Spring/Summer 2019 Programs

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An Alive at 25 class has been added to the schedule.  The class will be held on Saturday, May 18th at Baker High School, from 9am-1pm.  The cost is $30/person.  Pre-registration is a must.  Please download a program registration form and mail in with payment.  We will only accept the first 20 people registered.

Summer Brochure (Full Version)


Spring & Summer Brochure Programs:

Safe Sitter Babysitting Course



WHO: Boys and girls 11-15 years old

WHEN:  Thursday, August 8

TIME: 9:00am-2:30pm

WHERE: Van Buren Park Lodge

FEE: $70/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.

Girl's and Boys K-2 basketball





WHO: Boys ages K-2
WHEN: Tuesdays, May 14 - June 18 (make-ups on Wednesdays)
TIME: 5:00-5:45pm
WHERE: Van Buren Park (Canton Street)
FEE: $30.00/participant (Min for class = 7; Max. for class = 20)


WHO: Girls ages K-2
WHEN: Tuesdays, May 14 - June 18 (make-ups on Wednesdays)
TIME: 6:00-6:45pm
WHERE: Van Buren Park (Canton Street)
FEE: $30.00/participant (Min for class = 7; Max. for class = 20)

The Basketball skills camp is for boys/girls in grades pre-k to grade 2.  The 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.





WHO: Children 6-14 years of age


Session I:  July 8-July 18 (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays) - make up classes will be on Wednesdays and Fridays

Session II:  July 29-August 8 (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays) - make up classes will be on Wednesdays and Fridays

TIME: For either session, you can choose either the morning or evening classes (not both).  Morning classes will run from 9-9:45.  Evening classes will run from 6-6:45

WHERE: Van Buren Central Park, Canton Street

FEE: $40.00/participant, plus one can of tennis balls
(Minimum # for class to run = 3; Max in class = 8)

Beginner tennis lessons for children 6-14 years of age. 6– 45 minute sessions will be taught at the Van Buren Park tennis courts. Little or no tennis experience is necessary. Junior size rackets will be provided for those who need them.

Class will not be held if it is raining. We will not make up classes if only one day is missed. If two or more classes are missed, they will be rescheduled for a different day.

TO REGISTER: Advanced registration is a must.  Please download a form and mail in.

Dog Obedience (Beginners and Manners classes) - Summer Classes


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

WHAT:  A beginner dog obedience class

WHEN:  Mondays, July 8-August 12

TIME:     6:45pm-7:30pm                

WHERE:  Van Buren Park Lodge

FEE:        Beginner - $55.00/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:  Mondays, July 8-August 12

TIME:    7:45pm-8:30pm

WHERE:  Van Buren Park Lodge

FEE:         $60.00/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: Mon, Weds & Friday, August 5, 7 & 9
TIME: 10:00-11:45am
WHERE: Van Buren Lodge (off of Connors Road)
FEE: $40.00/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! 



Amazing Race

WHEN: Saturday, May 18 (Light Rain or shine)   Race starts at 10:00 AM  - In case of heavier rain, the race will be postponed to Sunday, May 19

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:  $70 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.


Boater Safety Courses 2019




WHO:  Ages 10 and up

WHAT:  A course in boater safety


Session I:  Sunday, March 3

Session II:  Sunday, March 24

Session III:  Sunday, April 14

Session IV: Saturday, May 4

Session V:  Saturday, May 25

Session VI:  Saturday, June 15

Session VII: Saturday, July 6   

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.






Mother's Day Project



WHO:   Children  11 and under (parents with children under the age of 5 must remain on site with their children)

WHEN:   Saturday, May 11

TIME:  9:15-10:00a.m.

WHERE:  Van Buren Park Lodge (Connors Road)

FEE:   $12.00/participant  (minimum #3; max #6)

Children will get a chance to personalize a large clay pot using ceramic paints and fill it with flowers.  This personalized pot will be transformed into a flower pot for their mothers or grandmothers for Mother’s Day.



WHO: Children 11 and under (parents with children under
the age of 5 must remain on site with their children)

WHEN: Saturday, May 11

TIME: 10:00am-10:30AM

WHERE: Van Buren Town Hall

FEE: $10.00/participant (minimum #3; max #6)

Children will get a chance to personalize a ceramic plate w/easel. Decorate this unglazed bisque fired plate with paint! Includes a 4” plastic easel plate stand. Plates are 6” diameter. This is meant for decorative use only

Fishing Derby


 WHO:  Children, Teens and "tweens”, ages 4 to 15.  Those  ages 14 and under must be accompanied by a parent.

WHAT:  A fishing derby!

WHEN:  Saturday, April 27

TIME:  8:00 - 11:00am

WHERE:  Van Buren Park Pond, enter from Connors Rd.



Come see what fish can be caught at Van Buren Pond!  Prizes will be given for "longest fish" in two different age categories  Bring your own reels, bait, tackle, buckets, etc.  Rain or shine!

TO REGISTER:  Please contact the Parks and Recreation Office at   315-638-4727, weekdays from 8:30am.-4:00pm. to let us know if your child/children will be attending, so we have an idea of a number to expect. 




Mermaid Garden

WHO: Children 6 and older
WHEN: Tuesday, April 9
TIME: 5:45pm-6:15pm
WHERE: Van Buren Park Lodge (Connors Road)
FEE: $23/participant
(Min. for class= 5; Max. # in class = 10)

Create a beautiful little mermaid garden! Materials will include glass bowl, sand, artificial plants, shells and one mermaid figurine, everything needed to get your garden started!


Fairy Garden

                                    FAIRY GARDEN
WHO: Children 6 and older
WHEN: Wednesday, April 10
TIME: 5:45pm-6:15pm
WHERE: Van Buren Park Lodge (Connors Road)
FEE: $32/participant
(Min. for class= 5; Max. # in class = 10)

Create a beautiful little fairy garden with this adorable flower pot! Materials will include planter, paints, soil, live plants, houses, fencing and one fairy figurine, everything needed to get your garden started! Children can add other flowers, plants or figurines if they want, too!

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!