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Posted on: July 31, 2023

[ARCHIVED] August Events

August Flash-07

Arts & Special Interest 

Sing-Along Art Class • Ages 18 months-6 years 
Saturdays, Aug. 5-Sept. 16  (no class Sept. 2), 9:30-10:30 a.m.  $70
James City County Recreation Center
Combine your child’s love of art and music in this fun filled class! Children can create art inspired by favorite songs such as "I’m a Little TeaPot," "Itsy Bitsy Spider'' and more. Use glow-in-the-dark paint to make little stars twinkle, get those "Wheels on the Bus'' rolling with paint, and make bright, sunny art as we sing "You Are My Sunshine." Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Instructor: KidCreate Studio.

The Elusive Orb • Ages 18+
Saturday, Aug. 19, 1-5 p.m. & Sunday, Aug. 20, 2-5 p.m.  $60 (total for both days) 
James City County Recreation Center
Making spherical forms on the wheel requires thoughtful technical consideration from start to finish. Learn to throw this lovely form while enhancing general throwing skills. Ability to center and throw at least 3-pounds of clay on the potter’s wheel required. $20 materials fee (cash or check) due to instructor at first class. Instructor: Marshall Turner. 

Before & After School Programs 

Register now for the Before & After School Program for 2023-24. Registration forms and program information are available for download here or for pickup at any payment site. For more information, call REC Connect at 757-259-5351.


●For the complete list of summer camps, visit us online. 
Note: The Days of Discovery Summer Camp for children with disabilities is currently FULL. Applications are still being accepted as part of a wait list should cancellations occur. For more information, call 757-259-4200. 
Note:  ALL REC Connect Elementary and Middle School Teens On Point (T.O.P) summer camps are FULL. A waitlist is available for all sites; registrations accepted on a first-come, first-served basis according to space availability. For more information, call REC Connect at 757-259-5351.


Family Zumba: Summer Splash • Ages 5+ FREE!
Friday, Aug. 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
If you’re looking for something fun and healthy to do with your family, this is it! Family Zumba gives you and your family a chance to be active together. One Friday each month will be a different theme. Exciting music with easy-to-follow movements makes a perfect fitness class while having fun! 

BAM! - Family Drum Fitness: Wipeout Drum Fest • Ages 5+ FREE! NEW!
Friday, Aug. 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
James City County Recreation Center
Try something new with your crew! Drum fitness is a fun and active class for people of all ages and abilities. Drum away stress while increasing your fitness and listening to amazing music. You’ll leave this class feeling like a rockstar! 

Healthy Food, Happy Kids • Ages 13+ FREE!
Thursday, Aug. 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
James City County Recreation Center
Do you struggle with providing a healthy variety of foods in your child’s lunch? Learn new nourishing breakfast, snack and lunchbox ideas while keeping the essential nutrients needed to be healthy. You’ll leave feeling empowered and excited to feed your family. Presenter: Registered Dietitian Stephanie Militano, MS, RD, CSSD.  

Walk with a Doc • Ages 14+ FREE!
Saturday, Aug. 5, 9-10 a.m.
Greensprings Interpretive Trail 
Take a STEP toward better HEATLH! Join a doctor or health professional for a fun and safe place to go for a walk, learn about health, and meet new friends. Thirty-minutes of walking a day can increase your energy, help you sleep better, increase productivity, and make you feel happier within just 10 minutes. Let’s increase our physical activity together! One Saturday of every month a doc will take a few minutes to cover a health topic, then spend the rest of the hour enjoying a healthy walk at your own pace. Questions? Call 757-259-4176.

Walk This Way: Williamsburg Walking Club • Ages 14+ FREE!
Saturdays, Aug. 12 & 26, 9-10 a.m. 
Warhill Sports Complex
Being active is the secret to staying healthy, and walking is a great way to get moving! Let our walking coaches guide you through the trails of James City County. Whether you bring a friend, family or meet a new neighbor you’ll have a blast while having a positive impact on your health. New trail start location every month.

