Tots, Preschool, Teen & Youth Programs


All program registrations take place at the Recreation Office at Birdseye Complex unless noted in the description. All Programs Subject To Change. Non-residents may take particular classes for an additional $5 fee.

Updated April 6, 2018


NEW HIGH SCHOOL Volleyball League           412280

We are offering a high school volleyball league beginning April 2.  There is a boy’s, girls and coed division playing at Birdseye Complex from 6-9 pm.  Team and individual registration is March 5-23.  League meeting will be April 2 at Birdseye Complex at 6:00 pm.  Games are scheduled for Mondays.


NEW Stratford Day at the Shelton Sports Center  CANCELLED

In cooperation with the Sports Center the Department is planning an evening of activities on April 7 from 5-8 pm.  More details to be announced.

NEW Hobby Quest Vacation Camp         519126  CANCELLED

Open to grades K-6, camp is April 9-13 from 9-12 at Birdseye Complex. Fee is $199 for the week. Registration is March 12-March 30. Must have 10 registered for the program to be held. Topic: Airplanes (first half of week) and Magic (second half of week).

NEW Summer Camp Cooking Weeks              514460

The participants will learn basic terminology, utensil for cooking and techniques.  A breakfast, lunch and supper will be made during the course of the week, as well as healthy eating choices.

Open to ages 8 16, the program is June 18-June 22 and session 2 is August 14-18 at the Birdseye Complex Kitchen. The time is 9-1pm Monday-Friday. The fee is $125 for the week. All supplies are provided. There must be 8 registered for the program to be held.

NEW Summer Art Camp               514460

This is a great camp for those who love to be expressive and creative. Camp is from July 2-6 at the Birdseye Complex from 9-12. No camp July 4. Cost is $125. All supplies are included. Registration is March 26-June 19. Open to grades 1-5 and 6-8.


NEW Art “Fun” damentals           514460     Section 50

Children discover the world of texture, line, shape, and color as they create original artwork. A wide range of basic media skills are developed including painting, drawing, and collage. Each class expands the artistic horizon of the children. Class will be held at the Birdseye Complex and is for children entering grades 1-3. Fee is $50 per child for the week, which includes supplies. Class is held from 11-11:45am Monday to Friday from June 18-22 with registration March 26-June 10.

NEW Art for Preschoolers                       419360     Section 88

Creation Artists is art for children ages 3-5 with a caregiver. Through painting, drawing, and different art materials they will be creating an expression of themselves.  Fee is $50 for the week, June 18-22 from 10-10:45am. Class is at the Birdseye Complex with registration March 26 - June 10.


NEW Modeling and Fashion Camp                   514460

A great camp to develop confidence, meet new friends and acquire a new skill. Camp is during the summer. Watch for additional information in the Spring-Summer Recreation Flyer.

NEW Summer Science Preschool Camp         219380          

Includes experiments, games, nature and more.  Camp is for ages 3-6 from 9-11:30 am Monday-Friday July 2,3, 5, 6 at Birdseye Complex.  No camp July 4. Bring a peanut free snack and extra water. Fee TBA.

NEW Hobby Quest Summer Program              519126

Open to grades K-6 July 9-13. Camp will be from 9-12 at Birdseye Complex. Each camp must have a minimum of ten registered.  Registration starts March 26-June 22. Fee is $199.

NEW Young Hacks Academy                 113135

This is a technology Leadership program for ages 9-12. The program is from 9-4 at the Birdseye Complex the week of July 23-July 27. Fee is $340 for the week.  Registration is March 26-June 22.

The students will build video games about the big challenges facing us on a local and global level, like clean water, endangered wildlife and homelessness. The aim is to equip youth with a foundation in computer programming and to instill a passion for creative problem-solving and a commitment to service.

The curriculum will include computer programming and video game design, strategies for collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving.  Limited space.  Must bring own laptop.

New Young Hacks for Girls                     113135          

A new computer program just for girls ages 10-14. The program is at the Birdseye Complex July 23-27 from 9-4 pm.  Fee to be announced in Spring Brochure.  Must bring own laptop.



Kite Flying Contest                                                349010  Section 10

Come Fly a Kite at Short Beach Concession Stand on April 22 from 10:00am.  Prizes for the Best, the Smallest, the Largest and many more categories.  Register April 2-20. Contest is free to enter and watch.

