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HK Rec Dept: Winter 2020 Programs & Activities

Submitted by Josselyn Salafia, HK Rec. Dept.

For more information on any of these programs, please call the HK Recreation Department at 860-345-8334 or visit us on-line at www.hkrec.com.

Pee Wee Soccer

Indoor Soccer for boys and girls ages 3 – 4 is being held on Wednesdays, 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. at Burr Elementary School Gym from January 15 – February 12, March 4 – April 1 or April 29 – May 27. 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 game. Please wear sneakers and shinvguards. Conducted by UK International Soccer Camps.

Nature Class Experience

Nature Class Experience will take your children through fun educational experiences with animals. January 14, 2020 will feature Foxes, February 4, 2020 will feature Groundhogs and March 10, 2020 will feature Millipedes. The presentation is hands-on, interactive, educational and entertaining. The program is for boys and girls ages 1- 4 years old and meets from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the HK Central Office A-117. The fee is $22 each / $17 2nd child (non-residents add $5).

Messy Mondays

This program for children ages 18 mos– 4 years old offers the opportunity to meet other parents and toddlers in a playgroup atmosphere. Your child will have fun getting messy. Experiment with different textural materials such as shaving cream, goop, finger paints, play-dough, and more! Parents – leave the mess to us. This is a great social experience for both you and your toddler. The program meets Mondays at the HK Central Office Room A-117 from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. from January 27– March 2, 2020 (No 2/17). A second session will run from March 23 – April 27, 2020 (No 4/6). The fee is $50 / $35 siblings each session. (non-residents add $10).

Young Chefs of HK

Young Chefs is for boys and girls in grades 1 – 5 and meets from 4:15 – 5:45 p.m. at the HKHS B-112. The fee is $28 each class (non-residents add $5). 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: (Must register by the Friday before each session)

  • February 5, 2020: Make chocolate covered apples and tortilla snowflakes!
  • April 1, 2020: Make Blueberry Muffins!
  • May 6, 2020: Make homemade granola bars and yummy fruit smoothies.

Creative Art

Children in grades K – 4 will explore a world of creativity through a variety of different projects from wood crafts to paper art 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 January 7 – February 4 (No 1/21) as well as March 3 – March 31 (No 3/10) and April 28 – May 19. The class will meet on Thursdays at Burr Elementary from January 9 – January 30 as well as February 20 – March 12, 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.

Engineering Workshops (Gr. K-3)

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 each session ($19 if you sign up for 2 or more) (non-residents add $10). The topics include:

  • Conveyor Belt Contraptions! From placing an order on Amazon to checking out at the grocery store, conveyor belts are all around us. Students will learn about, plan, and build their own customized LEGO® TECHNIC® conveyor belts as well as work in small groups to build structures such as factories, airports and recycling centers! This workshop will be held on Tuesdays, January 14 at Killingworth Elementary School, and Friday, January 10 Burr Elementary School. Sessions will be held from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
  • 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 Friday, February 28 at Burr Elementary School, and Tuesday, April 28 at Killingworth Elementary School. Sessions will be held 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. Sessions will be held from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Engineering Workshops (Gr. 4 &5)

The Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Department welcomes Engineering Imagination. These programs are a mix of Engineering and hands-on activities for students in grades 4 & 5. The fee is $22 each session ($19 if you sign up for 2 or more) (non-residents add $10). The topics include:

  • Roller Coasters! Design, Build, and Test customized model roller coasters! Participants will use a variety of materials to fabricate customized, functioning model roller coasters. Students will not only enjoy building and testing the roller coasters, but they will also learn about the pertinent engineering, planning and mechanics! This workshop will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at the HK IS/MS from 3:45 – 5:45 p.m.
  • Battle Bots! Build, Battle, Innovate, Repeat! In this modern, motorized, LEGO® version of jousting, participants will battle each other using customized monorail vehicles! Participants will need to design, customize and modify their monorail vehicle to make it progressively more efficient and effective! ! This workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at the HK IS/MS from 3:45 – 5:45 p.m.

