Recreation Programs

Fees Revised January 2022

What is a RDF? In recognition that City of Winchester residents support our department through their city taxes, the City offer residents a discounted fee (RDF). Non-residents will pay the regular fee for lessons, training classes, and rentals.

Fitness Classes

Fitness Classes

Dates: Ongoing
Daily Visit Fee ($5 Adult, $3 Student, Senior, and Military) or included with membership.
Location: Jim Barnett Park, Rec Center (unless noted otherwise)

Program Age Day Time
Yoga (No class 2/21, 5/30) 18+ M 8-9am
Yoga 18+ TH 9:30-10:30am
Pilates 18+ TU 11am-Noon
Zumba (No class 2/21, 5/30) 18+ M/TH 6:30-7:30pm

Yoga:  Please bring a yoga mat and yoga blocks if you wish to use them. Equipment and mats will not be provided.
Pilates:  Please bring a yoga mat and small towel for support if you wish to use them. Equipment and mats will not be provided.
Zumba:  Enjoy a total body workout using the most popular music. Zumba burns calories, tones muscles, improves balance, and incorporates a full range of motion.

For Aqua Fitness Classes, visit the Aquatics page.

Art Classes

Colorful oil paints with brush

Program Age Day Time Fee Register By Activity #
Water Based Oils 16+ SA, 2/19 10am-2pm $37; RDF: $34 2/5 617147-A19

Cookie Decorating Classes

decorated valentines cookies

Learn the basics of cookie decorating with royal icing. 90 minutes of instruction with techniques covering piping, flooding, wet on wet, and marbling designs. You will go home with one dozen cookies and any extra icing you didn't use.

Note: Recipes are nut-free, however items are not prepared in a nut-free kitchen.

Program Age Day Time Fee Register By Activity #
Valentine 14+ T, 2/8 6:30-8pm $48; RDF: $45 2/1 617147-A16
St. Patrick's Day 14+ T, 3/15 6:30-8pm $48; RDF: $45 3/8 617147-A22
Easter 14+ TH, 4/7 6:30-8pm $48; RDF: $45 3/31 617147-A23
Mother's Day 14+ T, 5/3 6:30-8pm $48; RDF: $45 4/26 617147-A24
Summer 14+ T, 6/9 6:30-8pm $48; RDF: $45 6/2 617147-A25

Creative Kids Monthly Craft

Monthly Craft

Are you looking for a fun project to spark your child's creativity? We can help by providing thoughtfully designed project kits that engage your little one's fine motor skills and imagination! To reserve a project kit, be sure to register on or before the register by date. NO registrations will be taken after the register by date. No refunds will be given. Project kits will only be made available for the designated week of pick up. Failure to pick up during the week will void your registration. Pick up location: Jim Barnett Park Rec Center. Staff can be reached Monday-Friday 9:00 am-2:00 pm with questions regarding the program. Project kits will be made available for pick up starting at Noon on the Wednesday after the register by date and must be picked up by that Friday.

Program Age Pick Up Week Pick Up Time Fee Register By Activity #
Creative Crafters Monthly Club - Valentine's Day Theme 3+ 1/26-1/28 6am-9pm $5 1/19 642101-01
Creative Crafters Monthly Club - Spring & St. Paddy's Day Theme 3+ 2/23-2/25 6am-9pm $5 2/16 642101-02
Creative Crafters Monthly Club - Apple Blossom Theme 3+ 3/23-3/25 6am-9pm $5 3/16 642101-03
Creative Crafters Monthly Club - Spring & Mother's Day Theme 3+ 4/27-4/29 6am-9pm $5 4/20 642101-04
Creative Crafters Monthly Club - Summertime Fun & Father's Day Theme 3+ 5/25-5/27 6am-9pm $5 5/18 642101-05

Performing Arts

Children making faces while acting

Winchester Parks & Recreation is partnering with Selah Theatre Project to offer stage acting and group music classes! All classes will be held at Selah Theatre Project, 811 S. Loudoun Street and taught by Selah Theatre Project staff. For more information, visit their website

Wee Stage Acting: Preschool interactive story theatre where in each class a new recreation of a storybook comes to life. This class introduces students to using emotions and body language to communicate. *Must be potty trained. At the final class, family and friends will be invited to a performance. Session is 10 weeks.

Center Stage Acting: Center Stage young actors learn to expand their imagination beyond words on a page. Instead of simply reading a script, which can be difficult for some children this age, we focus on taking creative new ideas and bringing them to life through imagery theatre. This class is great for any child age 6-8 from shy to super outgoing. At the final class, family and friends will be invited to a performance. Session is 10 weeks.

Junior Stage Acting: Junior Stage focuses on the techniques of building theatre pieces through scene study, coaching in speech, improvisation, and stage technique. By emphasizing the importance of the ensemble, "the team", students learn to work together to create a performance. Confidence and trust building activities are woven into rehearsing theatrical pieces to encourage positive ensembleship. At the final class, family and friends will be invited to a performance. Session is 10 weeks.

