Seasonal Activities

Something Fun for Everyone!

Seasonal activities at City of Cleveland Recreation Centers include organized sports, playground activities, performance arts, ice skating, camping, and more. Activities are designed for participants from the very young to Seniors. Detailed information is available on the tabs below.

Contact information for the individual centers can be found here, along with additional recreation center activity schedules and center amenities.

For details about the programs offered, see the Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center Guide - Fall 2022

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Education and Career

Location:
Zelma George - M, W - 5:00pm-7:00pm.
Participants: Coed Grades 6 - 10
Description:

Prep now for the upcoming exams! Master skills and strategies to improve your ACT score and enhance your college application.

Location:
Fairfax - M, T, W, TH - 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Thurgood Marshall - M, T, W, TH - 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Participants: Coed Youth in grades 1 - 10
Description:

This exciting program provides virtual and in-person afterschool programs for 1st- 10th grade youth including academic assistance, sports and recreation, an arts component, STEM focused hands-on activities and classes that broaden students’ individual interests. Participants are grouped into two sections: Grades 1-4 and Grades 5-10. In-person space is limited to 9 youth per day.

Location:
GED - Virtual - T, TH - 12:00pm-2:30pm, ESOL - Virtual - T, TH - 12:00pm-2:30pm
Participants: Coed Adults 18+
Description:

Tri-C ASPIRE provides high-quality adult education to individuals who need to prepare for the GED examination or who want to learn or improve their English speaking skills. Students 16 and 17 must be officially withdrawn from high school for GED eligibility.

Location:
EJ Kovacic - T, TH - 4:00pm-6:00pm, Michael Zone - M, W - 4:00pm-6:00pm, Glenville - T, TH - 4:00pm-6:00pm
Participants: Coed Grades 6 - 12
Description:

College Now, in partnership with the City of Cleveland, supports student growth and development through the College & Career Exploration program. The College & Career Exploration program focuses on helping increase students’ awareness of the college going process and the opportunities available to them, so that they can create their best-fit post-secondary plans.

This program is available to students in grades 6 - 12 grade and will be offered for 5 weeks.  The College Now Instructors facilitate each student’s college & career research and exploration to ensure strategic and tactile postsecondary access and financial planning; instructors also provide both ACT and SAT General Overviews and Strategy Overviews as well as registration assistance for those who request it. The sessions are facilitated two times per week, giving students the opportunity to engage, ask questions, and map out future potential opportunities.

Each day, food and drink is provided to all participants, usually pizza! Students who attend the program are eligible to attend an all-expense-paid College Now College & Career Exposure trip.

Note: this is contingent upon travel restrictions due to COVID19.

Location:
Lonnie Burten - W, F - 4:00pm-7:00pm, Woodland - T, TH - 4:00pm-7:00pm, Zelma George - T, TH - 4:00pm-7:00pm
Participants: Coed Ages 13 - 17
Description:

Interested in learning how to start a business? From ideation to implementation, participants ages 13-17 go through the process of creating a product and promoting their concept during Young Entrepreneur Pop Up Shop!

Location:
Earle B. Turner - M-F - 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Week TBD)
Participants: Coed Grades K-8
Description:

In this one-week program, K-8 participants will engage in multiple hands-on activities related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Activities are designed to encourage creativity and self-efficacy. Rotating family pass is available at each NRRC.

Location:
Michael Zone - F - 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Participants: Coed Youth in grades 5 - 8
Description:

This program will introduce youth in grades 5 – 8 to engineering concepts focused on math, science and literacy through project based learning activities. Youth will form teams that will compete with the projects they have completed.

Location:
Earle B. Turner - Individually Scheduled, Michael Zone - Individually Scheduled
Participants: Coed 16+
Description:

Youth and young adults ages 16 and up will be afforded job and career readiness training, assistance with job placement and coaching support; plus job retention and career advancement coaching services with possible opportunities for work experience or technical training. Job readiness workshops will be two weeks in length; 3 hours per day for a total of 30 hours of training. Staff will be available from 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. for drop-in individual counseling and support on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Location:
Lonnie Burten - M, W - 5:00pm-7:00pm
Participants: Coed Adults
Description:

This is a 10-week research-based certification program that is approved by the state of Ohio’s State Board of Career colleges and Schools.

The Phlebotomy program is divided into 3 components:  Didactic research-based coursework (3 weeks), Clinical Training (4 weeks), and Internship (3 weeks).  Internships are hosted by the American Red Cross and Cleveland Clinic.  Upon completion of the program participants will be prepared to complete the National Phlebotomy Certification exam.  This certification allows graduates to work at hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, laboratories and other medical facilities.

