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Winter - Spring 2018
Youth Programs & Activities

In addition to programs for pre-schoolers, there are a number of activities and events that are sponsored by the Township throughout the year for elementary and middle-school aged children. All events and activities presented by The Woodlands Township Parks & Recreation Department that require a fee can be paid online at their registration page. For more information, call Parks and Recreation at 281 210-3950.

township sponsored programs and activities

Offered Throughout The Year

Karate/Tae Kwon Do - Children ages 5 and older can be instructed by Travis Lee Everitt, a seventh-degree black belt with 44 years martial arts experience and nine years teaching at the Recreation Center. His self-defense program includes blocking, kicking and punching techniques along with kicking combinations with form drills. Belt testing every three months, students receive belt and certificate. Classes will meet on Thursdays at the Rec Center at Bear Branch, from 5:15 - 6:00 PM. Enroll anytime; no enrollment fees. Fee: $76 per month for residents, $86 per month for non-residents, $22 fee for single-session drop-in.

 

Youth Tai Chi with Grand Master Cheng - Children ages 7 and up will learn Chen Style Tai Chi from Grand Master Cheng, who has more than 40 years experience teaching. Students will learn self-defense, discipline, cultivating inner energy, and Tai Chi philosophy. Curriculum includes Tai Chi forms, applications, and weapons - including bow/sticks, swords, spears and double swords. Held on Tuesdays from 5:30 - 7:00 PM at the Rec Center at Bear Branch. Fee: $120 per child, per month for residents $130 for non-residents.

 

Fencing - Fencing is an Olympic sport enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels worldwide. Kids ages 7 and older are invited to join instructors Delfina Perka, a member of the 1980 Polish Olympic Team, and Albert Peters, former head coach of fencing at Cornell University, to learn footwork, technical instruction and bouting. In the first month, all equipment will be provided. Choose to attend once, twice, or three times (for intermediates / advanced) each week at the Rec Center at Bear Branch. FEE: 1x/wk: $100 per month for residents, 2x/wk: $140 per month for residents, 3x/wk: $160 per month for residents for recreational and musketeer participants; 1x/wk: $125 per month for residents, 2x/wk: $150 per month for residents, 3x/wk: $170 per month for residents for intermediate and advanced students. There is an additional $10 non-resident fee for all levels.

Musketeers (ages 7 - 11). . . Tue   5:00 - 6:00 PM | Intermediate / Advanced (ages 12+). . . Tue   6:30 - 8:00 PM
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thu   5:00 - 6:00 PM | . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thu   6:30 - 8:00 PM
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sat   1:00 - 2:15 PM | . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sat   11:30 A - 1:00 P
Recreational (teens - adults). . . Tue   8:00 - 9:00 PM
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Thu   8:00 - 9:00 PM

January - May

Kids Only Fitness - This fun fitness class is made just for kids (ages 6 - 12)! Play high actions games to get the heart rate and blood pumping. Run through obstacle courses to develop agility and coordination. Practice different yoga poses to stretch and balance. Learn proper technique for basic moves like squats, push ups, sit-ups, jumping and lifting. Plus, learn how to find and enjoy healthy foods in a fun, encouraging, and positive atmosphere. Classes held at the Rec Center at Rob Fleming, from 2:00 - 3:30 PM on Wednesdays, January 3 - May 30. Fee: $40 per child for residents, $45 for non-residents.

 

Teaching the art of dance for over 25 years in The Woodlands, Ms. Debi is a classically-trained dancer and studio owner, and has a degree in dance education. Come join the fun!

 

Super Stars Dance Class - Both boys and girls ages 6 - 9 will meet new friends and share the love of dance! Students learn the basics of dance and do a bit more than jumping, turning, and leaping! Students learn ballet, jazz, and tap. Dance attire and dance shoes are needed. Boys attire: White T-shirt, blue/black pants or shorts, black ballet shoes. Girls attire: Pink leotard, pink tights, black tap shoes, pink ballet shoes. Classes held on Wednesdays, January 3 - May 23 from 4:30 - 5:30 PM at the Rec Center at Bear Branch; and Thursdays, January 4 - May 24 from 4:30 - 5:30 PM at the Rec Center at Rob Fleming (no classes during Spring Break). Fee: $75 per child per month for residents, $85 per child for non-residents.

