Submitted by Josselyn Salafia.
For more information on any of the programs below, please call the HK Recreation Department at 860-345-8334 or visit us on-line at www.hkrec.com.
PEE WEE SOCCER
The Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Department is offering Indoor Soccer for boys and girls ages 3 – 4. The program is being held on Wednesdays, 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. at Burr Elementary School Gym from April 29 – May 27, 2020. The fee is $70 each session. Non-residents may register for an additional $10. Pre-schoolers will learn the basic fundamentals of soccer with some fun drills, skills, and small-sided games. Please wear sneakers and shinguards. Conducted by UK International Soccer Camps.
The Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Department has the Children’s Museum of SE CT coming to HK. These programs are a mix of science demonstration and hands-on activities for boys and girls ages 3-5 and boys and girls in grades K-4. The fee is $22 each session.
Don’t Burst My Bubble- What is a bubble? Have you ever seen a square bubble? Create a bubble wall and hold hands through it! Different activities are offered including putting a child in a bubble, bubble printing and making bubble snakes. You won’t believe how many things you can do with bubbles!. This workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 29 at the HK Central Office room A-117 from 1:15 – 2:00 p.m. for preschoolers. There will also be a workshop for Boys and Girls in grades K-4, Wednesday, April 29 at Burr Elementary School and on Thursday, April 30 at Killingworth Elementary School from 3:30-4:15 p.m.
YOUNG CHEFS of HK
The HK Recreation Department is offering some fun cooking classes this winter. Young Chefs is for boys and girls in grades 1 – 5. It meets from 4:15 – 5:45 p.m. at the HK HS B-112. The fee is $28 each class (non-residents add $10). It is a unique culinary experience which will offer cooking classes to children in a safe environment that will encourage discovery and creativity. Each visit will be a new experience with fresh monthly themes and exciting new programs. Students sharpen their skills by employing the mantra, “Mise en Place” which, in the cooking world, translates into “Everything in its place.” Young chefs will learn basics in kitchen safety, proper food handling, food preparation, cooking and baking techniques, presentation, and so much more! At the end of each workshop the young chef will leave with a packet of info on how to recreate what we made in class and tasty treats for their family to try. Workshops include:
April 1–blueberry muffins.
May 6– granola bars and tasty smoothies.
The Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Department welcomes Engineering Imagination. These programs are a mix of Engineering and hands-on activities for students in grades K – 3. The fee is $22 (non-residents add $10). The topics include:
Motorized Vehicles! – Young engineers will use LEGO® TECHNIC® to create and customize their own motorized vehicle! The class will discuss different methods of transportation and vehicles such as planes, trains, and automobiles, but will focus on building wheeled & tracked vehicles such as race cars, monster trucks, excavators and bulldozers. Students are sure to have fun while exploring and applying engineering concepts and terms! This workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 28 at Killingworth Elementary School from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Rocket Science! Blast off in this thrilling class full of young “aerospace engineers”. Students in this class will use a wide variety of mediums including, but not limited to, cardboard, newspaper, string, tape and PVC tubing. Using the different materials, young engineers will plan, design and build model rockets while exploring different methods of propulsion and thrust! This workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 26 at Killingworth Elementary School and Friday, May 29 at Burr Elementary School from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
The Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Department is offering Creative Art classes. Children in grades K – 4 will explore a world of creativity through a variety of different projects from wood crafts to paper art and make fun projects. Each session will also have a day of cookie decorating! Class will meet on Tuesdays from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. at Killingworth Elementary School from April 28 – May 19. The class will meet on Thursdays at Burr Elementary from April 2 – April 30 (No 4/9) and May 14 – June 4. The fee is $50 per each four-week session (non-residents add $10). Kids should bring a smock or shirt that can get messy.
The Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Department is offering Horseback Riding Lessons this Spring for ages 6 – 13. Classes run for 4 weeks. The fee is $175 (non-residents add $10). Session 1 lessons will meet on Tuesdays, April 28 – May 19. Session 2 lessons will meet on Wednesdays, April 29 – May 20 . Both session will be held at Sycamore Farm and will meet from 5:45-6:45 p.m. or 7:00 -8:00 p.m. There is a max of 4 participants per time slot.
This class will cover grooming, saddling, riding, safety skills, as well as fun games. Lessons are geared for the novice rider. All equipment will be provided including Western and English saddle and helmet. More advanced students are welcome. Facility is lighted. Participants should wear pants. A heeled shoe (boots) is preferred. Classes are held at Sycamore Farm, 118 Christian Hill Rd., Higganum.
