Recreation Programs

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 Abrams Creek Wetlands entrance sign. Walk will be 2 hours long. Bring water, hat, and binoculars if you would like. There are no restroom facilities available on the walk. Please remember to wear a mask and maintain social distancing while on the walk.

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited.

Program Age Day Time Fee Register By Activity #
Bird/Nature Walk 16+ TH 6/3 8:30-10:30 am Free 5/27 637247-27

Cookie Decorating Classes

Mother's Day Cookies   Summer Picnic 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 #
Mother's Day Cookie Decorating 14+ T 5/4 6:30-8 pm $45 R  $48 NR 4/27 617147-A2
Independence Day Cookie Decorating 14+ T 6/22 6:30-8 pm $45 R  $48 NR 6/15 617147-A3
Summer Fun Cookie Decorating 14+ T 8/17 6:30-8 pm $45 R  $48 NR 8/10 617147-A4

Art Classes

Program Age Day Time Fee Register By Activity #
None at this time            

Creative Kids

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 8:00 am-5:00 pm with questions regarding the program. Project kits will be made available for pick up starting the Monday 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 - Spring & Mother's Day Theme 3+ 4/26-4/29 6 am-9 pm $5.00 4/21 642100-04
Creative Crafters Monthly Club - Summertime Fun & Father's Day Theme 3+ 5/24-5/28 6 am-9 pm $5.00 5/19 642100-05
Creative Crafters Monthly Club - 4th of July & Summer Fun 3+ 6/21-6/25 6 am-9 pm $5.00 6/16 642100-06

   Music Lessons

music

Private Music Lessons

Fee provides six, 30-minute lessons (one/week). For ages 5+.

Fee: $93 R  $97.50 NR
Registration: Call 540-662-4946 for availability and scheduling. Classes will begin the week of May 3, June 21, and August 9. See below for registration dates.

Instrument Dates Day Time
Piano or Voice* 5/3 - 6/12 Varies - Call to schedule Varies - Call to schedule
Guitar or Ukulele* 5/3 - 6/12 Varies - Call to schedule Varies - Call to schedule
*New students may register beginning April 26. Returning students may register beginning April 19.
Piano or Voice** 6/21 - 7/31 Varies - Call to schedule Varies - Call to schedule
Guitar or Ukulele** 6/21 - 7/31 Varies - Call to schedule Varies - Call to schedule
**New students may register beginning June 14. Returning students may register beginning June 7.
Piano or Voice*** 8/9 - 9/18 Varies - Call to schedule Varies - Call to schedule
Guitar or Ukulele*** 8/9 - 9/18 Varies - Call to schedule Varies - Call to schedule
***New students may register beginning August 2. Returning students may register beginning July 26.

Basic Dog Obedience Class (16 weeks and up)

Basic Dog Obedience Class

Bring your pooch to the park for some fun and learning this spring. We will introduce basic obedience exercises (come, sit, down, stand, walk, walk on loose leash) on the first Saturday, which is a two hour class (10 am-Noon). The following three Saturdays are one hour classes (10-11 am) and we practice new skills in addition to exploring, hide-and-seek, mushing, and agility games.

Note:  Social distance rules apply at all times.

Session Days Time Fee Register By Activity #
May Session SA 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29 10 am-Noon $28 R  $31 NR 4/24 637247-26

Fitness Classes

Fitness Classes

Dates: Year-round
Drop-In Fees (or included with membership): $7 R  $7.50 NR
Location: Jim Barnett Park, Rec Center (unless noted otherwise)

Reservations:

  • Accepted for aquatics classes. 
  • Make up to one week in advance beginning at 7:30 am each day.

Capacity: 9 participants

Class Ages Days Time
Water Aerobics 18+ M/W/F 10-11 am
11 am-12 pm
Aqua Arthritis 18+ TU/TH 11 am-12 pm

Online Classes

Bug Observation 

Bug Observation sheet - download

ABC Scavenger Hunt

In this video, Lisa walks you through three levels of an ABC scavenger hunt, with each level tailored to your children's ages.

Jim Barnett Park Bingo 

In honor of the National Park Trust's Kids to Parks Parks to Kids Day 2020 (May 16), head to Jim Barnett Park or any one of Winchester's city parks to complete the JBP BINGO game! Download one of five cards, get BINGO, then download and fill out the completion certificate. Take a photo with your certificate and share it with us on our Facebook page with the hashtag #ParksToKids2020. Remember to practice social distancing as you make your way through the parks.

Bingo Card Download 

Bingo Completion Certificate

National Park Trust official website

Making Bubble Solution and Wands

Learn how to make your own bubble solution and find alternatives to traditional wands with items you already have at home!

Drawing

#1 - Side of a Butterfly (for kids)

#2 - Top Side of a Butterfly (for kids)

#3 - Still Life (for seniors)

Yoga Classes

Chair Yoga

Yoga

Bucket Drumming

Reduce Food Waste & Grow Your Own Vegetables


 

PB and J Club

PB&J Club (Ages 5 & under) - Canceled

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 (Returning this fall)
Time: 9-11:30 am

Friday Evening PB&J

Dates: 2nd Friday of the month, (Returning this fall)
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 Samantha at 540-662-4946 for more information.


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