Cary Park District offers a wide variety of indoor activities during the colder months. Check out the following programs and more in the park district’s Winter/Spring Program brochure.
Sign-up is available online or in person at the Community Center, 255 Briargate Road, Cary. For information on these or any other park district programs, call the Cary Park District at 847-639-6100.
Mini Ninja Obstacle Course
Leap, hop, skip and run your way through obstacles and put your Ninja skills to the test. This fun movement-based class challenges your Ninja to maneuver over and under objects. This class is for children ages 4 to 8 and meets from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 9 to Feb. 6, at the Community Center. Registration is $54 for residents and $64 for nonresidents.
Nerf Elite Battle
Experience the classic basement game in an arena-style team game. Each week, we play many different Nerf Elite battle games including an all-out battle. All equipment is provided, or you may bring your own. This class is for children and teens ages 7 to 13 and meets from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 9 to Feb. 6, at the Community Center. Registration is $54 for residents and $64 for nonresidents.
Drawing & Watercolor Basics
Work together to create unique works of art using drawing pencils, shading sticks, charcoal and watercolor. Students learn basic shading techniques and basic watercolor technique through still life, figure drawing and mixed media application. This class is for children and teens ages 6 to 18 and meets from 5 to 6 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 11 to Feb. 8, at the Community Center. Registration is $75 for residents and $113 for nonresidents.
In a small-school setting, your child will have a social environment to support developmentally appropriate activities for the individual, as well as a group. This program provides hands-on experiences such as math, art, music, manipulatives and dramatic play to enhance your child’s independence through learning. Register for one or both days. Class is for children 3 years of age and is scheduled from 9:15 to 11 a.m. Mondays, Jan. 14 to March 4, or Wednesdays, Jan. 16 to March 6, at the Community Center. Cost is $99 for residents and $149 for nonresidents for the Monday session and $129 for residents and $194 for nonresidents for the Wednesday session.
It’s never too soon to learn to play a musical instrument – and never too late, as well. Designed for ages 6 to adult, this class starts with the basics of piano, such as reading notes and counting rhythms. As students progress over the seven-week session, they learn chords, sight reading and how to play pieces from classical to ragtime, pop, rock and everything in between. Lessons are 30 minutes long and are taught between 4 and 8 p.m. Thursdays.
The instructor will contact each student before the first lesson to determine the preferred lesson time. Music books for beginners can be bought through the instructor. There will be a student recital at the end of the course. Classes are from Jan. 10 to Feb. 28. Cost is $124 for resident and $186 for nonresidents.
Preschool Smarties and Lunch
This program begins with children, ages 3 to 5, enjoying a sack lunch and drink brought from home with his or her friends. This is a great way for children to socialize and learn manners. After lunch, we will continue with learning letters and numbers, circle time and building friendships. Your child will become a “smartie” while preparing for preschool. This program is perfect on its own or to complement Little Sprouts. Class is from 11:05 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, January 16 to February 6, at the Community Center. Cost is $39 for residents and $59 for nonresidents.
Twos on Their Own
Are you seeking an opportunity for your 2-year-old child to experience a social environment in a small school setting? This program will provide hands-on activities through art, music, manipulatives and dramatic play to enhance your child’s independence through learning. Register for one or two days a week. Class is from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 15 to March 5, or Thursdays, Jan. 17 to March 7, at the Community Center. Cost is $99 a class for residents and $149 for nonresidents.
Reading is Fun
Children ages 3 ½ 1/2 to 5 will learn to read through fun, meaningful activities. This class is designed to strengthen your child’s reading readiness skills through multisensory games and activities, while the lesson plans include letter recognition, phonics and comprehension strategies. This class is from 11:35 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Thursdays, January 17 to March 7, at the Community Center. Registration is $70 for residents and $105 for nonresidents.
Introduce your child to the sport of soccer. Children run, kick and learn the game while releasing energy, making friends and moving around. This class is for children ages 3 to 5 and meets from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Saturdays, January 12 to February 9, at the Community Center. Registration is $45 for residents and $68 for nonresidents.
Introduce your child to the sport of basketball. Children run, dribble, throw and learn the game while releasing energy, making friends, and having fun. This class is for children ages 4 to 5 and meets from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Saturdays, January 12 to February 9, at the Community Center. Registration is $45 for residents and $68 for nonresidents.
Instructional Floor Hockey
Introduce your child to the sport of hockey. Children practice offense, defense, passing, shooting and playing the goalie while learning the game. This fun program allows your child to release energy, make friends and keep moving. Class meets from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Saturdays, January 12 to February 9, at the Community Center. Registration is $45 for residents and $68 for nonresidents.