Fishing Derby                                             419630           Section 42

The Annual Fishing Derby is Saturday May 5 at Brewster Pond, located at Longbrook Park from 6:30 -8:30am.  Fee is $5 and registration is required to participate. Registration will be April 9-May 4. All are welcome from novice to advanced angler!

Movie Nights – Co-sponsored by the Stratford Orthodontists

Movie Night is Monday June 18 at Paradise Green at 8:30pm. Movie to be announced. Rain date is Wednesday June 20.

Movie Night is Wednesday August 8 at 8:30 Paradise Green Movie to be announced.  Rain date is Wednesday August 15.

Special Discount Ticket Programs:

Beginning in June, the Recreation Department also sells discount tickets to Lake Compounce, Six Flag Amusement Park and Connecticut Science Center.


If school is cancelled, preschool and toddler classes are cancelled.  If school is delayed, morning classes are cancelled, but classes beginning at noon or later will take place.  If schools have early dismissal, morning classes will be held but classes at noon or later will be cancelled. Preschool Summer Camps can be found under our summer camp listings.

Toddler Open Gym            419360           Section 11, 24,25, 28, 66,67

Toddler Open Gym is a great way to get toddlers socializing and creating new ways to play. The gym will be open for them to explore, play ball games, climb, run, jump, and make new friends. Each class will end with a brief circle time and parachute play. This is an 8-week open play program in a gym for toddlers and preschoolers ages 1-4, and their caregivers on Monday or Friday. A Recreation Department certified staff member will be the facilitator.  Registration is for one time slot.  Winter session is beginning Monday January 22 OR Fridays January 26 from 9:30-10:30am. All classes are held at the Birdseye Complex.  Registration is January 3-21 and the fee is $50 per session per child. Spring session begins Monday, April 16 or Friday, April 20, with 6 week session classes from 9:30-10:30am and the fee is $40 per child.  Registration is March 27-April 15.  


Books, Boogie, Cooks and Crafts-Toddler Program         419360           Section 80,82

A playgroup that will incorporate books, music, cooking and crafts for children and their caregivers, designed in a preschool type setting with their caregiver. Children will do craft projects, cook, participate in large motor and small motor skill activities, and have circle time, stories, music and other various social activities, that will encourage age appropriate learning and development. Class is for 8 sessions held at the Birdseye Municipal Complex on Thursdays from 9:30-10:15am.The cost is $65.  Classes begin Thursday January 25 with registration January 4-22. Second session begins Thursday, April 19 with registration March 8-April 2.


Soccer Skills and Drills- Preschool                   419360           Section 85, 86

Soccer class for ages 3-5 teaches basic soccer skills such as dribbling, goalkeeping, passing, running and agility through various drills and games. This is a great physical fitness activity and encourages preschool learning and development standards. The cost is $55 for 8 classes and is held indoors on Wednesdays from 5:00-5:45pm at the Birdseye Complex.  Class begins Wednesday January 24 with registration January 4-January 22. Spring session begins Wednesday, April 18 with registration March 8-April 1.

Art for Preschoolers                                  419360     Section 09, 76, 88

Creation Artists is art for children ages 3-4 with a caregiver. Through painting, drawing, different art materials and crafts they will be creating an expression of themselves.  Fee is $50 for 5 weeks. Class is at the Birdseye Complex on Wednesdays from 4:00-4:45pm. Winter Class begins Wednesday, January 31, with registration from January 3-29 and the Spring Class begins Wednesday, March 28 with registration March 5-March 26.


Art “Fun” damentals – Youth Art Lessons      514460     Section 42,43,44

Children discover the world of texture, line, shape, and color as they create original artwork. A wide range of basic media skills are developed including painting, drawing, and collage and crafts.  Class will be held at the Birdseye Complex and is for children in grades 1-3. Fee is $40 per child for 4 weeks, which includes all supplies. Class is held from 5:00-5:45pm on Wednesday. Winter Class begins Wednesday, January 24, with registration from January 3-29 and the Spring Class begins Wednesday, March 28 with registration March 5-March 26.

