Spring/Summer 2021 PROGRAMS

 

**  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.

 

Spring/Summer Programs:

Safe Sitter Babysitting Course

SAFE SITTER® BABYSITTING COURSE 

WHO: Boys and girls 11-15 years old

WHEN (Choose one):

Saturday, May 8 (1 spots left)

Saturday, June 12 (3 spots left)

TIME: 8:00am-1:00pm

WHERE: Van Buren Park Lodge

FEE: $65.00/participant (Town of Van Buren Residents);   $75.00/participant (Non-Residents)

(Min. for class= 3; Max. # in class = 5)

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.

A mask must be brought to class.  We will try to hold the class outdoors, if the class is held inside a mask must be worn, no exceptions. We will give the students plenty of breaks for them to take their masks off, if needed.

Beginner Dog Obedience

DOG OBEDIENCE - BEGINNER CLASS

 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, June 7-July 5

Session II:  Mondays, July 19-August 23

TIME:     6:30pm-7:15pm                

WHERE:  Van Buren Park Lodge

FEE:        Beginner - $60.00/participant (Town of Van Buren Residents) ;  $65.00/participant (Non-Residents)  (Min. in class = 3,  Max. in class = 5)

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.

Mother's Day Project

MOTHER’S DAY PROJECT

WHO: Children 5 and up

WHEN: Saturday, May 8

TIME: 3:30pm

WHERE: Van Buren Park Lodge

FEE: $15.00/participant (minimum #3; max #6)

Children will get a chance to personalize a large clay pot, using acrylic paints, and will fill it with flowers. A great gift for their mothers or grandmothers for Mother’s Day

Science Camp

WHO:  Children 8-12 years old

WHEN:  Tuesday - Friday, July 6-9

TIME:   Session I: 9:00am-11:30am

Session II:  1:00pm-3:30pm

**  This is the same class, so please pick one time slot

WHERE:   Van Buren Park (Pavilion B)

FEE: $95.00/child (Town of Van Buren residents)

$105.00/child (Non-residents)

(Min # of kids = 5, Max # of kids = 10)

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! 

Under the Sea camp

WHO:  Children 6 years old and older

WHEN:  Monday- Friday, July 12-16

TIME:   Session I: 9:00am-11:30am

Session II:  1:00pm-3:30pm

**  This is the same class, so please pick one time slot

WHERE:   Van Buren Park (Pavilion B)

FEE: $95.00/child (Town of Van Buren residents)

$105.00/child (Non-residents)

(Min # of kids = 5, Max # of kids = 10)

This class will introduce its participants to the amazing world of oceanography. Join us weekdays for exciting activities based on a fun daily theme.  Some of the activities will include ocean slime, bouncy ball puffer fish art, baking soda sea art, etc.

Dinosaur Camp

WHO:  Children 6 years old and older

WHEN:  Monday- Friday, July 19-23

TIME:   Session I: 9:00am-11:30am

          Session II:  1:00pm-3:30pm

**  This is the same class, so please pick one time slot

WHERE:   Van Buren Park (Pavilion B)

FEE: $95.00/child (Town of Van Buren residents)

$105.00/child (Non-residents)

(Min # of kids = 5, Max # of kids = 10)

Explore the world of dinosaurs through fun lessons, crafts and a new dinosaur adventure each day.  Some of the activities will include a dinosaur egg piñata, salt dough impressions, dinosaur digs, etc.

Animal Planet camp

WHO:  Children 6 years old and older

WHEN:  Monday- Friday, July 26-July 30

TIME:   Session I: 9:00am-11:30am

          Session II:  1:00pm-3:30pm

**  This is the same class, so please pick one time slot

WHERE:   Van Buren Park (Pavilion B)

FEE: $95.00/child (Town of Van Buren residents)

$105.00/child (Non-residents)

(Min # of kids = 5, Max # of kids = 10)

Our planet is home to a diversity of animals.  Let your youth explore their wild side at Animal Planet Day Camp!  We will be learning about some of our furry friends through safari shadow drawings, creating salt dough impressions and more.

Creative Crafts camp

WHO:  Children 6 years old and older

WHEN:  Monday- Friday, August 2-August 7

TIME:   Session I: 9:00am-11:30am

          Session II:  1:00pm-3:30pm

**  This is the same class, so please pick one time slot

WHERE:   Van Buren Park (Pavilion B)

FEE: $95.00/child (Town of Van Buren residents)

$105.00/child (Non-residents)

(Min # of kids = 5, Max # of kids = 10)

For kids that just like to do crafts!   Some of the projects will include crystal suncatchers, trinket boxes (jewelry), canvas art, etc.

Click here for project examples

**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.

REGISTRATION PROCEDURE FOR PROGRAMS
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.

SUGGESTIONS
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!