Tai Chi for Beginners • Ages 14+ FREE!
Wednesday, Aug. 23, 5-6 p.m. 
Freedom Park
Get introduced to the basic elements of Tai Chi. We’ll cover joint loosening exercises, breathing techniques and other fundamental exercises. The practice of Tai Chi involves various postures, weight shifting and energy patterns, with an emphasis on balance, centering and brain health. 

Full Moon Yoga Nidra with Sound Bath: Blue Moon • Ages 14+ FREE!
Friday, Aug. 25, 6-7 p.m. 
Freedom Park 
This meditative practice incorporates sound with modalities such as vocal toning, singing bowls, drums and meditation. This unique, yet entertaining workshop teaches the different ways to incorporate sound into your practice. Come try something new! 

Group Fitness Classes • Ages 14+
Get in shape for summer! From Ageless Yoga to Zumba, you’ll find a class just for you at the James City County Recreation Center. Check out our full group fitness schedule for a complete list of the more than 60 classes offered weekly. Info: 757-259-4176.

Techniques of Meditation • Ages 16+ FREE!
Wednesday, Aug. 2, 7-8 p.m.  
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 aid the meditative process. You’ll be guided in and out of each session. 

 Drumming for Wellness • Ages 16+ FREE!
Wednesday, Aug. 23, 6-7 p.m.  
Freedom Park 
We’ll use the drum and the voice as a modality to practice mindfulness. Learn basic drumming and meditation techniques and participate in drum circles and sound immersions to experience the use of drums and sound in ritual, ceremony and recreation. No musical experience needed. All instruments provided. 


 Yoga • Ages 18+ with Disabilities FREE!
Tuesday, Aug. 29, 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 yoga, any upcoming events or to become an Arc member call 757-229-3535 or visit  


Take Your Kid Fishing • Ages 5-12 FREE!
Saturday, Aug. 26, 10 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 this favorite pastime. All equipment provided.
Freedom Park Full Moon Hikes • All Ages FREE!
Sturgeon Moon: 
Tuesday, Aug. 1, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
Blue Moon
: Wednesday, Aug. 30, 7:30-8:30 p.m. 
Freedom Park
Come explore us AFTER DARK during the full moon! Freedom Park closes at sunset; however, Multiuse Trail 3 only reopens for this self-guided hike on select nights. After sunset, visitors may use Multiuse Trail 3 only, all other areas of the park are closed. The full moon hikes use an out-and-back one-mile, paved ADA-compliant trail winding through wooded forest and the Colby Swamp. Users must depart Multiuse Trail 3 by the closing time. No registration required. Weather permitting. 

Campfire Social • All Ages FREE!
Saturday, Aug. 12, 7-8 p.m.  
Chickahominy Riverfront Park 
Come celebrate spring weather with a good old-fashioned campfire gathering at Chickahominy Riverfront Park! Enjoy s’mores, activities, storytelling and more around the campfire overlooking Gordon Creek. 

Forest Explorers Friday: Butterflies • All Ages & Families FREE!
Friday, Aug. 18, 5:30-7 p.m. 
Freedom Park 
Join us as we explore the Williamsburg Botanical Garden for the different species of butterfly that call Freedom Park home. Come touch and look at different species of caterpillars and learn about the four stages of life. 

Splash on Friday • All Ages FREE!
Friday, Aug. 18, 6-8 p.m.
Chickahominy Riverfront Park 
Come enjoy family time with us in the pool! Free swim area and an area for our Wibit inflatable obstacle course are available! Games and prizes included. Non-swimmers are required to use a lifejacket, which are provided. Registration required.  

To Register 
Unless otherwise noted, please visit us online or call 757-259-4200 for more details and registration information. For the complete list of Parks & Recreation activities, programs and events, check out our Spring/Summer 2023 Brochure. 

Inclement Weather/Cancellations
All Outdoor Events are weather permitting. Before heading out, please call the Activities Hotline at 757-259-3232 any changes in schedules. 
Program Sites
Chickahominy Riverfront Park, 1350 John Tyler Highway
Freedom Park/Interpretive Center, 5537 Centerville Road
Greensprings Interpretive Trail, 3751 John Tyler Highway
James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Road
Little Creek Reservoir Park, 180 Lakeview Road
Warhill Sports Complex/Wanner Stadium, 4900 Stadium Drive 

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

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