Track and Field for Youth                                                419360           Section 30,36

A basic track and field class for ages 5-8 held at the Birdseye Complex on Wednesdays from 4:00-4:45pm. This program emphasizes fitness and fun in a non-competitive environment. Children will learn proper running technique, hurdles, jumping, baton handling and throwing events. Class begins Wednesday January 25 with registration January 4-January 22. Spring session begins Wednesday April 19 with registration March 21-April 15. The cost is $55 for 8 weeks. 

Chess Club              219300

Chess club for ages 5-17 will be on Tuesday or Thursday nights at the Birdseye Complex. Grades K-2 meet from 4-5pm, Grades 3-6 from 5-6pm and Grade 7 and above from 6-7pm. Registration is January 3-21. Class begins January 30 and February 1. Class ends March 20 or 22.  Fee is $85. You don’t need to know how to play chess.

Summer Session: Registration is March 27-June 16.  Session begins June 27 or June 29. Class runs for six weeks at Birdseye Complex 6-8 pm. Fee is $75.  No class on July 4.

Hobby Quest Program                  219380

Classes are at the following schools. Days and Times listed below. Cost is $115 for six week. Registration is January 2-January 19.

Monday: Magic at Victoria Soto School January 29-March 12 from 3:15-4:15

(Class is open to Victoria Soto and Johnson Academy student

Tuesday: Magic at Eli Whitney School January 30-March 6 from 3:15-4:15

Wednesday: Magic at Wilcoxson School January 31-March 7 from 2:50-3:50

Thursday: Magic at Lordship School February 1-March 22 from 3:15-4:15. No class February 8 and 15.

Thursday: Airplanes and Aviation at Johnson Academy February 1-March 22 from 315-4:15. No class February 8, 15. (open to Johnson Academy and Victoria Soto students).

Each six week another topic will be held. These will include fashion design, photography, magic and aviation. In all Hobby quest programs kids keep everything they build, create and learn!


4-H Scavenger Club   514800      Section 08

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. In 4-H, youth are involved in fun, informal, hands-on learning experiences which fosters skill and character development. 4-H Scavengers are a science and Community Service based club.  All meetings are youth driven.  The meetings are held at the Birdseye Complex on Thursday nights from 6-7pm once a month from January 26-June 1. Sometimes depending on the projects there may be additional meetings. A calendar of meeting dates and events is given out at the first meeting. Dues are $10. County events may be offered at additional fees. First meeting is January 25.

4-H Clover Buds                 514800

Club meets weekly on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30pm starting January 25- May 31. Registration is December 19-January 20. Dues are $10. Limited slots available. If school is closed or has a half day there is no program. The primary goal of the Cloverbud program is to promote children's healthy development—mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally. The Cloverbud program is developmentally-age appropriate; therefore it is fun and positive, leader-directed, activity-based, noncompetitive, success-oriented, group-centered.


4-H Cooking     514800 Section 10

Program begins January 24-February14. Fee is $5.00

Session 2: Feb. 28--March 21.  Fee is $5.00 and a current and active 4-H member.

Session 3:  April 18-May 9. Fee is $5.00 and a current and active 4-H member.


Theater and Movement Workshop        214660           Section 11

The Theatre Workshop is designed to encourage the development of theatre skills, such as acting, dancing, scripts, character building and the enjoyment of performing arts, in young performers. The workshops offer an opportunity for children to participate in a session, ending with a mini “show”. Classes are for youth in grades 2-6. The workshop program will begin Wednesday, February 21 for 8 weeks at a fee of $55. Class is held at Wooster from 5-6:15 pm. Registration is January 2-February 17

Drills and Skills I                 514760           Section 02

This is a six-week basketball and life skills program for boys and girls in grades K–6. Participants will learn hands-on basketball drills and age-appropriate life skills on topics related to wellness and fitness, communication, setting goals, making decisions, solving problems, responsibility and leadership. This program will be offered on Tuesdays beginning March 13 – April 24 from 6:00–7:00pm at the Birdseye Gymnasium. Registration is February 4–March 10.  Fee is $35. No class on April 10 school vacation week.

Archery         242148           Section 20,21,22,24

Classes are offered at Roosevelt Forest on Saturday mornings beginning April 28.  Registration is April 3-21. On the first week only the 9am and 10am class will meet at 9am for two hours. The 11am will also run 1.5 hours that day. The normal time for ages 10-12 is from 9-10 am, ages 13-16 is from 10-11am and adults 17 older is from 11-12pm. Classes are one hour in duration and all equipment is supplied. Fee is $150 for 8 weeks.  In cooperation with Stratford PAL.