Science Outreach

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-3. The fee is $22 each session. There is also a fee of $19 if you sign up for 2 or more classes. The topics include: Rigamajig – Explore the museum’s new Rigamajig building sets! Students will work together to solve fun challenges. Teams will collaborate on projects such as creating a structure that would allow them to ride a whale or make a machine that could take them to the center of the earth.

This workshop will be held on Wednesday, January 29 at the HK Central Office room A-117 from 1:15 – 2:00 p.m. for boys and girls ages 3 – 5. There will also be a workshop for Boys and Girls in grades K-4, Wednesday, January 29 at Burr Elementary School and on Thursday, January 30 at Killingworth Elementary School from 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

Karate Kids (age 5-12)

A session will be held at Burr Elementary School Gym on Mondays from January 13 – May 18 (No 1/20, 2/17, 4/6) and on Wednesdays at Killingworth Elementary School Gym from January 15 – May 6 (No 4/8). The classes meet from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. The fee is $96. Non-residents can sign up for an additional $10. Demo classes will be offered on January 6 at BES and January 8 at KES. Please email Josselyn at josselyn@hkrec.com to reserve a spot in the Demo Class.

Children will be introduced to Washin-Ryu Karate-Do, a unique form of traditional Japanese Karate; and will learn the meaning of self-respect, respect for others, self-discipline, and concentration. Mr. Moan will also talk to the kids about safety awareness and how to avoid abductions. The instructors are Mike Moan, an 8th Degree Black Belt and Mr. Piala, black belt apprentice.

Babysitter’s Training Course

The Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Department is offering the American Red Cross Babysitting Course. Class will meet Wednesdays, February 5, 12 & 19 and 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.

There will be a CPR for Babysitters session on Monday and Wednesday, March 9 & 11 from 5:45 – 7:45 p.m. at the HKHS Lower Media Center. The fee is $55 (non-residents add $10). Must have taken the Babysitter’s Training class in order to take the CPR section. 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.

Zumba Kids

The Zumba Kids program is the ultimate dance-fitness party for young Zumba fans where they can play it loud and rock with friends to their own rules! This program features age appropriate music and moves that will get kids movin’ to the beat. Session 1 will run January 9 – February 13 at Killingworth Elementary School. A second session will be offered at Burr Elementary School February 28 – April 3. The fee is $60 each session (non-residents add $10) and meets from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Zumba

The Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Department is offering Zumba this winter! Session I will be held on Mondays in the HKHS Cafeteria, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. from January 6– February 24 (No 1/20, 2/17). There will be a second session from March 16 – April 27 (No 4/6). The fee is $42 each session. Non-residents can register for an additional $10. Participants can drop-in for $10.

Zumba is Latin inspired dance/fitness craze sweeping the world. Fusing hypnotic Latin and other international rhythms with easy-to-follow moves, Zumba is a one-of-a-kind dance fitness class designed to burn calories and get your energy pumping. There are no complicated moves to learn and you don’t need the coordination of a pro. Zumba is not only great for the body, but is also great for the mind. It’s a “feel happy” workout. Stretching, abs and toning will also be added. Join the party!

Skyhawks Basketball (Gr. K-1)

Skyhawks basketball breaks down this exhilarating sport into fundamental skills that all athletes, no matter their skill level, need to succeed. Coaches will lead the athletes through fun games and exercises, focusing on ball handling, passing, shooting and defense. There is no pressure — just lots of fun while these young athletes participate through unique Skyhawks games. Our coaching staff is trained to meet the specific needs of young children and is committed to helping them start off on the right foot as they venture into athletics. This program will be held on Tuesdays, January 7 – February 11 (no 1/21) from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. (K) at Burr Elementary School Gym. There will be a second session on Thursdays, January 9 – February 6 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. (Gr. 1). There will be a third session on Thursday, March 12 – April 16 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. (Gr. 1) and from 4:45 – 5:45 p.m. (K) at Burr Elementary School. The fee is $90 for Sessions 1 & 2 and $79 for Session 3 (non-residents add $10).

