Fall 2017 Recreation Programs

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** Updated Yoga and Pee Wee Wrestling information below!!


Fall Brochure Programs:


Halloween Fun Fest

The Town of Van Buren Halloween Fun-Fest will be held on Saturday, October 21, from 10:30am-1pm. at Van Buren Park.


The day will feature carnival type games, a bounce house, refreshments/food (food trucks and snacks will be on site), pumpkin decorating  and more.  Entry is free; however, attendees will need to buy wristbands for games and activities.  Parents will need to purchase wristbands for each child.  The $6 bands will include a goodie bag, unlimited game play and bounce house use.  Refreshments, food and pumpkin decorating will be available at additional costs.  Please see each individual descriptions for the Fun Fest for locations and additional pricing.

Come join us. Kids, don’t forget to wear your costumes.

Volunteers will be needed to set up and take down the chairs, help set up game booths, and run game booths for this event. Four hours of community service credit is available for volunteers.


We will also have Knockerball games and relay races running for adults.  Minimal fees for participation will be set for each game.



WHO:  Children ages 10 & Under

WHEN:  Saturday, October 21

TIME:  10:30am.-1pm.

WHERE:  Van Buren Park, main entrance

FEE:  $6.00 wristband per child for the Halloween Party

***Pre-registration is requested to make sure we have enough goodies for everyone!

** 150 kid maximum

Participants can enjoy “terrifyingly” fun games and activities, all with a ghoulish flair!  Don’t forget to bring your camera!  Parents are required to stay with their children.  Wristband activities include all the games,  the inflatable bounce house and a goodie bag.

This is a rain or shine event!  We will have tents in case of inclement weather.

TO REGISTER:    Please realize there is a 150 kid maximum, so please don’t wait to register.  If there are spaces available, you may pay the day of the event.   Event day price is $8.00.



WHO:  Children ages 12 & Under

WHEN:  Saturday, October 21

TIME:  10:30am– noon

WHERE:  Van Buren Park, main entrance

FEE:  Pre-registered :  $8.00 per child (pumpkin and refreshments)   

           If you register on the day of the event:  $11.00 per child

(min. # of participants =10;  max. # of participants = 35)  

** Pre-registration is requested to make sure we have enough pumpkins for everyone!

Kids will hand pick their own pumpkin and decorate them with paints, feathers, glitter, etc.

** This event will happen rain or shine.

 Registrations for this program need to be in by Wednesday, October 18th for pre-registration prices.



WHAT: A Parent/child pumpkin derby

WHO:   Children between the ages of 5-12 must be paired with an adult.

WHEN:  Saturday, October 21

TIME:   Starts at 1:45 p.m.  (check in time 1:30pm)

WHERE:  Van Buren Park  (Check in at pavilion B)

FEE:  $3.00 per parent/child team

 ** Must be pre-registered by Wednesday, October 11, no exceptions

$5.00 per parent/child team if registered after October 11

** All registration forms must be in by Tuesday, October 17

Pumpkin Derby is a side-by-side race featuring handcrafted, decorated Pumpkin Racers in a display of ingenuity. Excitement builds as Pumpkin Racer contestants battle head-to-head for the coveted Pumpkin Derby Championship Trophy. We also award a prize for Best Decoration and Design. The pumpkins may be whole, carved, painted, and/or decorated in any manner.  Be as creative as you can.

Requirements: The Pumpkin Racer must be made from one pumpkin or fall gourd with independent axles and wheels, or anything that will allow the pumpkin to roll (no skateboard, scooters, etc).  Racers must be powered by gravity; no fans, batteries, motors, etc.

*** Rain or shine

Racer Examples:

Pumpkin Racer

Pumpkin Racer2



Amazing Race

WHEN: Saturday, September 30 (Rain or shine)   Race starts at 10:00 AM

WHO: Teams of 4          Must be at least 8 years old to compete

WHERE:  Van Buren Park, Pavilion B,  7350 Canton Street, Baldwinsville, NY

COST:  $60 per team


The Amazing Race will be an all day event where teams will be asked to solve clues, perform challenges and tour the Baldwinsville area as you compete for prizes.

Looking for four person teams.  Team members must be over the age of 12 to compete as individual teams.  Adult teams may have a participant as young as 8 to help compete.

Each team is responsible for its own transportation. Special prize packages will be awarded to the top 3 teams overall.

**One person from each team must have a cell phone capable of sending pictures back to the park. At one stop we will need to receive the picture in order to give you the next clue!**

This will be a first come, first serve event.  We will be accepting a maximum of 15 teams for the event, so when the information is ready please don’t wait to register!