The Medical Billing and Coding program is divided into 3 components:  Didactic research-based coursework in Medical Billing (3 weeks), Coding coursework and training (4 weeks), and Internship (3 weeks).  Internships are hosted by the Chillicothe clinical Research Resolutions.  Upon completion of the program participants will be prepared to complete the National Billing and Coding Specialist Certification exam.  This certification allows graduates to work at hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, laboratories and other medical facilities.

Location:
Stella Walsh - M, W - 5:00pm-7:00pm
Participants: Coed Adults
Description:

This is a 10-week research-based certification program that is approved by the state of Ohio’s State Board of Career colleges and Schools.

The Phlebotomy program is divided into 3 components:  Didactic research-based coursework (3 weeks), Clinical Training (4 weeks), and Internship (3 weeks).  Internships are hosted by the American Red Cross and Cleveland Clinic.  Upon completion of the program participants will be prepared to complete the National Phlebotomy Certification exam.  This certification allows graduates to work at hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, laboratories and other medical facilities.

The Medical Billing and Coding program is divided into 3 components:  Didactic research-based coursework in Medical Billing (3 weeks), Coding coursework and training (4 weeks), and Internship (3 weeks).  Internships are hosted by the Chillicothe clinical Research Resolutions.  Upon completion of the program participants will be prepared to complete the National Billing and Coding Specialist Certification exam.  This certification allows graduates to work at hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, laboratories and other medical facilities.

Location:
Virtual - Individually scheduled
Participants: Coed Grades K - 12
Description:

Cleveland Youth in grades K-12 will receive individual tutoring virtually incorporating FUN Activity-based learning addressing their individual academic needs. Reach Success will work with the parent/guardian of the participant to coordinate schedules and share academic progress. Tutors will create individual methods of learning based on learning styles, and also provide curriculum if needed. The sessions will be 1-2 hours a week based on needs/schedules.

Location:
Lonnie Burten - M, W - 4:00pm-6:00pm, Stella Walsh - T, TH - 4:00pm-6:00pm
Participants: Coed Ages 6-12
Description:

This engaging, effective, and efficient support program for youth in ages 6 - 12 is designed to help students catch up, keep up or get ahead. The program utilizes research-based methodologies that have been proven effective in addressing the needs of students who are struggling academically.

Fun and Games

Location:
Collinwood - M, W - 3:00pm-4:30pm, Cory - T, TH - 4:00pm-5:30pm, Frederick Douglass - T, TH - 4:00pm-5:30pm, Hamilton - F, Sa - 4:00pm-5:30pm, Stella Walsh - T, TH - 5:00pm-6:30pm, Zelma George - W, Sa - W-5:00pm-6:30pm, Sa 4:00pm-5:30pm
Participants: Coed Ages 5+
Description:

Participants of all ages will participate in chess instruction and then move to competitive chess play.

    Location:
    EJ Kovacic - TH - 4:30pm-7:30pm, Estabrook - TH - 4:30pm-7:30pm, Fairfax - T - 3:30pm-6:30pm, Frederick Douglass - M - 4:30pm-7:30pm, Stella Walsh - T - 4:30pm-7:30pm, Zelma George - M - 4:30pm-7:30pm
    Participants: Coed Ages 8-17
    Description:

    Recess coordinators will lead youth ages 8+ in a series of games that observe social distancing guidelines. Youth will play bubble soccer, giant soccer, Captain Cleveland, and other games.

    Life Enhancement

    Location:
    EJ Kovacic - T - 5:00pm-6:00pm, Frederick Douglass - T - 12:00pm-1:00pm
    Participants: Coed Age 18+
    Description:

    Get in shape by participating in one of the most efficient beneficial forms of exercise, powered by Fit Circuit. Adult participants will be instructed through 8-10 different exercise stations which will work various muscle groups, completing 4 circuits in each training session.

    Location:
    Collinwood - T - 4:00pm-5:00pm, Frederick Douglass - F - 4:00pm-5:00pm, Stella Walsh - T - 4:00pm-5:00pm
    Participants: Coed Youth in grades 6 - 12
    Description:

    This introductory program will provide youth in grade 6-12 basic instruction in photography. Participants will learn basic camera operation, lighting and special techniques. Returning participants will go in depth with more advanced techniques and alternative processes for photography.

    Location:
    EJ Kovacic - F - 4:00pm-6:00pm, Frederick Douglass - T - 4:00pm-6:00pm
    Participants: Coed Ages 6 to 18
    Description:

    Participants will prepare healthy meals, learn about cleanliness in the kitchen and develop specific cooking skills.

    Location:
    EJ Kovacic - W, F - 3:30pm-4:30pm, Estabrook - T, TH - 4:00pm-5:00pm
    Participants: Coed Grades K - 5
    Description:

    Youth in grades K – 5 will experience fun, educational, hands-on activities that teach the biology of plants and the importance of plants to personal health and the health of our communities. Youth will participate in two field trips and will plant a tree in a local location.