Archery2: Is for those who have taken archery before. Time is 12:00-1:00pm. Cost is $100.

Summer Archery:  Classes will be offered this summer. Dates, times, will be announced in April.

Science Programs

Mad Science – Grades K– 5                    219380          

Mad Science is a six-week program for children in grades K–5. Fee is $110. Registration is January 4-20.


Science is all around us! Join us for a journey where we discover the fun of science in your daily life! We will start in the kitchen and create lots of fizzy and bubbly cooking reactions. We will then take a look at nature science where we will be blown away by some weather and earth phenomena, create tornados in class, activate under water volcanos, and get hands on with some stinky, gooey bugs exploration! We will turn our class into a forensic lab and use science tools to solve a mystery crime. Next stop will be at the Movies where we will enjoy making special movie effects. Finally, discover the science principles behind your favorite toys and learn about the 5 simple machines that helped build the most amazing structures of the old and modern age!  Registration is February 20-March 10.

Eli Whitney: Mondays 3:20-4:20pm.  Dates are: April 2, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14.

Nichols: Mondays 2:50-3:50pm.  Dates are: April 2, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14.

Lordship Tuesdays 3:15-4:15pm. Dates are: March 20, 27, April 3, 17, 24, May 1.

Victoria Soto: Wednesdays 3:20-4:20pm.  Dates are: March, 21, 28 April 4, 18, 25, May 2.

Chapel School: Wednesdays 3:15-4:15.  Dates are: March 21, 28, April 4, 18, 25, May 2.


Youth Spring Outdoor Tennis Clinics              212360           Section 31, 05, 32 .

Class is held at Stratford Academy beginning May 8 to June 5. Registration is March 26 to April 29.

Minimum of three to hold class.

Ages 3-4                                                         3:30 – 4:00pm                      $75 

Ages 5-7 Beg./Adv                                        4:00 – 5:00pm                     $105

Ages 8-10 Beg./Adv Beg.                            5:00-6:00pm                   $105.

Ages 11-14 Beg./Adv Beg.                            5:00 – 6:00pm                   $105

Summer Tennis Sport Camps  212360

These camps will be held at Bunnell High School Courts and will run Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-12:00pm. Cost is $130 per session for ages groups 5-7, 8-10, and 11-14.  Registration is March 27-June 11.

Week 1 June 18-June 21              Section 15, 26, 27               

Week 2 June 25—June 28            Section 45, 51, 61                     

Week 3 July 10-July 12                  Section 28, 42, 46                 

Week 4 July 16-July 19                  Section 52, 62, 63


Youth Summer Tennis Clinics   212360           Sections 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39

These clinics will be held at Bunnell High School and run Monday-Thursday from 9:00-9:30am and 12:00-1:00pm. Weeks are listed above and are the same as the Tennis Camps

Pee Wee Clinic is for ages 3-4. Time is 9:00-9:30am.  Cost is $55 per session.

Youth Clinic is for ages 5-7, 8-10.  Time is 12:00-1:00pm. Cost is $85 per session.

Children should bring a nut-free snack. Lessons are taught by certified adult instructors.

Each day players are introduced to a different stroke, forehand, backhand, volley and serve.


Excerpt from 1992 Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act:  The incidence of juvenile delinquency can be reduced through public recreation programs and activities designed to provide youth with social skills, enhance self-esteem and encourage the constructive use of discretionary time.

Kickboxing   524180          Section 34, 35, 36

Class is on Monday, Wednesday night from 6-7pm at the Birdseye Complex. Class is for ages 12 and older. Cost is $60.  Session 1 starts January 22- March 7 with registration January 4 – 20.  Second session begins March 19-May 2 with registration February 29-March 18.

