Recreation Programs

Recreational class instructors needed

GET PAID TO DO WHAT YOU LOVE! Winchester Parks & Recreation is seeking program instructors for health and nutrition, cooking, arts, fitness, STEM, STEAM, technology classes and more. Contact Sabrina at 540-662-4946 for more information.

Fitness Classes

Fitness Classes

Dates: Year-round
​Fee: $5 R  $5.50 NR drop-in or included with membership
Location: Jim Barnett Park, Rec Center (unless noted otherwise)

Class Ages Days Time
Zumba 12+ M/TH 6:30-7:30 pm
Zumba Toning 18+ TU 6:30-7:30 pm
Zumba Gold 50+ M/W 11-11:45 am
Water Aerobics 18+ M/W 11 am-noon
Curvy Yoga 18+ M/W 5:30-6:30 pm
Morning Yoga 18+ TU/TH 8:30-10 am
Veterans Yoga (FREE) 18+ W 6:30-8 pm
Water Aerobics (Outdoor pool) 18+ M/W/F (8/13-9/3) 11 am-noon
Water Aerobics (Outdoor pool) 18+ TU/TH (8/13-9/3) 6-7 pm
Senior Therapeutic Swim  18+ M/W/F (8/13-9/3) 12-5 pm
Senior Therapeutic Swim  18+ TU/TH (8/13-9/3) 1-5 pm
Water Yoga 18+ TU/TH (8/13-9/3) noon-1 pm
Aqua Arthritis 18+ TU/TH (8/13-9/3) 11 am-noon

Fitness Programs

Personal Growth and Development through Mindfulness (Ages 18+)

Come for weekly meditations and discussions about how mindfulness can be incorporated into your life for daily growth and development.
Dates: TH, 9/6 - 11/15 (register by 8/13 activity # 637135-14)
Time: 7-8 pm
Fee: $55 R  $58 NR

Walking Club (Ages 18+)

Explore Jim Barnett Park while burning calories and getting healthy. Walk at your own pace. Some will walk slowly and some will walk fast but no one will walk alone. Low-impact walkers are welcome.
Dates: Year-round, M/W/F (outdoors weather permitting or in gym)
Time: 8:30-10 am
Fee: FREE but registration required (activity # 617235-33)

Creative kids programs 

Creative Kids & Teens

Stories and Stuff (All ages)

Come for a story and craft or activity. Adult must stay with child.
Dates: 9/18, 10/2
Time: 10 am
Location: Jim Barnett Park, McCormac Amphitheater

Acrylic Painting (Ages 6-13)

Students will be instructed step-by-step to create a fun, kid-friendly pattern. Featuring bright colors, fun images, and simple steps, this class is perfect for young artists. (Activity #627543)

  • Maleficent: SU, 10/7
  • Yummy Art: SU, 11/4
  • Santa: SU, 12/2

Time: 2-4:30 pm
Fee: $17 R  $20 NR (plus $5 materials fee paid to the instructor on first day of class)

Charcoal to Paint (Ages 8+)

Students will draw from still life with charcoal pencil and chalk while learning about technique, tinting and monotone. 
Date: SA, 9/1-9/29, 10/6-10/27, 11/10-12/8  (register by 8/25, 9/30, 11/3, activity #637543-06, 07, 08)
Time: 1-3 pm
Fee: $40 R  $43 NR

Chess Club (Ages 8-13)

Join chess expert Cliff Campbell as he explains the art of chess. This class will teach both the beginner and intermediate player.
Date: SA, 8/4-9/8 (activity #637543-09, 10, 11, register by 7/28, 9/15, 10/3, no class on 11/24, 12/22)
Time: 2-3:30 pm
Fee: $40 R  $43 NR

Adult Classes

Art Classes

Acrylic Painting for Adults (Ages 18+)

Students will be instructed step-by-step to create fun, friendly patterns.  Featuring bright colors, fun images, and simple steps. (Activity #637215-33, 34 35)
  • Hocus Pocus: SU, 10/28 (register by 10/14)
  • Pouring Wine Heart: SU, 11/18 (register by 11/11)
  • Holiday Wreath: SU, 12/16 (register by 12/9)
Time: 2-4:30 pm
Fee: $17 R  $20 NR (plus $5 materials fee paid to the instructor on the first day of class)

Drawing Do’s & Dont’s: 10/7 thru 12/16

Learn what to do and what not to do to improve beginner drawing skills. Local professional artist Jessi Edwards will show you methods and techniques to get better at drawing faces by focusing on one feature at a time in these bi-weekly sessions.
Instructor- Jessi Edwards

  • Noses - Oct 7
  • Eyes - Oct 28
  • Mouths - Nov 4
  • Ears - Nov 18
  • Hair - Dec 2
  • Full Face - Dec 16

Dates: Classes are held every two weeks from October 7-December 16 (activity #637543-05, register by 9/30)
Time: 5-6 pm
Fee: $55 R $58 NR (ONE-TIME material fee of $10 due to instructor at start of class)

