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Posted on: August 5, 2020

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August Programs, Events & Activities

As the impacts of COVID-19 continue to be felt, we ask for your patience, flexibility and support. We depend on you, our patrons, to follow safety and social distancing guidelines as regularly released by the Governor of Virginia, the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Also note: James City County has waived the 2.95% convenience fee on all credit and debit card transactions through Dec. 30, 2020. 


Special Interest
Out There with Riverside Outfitters • Ages 8-11
Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 17-19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 806300-J
Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 806300-L
James City County Recreation Center
During our three days of adventure and team building, campers will travel to Richmond for whitewater rafting, kayaking, gorilla swinging, stand-up paddle boarding and more, all while taking in a bit of the history the Capital has to offer. Campers are transported daily to Riverside Outfitters for their daily activities. All activities on the river are weather and flood-height dependent and may be subject to change based on paddlecraft availability.

Living in the Past • Ages 8-12
Monday-Thursday, Aug. 10-13, 8:30 a.m.-noon
Freedom Park
The settlers at Hot Water, now the home of Freedom Park, didn’t have video games, computers or any of the high tech gadgets of today! So how did they get by? Camp participants will get a feel for 18th and 19th century life in Virginia – making their own food and supplies, and learning about the rich history of Freedom Park. Please bring sunscreen and water. Weather permitting. 808730-A

OP Adventures
• Ages 11-13
Monday-Friday, Aug. 10-14, 9 a.m.-noon
James City County Recreation Center
In this half-day adventure camp, we’ll venture from home base on a different local excursion each day. Each day brings a new activity including kayaking, geocaching, biking and hiking, all while learning about the historical and natural history that surrounds the area. Camp includes a field trip to Richmond’s Peak Experiences Rock Climbing gym. Weather permitting for all daily activities. 806300-I

DIY Art Adventures • Ages 12-16 NEW!
Monday-Friday, Aug. 24-28, 9 a.m.-noon
James City County Recreation Center
Make art masterpieces out of common household items, recyclables and other unique objects! We’ll use our imagination for “do-it-yourself” art all week long. Dress for mess. No previous experience needed. Camp fee includes a special “in-house” field trip. 206190-BB

Athletes Global Basketball Camp • Ages 6-16
Monday-Friday, Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 9 a.m.-noon
Abram Frink Jr. Community Center
This camp will focus on shooting mechanics, one-on-one defense, scoring, ball handling, passing, mental preparation, fitness, conditioning, speed, agility training and much more. One of the most exciting parts of camp is the implementation of daily nutritional education, leadership development homework, communication skills, self-image and team building with others. 506300-P

Multi-Sport Camp • Ages 9-12
Monday-Friday, Aug. 17-21, 9 a.m.-noon
Berkeley Middle School
Join us for a sampler pack of sports! Over 12 different team and individual sport options for your child to try out including basketball, baseball, soccer, floor hockey and more! Camp also features travel to local sports facilities. 506300-N

Hip Hop Dance/Cheer Camp • Ages 9-12 NEW!
Monday-Friday, Aug. 10-14, 9 a.m.-noon
James City County Recreation Center
Our Cheer and Hip Hop camp focuses on fun cheers and modern hip hop movements with a vivacious urban feel. The hip hop portion of the class will focus on rhythm and musicality, how to "find," count music and dance in with a team. Different styles of hip-hop will be combined with fun choreography. The cheer portion of the class will teach various dance and cheer combinations, basic stunts and fun choreography. Along with these skills, participants will receive daily take home activities that build teamwork, confidence and leadership skills. On the last day we’ll provide a performance to showcase what our participants have learned! 506300-M 


Getting Back in the Swing - Golf Fitness & Flexibility • Ages 14+ NEW!
Tuesday, Aug.11, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
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! 308650-A

Intro to Yoga • Ages 14+
Thursday, Aug. 27-Sept. 17, 7-8:30 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
If you’ve always wanted to step into a group yoga class, but haven’t, this four-week workshop is for you! We’ll break down the poses, and you can ask as many questions as you need! 308612-A

Techniques of Meditation • Ages 16+ FREE!
Thursday, Aug. 13, 7-8 p.m.
James City County Recreation
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 aid the meditative process. Meditation can improve your physical, emotional and mental health and well-being. 308410-A

Therapeutic Recreation

Sensory Friendly Movie Night • All ages & abilities FREE!
Friday, Aug. 28, 6-8 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Enjoy a feature film with family and friends in a safe and accommodating environment. The lights will be turned down low and special sensory seating areas provided. Popcorn and snacks included. For more information, please call 757-259-5354. 905120-D

Outdoor Events/Adventures

Geocaching 101• All Ages/Families
Would you or your group like to learn the basics of geocaching? Learn about the world’s largest outdoor treasure hunt in a fun and unique setting. We’ll explore Williamsburg’s best geocache hot spots and learn the basics of how to create your own. Program fee will be $20 minimum or $5/person for groups of five or more. Sessions will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be available weekdays and evenings through October. To schedule a program for a group, family or individual, email or call 757-259-5355.

Forest Explorer Fridays • All Ages/Families  FREE!
Friday, Aug. 21, 5:30-7 p.m.
Freedom Park
Bats! We’ll explore the meadow and Free Black Settlement, seeking out the resident bat population to learn about their foraging habits and benefits to humans. Weather permitting. This program is held on the third Friday of each month to explore the plants and animals that live in James City County parks.

Stargazing with NASA Skywatcher Club  • Ages 13+  FREE!
Saturday, Aug. 29, 8-10:30 p.m.
Upper County Park
Come Stargaze with NASA Skywatcher Astronomy Club! The NASA Skywatcher Astronomy Club will host an observing session to share their knowledge, experience and love of astronomy. Weather permitting.

Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, 8901 Pocahontas Trail
Berkeley Middle School, 1118 Ironbound Road
Freedom Park, 5537 Centerville Road
James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Road
Upper County Park, 180 Leisure Road, Toano

For the complete list of Parks & Recreation programs and events or registration information for all activities, please visit our website at or call 757-259-4200. For all outdoor classes and events, please call the Activities Hotline at 757-259-3232 if inclement weather is in the forecast.

Media Contact:
Veda McMullen, Senior Communications Coordinator; 757-259-5415.


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