For more information, please contact the Parks and Rec Dept. at 315-638-4727.

In order to register, please download the registration forms from our website and mail in the team information and payment.


Pee Wee Wrestling


WHO:  Boys and girls, grades 1-6

WHEN:  Mondays and Wednesdays, November 6-December 18 (except 11/22)

TIME:    6:15-8:00p.m.

WHERE:  Baker High School, Wrestling Room

FEE:        $35/participant  (Min. for class= 15; Max. # in class = 35)

 Pee Wee Wrestling has returned to the Town of Van Buren with coaches Dan Allen, Matt McGivney and Jim Schanzenbach.  This program will be held in a safe and fun environment where wrestlers will learn the basic fundamentals of the sport.  With this they will learn respect for self and others, as well as discipline and self confidence.



Dog Obedience (Beginners and Manners classes)


 WHO:     Dogs (at least 4 mos. old) and their handler (at least 14 years old)

WHAT:  A beginner dog obedience class

WHEN:  Session I:  Mondays, September 25-November 6    (except 10/9)

Session II:  Mondays, November 13-December 18

TIME:     6:45pm-7:30pm                

WHERE:  Van Buren Park Lodge

FEE:        Beginner - $50.00/participant  (Min. in class = 3,  Max. in class = 8)

BeginnerThis class will cover basic obedience training, so handlers can have fun with their dogs!  Includes: heeling, stand, come, sit-stay and down-stay.


NOTEThose registered need to bring proof of Rabies, DHL and Parvo inoculations to first class.  You will also need to bring a six-foot lead and training collar to class (beginners) and a 10 foot lead to the advanced class.  Please bring treats for reinforcements.



 WHO:  Dogs (at least 4 mos. old) and their handler (at least 14 years old)

WHAT:  A continuation of basic dog obedience

WHEN:  Session I:  Mondays, September 25-November 6  (except 10/10)

Session II:  Mondays, November 13-December 18

TIME:    7:45pm-8:30pm

WHERE:  Van Buren Park Lodge

FEE:         $55.00/participant  (Min. in class = 3, Max. in class =5)


This class covers body language, leash manners, setting boundaries, correcting unwanted behavior and defining socialization.


Training collar and 6' leash are required.  No flexi leads or choke collars allowed.  All dogs must have current vaccines.  Handlers should bring soft chewy treats.


Evaluations to ensure dogs have basic obedience skills, which are needed for the class, will be done the first night of class.


NOTEThose registered need to bring proof of Rabies, DHL and Parvo inoculations to first class.



Canvas Art



Who:  Kids 5 and up

Date: Tuesdays: October 17, December 5 and December 12 (** Date change)

Time:    5:30pm -  most projects will run 30-60 minutes

Location: Van Buren Park Lodge, Connors Road

Fee:               11”x14” canvas - $12

Minimum for each class=3; a maximum of 10 kids 

Unleash your little Picassos!  It’s the perfect opportunity for you to create a unique work of canvas art! There is no experience needed just your enthusiasm as our instructor will walk you through the creation. All the supplies are provided, participants will paint one canvas.


October 17   (Crayon Art or Silhouette Animal)

Crayon Art Image

Silhouette Image



December 5 & December 12 (Snowman, hand print tree, Hand print Santa or Footprint                                                               Reindeer)


Snowman Image

Hand Tree Image

Santa Handprint Image

Reindeer Footprint Image


Christmas Workshops



WHO:  Children 5-11 years old

WHEN:  Saturday,  December  16th

TIME:   10:00am-3:00pm.

WHERE:   Van Buren Lodge (off of Connors Road)

FEE: $15.00/child  (Min # of kids = 6, Max # of kids = 15)


Finish your Christmas shopping and drop your kids off for 5 hours of babysitting right before the holidays.  Kids can make crafts, watch holiday movies, play games, decorate Christmas cookies, go sledding on the hill, etc.


Children will be required to bring their own lunch and drinks (extra snacks will be provided).  Children that wish to go sledding will also need to bring their own sleds with them.


WHO:  Anyone 3 and older

WHEN:  Saturday, December 9

TIME:  10:30am-11:30am

WHERE:  Van Buren Town Hall

FEE:   $13.00/participant   (Minimum for class=3;  Max for class=6)


Capture a handprint that will last forever in a 3-Dimensional plaster mold.  Plaster will need to dry overnight.  Children will take the mold home for the night, along with supplies, and decorate at home.