Beginning Drawing for Adults

For those that have always wanted to draw but thought they had to be born with the talent.  It's Not True!  Learn to draw using the right brain with grid methods.
Instructor: Robin Palmer
Dates: TH, 8/23-9/13 (activity #637215-39, register by 8/16)
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Fee: $68 R $71 NR ($20 material fee is due to the instructor first night of class; you will be able to keep materials after the class)

Beginning Colored Pencil

For those that have always wanted to draw but thought they had to be born with the talent.  It's Not True!  Learn to draw using the right brain with grid methods.
Instructor: Robin Palmer
Dates: TH, 10/11-11/1 (activity #637215-38, register by 10/3)
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Fee: $68 R $71 NR ($20 material fee is due to the instructor first night of class; you will be able to keep materials after the class)

​Fall Wreath (Ages 18+)

Enjoy the bright and beautiful colors of the season with your very own fall wreath.  We'll use a combination of leaves, flowers, mesh and robbin in seasonal colors, along with various accents.

Date:  TH, 10/18 (activity #637215-37, register by 10/4)

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm 
Fee: $10 R  $13 NR ($15 material fee, cash only, is due to the instructor day of class)

Bus Trips

Bus Trips

2018 SunFest in Ocean City

See all the arts and crafts, listen to great entertainment, and eat great food.  Soak up the last rays of the summer sun.  You will find tent after tent full of items you can bring home with you.  We have lots of room to store all your belongings under the coach to bring home.  Bring a marker so you can put your name on your bags and boxes.  We will make a food and restroom stop to and from for your convenience.   
Date: SA, 9/22 (register by 9/14, activity #637445-09)
Time: 4:45 am  - midnight
Fee: $89

New York City Bus Trip

Come along with Shrock Travel to New York for the day.  You will have the full day to explore on your own.  It is always exciting to go to New York; tour the city, shop, go to the theater, or take a boat ride.  Make your own itinerary for the day.  There's always something new to see and do.  For your convenience, we will be making a food and restroom stop each way. 
Date: SA, 10/06 (register by 9/30, activity #637445-08)
Time: 3:45 am-1 am
Fee: $89

Pennsylvania Christmas & Gift Show

The Pennsylvania Christmas & Gift Show is completely indoors and all on one floor.  You can visit over 500 specialty shoppes selling a wide array of exclusive, unique gifts for family and friends!  There's also a 600-seat Cafeteria on the 2nd floor and 8 Concession Stands throughout the show.  
Date: FR 11/30 (register by 11/23, activity #637445-10)
Time: 7:45 am-7 pm
Fee: $54


Music Classes

Music Minutes - No School Days (Ages 5+) 

Music offers a diverse & rhythmic approach to exploring the pitch, harmony, sounds & rhythms of instruments such as the gong, guitar, saxophone, drums, the piano and more.  Children will explore various sounds and tones of music instruments.  
Date: 10/12, 10/15, 11/6, 1/28 (register by 10/5, 10/8, 10/30, 1/21, activity #637125-14, 15, 16, 17)
Time: 10 am-noon
Fee: $14 per 45-minute session

Private Music Lessons (5+)

Piano lessons are taught Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 3-6 pm and guitar and voice lessons are taught on Thursday or Friday (one-hour or 30-minute sessions).
Fee: $62 R  $65 NR

Crash Courses

Crash Courses

Resume Writing and Interviewing Techniques (Ages 18+)

Learn to format, write and include important information on your resume that employers want to see while learning how to be effective in an interview.
Date: SU, 8/12, 9/16, 10/21 (register by 8/5, 9/16, 10/21, activity # 637135-16, 17, 18)
Time: 4-5:30 pm
Fee: FREE ($35 cost is due to the instructor for a 1-2 page professional resume)

Financial Basics

Develop financial literacy and the importance of asking questions when dealing with financial products and institutions and ways to save money.
Date: TH, 9/6-10/11 (register by 8/30, activity # 637135-15)
Time: 7-8 pm 
Fee: $23 R $26 NR (plus $15 materials fee paid to the instructor on the 1st day of class)

PB and J Club

PB&J Club (Ages 5 & under)

Play, Bounce and Jump to refine motor skills and have fun with a gym full of toddler-appropriate play equipment. This exciting program allows kids and parents to play freely without worrying about clean up or weather. All equipment is safe and properly sanitized before each program.

Daytime PB&J

Dates: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, September 12, 2018-March 13, 2019
CLOSED: 11/21 & 12/26
Time: 9:00-11:30 am

Friday Evening PB&J

Time:  3:00-7:00 pm

  • December 7, 2018
  • January 4, 2019
  • February 1, 2019
  • March 1, 2019

Fee: $3.00 R  $3.50 NR (adults and children under 1 are free)
Punch Pass: $30 R  $35 NR
Location: Jim Barnett Park, Gym

Rent PB&J for a party (includes gym, equipment and party room)

Sabrina Griffin
Community Recreation Program Specialist
1001 East Cork Street
Winchester, VA  22601
(540) 662-4946
Fax (540) 678-8791