Chris Corkum’s Baseball Clinic
The Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Department is offering a Baseball Clinic for boys and girls ages 7 – 12 years old on Monday and Tuesday, April 6 and 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the HK Central Office Gym/Softball Field. The fee is $70 (non-residents add $10). The Camp is run by Chris Corkum’s Baseball Inc. Participants will have the opportunity to start the season learning proper fundamentals. Program will consist of a series of drills and instructional games which will educate, train, and bring out the best in all ability levels. Throwing, hitting, and team play are the major areas of concentration.
This beginner program will include the proper form, vocabulary, and techniques of utilizing and performing Archery. Also included is some historical information toward archery and the different styles of archery throughout various cultures. Learn background information towards creating and shaping your own bows. Individual Equipment will be provided. Session will be offered April 29 – May 27, 2020. The fee is $65 each session (non-residents add $10) and meets from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WIZARD’S SCHOOL OF MAGIC
The Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Department is offering a Magic Workshop for boys and girls ages 5 – 12 on Friday, April 17 at the Killingworth Elementary School from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. The fee is $22 each. Non-Residents please add $5. Children will have fun learning basic introductory magic while building self-confidence and dexterity. Five different tricks will be taught in each session. Each child will receive a magic kit which includes 5 tricks, an instruction sheet describing each trick, and a magic wand. Kids will also be entertained by Tom O’Brien’s own act. Tom is a master at his craft and is a wonderful and entertaining teacher as well. New tricks this session!
If you like building things and figuring out how they work, then this program is for you! Join us as we explore, investigate, & solve problems while we learn about the building blocks of engineering-simple machines. Students will build models that demonstrate mechanical and physical engineering. Projects may include mini mechanical concept models, a moving dragon, scale, clown, fan, and merry-go-round. No Lego’s will be taken home. Please bring a snack. The program meets from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. The fee is $103 each session (non-residents add $10).
Session 1: Tuesdays, May 5 – June 2 at Killingworth Elementary School Room 29
Session 2: Thursdays, May 7 – June 4 at Burr Elementary School Library
BABYSITTER’S TRAINING COURSE
The Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Department is offering the American Red Cross Babysitting Course. Class will meet Mondays, April 13, 20 and 27 from 5:45 – 7:45 p.m. Both will be held in the HKHS Lower Media Center. The fee is $75 each session and includes a Red Cross Babysitting Manual and Certificate. Non-residents please add $10. The course is for students ages 10 – 15, and is designed to prepare them for babysitting.
This American Red Cross Program has been updated to include Basic Child Care, First Aid for breathing and bleeding emergencies, and injury prevention as well as covering other important topics to prepare young adults for babysitting. Students will not become certified in CPR or 1st Aid, but will gain knowledge. This class is an excellent opportunity to help students build self-confidence as well as job leadership, and decision-making skills.
TODDLER SWIM CLASSES
The Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Department is offering Parent & Tot and Pre-School swim classes this spring. Parent and Tot is for toddlers 9 months to 3 years olds (with Parent) from 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. and Pre-school swim is for 3 year olds without the parent from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 12 – June 4 at the HK High School Pool. The fee is $75 or $60 with new pool membership for residents and $85 for non-residents. The parent and tot class is an excellent opportunity for parents to acquaint their children with the water and begin development of swimming techniques. A parent or guardian must accompany the child in the water at all times. The pre-school swim class is the perfect opportunity for your toddler to start swim lesson in a group instructional setting without the parent in the water with them.
SWIM LESSONS (Children and Adult)
The Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Department is offering Swim lessons this Spring for children and adults. Classes are conducted at the HK High School Pool. Lessons meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Session 4 & Session 5 are from March 31 – April 30 (No Class 4/7, 4/9) Children’s Swim Lessons (ages 4 and up) are from 6:00 – 6:40 p.m. or 6:50 – 7:30 p.m. and Adult Semi-Private Swim Lessons are from 7:50 – 8:30 p.m. The fee is $75/ $60 with pool membership / and $85 for non-residents each session. $5 Sibling discount.
CROSSROADS DRIVING SCHOOL
The Haddam-Killingworth Recreation is offering a Driver’s Ed. Participants must be 16 years old before the start of the first class. Option 1 is a Full Program that includes 30 hours of classroom as well as the safe driving and alcohol program along with 8 hours of behind-the-wheel. The fee is $565 (non-residents add $10). Option 2 is a Classroom only option, where participants can take the 30 hours of class, but no driving. Includes the Safe Driving portion. The fee is $290 (non-residents add $10). Option 3 is the Safe Driving and Drug and Alcohol Program, which is the 8 hour course that fulfills the requirement of the State of CT for license applicants who took a Home Training Program. This course is required for all drivers, including those who are over the age of 18. The fee for this course is $150.