WHO:  Children ages 6 and up

WHEN:  Saturday, December 9

TIME:  3:30pm - 5:00pm

WHERE:  Van Buren Town Hall

FEE:   $12.00/child (Min. # of kids=6; Max # of kids=15)


No baking necessary! Real gingerbread pieces will be all ready to assemble and decorate without the mess of baking. Kids will be have icing, assorted candies, decorating bags and tips and a cardboard base to decorate with.  We will be watching Christmas movies while assembling and decorating  our houses.



WHO:  3 year olds and up

WHEN:  Saturday, December 16

TIME:  4:00-4:30pm

WHERE:  Van Buren Park Lodge  (Connors Road)

FEE:   $10.00/child (Min. # of kids=6; Max # of kids=15)


Do your kids leave cookies for Santa?  Kids can decorate their own holiday plate, for Santa this year -  they are fun to do and will be a real keepsake.   Or give as a special gift for that special person on your holiday list.  After decorating the plate, kids will finish by decorating some of their own cookies to take home.



WHO:  Children ages 5 and up (younger children may sign up but only if  accompanied by an adult!)

WHEN:  Saturday, December 9

TIME:  12:30-3:00pm

WHERE:  Van Buren Town Hall

FEE:   $20.00/child (Min. # of kids=6; Max # of kids=15)


Kids will create between 4 - 8 Christmas keepsakes right before the holiday season.  Crafts will include salt dough handprints, Christmas ornaments, reindeer pals, etc.


We will be watching  Christmas movies as we are making our crafts.

Please make sure your children come dressed in old clothes.





Jr Scientist Class



WHO:  Children 8-12 years old

WHEN:  Tuesdays and Thursdays,  October 3-12

TIME:   5:45-6:45PM

WHERE:   Van Buren Lodge (off of Connors Road)

FEE: $50.00/child  (Min # of kids = 3, Max # of kids = 7)    

If you're looking for some fun science experiments for kids then you've come to the right place.  Learn interesting science facts by experimenting with different materials that react in surprising ways. You'll find a lot of experiments can be done using simple ingredients found around your house (with adult supervision of course). Basic materials can help you perform experiments that are simple, safe and perfect for kids.

Some of the experiments that we will be doing will include geyser eruptions, elephant toothpaste, lumpy liquids/squishy solids and more!  Kids will need to bring safety goggles with them!



Boater Safety Course



 WHO:  Ages 10 and up

WHAT:  A course in boater safety

WHEN:  Wednesdays, October 4, 11 &18

TIME:  6pm.– 9pm.

WHERE:  Van Buren Town Hall

FEE:  $35.00 per participant (covers materials and certificates)

(Min. for class = 20; Max. for class= 30)


About Boating Safely, is a comprehensive, three night boating safety class that provides an opportunity to Learn from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.  The course satisfies the pleasure boat training requirements for all states.  Certified instructors of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, provide professional instruction, and answers to your boating questions.  The number of students in each class is limited.  Advance registration is required.

Upon successful completion certificates will be available at the end of class, no waiting or mailing.

Participants must pass the exam to receive their certification.



Boys Basketball - FULL

WHO:    Boys, ages K-2

WHEN:  Fridays, September 15-October 13

TIME:    5:15-6:00pm

WHERE: Van Buren Park (main entrance)

FEE:    $25.00/participant 

              (Min for class = 8; Max. for class = 15)


The Little Boys Basketball skills camp is for boys in grades pre-k to grade 2. The Little Boys Basketball skills camp is intended to teach the basic fundamentals of the game of basketball. Participants will learn how to dribble, pass, catch, shoot, and move while playing both offense and defense. Participants will also gain general knowledge including game rules. If there is enough time at the end, participants will also have the opportunity for some team play. 

This is an outdoor basketball class.  Please dress appropriately for the weather. 



Pee Wee Basketball



WHO:  4th & 5th grade children

WHAT:  A  beginner-level program to develop skills

WHEN: Wednesdays, November 15-January 24  (except 11/22 & 12/27)

WHERE:  Elden Elementary

TIME:  3:30-5:00pm

FEE:  $40.00/participant  (includes a t-shirt)

           (Max. # participants = 28)


Participants will learn fundamental basketball skills and strategy, as well as experience intramural team play.  Come out and join us for an ACTION program!



Yoga for Everyone - with Sybil

WHEN:  Starting September 19

AGES:  13 and older            

WHERE:   New, beautiful, studio location at Willow Health & Wellness Center, 3090 Belgium Road (Rt 31).

          Across from NYS Troopers Station in the Physical Therapy Plus Building. Please use the rear entrance to the building.