Volunteer Information for Teens

The Stratford Recreation Department is always looking for youth interested in volunteering. We accept teens in or entering grades 8-12. Our department offers a variety of programs both during the school year and summer that can utilize youth volunteers. Opportunities can involve after school sports and learning programs, special events throughout the year and summer camps. We offer our volunteers First Aid and CPR training and orientation programs. Our volunteers must fill out an application at the Recreation Department and go through a screening process to determine the best fit for the volunteer and the programs. There are several benefits for youth in volunteering such as personal growth, community awareness, developing leadership skills, new friends, positive activity and community service experience for jobs, college and financial aid. Applications for summer volunteering are due by June 4. All summer volunteers must attend our summer orientation for training, paperwork and placement. Winter and Spring and Summer volunteers are needed as well. Brief Informational meeting will be held on May 30 at 6:30pm at Birdseye Complex in Stratford.

Karate (Age 7 – adult)

Learn Karate from professional instructors in a safe and fun environment. Students will learn self-defense and improve their confidence, focus, discipline and athletic ability. Monday & Wednesday 7:15-8:15pm

Activity number 542580

2018 Session

  1. May 7 – June 27, 7 week session. Fee: 1/week = $84 & 2/week = $122


Family Discount – For students attending 2 classes per week for an 7-week session, the 2nd-4th family member gets a $20 discount for the 7-week session.


Location: Flood Middle School (Monday in Lobby & Wednesday Auxiliary Gym)

490 Chapel Street Stratford

Enter through the back door near tennis courts.



Little Ninjas: (Age 4-6) Monday & Wednesday 6:30-7:00pm.

Fun and age appropriate class where students improve their discipline, listening skills, focus & fitness.

The 7 week session dates are the same as Karate sessions above.

7 week session. Fee: 1/week = $70 & 2/week = $104

Chris Sansonetti offers karate birthday parties, self-defense seminars & private lessons for fitness & martial arts.


April Vacation Soccer Camp                               412131  Section 01  CANCELLED

There will be a co-ed Soccer Camp on April 10, 11 and 12 at Flood Middle School for boys and girls in grades 1-6 from 9:00am-12:00pm. Soccer skills such as passing, shooting, dribbling, goalkeeping will be explored. Games and camp activities will also be organized. Campers should bring their own snack each day and should be nut free. Registration is March 13-April 6 and space is limited. Fee is $60.


Stratford Recreation Department offers a variety of themed birthday parties.  Reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance. Set up for parties are 15 minutes prior to the start of your party. Cafeteria time is 45 minutes for all parties. Prices below are effective for any party booked after January 1, 2016.

Gym Parties

We offer a fun and exciting way to celebrate your child’s birthday, with our sport-themed parties for children ages 5 - 12. Let us organize your unique party with a choice of sport or activity. Some examples are soccer, kickball, basketball, dodge ball, volleyball, capture the flag and relay races. These private parties are held at the Birdseye Complex on Saturdays. Games and activities will be for 1 hour and 45 minutes are for the party portion in the cafeteria. There is no double booking. Fee for party is $145 for up to 19 children. An additional 10 children may be added for a fee of $35.

Moonbounce Parties

Bounce into fun at this fun-filled party. This private party features an inflatable moonbounce along with open gym time. The bouncing and activities will be held for 1 hour. Parties are held at the Birdseye Complex on Saturdays. Cost is $175 for up to 19 kids.  Additional 10 children may be added for $35. Great for kids ages 2-11.

Karate Birthday Parties

The parties are held on Saturdays at Flood Middle School for ages 4 & up.  The cost is $120 for up to 25 children.  Call the Recreation Office for reservations.  A certified instructor offers program. 30 minutes of Karate and 45 minutes in the cafeteria.

Flood Pool Parties

These are held on Saturdays during open swims from 2:00-3:00pm or 3:00-4:00pm.  Cost is $35 plus $1.00 per child for up to 19 children.  If there is 20-35 youth an additional $35 is required.  An adult must accompany children who cannot swim. 

Dance Parties

Dance your way into an enjoyable party with our dance staff. Parties will include 45 minutes of dance and movement and 45 minutes in the cafeteria. Wonderful for children ages 5-9. They may choose jazz, ballet or hip-hop. Cost is $150 for up to 12 children. 10 children may be added for an additional fee of $35.

Toddler Parties

Come play with us. Enjoy your toddler’s birthday and let them play in a big open space. Each open gym party features open gym time to explore, run, jump, climb and play with various balls. At the end, the children will have circle time with parachute and songs. These private parties are held at Birdseye Complex for ages 1-5 with a caregiver.  Activities will be held for the 45 minutes in the gym, followed by 45 minutes in the cafeteria.  Fee is $145 for up to 16 children. Additional 10 children may be added for $35. Parent participation is helpful and encouraged.