 

Budding Ballerinas - A ballet class designed to teach beginner and intermediates, this class fosters a lifelong love of movement through dance art. Pointe work is a possibility; class includes ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance. Advanced boys and girls ages 10 - 16 are welcome. Dance attire and dance shoes are needed. Boys: White T-shirt, blue or black pants or shorts, black ballet shoes. Girls: Pink leotard, pink tights, black tap shoes, pink ballet shoes. Classes held on Wednesdays, January 3 - May 23 from 5:30 - 6:30 PM at the Rec Center at Bear Branch; and Thursdays, January 4 - May 24 from 5:30 - 6:30 PM at the Rec Center at Rob Fleming (no classes during Spring Break). Fee: $85 per child per month for residents, $95 per child for non-residents.

Youth Hip-hop Class - Choreographed by Dashaun Berry, this fun-filled class is perfect for kids ages 7 - 10 who want to learn hip hop! The class will focus on learning basic, beginner, to advanced hip hop moves and dance routines, enhance and develop coordination, and instill respect for teachers and peers. As the classes progress, the instructor will incorporate workshops and performances at events. Be sure your child dresses comfortable with sneakers. Four sessions, all held on Thursdays, 7:30 - 8:30 PM at the Recreation Center at Bear Branch; January 11 - February 1; February 8 - March 1; March 8 - April 5 (no class during Spring Break); and April 12 - May 3. Fee: $60 per session, per child for residents; $70 for non-residents.

 

Music Performance Academy - Group lessons that are facilitated once a week, one hour programs that are designed for kids from the age of 6 to 16, to develop their playing ability on Guitar, Drums, Keyboard and Singing. Play it Rights' method encompasses theory, sight reading, technique and playing ability on their chosen instrument. Held at the Recreation Center at Rob Fleming, FEE: $95 per month for residents, $105 per month for non-residents.

Session I: Week of January 8 - 29
Session II: Week of February 5 - 26
Session III: Week of March 5 - April 2 (No classes during Spring Break)
Session IV: Week of April 9 - April 30
Session V: Week of May 7 - 28 (No classes on Memorial Day)

Guitar Academy 5:30 - 6:30 PM Monday
Singing Academy 5:30 - 6:30 PM Tuesday
Keyboard Academy 5:30 - 6:30 PM Wednesday
Drum Academy 5:30 - 6:30 PM Thursday

Youth Speed and Endurance Running - Beginner to Intermediate - Athletes ages 5 - 12 will be taught the essentials to establish a solid base on which to develop their running speed and endurance. Warm up/cool down, dynamic stretching, proper body mechanics and technique will be implemented during each session, giving the athletes the required skills to become a successful runner. Coached by Dan Green, former track/cross country coach and teacher of 33 years at The Woodlands HS, and current head coach of TGR, an Olympic Development team based in The Woodlands. Held on the Bear Branch Sports Fields, 4:30 - 5:30 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays. FEE: $80 per month for residents, $90 for non-residents. Choose from January 8 - 31, February 5 - 28, March 5 - April 4, April 9 - May 2, and May 7 - 30. No classes during Spring Break, or on Memorial Day.

kids cooking classes in the woodlandsCook, Learn, Grow! - Does your child LOVE to cook? Do you have a picky eater? This food literacy program teaches age appropriate techniques, food origins, season recipes, and kitchen safety while having hands-on fun! Students ages 5 - 7 gain self-confidence while reinforcing core academics. Sample themes: Eat the Rainbow – colorful fruits and veggies, Tis the Season – seasonal food literacy, Melting Pot - Classic American flavors, Grow It, Cook It – food origins. Held on Mondays, January 8 - February 12 from 5:00 - 6:00 PM at the Recreation Center at Rob Fleming. Fee: $185 per child for residents, $195 for non-residents.

