As of 3/1/22

**  The indoor mask policy has been lifted for our county, however we are leaving it up to individual instructors to make their own decisions for their classes.  


** 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.


Fall Programs:

Pumpkin Decorating


WHO:  Children ages 12 & Under

WHEN:  Saturday, October 22

TIME:  10:30am-noon

WHERE: Van Buren Park, main entrance (Pavilion C)

FEE:    $10.00 per child (must be pre-registered by Monday, October 19 for pre-registration price;  day of $12.00/person if there are pumpkins left)

(min. # of participants =10;  max. # of participants = 25)

** 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 Monday, October 19th.

Make Your Own Christmas Decorations/Ornaments


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

WHEN:  Saturday, December 10

TIME:  10:00am-11:30am

WHERE:  Van Buren Town Hall

FEE:   $27.00/child - Residents

$29.00/child - Non-residents

(Min. # of kids=6; Max # of kids=15)

Kids will create between 4 - 8 Christmas keepsakes right before the holiday season.

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

Please make sure your children come dressed in old clothes.

POUND Rockout Workout

WHEN:  Wednesdays, September 14-October 19

TIME:   6:00-7:00pm

WHERE:  Van Buren Park, basketball courts

FEE:   $41.00/participant  (Minimum for class=6;  Max for class=20

Pound is a full body drumming workout that combines cardio, conditioning and strengthening training with yoga and Pilates inspired moves.

Dog Obedience


DATES:  Mondays, September 12-October 17

LOCATION:  Van Buren Park Lodge (Connors Road)

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

TIME:  6:30pm-7:15pm

CLASS SIZE:  Min: 3             Max: 6

Fee: $60.00 (residents)

$70.00 (non-residents)

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

NOTE:  Those 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.

Learn to Play Disc Golf!
For kids 5 and up. This event covers two hours of instruction from frisbee golf professionals. Kids will be broken up into small groups and will be shown how to play about four holes on our frisbee golf course. The lessons will be specialized to the individuals abilities.
Parents will need to bring their kids to our Connors Road entrance (near woods entrance - far end of the pond).
The event is free and frisbees will be lent out for the program. Registration is a must! Registration forms can be found at: www.townofvanburen.com/forms/
For any other questions, please contact the park office at 315-638-4727x1 or feel free to email us at vbpark@townofvanburen.com
Halloween Party

DATES:  Saturday, October 22

LOCATION:  Van Buren Park (main entrance)

AGES:  10 & under

TIME:  10:30 am – 1:00 pm

CLASS SIZE:  Max: 150

FEE: Pre-register by phone or email and pay the day of event $4.00 per child

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

DEADLINE: Please call and register by Wednesday, October 19

DETAILS:  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, photo booth, find the hidden ghost and scare crows and a goodie bag. Come join us. Kids, don’t forget to wear your costumes.

NOTES: If there are spaces available, you may pay the day of the event.  Event day price is $4.00.

TO REGISTER:  Please realize there is a 150 kid maximum, so please don’t wait to register.

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.


Paper Luminaries

DATES: Wednesday, October 5th, 2022

LOCATION: Van Buren Park, Pavilion B

AGES:  5 - 14

TIME: 5:15-6:45

CLASS   SIZE:  Min:  4  Max:   15

FEE: $12.00 (residents)

$14.00 (non-residents)

DEADLINE: September 21

DETAILS:  Light up your bedroom with these great Luminaries. No experience necessary, just grab a few friends and get ready to have lots of laughs and a fun time learning how to design and make Paper Luminaries with our instructor Flora!

ANY IMPORTANT NOTES: Please note on your registration form what Luminary project you would like.

Holiday Pop Card Making with Bonus Craft

DATES: Tuesday, December 6, 2022

LOCATION: Van Buren Lodge, Connors Road

AGES:  5 to 14

TIME: 5:15-6:45

CLASS SIZE:  Min:    4        Max:   15

FEE: $13.00 (residents)

$15.00 (non-residents)

DEADLINE: November 22

DETAILS:  The Holiday’s are upon us, get your friends together and make great holiday pop up card for anyone you want to! There also will be a bonus craft as well. Don’t miss out and sign up today!

ANY IMPORTANT NOTES: Please note on your registration form what pop up card project you would like. All participants will need to wear a mask.

WELCOME Outdoor Decor Sign

DATES:   Thursday, October 6, 2022

LOCATION: Van Buren Park, Pavilion B

AGES:  15 and over

TIME: 6:30-8:30

CLASS SIZE:  Min:  4   Max: 15

FEE: $24.00 (residents)

$26.00 (non-residents)

DEADLINE: September 22

DETAILS: Do you love driving around and see all those great WELCOME signs on your neighbor’s house and always wanted one? Well call your friends and join Flora our instructor in making your own WELCOME sign.

ANY IMPORTANT NOTES: When registering, please indicate what 4 charms you would like to make.

Tin Luminaries

DATES:  Tuesday, November 8, 2022

LOCATION: Van Buren Lodge, Connors Road

AGES:  15 and over

TIME: 6:30-8:30

CLASS SIZE:  Min:  4            Max: 15

FEE: $25.00 (residents)

$27.00 (non-residents)

DEADLINE: October 25

DETAILS:  Lite up the room with these great Tin Luminaries. No experience necessary, just grab a few friends and get ready to have lots of laughs and a fun time learning how to design and make Tin Luminaries with our instructor Flora!

ANY IMPORTANT NOTES: All participants will need to wear a mask and bring their own hammer. Please note on your registration form what Luminary project you would like (1-4).

Dog Meet and Greet with Santa

DATE: Saturday, December 3

TIME: 9:00 am—11:00am (Time slots)

LOCATION: Van Buren Lodge, Connors Road

EVENT SIZE: Min 10    Max 30

FEE: $13.00 per dog

DETAILS: Pictures with Santa, paw paintings and treats to go. Sign up today for a time slot for fur child!

**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!