Miniature Train Museum Parties

These Birthday Parties are held at the Miniature Train Museum at Boothe Memorial Park. They are held only from March to the end of December.  The group will tour the museum and the party portion will be held upstairs in the Dining Hall (when available) or at a pavilion.  The fee is $90.  Parties are limited to 20 children. Parties are run by the Boothe Memorial Railway Society.

Obstacle Moonbounce Parties

Climb, slide and race into fun at our newest party. Obstacle course Moonbounce parties are for ages 5-11. Bounce and gym is for the 1 hour and then the café for 45 minutes. Cost is $210 for up to 19 children. An additional 10 children may be added for a $35 fee.

Moonbounce and Obstacle Course Combination Party

Celebrate your birthday and have double the fun at your party with our bouncer and obstacle course. Cost for combination Moonbounce and obstacle course party is $255 for up to 29 children.


NEW Movie Screen Parties or Group Outing

Lights, Camera, Action! Popcorn and a Movie!  We now offer private birthday parties with our inflatable large movie screen. You provide the movie (rated G or PG please) and bring to us and we provide the space and fun and popcorn. You will have access to the gym for the movie screening for up to two hours (depending on movie length) and the café for 45 minutes.  Our staff will facilitate the movie screening. This is a convenient and great way to celebrate either for a birthday or group outing. The cost is $175 for up to 20 kids, with an additional 10 kids for an added fee of $35.


NEW Theater Party

Experience the magic of Theater. If your child loves to perform and would love to shine and star at their personalized theater party, this fun filled party is for them. A professional director will lead the party through theater games, movement and acting drills. Party runs for 45 minutes of theater instruction and 45 minutes in the café. Cost is $175 for up to 12 kids. An additional 10 maybe added for $35 additional fee.


Dance Classes    CANCELLED                                                                214170           Section  83,84

The Recreation Department will offer dance classes on Tuesday afternoons at the Birdseye Complex.  Our dance classes build basic proper dance foundations and help youth discover how to dance and have fun in a noncompetitive environment.  The Spring session will begin on April 3.  No class during school vacations.  Class times are as follows:

5:00-5:45pm  3-6 yrs. old (Tap & Ballet & Jazz)

6:00-6:45pm  6-10 yrs. old (Hip Hop and Jazz)

Classes will be for 8 weeks and the fee is $65.  Registration is March 14-April 1.

Summer Dance Program                                                 214170   Section 13

Dance class for ages 5-8 will be offered during the summer at the Birdseye Complex and will feature jazz, hip hop and ballet. Class will be held from 5:00-5:45pm.  Session runs on Tuesdays beginning June 26. Registration begins March 27.  Cost is $50 for 6 weeks.

Junior Track League                                             112760           Section 01

Youth will learn the fundamentals of individual events in track and field. Various throwing events, baton handling, jumping, and running events will be instructed. This program is for boys and girls ages 8-15 and meets on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:00 – 8:00pm at the Bunnell Track. League runs June 26 - August 7.  Participants will have the opportunity to attend a local track meet with their coaches. Fee is $65.  Registration is March 26 - June 23. (rain make up dates will start at 5:30) No camp on July 4.

Drills & Skills Summer Basketball League      112650           Section 01,02,03

This league will be a continuation of the Drills & Skills program we have during the year. It is for grades 1-9.  The league will have Drills & Skills on Mondays and games on Wednesday at the Birdseye Complex Gymnasium. The fee is $60.  League will run June 25 – August 6.  Registration for this program is March 26–June 23. Grades 1-3 practice from 5:30-6:30 pm, grades 4-6 practice from 6:30–7:30pm and grades 7-9 practice from 7:30-8:30 pm.


Summer Science Classes   219380 

Mad Science Week 1

The first session will be July 2-July 6 at the Birdseye Complex with no camp on July 4th.  Camp is 9:00am-12:00pm. Registration is March 26-June 17. Topic and fee will be announced in the spring brochure.

Program is open to grades 1-5.

Mad Science Week 2

The program is open to grades 1-5 from 9:00am – 12:00pm from July 9-July 13 at Flood Middle School.  Registration is March 26-June 27.

