As of 6/1/21

**  We do require masks for ALL CLASSES, just in case a class needs to be held indoors and social distancing is not possible.  Classes are for participants only!  If parents choose to remain on site you must do so outside of the building so we can conduct the classes with social distancing measures in place.


** To register, for any of the programs, please download a registration form (under the form link) and mail it it, fax it or drop it off.


Winter Programs:

Letters to Santa

Gingerbread House Decorating

Cardboard Sled Classic
This is a Cardboard Sled Contest. Your creativity is limitless! Just about anything goes!! Challenge your family, friends and even your neighbors!
NOTE :If there is no snow, bring your sled to the field. They will be judged on creativity and construction. Make up date, for the testing of the sleds, will be announced at a later date.
More information about registration, judging and prizes will be posted on our website ( and here by mid December.
Rules are as follows:
Sled must be made out of cardboard. Tape, glue and paint are also permitted.
Sleds may not have plastic wrap, wood or other bottom surface material or runners (unless cardboard) . Tape is ok.
Parent/guardian may help children build their sleds.
Up to 3 people per entry.
Cost: $5.00/entry
Age Divisions:
5-7 year olds
8-12 year olds
13+ year olds
For registration forms please go to:
If you have any questions, please contact the Parks and Recreation Dept. at 315-638-4727 or email at
Winter Break Mini Camp

May be an image of tree and text that says '15 WINTER BREAK MINI CAMP DATES: Tuesday, December 28 and Wednesday, December 29 LOCATION: Town of Van Buren Parks and Recreation Lodge (Connors Road Entrance) AGES: K 5th grade TIME: CLASS SIZE: Min Max Fee: $20.00 (residents) $25.00 (non-residents) DEADLINE: Wednesday, December 22 at noon DETAILS: Come hang out with a couple of the Van Buren Parks and Recreation Playground staff for few hours of fun doing crafts, games, indoor and outdoor (weather permitting) activities, Sign up today as spots are limited! Registration fors can be found on our website'

**We will continue to update this page as more programs become available.  Please check back!


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 and the Baldwinsville Public Library. 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, check or credit cards (with a minimal fee)! 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!