Classes will be held at the HK Old MS A-119. Parent/Student Orientation is Monday, March 30 at 6:00 p.m. in the HK HS Auditorium. This is required by state law to attend.
We are now offering an accelerated Full Program, class afterschool. The program will meet M, T, W, TH, 2:45 – 4:45 p.m. 3/31 – 4/29 (No Class 4/6,4/7,4/8, 4/9). Tuesday & Thursday classes will be March 31 – May 19 (No 4/7, 4/9) on (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)
There will be a Safe Driving Program offered March 31, April 1, 2 from 2:45 -4:45 p.m. or March 31, April 2, 14 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (plus parent/student orientation on 3/30 from 6:00– 8:00 p.m.) The Parent/Student Orientation is mandatory for both student and parent and will be held in the HK HS Audtitorium.
The Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Department is offering Aqua Aerobics at the HK High School Pool. Aqua Aerobics is a great cardio-vascular workout for all ages, all fitness levels, swimmers & non-swimmers. No equipment is required. This free-style class includes a variety of styles including kickboxing, water walking, strength training, & more. Noodles, kickboards, and hand buoys are used for a total body workout.
The program will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from April 13 – May 20. The fee is $72/$60 with a new pool membership and Sr. Citizens each session. Register once a week for $42/$36. Drop-in for $10 each class.
BASIC BOATING SAFETY CLASS
The Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Department is offering the CT Basic Boating Safety Class for participants ages 12 and up on Tuesdays and Thursdays, May19, 21 and 26. Classes will be held at the HK Middle School Cafeteria from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The fee is $15 for residents of Haddam and Killingworth and $20 for non-residents. This 10-hour D.E.E.P. course includes instruction in navigation rules, legal requirements, safety afloat and other topics that will help students become safe and knowledgeable boaters. Students passing the course will satisfy the requirements for the CT Safe Boating Certificate and Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation.
CANINE ENCOUNTERS – DOG OBEDIENCE
The Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Dept. is offering Basic Dog Obedience class this Spring. Class will be held on Thursdays, April 30 – June 4 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (Dogs ages 5 months and up). Class will be held at Parmelee Farm. The fee is $98. Non-residents please add $10. The 1st class is theory and is for owners only and will meet in the HK Lower Media).
Canine Encounters teaches dog owners how to teach their dogs. Classes provide socialization through a group setting and enhance the relationship between owner and dog through the partnership which is developed through training. Communication, positive reinforcement, repetition, consistency, and timing are combined to establish bonding and skills. The basic commands such as sit, stay/wait, down, heel, the recall (come when called), and stand are taught in a positive and fun atmosphere. The goal is not a controlled pet but rather a well-mannered, enjoyable and loved companion that is included in our lives.
ADULT HORSEBACK RIDING
The Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Department is offering Adult Horseback Riding Lessons. Classes run for 4 weeks. The fee is $175 (non-residents add $10). Lessons will be April 30 – May 21 and will be held at Sycamore Farm and will meet from 5:30-7:00 p.m. There is a max of 4 participants per time slot.
All equipment will be provided including Western and English saddle and Helmet. More advanced students are welcome. Facility is lighted. Participants should wear pants. A heeled shoe (boots) is preferred. Classes are held at Sycamore Farm, 118 Christian Hill Rd., Higganum.
Springfield boasts 120 gaming tables, 2,550 slot machines and a poker room! Enjoy a leisurely lunch at the variety of restaurants in the complex. Upon arrival, you will receive a casino bonus (TBA). You will be able to enjoy a leisurely lunch and day of gaming at your own pace. Join us for a day of fun.
The fee is $45 per person. Fee includes Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation, casino bonus (TBA), and driver gratuity. Registration fills quickly. Register at www.hkrec.com or mail a registration form and check to the HK Recreation Department at PO Box 569, Higganum, CT 06441.
APRIL VACATION CAMP
Camp will be held at the HKHS Cafeteria from 7:00 am -6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday April, 6 – April 10, for children in grades K – 6. Swimming will be offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Children must be able to swim without a bubble. Lifeguards will be on duty.
On Tuesday there will be an entertainer, Animal Olympians! Featuring animals with amazing adaptations and special attributes which would make them worthy Olympic team members. Animals include Green Tree Boa, Solomon Islands Monkey-tailed Skink or a White’s Tree Frog; Other Olympians might include a Sulcata or Red-foot Tortoise and an African Hedgehog. On Thursday there will be a field trip to Fun-In Trampoline Park in Middletown. Friday is Sports Day. A variety of sports and games will be played. Children will receive a prize for supporting their favorite team or sport by wearing a team shirt or hat. Weekly and daily rates avilable. A sibling discout is offered.