Noggin Joggin Summer  Engineering Science Camp: 219380 Sections 49, 52

First Session is June 18-June 22 from 9:00am – 12:00pm at the Birdseye Complex for ages 6 -12.

Session 2 is June 25-June 29 from 9:00am – 12:00pm at Birdseye Complex.

Session 3 is July 23-July 27 from 9:00am-12pm at the Birdseye Complex.

Fee is $165.  Registration is March 26-June 10.


Registration will begin Monday March 26 from 8:00am-4:30pm at the Recreation Office at Birdseye Complex for all Youth Spring & Summer programs including Summer Day Swim Lessons Session I only.  All start dates are subject to change due to school schedule.

All camps will be closed July 4

Because of construction or renovation to schools or repairs to field, sites may be moved. The Recreation Department will try to give as much notice as possible.

Nature Camps                                                      119950

Camps are June 18-22 and August 13-17 from 9-12pm at Roosevelt Forest.  The program is for grades 1-8 and the fee is $100 a week.  Registration is limited and begins March 26-June 10.  Must have ten registered for the program to be held. Parent meeting will be Wednesday May 30 at 6pm at Birdseye Complex.

Playgrounds                        113871           Section 10-15 

The six town playgrounds will be open Monday through Friday from June 25 - August 9 from 8:00am-3:00pm. Playground counselors will be assigned to playgrounds to maintain a 1 to 15 ratio.  Youth will have to sign in and out.  Boys and girls ages 5-15 may register at the Recreation Office at Birdseye Complex or online from March 26 through June 23 or until filled. The registration fee is $35 for the summer and includes a T- shirt.  Register for one of the following playgrounds: Victoria Soto, Longbrook Park, Second Hill Lane, Clover/Nichols, Eli Whitney and Short Beach.  Activities include: arts and crafts, sports and games. There are charges for some activities at the playgrounds. There are additional fees for certain trips and crafts. This is not a day camp program - the youth are free to sign themselves out at any time and leave the program.  An informational meeting for parents will take place June 6 at 7pm at the Birdseye Complex. 

Playground t-shirts may be picked up at the Informational Meeting on June 6. Recreation Department Office on Saturdays from 8am-2pm.beginning April 28, and Wednesdays from 8am-4:30pm beginning May 2. The Department is not responsible for lost shirts or other items on trips. PLAYGROUNDS WILL BE CLOSED JULY 4. This is not a state licensed child care program.


Rain Playground                                                 113871  Section 50   

This program is a safety net for parents when the playgrounds are closed.  Children may register for the rainy day playground which will be held at the Birdseye Complex from 8am to 3pm.  Only those pre-registered for this program can attend. There will be an additional fee of $20 for this program.  No refunds whether or not there are cancellations.  Bus transportation is not provided. There are only 25 slots available.

Playground Carnival

The carnival will benefit the Art Luf Burn Camp. On this day the playgrounds all attend the carnival at Boothe Memorial Park. There will be a bus to take the children from their playground to the carnival and back to their playground. Children must be registered to take the bus. This special day is $12, which includes the admittance and the wrist band for unlimited use of all inflatable rides, waterslides. The date is July 25 with a rain date of July 26.   In addition there are games that each playground camp makes. Game tickets are $.25 a piece. Most games are $.50-$.75 to play. All proceeds go to the Burn Camp to sponsor a child for one week. Children need to bring a lunch that day or they can buy food from the vendors, hotdogs, pizza, hamburgers, water. 

Playground Trips:

Prices will be published in late April and registration will begin May 7.  Children must be registered for a playground and wear their playground shirt on all trips.  Some trips will require additional waivers. Must be registered for a playground to attend trips. There are no refunds for trips.


Tentative Schedule:

6/29          Flood Pool South  9-11

6/29         Flood Pool North 11-1

7/5           Movies TBA

7/ 6          Sports Center    

7/10          Lake Quassy  

7/11          CT. Science Center

7/13          AMF Bowling

7/17          Adventure Park 

7/18          Kayaking in Old Saybrook

7/20          Laser planet

7/27         Aquarium and Imax Movie  

7/31         Lake Compounce

8/1           Movies TBA

8/3           Flood Pool North 9-11

8/3           Flood Pool South  11-1

8/7           Powder Ridge Ski Resort

8/8           Lazer Planet

Sports Camp                                                        113930                          Section 00-14, 23, 33, 35

The camps are open to boys and girls grades 1-8 (based on grade entering). 