2nd Grade Basketball

The Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Department is offering 2nd Grade Basketball on Saturdays, January 18 – February 29 (No class 2/15) from 10:30 – 12:00 p.m. at the Haddam Killingworth Middle School gym. The fee is $75. Non-residents may register for an additional $10. This is an instructional program to teach 2nd grade boys and girls the fundamentals of basketball. Skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting, & defense will be taught. This is a great way for young players to prepare for the youth league.

Indoor Soccer (Gr. K-3)

The program is being held on Mondays at Killingworth Elementary School gym from January 13 – March 2 (No 1/20, 2/17) and March 23 – May 4 (No 4/6). A session will be held at Burr Elementary School on Fridays January 10 – February 14. The program is held from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. The fee is $75 each session. Non-residents may register for an additional $10. Young athletes will learn the basic fundamentals of soccer with some fun drills, skills, and small-sided game. Please wear sneakers and shinguards. Conducted by the UK International Soccer Camps.

Mindstorms Robotics

Join in on the fun creating robots that move and turnaround. This class uses technology to bring your creation to life. Session 1 will be held Tuesdays January 21 – February 25 (no 2/18) at Killingworth Elementary School and Session 2 will be held on Thursdays January 23 – February 20 at Burr Elementary School. Both sessions will run from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. (1:05-2:30 p.m. on 1/21). The fee is $103 each session and non-residents may register for an additional $10. Please bring a snack.

Ice Fishing

The Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) Program will introduce you and your family to the sport of ice fishing. State Certified Instructors will teach you everything you need to know about getting started. You’ll learn all about the sport as well as safety, equipment, proper clothing to wear, fish identification, and winter pond ecology. The class will be held on Sunday, January 26 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Classroom) 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Fishing if safe conditions) at the Care Center, 364 Rt. 80, Killingworth across from Chatfield Hollow State Park. The fee is $10 (non-residents add $5). Fee is for administrative services.

When I’m in Charge

American Red Cross “When I’m in Charge” class will be held on Wednesday, January 15, a second session will be offered Thursday, March 12 from 5:45 – 7:45 p.m. at the HKHS Lower Media Center. The fee is $26. Non-residents please add $5. The course is for students ages 9 and up, and is designed to teach kids how to be responsible when at home. Topics include internet safety, gun safety, family communications, sibling care, basic emergency care & confidence building.

Swim Lessons (Children and Adult)

Classes are conducted at the HK High School Pool. Lessons meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Session 1 is from January 16– February 11 Children’s Swim Lessons (ages 4 and up) is from 7:00 – 7:40 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 for the second child.

Guitar With Charles

This exciting 6 week long class is led by a professional guitar teacher. Charles has been playing guitar for 34 years and has 19 years of professional teaching experience. Students will learn how to read music, play cords, strumming techniques, learn the names of the strings, how to play scales, how to hold the guitar correctly, how to position both the left and right hands, how to count beats, how to play in time, how to read tablature and much more. If you are a beginner looking for an affordable program, than this is it! Guitar purchase available if needed for $45. Class will be held on Mondays, January 27 – March 9 (No 2/17) at the Haddam-Killingworth Central Office from 4:30– 5:30 p.m. The fee is $65 (non-residents add $10).

Crossroads Driving School

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 Central Office A-119. Session 1a will meet on Tuesdays & Thursdays January 7 – February 27 (No 1/21, 2/18) (plus 1/6 – Parent/Student Class, 6:00 p.m. in the HKHS Auditorium) from 6:00 -8:00 p.m. Session 1b will meet on Mondays & Wednesdays January 8 – March 11 (No 1/20, 1/22, 2/5, 2/17, 3/9) (plus 1/6 – Parent/Student Class, 6:00 p.m. in the HKHS Auditorium) from 2:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Session 2a will meet on Tuesdays & Thursdays March 31 – May 21 (No 4/7, 4/9) (plus 3/30 – Parent/Student Class, 6:00 p.m. in the HKHS Auditorium) from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Session 2b will meet on Mondays & Wednesdays April 1 – June 1 (No 4/6, 4/8, 5/13, 5/25) (plus 3/30 – Parent/Student Class, 6:00 p.m. in the HKHS Auditorium) from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