 

Cook, Learn, Grow! Junior Chef - The kitchen is the hub of nourishment, learning and growing individually, and as a community. The Junior Chefs program offers students an experience in culinary arts through age-appropriate techniques, creativity enriched with literacy and STEM-based activities, and a community food project. Sample Themes: Science and Math in the kitchen, STEM enrichment, Food as Fuel, Food Groups expanded, Community Food Project - helping others. Held on Tuesdays, January 9 - February 13 from 5:00 - 6:00 PM at the Recreation Center at Rob Fleming. Fee: $185 per child for residents, $195 for non-residents.

 

Cook, Learn, Grow! for Tweens/Teens - This 8-week class is designed for tweens or teens ages 11 - 13 who have a passion for cooking. Students will learn and develop essential culinary techniques and understand the fundamentals of cooking. In this hands-on educational experience, they will cover culinary terms, knife skills, mise en place, sauces, egg cookery, making pasta and pizza from scratch, the importance of safety and sanitation in the kitchen, basic baking, and more. Upon completion of this series, students will leave with a new sense of culinary confidence and creativity. Held on Wednesdays, January 10 - February 14 from 4:00 - 5:30 PM at the Recreation Center at Rob Fleming. Fee: $295 per student for residents, $305 for non-residents.

 

kids fun art classes in the woodlandsYoung Rembrandts Power of Drawing: Preschool - The long winter months can easily lead to boredom or restlessness. Alleviate this and creative dormancy with a fun-filled Young Rembrandts class! Begin the season with a lesson that teaches students ages 3 1/2 - 6 about shape recognition as they create a colorful pattern using basic geometric shapes. Winter-themed lessons like a snow dome and ice skate drawings will excite the imagination. Illustrations featuring a cuddly kitten and monstrous tyrannosaurus rex will provide a great introduction to drawing animals. All this and more awaits your budding artist. Choose from nine, 6-week sessions at the listed Recreation Centers (below); Fee: $99 per child for residents, $99 for non-residents.

January 16 - February 20 Tuesdays 5:00 - 5:45 PM Recreation Center at Rob Fleming
January 17 - February 21 Wednesdays 4:30 - 5:15 PM Recreation Center at Bear Branch
January 20 - February 24 Saturdays 8:45 - 9:30 AM Recreation Center at Bear Branch
February 27 - April 10 Tuesdays 5:00 - 5:45 PM Recreation Center at Rob Fleming
February 28 - April 11 Wednesdays 4:30 - 5:15 PM Recreation Center at Bear Branch
March 3 - April 14 Saturdays 8:45 - 9:30 AM Recreation Center at Bear Branch
April 17 - May 22 Tuesdays 5:00 - 5:45 PM Recreation Center at Rob Fleming
April 18 - May 23 Wednesdays 4:30 - 5:15 PM Recreation Center at Bear Branch
April 21 - May 26 Saturdays 8:45 - 9:30 AM Recreation Center at Bear Branch

Young Rembrandts Power of Drawing: Elementary - Young Rembrandts will draw all new lessons this winter. Colorful pop art dog, incredible relevant art history and a powerful unicorn are just a few of the drawings they'll learn and LOVE. Good color selection, proper technique will be emphasized in all of their lessons. Students ages 7 - 12 build on their skills but also have a ton of fun while drawing and personalizing cool things like a soccer player, pineapple, and a robot lesson. Choose from nine, 6-week sessions at the listed Recreation Centers (below); Fee: $99 per child for residents, $99 for non-residents.