Soccer (Short Beach)                                                                6/25-6/29             01

Tennis (Short Beach) 9:00am-12:30pm                                  7/2, 3, 5, 6             18

     No camp July 4th

Football (non-contact) (Longbrook)                                        7/9 -7/13               02

Cheerleading (Longbrook)                                                       7/9 -7/13               00

Basketball (Birdseye)                                                                7/16-7/20             05

Dance (Birdseye)                                                                        7/16-7/20               04

Baseball (Longbrook)                                                                 7/23-7/27               07

Softball (Birdseye)                                                                     7/23-7/27             06

Track (Bunnell)                                                                          7/30-8/3                 03

Volleyball (Short Beach)                                                          8/6-8/10                08

Lacrosse (Short Beach)                                                             8/6-8/10                09

Golf (Short Beach)                                                                   8/13-8/17             10, 11

     Grades 1-3 from 9-10:30 and grades 4-8 from 10:30-12 for golf only       

Theater Workshop (Birdseye)     9:00-12:30pm                     7/2, 3, 5, 6             14

Theatre Workshop (Birdseye)                                                  7/23-7/30             23

Theatre Workshop (Wooster)                                                   7/30-8/30             13

Camps are one week from 9:00am-12:00pm daily.  Fee per child is $55 for one camp, $50 for the 2nd camp, and $45 per camp for the 3rd and all additional camps. Registration is March 26-June 22 or until filled.  Discounts apply to child at first registration only.  No sibling discounts for camps. Heavy rain or storms will cancel sports camps for that day.  CAN REGISTER ONLINE.

Preschool Sport Camps               113080           Sections 11 – 17

Preschool Camp for ages 3-5 is a preschool skill and social development camp featuring a “Sport of the Week” doing drills, skill development and techniques while learning sportsmanship and fair play. Camp involves preschool games, circle time with singing, craft, water play and/or parachute and snack time.  These fun activities allow for physical development, social interaction, educational opportunities, cooperation, personal growth and creativity. Parents supply a snack (nut free) with a drink and a separate water bottle. Camp will be Monday-Friday from 9-11:30am at location noted.  Rain location is Birdseye Complex Gym or Flood Middle School.

Soccer                                                            June 25-June 29 at Birdseye

Cheerleading/Tumbling                                  July 9-13 at Longbrook Park

Soccer                                                            July 16-20 at Birdseye

T-Ball                                                              July 23-27 at Birdseye

Dance                                                            July 30- August 3 at Birdseye

Tennis                                                            August 6-10 at Birdseye

T-ball                                                              August 13-17 at Short Beach

The fee is $60 for each week.  Registration is March 26-June 22 or until filled.  Space is limited.


Multi – Sports Camp                      113930           Section 15, 16, 17, 19, 25, 26

The only summer camp truly dedicated to sports-minded youth ages 5-12, Monday – Friday at Birdseye Complex, July 9-July 13.  Campers will experience over 15 different sports from around the world with the US Sports Institute, promoting good sportsmanship, teamwork and most of all fun. Technical instruction and realistic game situations offered in Athletics, Bocce, Cricket, Football, Handball, Lacrosse, Netball, Rugby, Soccer, Volleyball, World Cup and more.  T-shirts and certificates included. There is a full-day and a half-day program.

There are three options:  Half day program from 9am-12:30pm is $169. Half-day program from 1-4pm is $139  Full day program from 9am-4pm is $199.  Registration begins March 26-June 30.


Sport Squirts Mini – Sport Camp                       113930           Section 21, 22

The US Sports Institute Sport Squirts program is a great way to introduce children aged 3 – 5 to a variety of sports such as Soccer, T- ball, Basketball and Hockey all taking place in a structured environment to ensure safe learning.  Activities are designed to evoke a child’s imagination in which they can find Nemo, send Shrek into a spin or capture Jellyfish with Sponge Bob Square Pants.  All activities promote hand-eye coordination, movement and balance and most importantly Fun, Fun, Fun.  The camp will take place 4:30-5:30pm.  Session I is July 9 - July 13 at the Birdseye Complex. Cost is $90.