There will be a Safe Driving Program on January 7, 9, 14 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. or January 8, 13, 15 from 2:45 – 4:45 p.m. (plus parent/student orientation on 1/6 from 6:00– 8:00 p.m.), a second session will be offered March 31, April 2, 14 from 6:00 -8:00 p.m. or April 1, 13, 15 from 2:45 – 4:45 p.m. (plus parent/student orientation on 3/30 from 6:00– 8:00 pm) The Parent/Student Orientation is mandatory for both student and parent and will be held in the HKHS Auditorium.

Fitness Yoga

The Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Department is offering Fitness Yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 7 – May 19 (No 2/13, 2/20) from 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. at the HKHS cafeteria. Journey through a 75 minute mind/body class. Discover the strength and cardiovascular benefits of this power yoga class and enjoy the relaxation as you reduce stress. Gain flexibility and balance through a flow of yoga poses. This is a great class for all levels including advanced, intermediate and beginners. The fees are $216 for a 36 coupon book, $126 for an 18 coupon book, and $10 for one coupon. Coupons must be turned in at each class attended and are non-transferable. Participants need to bring their own yoga mat to class.

Indoor Pickleball

Indoor Pickleball is back by popular demand. Indoor Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. The game (most similar to tennis) has 4 players on a court 1/3 the size of a tennis court. Solid paddles made of composite materials that are used to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a whiffle ball, over a net. Have fun playing while exercising your mind & body. Equipment provided or bring your own paddle. Session 1 will meet on Wednesdays January 8 –February 19 and Session 2 will meet March 18 – May 6 from 6:15 – 8:15 p.m. at the Killingworth Elementary School All Purpose Room. There will also be a session on Tuesdays for (18+) January 7 – February 18 from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at the HK High School Auxiliary gym. The fee is $35 and non-residents can register for an additional $5.

“COME PLAY IN THE MUD” Pottery

In this adult level introduction to pottery class, learn simple hand building techniques, allowing you to express yourself by making a wide variety of pottery forms. The first 4 classes will focus on construction techniques and creation of forms. On week 5, you will be glazing your work, and week 6 will bring us a critique of your finished projects and celebration.

The program will meet on Tuesdays, January 7 – February 11 from 5:30 – 8:30 at the Haddam-Killingworth High School Room B-114. There will be a second session March 3 – April 14 (No 4/7). The fee is $165 each session (non-residents add $10).

Creative Writing

Learn the craft of writing books for children. Editors are looking to bring to their publishing house the next new talent. Write the stories that interest them by writing about what interests YOU. Learn how to find those editors, what to send them, and how to present your work. It’s a misconception that you need to be an artist to write children’s books – if you are not, the publisher hires one for your story. Topics include: Formats, brainstorming, writing and illustration do’s & don’ts, what publishers look for, finding publishers, submitting work, contracts, working with editors, agents, and more. The program will meet Tuesdays, January 14 – February 18 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Haddam-Killingworth High School Lower Media. The fee is $200. Non-residents please add $10.

Aqua Aerobics

Aqua Aerobics at the HKHS Pool 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 bouys are used for a total body workout.

A Mini-Class will be held January 13, 15 and 22 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. All three classes will be $21, $16 for two or $10 drop in. Session I will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from February 10 – March 23 (No 2/17). There will be a second session 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.

After School Child Care Programs

The HK Recreation Department’s State Licensed After School Programs are available on a full-time or part-time basis, including minimum days of school at Burr and Killingworth Elementary Schools.  We are very accommodating and we even have sibling discounts.  Recreation Scholarships are available for those who qualify.

The benefits your child may experience by joining the After School program are:

  • Exercise
  • Homework Club
  • Socialization with peers
  • Creativity through arts & crafts
  • Use of the computer lab 1 day a week
  • Bi-monthly themed dance parties

For more information, please visit our website – www.hkrec.com, call 860-345-8334 or email Jen Mislick, Director of Child Care – jen@hkrec.com

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