January 18 - February 22 Thursdays 5:00 - 6:00 PM Recreation Center at Rob Fleming
January 20 - February 24 Saturdays 9:45 - 10:45 AM Recreation Center at Bear Branch
March 1 - April 12 Thursdays 5:00 - 6:00 PM Recreation Center at Rob Fleming
February 28 - April 11 Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:30 PM Recreation Center at Bear Branch
March 3 - April 14 Saturdays 9:00 - 10:00 AM Recreation Center at Rob Fleming
April 17 - May 22 Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:00 PM Recreation Center at Rob Fleming
April 18 - May 23 Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:30 PM Recreation Center at Bear Branch
April 21 - May 26 Saturdays 9:00 - 10:00 AM Recreation Center at Rob Fleming

Young Rembrandts Power of Drawing: Cartooning - Encourage your child's enthusiasm for art and help develop his or her drawing skills with a Young Rembrandts drawing class. These cartoon drawing lessons will stoke your child's artistic fire. Children ages 7 - 12 will learn animation techniques in the anime-themed expression lesson. Your child will also learn personification as they transform ordinary cameras into fully realized cartoon characters. Learning to tell a story through a series of drawings will be the focus in illustrations featuring a humorous drive-thru sequence and colorful piñata sequence. Choose from six, 6-week sessions at the listed Recreation Centers (below); Fee: $99 per child for residents, $99 for non-residents.

January 18 - February 22 Thursdays 5:00 - 6:00 PM Recreation Center at Rob Fleming
January 20 - February 24 Saturdays 9:45 - 10:45 AM Recreation Center at Bear Branch
March 1 - April 12 Thursdays 5:00 - 6:00 PM Recreation Center at Rob Fleming
March 3 - April 14 Saturdays 9:45 - 10:45 AM Recreation Center at Bear Branch
April 19 - May 24 Thursdays 5:00 - 6:00 PM Recreation Center at Rob Fleming
April 21 - May 26 Saturdays 9:45 - 10:45 AM Recreation Center at Bear Branch

 

Junior Engineers - For the first half of the semester, students ages 5 1/2 - 8 will explore the endless possibilities of Lego Robotics Engineering. Junior Engineers will use LEGO® WeDo Educational kits and software, as they learn how to build robots and then use computer software to program their robot movements! Mid-semester, students will be able to create a new mechanical toy including spinners, magical boomerang cans, wind-up whirligigs, and more! All segments held on Saturdays at the Rec Center at Bear Branch, 9:35 - 10:35 AM. Choose from: LEGO Robotics January 20 – February 10; or February 17 – March 24 (no classes March 10, March 17, and 31); or Mechanical Engineering April 7 – May 28; or May 5 - 19. Fee: $80 per child, per segment for residents, $90 for non-residents.

 

Apprentice Engineers - This semester Apprentice Engineers ages 8 - 13 begin by exploring the world of LEGO Robotics by designing and programming with the latest generation LEGO Mindstorms Education kits and software. During the second half of the semester, starting in April, Apprentice Engineers will experience the thrill of competition by trying out the VEX IQ Challenge - RINGMASTER at Engineering For Kid's Robotics Academy! EFK coaches will help guide students to begin building and programming robots capable of competing in school-year VEX IQ competitions (note: this isn't an official team, if interested in forming a 2018 competing team, please reach out to EFK). All three segments held on Saturdays at the Rec Center at Bear Branch, 10:40 - 11:40 AM. Choose from: LEGO Robotics January 20 – February 10 or February 17 - March 24; and VEX IQ Challenge April 7 - 28, or May 5 - 19 (no classes March 10, March 17, and 31). Fee: $80 per child, per segment for residents, $90 for non-residents.

 

January & April

swimming and stroke lessons in the woodlandsCoach Russell Swim Clinics - Knowledgeable coaches with years of experience focus on the proper foundations of swimming to provide a solid base to build correct stroke technique. Proper technique will be taught on each swimming stroke, all turns and starts. Swimmers ages 5 and up will also swim enough to increase their aerobic and anaerobic capacities. The number of participants are limited to allow each swimmer to receive personal attention and room to properly practice. This clinic fits many swimmers' needs, such as improving strokes for swim team, triathlon training, and recreation. Class maximum is 32 participants. Held on Saturdays and Sundays at the Forestgate Pool. Session I: January 20 - February 18; ages 8 - 17 from 2:30 - 4:00 PM, and 18+ from 1:00 - 2:30 PM. Session II: April 7 - 29; ages 5 & 6 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM, ages 7 - 10 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM, and ages 11 & up from 2:30 - 4:00 PM. Fee: $175 per person, per session for residents, $185 for non-residents.