Senior Stage Acting: College prep acting technique is introduce expanding the teen mind, body, and imagination into creating original works that imitate real life. For the past ten years, Senior Stage has created pieces dealing with drug abuse, mental health, school shootings, family dynamics, being uniquely different, and more. Teen actors dig deeper into using theatre
as a medium to communicate questions that promotive positive conversation and impact. At the final class, family and friends will be invited to a performance. Session is 10 weeks.

Acting Thru Song: Acting Thru Song is a class designed exclusively for middle and high school students. Prior singing experience is not necessary (though students WILL be singing solo songs). The idea is to expose students to the genre and give them opportunities to flex their performing muscle through solo work on song/s selected for (and with) each individual student. This will not be a competitive environment, but rather an educational one. All students will receive individual coaching and instruction on preparing their selections, with the emphasis on learning how to interpret and portray the meaning and/or objective of the song, i.e. how to 'act thru' it. This is a great opportunity, in a nonthreatening and non-competitive environment, to learn the skills needed for performing in a musical. At the final class, family and friends will be invited to a "sharing" performance so students can show what they have learned. Session is 10 weeks.

Music And Me: Music and Me is a beginning music exploratory program that focuses on the fundamentals of music: ear training, healthy singing, intonation, reading music, singing in parts, beat-keeping, solfege, reading rhythms, focus, concentration, and improvisation. This is a non-auditioned, nonperforming group. Session is 10 weeks.

Program Age Date Time Fee Register By Activity #
Wee Stage Acting 3-5 TU, 3/29-5/24 4:30-5:10pm $210 3/22 617147-S6
Center Stage Acting 6-8 TH, 3/31-5/26 5:30-6:30pm $210 3/24 617147-S7
Junior Stage Acting 9-12 TU, 3/29-5/24 5:30-6:30pm $210 3/22 617147-S8
Senior Stage Acting 13-17 TH, 3/31-5/26 7-8:30pm $210 3/24 617147-S9
Acting Thru Song 10-18 TU, 3/29-5/24 6:30-8pm $210 3/22 617147-S10
Music And Me 5-8 W, 3/30-5/25 4:30-5:15pm $75 3/23 617147-S12

Music Lessons


Private Music Lessons

Lessons are offered for 6-week sessions in Piano, Voice, Guitar, and Ukulele. Fee provides six, 30-minute lessons (one/week). For ages 5+.

Fee: $97.50  RDF: $93
Registration: Call 540-662-4946 for availability and scheduling. See below for registration dates.

Instrument Session Starts Day Time
Piano or Voice M, 3/7 Varies - Call to schedule Varies - Call to schedule
Guitar or Ukulele M, 3/7 Varies - Call to schedule Varies - Call to schedule
New students may register beginning February 28.
Piano or Voice M, 4/25 Varies - Call to schedule Varies - Call to schedule
Guitar or Ukulele M, 4/25 Varies - Call to schedule Varies - Call to schedule
New students may register beginning April 18.

Nature Classes

Couple on nature walk

Join Jim Smith with the Northern Shenandoah Valley Audubon Society for a bird/nature walk at Abrams Creek Wetlands Preserve. Focus will be on birds, migration, and flowers. Meet at the trailhead on Jubal Early Dr. near the Handley Ave./Meadow Branch Dr. intersection. Walk will be approximately 2 hours long. Bring water, hat, and binoculars if possible. There are no restroom facilities available on the walk. Visit for any cancellations or changes due to weather. You may also call Jim Smith at 540-303-3983.

Program Age Day Time Fee
Nature & Birding Walk 16+ SA, 3/26 8:30-10:30am Free
Nature & Birding Walk 16+ SA, 4/9 8:30-10:30am Free
Nature & Birding Walk 16+ SA, 4/23 8:30-10:30am Free


PB and J Club

PB&J Club (Ages 5 & under) - Not Currently Being Offered. Tentative Return September 2022.

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.

Fee: $3 R  $3.50 NR (adults and children under 1 are free)
Punch Pass: $30 R  $35 NR
Location: Jim Barnett Park, Gym

Daytime PB&J

Dates: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays
Time: 9-11:30 am

Friday Evening PB&J

Dates: 2nd Friday of the month
Time: 3-7:30 pm

Party Rentals and Packages

Dates: Saturdays, September-April
Times: 5:30-8 pm (1 hour for food/cake activities, 1.5 hours for gym time)

  • Package P ($100): Includes soft play items, 2 ball pits and balls
  • Package B ($130): Includes school house, climbing wall, Gus the Caterpillar, slide, fish and dog, 3 riding cars, tent and balls
  • Package J ($200): Includes soft play items, 2 ball pits and balls, school house, climbing wall, Gus the Caterpillar, slide, fish and dog, 5 riding cars, tent, roller coaster, basketball hoop, trampoline, hula hoops, and riding bike

Reservations: To reserve a PB&J Party, please complete and return the Rental Form.


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 Leslie at 540-662-4946 for more information.

Leslie Bowery
Community Recreation Coordinator
Winchester Parks & Recreation
1001 East Cork Street
Winchester, VA  22601
(540) 662-4946
Fax (540) 678-8791