Day Dance · Ages 13+ with disabilities Free!
Saturday, Feb. 8, 7-9 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Come and celebrate with that special someone as the DJ plays our favorite love songs.

Teensational Social: Movie Night · Ages 13-21 with disabilities Free!
Saturday, Feb. 5, 6-8 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Enjoy a feature film with friends. Offered in collaboration with Capernaum. For more information and a complete event schedule, call Caitie Maloney at 757-784-6226 or

Teensational Social: Valentine’s Day Gala · Ages 13-21 with disabilities Free!
Saturday, Feb. 15, 6-8 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

Yoga · Ages 13+ with disabilities Free!
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 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 · 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. For information, call The Arc at 757-229-3535.

Special Events

Family Fun Night · All ages
Saturday, Feb. 22, 7-9:30 p.m.
Ages 13+, $5, 403000-A
Ages 12 & Younger, Free, 403000-B
FIFA 20 Xbox eSports Tournament, Free (included in Family Fun Night entrance fee); Ages 8+, 403000-C
James City County Recreation Center
Join us for a night of family FUN and entertainment – enjoy gym games, create various craft projects, splash in the pool, dance to some tunes, play racquetball or old-fashioned board games! New this year: inflatable pool obstacle course, FIFA 20 Xbox eSports Tournament, face painting and more. Preregistration recommended. If preregistering, please register everyone who is attending! Children must be accompanied by an adult.


One on One Basketball · Ages 6-13
Saturdays, Feb. 29-April 18, $125/session
Ages 6-9: 1-2 p.m., 503290-A
Ages 10-13: 2-3 p.m., 503290-B
James City County Recreation Center
A combination of positive, energetic and fundamentals-based coaching while maximizing the fun of real game action daily. During this session, players will learn and refine skills. Daily drills, games and competitions will keep the fun level high.

FIFA 20 Xbox eSports Tournament · Ages 8+ New!
Saturday, Feb. 22, 7:15-9:30 p.m.
Free (with Family Fun Night entrance)
James City County Recreation Center
Join us during Family Fun Night for Parks & Recreation’s first eSports tournament featuring FIFA 20! All games will be played on Xbox and a drawing will take place to determine pools and match ups. All players must arrive and enter by 7:15 p.m. The tournament is free with your Family Fun Night entrance. Preregistration is encouraged but not required. 403000-C

Elite Sports Performance Training · Ages 10-18 New!
Saturdays, Feb. 29-March 21, $55/session
Ages 10-13: 9-10 a.m., 502080-A
Ages 13-18:10-11 a.m., 502080-B
James City County Recreation Center
Our program will focus on mental preparation, speed, explosion, agility, fitness, increasing strength, power conditioning training and much more. Sports-specific and separated by age group. This program also implements nutritional education, leadership development homework, communication skills, self-image and team-building with others. Instructor: Athletes Global.

Teen Tournaments · Ages 12-19 Free!
Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m.
Abram Frink Jr. Community Center
Come out for weekly competitive active game tournaments. These safe, free and fun nights challenge you to play in competitive tournaments against others in your age group. Info: 757-887-5810.

Program locations:
Abram Frink Jr. Community Center Park, 8901 Pocahontas Trail
James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Road
Williamsburg Library, 515 Scotland Street


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).

Media Contact:
Veda McMullen, Senior Communications Coordinator

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