    Location:
    Collinwood - M - 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., E. J. Kovacic - W - 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Frederick Douglass - T - 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Participants: Coed Ages 55+
    Description:

    Older adults (55+) who would like to reduce social isolation and better understand the growing tech and digital device world are encouraged to enroll in this exciting class. Adults will learn to connect with an array of content that includes health related topics, education, cultural experiences, exercise, music and games.

    Location:
    Location/Date/Time TBD
    Participants: Coed Parents or Parents-to-Be
    Description:

    Today’s parents and those in the past have the same goal - to raise a good citizen who is self-sufficient and can sustain healthy relationships.  However, some of the tools we were taught as children don’t seem to be as effective on today’s children!

    The New Tools Parenting Class is designed to provide tools that will:

    • Build upon your understanding of when we teach life lessons, give advice and give support. 
    • Align values, integrity and principles - although we may not share the same approach as the other parent/co-parent. 
    • Model healthy relationships that help our children grow.

    This session is not for perfect parents, it’s taught by parents who know what it feels like to make mistakes, although you are giving it your all. It  is for parents who are willing to bring that same effort and are open to learning about a few new tools.  Participants will all receive a customized Parenting Tool Box to support success on their parenting journey.

    Location:
    Glenville - W - 4:30pm-5:30pm
    Participants: Coed Grades 4-6
    Description:

    Join the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes as we explore the living things right outside your local recreation center. We'll use tools like magnifying glasses and binoculars to discover what plants, birds, and animals call Cleveland home. This 10 session program will be a mix of observing nature outdoors and completing indoor challenges like creating your own bird feeder or designing a new kind of seed. Bring your curiosity and sense of adventure because in the Exploring Nature program, YOU become the expert on nature in your community. Grades 4 - 6

    Performing and Fine Arts

    Location:
    Earle B. Turner - M, W - 4:30pm-5:30pm, Michael Zone - T, TH - 5:30pm-6:30pm, Stella Walsh - M, W - 5:00pm-6:00pm
    Participants: Coed All Ages
    Description:

    Join Art House as a professional artist works with youth of all ages to create artworks of various media while learning about different cultural traditions from around the world. Project examples may include collage, mask making/decorating, photography and/or sculptie clay.

    Location:
    Woodland - T - 6:00pm-7:00pm
    Participants: Coed Youth in grades 3 - 7
    Description:

    Do you love music? Have you ever put new words to your favorite songs? Have you ever produced a beat to that song? Have you ever danced to that song? If so, this workshop is for you! The final step in your creative music project will be the Dance Jam, where you will come up with dance moves to match your beat’s style and character!

    Location:
    ESB-DW-102 - Estabrook - F - 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., GNG-DW-101 - Gunning - F - 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., LB-DW-104 - Lonnie Burten - W - 4:30pm-5:30pm, TM-DW-103 - Thurgood Marshall - W - 5:00pm-6:00pm
    Participants: Coed Ages 5 - 15
    Description:

    Fierce, fun and energized, this class blends jazz dance and various other popular dance styles! This all – levels and all-abilities class for youth ages 5 – 15 meets once per week for one hour. Dancing Wheels is equipped to support youth with cognitive and physical disabilities.

    Location:
    E. J. Kovacic - M, W - 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Participants: Girls 7-12
    Description:

    Our majorette dance classes explore high energy, Hip-Hop inspired dance moves combined with the athleticism of gymnastics and the technique of Jazz dance. Dancers are strongly advised to bring water and wear athletic, flexible clothing including tennis shoes.

    Location:
    Cudell - M, T, W, TH, F - 5:00pm-6:30pm, EJ Kovacic - M, T, W, TH, F - 5:00pm-6:30pm
    Participants: Coed Grades 6 - 12
    Description:

    Explore various instruments and pursue one or more through weekly lessons.  Upon successful completion of the seasonal session, youth will be able to keep the instrument used.  A different instrument will be taught each day of the week as below:

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    Cudell Percussion Keyboard Violin Trumpet Guitar
    Kovacic Keyboard Violin Trumpet Guitar Percussion
    Studio 105 Guitar Percussion Keyboard Violin Trumpet

    Youth may register for one or all of the instruments.

    Location:
    Lonnie Burten - T, TH - 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Participants: Coed Grades 6 - 10
    Description:

    The Recording Arts Technology Academy is designed to introduce youth in grades 6 - 10 to sound recording, music and the entertainment industry. Topics will include:

    • Recording elements
    • Electronic communication
    • Basic music skills
    • Voice over talent
    • Poetry
    • Scripts
    • Interview skills

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