 FEE:       $45.00/person for any 5 classes (90 date expiration)          



Tuesday             5:30-6:45pm Hatha Yoga at Willow Health & Wellness Center

Wednesday       9:00-10:15am Hatha Yoga at Willow Health & Wellness Center

Wednesday       6:00-7:15pm Gentle & Restorative Yoga at Willow Health & Wellness Center


Class descriptions are as follows:

HATHA YOGA - all levels

This is a Kripalu based class which teaches classic yoga postures with deep awareness of correct alignment. Each class will begin with centering on breath (pranayama) allowing you to turn inward and focus on the experience of the body and breath (meditation). Gentle warm-up stretches follow and move into a variety of yoga postures (asanas). The postures will challenge the body & mind through stretching, relaxing and breathing while holding the postures. Poses may be held for an extended period of time adding to the challenge for both body and mind. Postures and holding times will be tailored according to fitness level of the class.This practice helps train the  mind to be focused, alert and composed. Class ends with a lying out relaxation incorporating affirmations or guided relaxation. You will leave class feeling balanced, relaxed and energized.

GENTLE & RESTORATIVE YOGA - all levels including beginners and those with limitations This is a gentle practice benefits the bodies overall health and well-being. Class combines self-care techniques, gentle & supported poses, conscious breathing and meditation. It is appropriate for all students seeking the healing benefits of a very relaxing, gentle and restorative practice. Deep restorative work stretches and opens the body, improves posture, range of motion, and joint mobility. Reduces pain, muscle tension, and the effects of stress. Stimulates the immune system and helps balance the nervous system. Brings relief from fatigue and insomnia and prepares us for a full, restful night's sleep. Students with injuries, arthritis or other chronic conditions, limitations related to age or size as well as students with a more vigorous yoga practice will benefit from this practice. Blankets, bolsters, straps, and blocks will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own. A chair can be provided for those who are uncomfortable on the floor (laying poses will be skipped with focus on breath to modify). Balances & grounds us in life.

Alive at 25



WHO: Drivers between the ages of 16 and 24

WHAT: A driver's safety course targeting this age group

WHEN: To be determined (please check website after September- a class will be scheduled for late September/beginning of October)


WHERE: Baker High School

FEE: $30.00 (min for class=10; max for class=20)


Attention All High School Drivers: This course is REQUIRED to have a parking permit on Baldwinsville school grounds. The DCC-Alive at 25 class is specifically targeted to drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 -the group most likely to be involved in fatal collisions. This highly effective program encourages young drivers to take responsibility for their driving behavior. Information is presented in a nonlecture, interactive format featuring two video presentations. The course includes information concerning why young drivers often underestimate risks, state and local laws and regulations, the effects of inexperience, distractions and peer pressure and techniques to maintain control while driving and more.


This course is taught by Baldwinsville Police Officer Marty Knaul.







The Town of Van Buren Parks and Recreation Department offers recreation programs for all ages! These change seasonally; all are listed in the Parks and Recreation Department program brochures. These are published 3 times per year (December, April and September) and distributed to schools in the Baldwinsville School District, the banks in the Baldwinsville area, the Baldwinsville Public Library, and the Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce. They can also be found at the Van Buren Town Hall, and at the Parks and Recreation Office.

Please do not wait to register for a program! There is a point – usually 5 business days prior to start date – when we need to make a decision whether to cancel a program due to lack of participation. Invariably, we get many telephone inquiries on a program after we’ve cancelled it!

Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and are accepted:

  • Until the business day prior to the program start date,
  • By a specified registration deadline (will be listed with the program, if applicable), OR
  • Until the program fills to capacity!

Fill out a registration form (one per person). These can either be downloaded from this website, or found in the Recreation Departments program brochures. Mail the form(s) with payment to the Parks and Recreation Department, or stop by during office hours (8:30am.-4:00pm., Monday-Friday).

Payment is accepted in the form of cash or check only – we do not accept credit cards! Please do not send cash through the mail. Completed registration form and payment must be received by this office prior to participation in a program.

** Due to budgetary and time constraints, you will NOT be sent a confirmation of your registration, OR be contacted by telephone! You will ONLY be contacted if we are unable to fit you into the program requested, or in the event of a program cancellation. So, if you do not hear from us, simply report to the program the first day it meets. You are certainly welcome to contact this office to check on any registrations.

Most of the activities listed in our brochure are the result of interest on the part of an individual or group of people. If you would like our department to expand on any existing programs or create new ones, we would welcome your suggestions! Either mail or email your ideas, call us, or visit the Parks & Recreation office during business hours. We’d love to hear from you!