It may be winter, but that doesn’t mean residents need to hibernate.
There is still time to register and enjoy a variety of Newtown Parks and Recreation (P&R) programs this season.
Check out these upcoming classes and have something to look forward to during these cold months:
Junior forestry lawyer
This month, the Junior Forest Forensics program for ages 8 to 12.
According to the Winter 2021/2022 brochure, “During a hike through the Orchard Hill Nature Center, our junior forensic detectives will learn by exploring this diverse local ecosystem, asking questions and making observations… and a understanding our local ecosystem through games, challenges and collaborations, as well as taking notes and learning about the environment and history of the Nature Center.
The class will allow children to learn while having fun outdoors.
Rose Ann Reggiano, Associate Director of Recreation for P&R, said: “I was delighted to offer this great nature program and to have it in our beautiful Orchard Hill Nature Center. It is always pleasant to discover nature and its wonders.
The activity number for Junior Forest Forensics is 203502 A. It takes place on Sundays, January 9 to January 30, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The fee is $ 170.
P&R is also offering two other nature trails this winter.
Junior Nature Engineers will also be aimed at children ages 8 to 12.
“In this session we will focus on designing small individual shelters for gnomes and fairies, building debris dens, lean-tos, tarpaulin shelters and, if the weather provides us with snow. , quinzhees with snowman guards and moats. Natural materials from the nature center, some instructions and uses of small tools, as well as a lot of imagination and team planning will be incorporated into our weekly creations ” , details the brochure.
The session ends with campers collaborating on a group project.
The activity number for Junior Nature Engineers is 203503 A. It takes place on Sundays, from February 6 to February 27, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The fee is $ 170.
Then, in March, P&R will welcome nature artists for ages 8 to 12.
“Children will create nature art from materials they find in the forest and materials provided by our teachers. We will hike the reserve and collect sticks, stones and other found items to use in our projects … cave paintings, wands and history sticks as well as self-portraits, frames, bark and inuksuk are just one of the many projects kids can choose from, ”says the winter brochure.
A photo of the artist and his works that cannot be taken out of the forest will be emailed to their family.
The activity number for nature artists is 203504 A. It takes place on Sundays, from March 6 to March 27, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The fee is $ 170.
This season, P&R is offering Woodworking: How To Make Mantel Piece Shelves & More for ages 16 and up.
“This carpentry course will allow you to design and manufacture your own fireplace shelves, similar to the high-end and expensive displays included in furniture catalogs. We will use a variety of moldings from stock. We will also cover the basics of carpentry, installation techniques for baseboards and moldings and frames for windows and doors, ”explains the brochure.
Since safety is of the utmost importance, each member of the group should bring hearing protection and wear protective eyewear.
Reggiano said this class is “a great activity for a parent and child” to take together, and it gives them the exciting opportunity to try something different and build something by hand.
“I think it’s great to say ‘I did that’ and add your personal touch,” she added.
The activity number for Woodworking: How To Make Mantel Piece Shelves & More is 217402 A. It runs Mondays, January 17 through February 21, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Teen Center, 53A Church Hill Road. The fee is $ 185.
Futsal and street football
“This is more than football and the fundamentals of the game,” said Reggiano.
According to the winter brochure, “This innovative program takes the personal skills of each player to the next level by using Futsal (Futbol de Salao Soccer in a Room) as a platform for high-speed, high-volume touches of the ball. and maneuvering in tight spaces… A Futsal the ball is smaller and heavier, allowing the player to easily control the ball and, in return, build confidence that seamlessly turns into a football match.
Participants are asked to bring fluids to stay hydrated and to wear trainers (no crampons).
Several courses are offered, all of which are held at Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street.
The activity number for futsal and street soccer for 6 to 11 year olds is 209602 D. It takes place Wednesdays, from March 2 to April 27, from 6 to 7 p.m. The fee is $ 175.
The activity number for futsal and street soccer for 12 to 14 year olds is 209602 E. It takes place Wednesdays, March 2 to April 27, 7 to 8 p.m. The fee is $ 175.
The activity number for futsal and street soccer for 14 to 18 year olds is 209602 F. It takes place Wednesdays, from March 2 to April 27, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fees are $ 175.
Reggiano said P&R is also excited to offer winter programs focused on STEM – which stands for science, technology, engineering, and math.
Winter Wonderland Engineering with Legos is available for children in Kindergarten to Grade 4 (ages 5-11).
The brochure description reads: “Get excited, we’re creating a spectacular Winter Wonderland!” Build bobsleighs, design snowplows and take a ride on the Polar Express. Explore your snowiest ideas and learn STEM concepts with tens of thousands of LEGO pieces at your fingertips and with guidance from an experienced Play-Well instructor.
The Winter Wonderland Engineering with Legos activity number is 217502 A. It runs Wednesdays, Jan. 12 through Feb. 16, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street. The fee is $ 133.
There’s Crazy Chemworks with Mad Science for kids ages 5 ½ to 10.
“Put on your goggles, lab coats and lift your vials with Mad Science! Bubbling dry ice potions, crazy chemical reactions and great explosions will occur in this MAD LAB. Your scientists will do hands-on chemistry while learning the basic knowledge of science. They’ll create chemical reactions like the infamous Elephant Toothpaste that they can’t help but talk about and mud they think they’ve perfected but didn’t. Each student receives a lab coat, goggles and specially designed science fiction items to help extend learning at home, ”the brochure explains.
Several courses are offered, all of which take place at different locations.
The activity number for Crazy Chemworks with Mad Science at Sandy Hook School, 12 Dickinson Drive, is 219502 A. It runs Mondays, Jan. 24 through Feb. 28, 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. It There is no class on President’s Day, February 21. The fee is $ 135.
The Crazy Chemworks with Mad Science activity number at Head O ‘Meadow, 94 Boggs Hill Road, is 219502 B. It runs Tuesdays, January 25 to March 1, 3:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. 45. There is no class on February 22. The fee is $ 135.
The Crazy Chemworks with Mad Science activity number at Hawley School, 29 Church Hill Road, is 219502 C. It runs Wednesdays, Jan. 26 through Feb. 23, 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Fees are of $ 135.
The activity number for Crazy Chemworks with Mad Science at Middle Gate School, 7 Cold Spring Road, is 219502 D. It runs Thursdays, Jan. 27 through Feb. 24, 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. are $ 135.
To register for courses and learn more, visit newtown-ct.gov/parks-recreation.
Journalist Alissa Silber can be reached at [email protected]
Newtown Parks & Recreation will be offering several futsal and street football lessons for ages 6-18 on Wednesdays from March 2 to April 27. —Photos courtesy of Rose Ann Reggiano
Starting January 10, Newtown Parks & Recreation will be offering a carpentry program where students aged 16 and over can create fireplace racks.