Winter/Spring 2018 Recreation Programs

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Winter/Spring Brochure Programs:


Safe Sitter Babysitting Course



WHO: Boys and girls 11-15 years old

WHEN: Session I:   Monday, January 15

                 Session II:  Wednesday, February 21

                Session III:  Monday, April 23


TIME: 9:00am-2:30pm

WHERE: Van Buren Park Lodge FEE: $60/participant (Min. for class= 4; Max. # in class = 8)

Safe Sitter® teaches young teens everything they need to know to be safe when they're home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. Participants will learn life-saving skills such as how to rescue someone who's choking, basic first aid, how to handle situations that may occur, how to prevent injuries, how to seek help when serious issues arise and helpful information like what to do if there is severe weather.

Students will need to remain on site for the entire time so each participant will need to bring the following items to class: a lunch, drink, snack, notebook and a pen/pencil.

Pee Wee Wrestling - Winter/Spring Class


WHO:  Boys and girls, grades 1-6

WHEN:  Mondays and Wednesdays, January 8-February 14   (except 1/15)

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) - Winter/Spring


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

WHAT:  A beginner dog obedience class

WHEN:    Thursdays,  March 1-April 5

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:      Thursdays,  March 1-April 5

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.



Jr Scientist Class I



WHO:  Children 8-12 years old

WHEN:  Mondays, February 5-March 5 (except 2/19)

TIME:   5:45-7:00PM

WHERE:   Van Buren Lodge (off of Connors Road)

FEE: $50.00/child  (Min # of kids = 3, Max # of kids = 6)


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 dancing raisins, elephant toothpaste, lumpy liquids/squishy solids and more!


** Kids will need to bring their own pair of goggles to the class! 






Jr Scientist Class II



WHO:  Children 8-12 years old

WHEN:  Mondays, March 12-April 2

TIME:   5:45-7:00PM

WHERE:   Van Buren Lodge (off of Connors Road)

FEE: $50.00/child  (Min # of kids = 3, Max # of kids = 6)


 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.


Must have taken the first class in order to take this follow up class.


** Kids will need to bring their own pair of goggles to the class! 





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!



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


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.

Boater Safety Courses




WHO:  Ages 10 and up

WHAT:  A course in boater safety

WHEN:  Session I:  Sunday, March 4

Session II:  Sunday, March 18

Session III:  Saturday, March 31

Session IV: Saturday, April 21

Session V:  Saturday, May 12        

TIME:  9:00am. - 5:30pm

WHERE:  Van Buren Town Hall

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

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


The Boating Safety Course is a comprehensive, one day, training class focusing on the importance of safety on the water. It presents an opportunity to learn from U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary certified instructors.  The course is specifically designed for New York State Boaters and tailored to local boating waters for the safe operation of boats and personal watercraft.

This course satisfies  the boater education requirements for ALL STATES.

Instructors that have extensive knowledge and experience with local boating,  are certified by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, New York State Parks, and the National Safe Boating Council will provide professional instruction and answer your boating questions.

The number of students in each class is limited.  Advance registration is required.

Participants must pass the exam to receive their certification.






Snow Tubing


WHO:  Anyone!

WHAT:  An evening of tubing!

WHEN:  Thursday, December 28, 2017  and

               Thursday, February 22, 2018

TIME:   December 28:  10am-1pm

                February 22:  4:00pm-9:00pm 

WHERE:  Four Seasons Golf & Ski Center, Fayetteville

FEE:  $17.00/participant


How about a fun evening of tubing?  Four Seasons is offering a great deal - only $17.00 (paid to the Parks & Recreation Department) for five hours!  Those wishing to tube MUST use Four Season's equipment - you may not bring your own tubes.  Advance registration is a must! 




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.







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 (now done electronically – email blasted through the 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!