 

Private Swim Lessons are also available. For more information, call Parks and Recreation at 281 210-3950.

 

February - April

Fury Sluggers - Held on Tuesdays, from 5:00 - 6:00 PM at the Alden Bridge Sports Park, Little sluggers ages 7 - 10 will learn the fundamentals of baseball including hitting and pitching from a professional coach. Participants must bring their own mitt and bat. Classes held February 6 - 27; and again April 3 - 24. Fee: $75 for residents, $85 for non-residents.

 

March - May

Play Smarter programs combine science, art, robotics and electronics into a dynamic learning experiences. Science Jr. - Children ages 4 - 8 explore hands on science through silly stories! Discover space, volcanoes, dinosaurs and more through tons of hands on activities and take home projects! Classes held on Tuesdays, March 20 - April 10 or April 17 - March 8 from 5:00 - 6:00 PM at the Rec Center at Bear Branch. Fee: $185 per child for residents; $195 for non-residents.

 

Play Smarter Kids - Playbiotics Jr. - Play Smarter stories come to life with science, robotics, engineering and imagination! Little ones ages 4 - 8 explore engineering, robotics, and gear ratios through fun stories, electronics and construction activities Classes held on Tuesdays, March 20 - April 10 or April 17 - March 8 from 4:00 - 5:00 PM at the Rec Center. Fee: $185 per child for residents; $195 for non-residents.

i9 Sports programs registration must be completed at i9Sports.com or by calling 281 744-4322. Fee: $65 per month for residents, $75 per month for non-residents. Fees are for each class.

 

i9 Sports Soccer - Classes for kids ages 4 - 13 includes fast-paced drills, skill-building exercises, offensive and defensive positioning and scrimmages. Both beginner and intermediate levels. Fifteen sessions to choose from: on Mondays from 4:30 - 6:00 PM at The Rec Center at Rob Fleming, January 8 - 29, February 5 - 26, March 5 - April 2, April 9 - 30, or May 7 - 28 (no classes during Spring Break); from 4:30 - 6:00 PM, at Cattail Park on Tuesdays, January 9 - 30, February 6 - 27, March 6 - April 3, April 10 - May 1, or May 8 - 29 (no classes during Spring Break). Also available on Fridays, January 12 - February 2, February 6 - 27, March 9 - April 6, April 13 - May 4, or May 11 - June 1, from 4:30 - 6:00 PM at Wendtwoods Park.

 

i9 Sports T-Ball/Baseball - Classes for kids ages 3 - 13 will learn the fundamentals of hitting, throwing, catching, positions and fielding. Hitting from a tee for 3 - 4 year-olds, coach pitches for 5 - 7 year-olds. This is a great way to learn the basics and intermediate skills of the game and how it's played. Ten sessions to choose from: all from 4:30 - 6:00 PM; on Wednesdays, January 10 - 31, February 7 - 28, March 7 - April 4, April 11 - May 2, or May 9 - 30, all at Cattail Park; or on Thursdays, January 11 - February 1, February 8 - March 1, March 8 - April 5, April 12 - May 3, or May 10 - 31, all at The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming (no classes during Spring Break).

 

i9 Sports Flag Football/LaCrosse - Class for kids ages 4 - 13 includes passing, catching, de-flagging and offensive and defensive positioning. Both beginner and intermediate levels. Ten sessions to choose from: Mondays from 4:30 - 6:00 PM. January 8 - 29, February 5 - 26, March 5 - April 2, April 9 - 30, or May 7 - 28 at Cattail Park; or Tuesdays from 4:30 - 6:00 PM, January 9 - 30, February 6 - 27, March 6 - April 3, April 10 - May 1, or May 8 - 29 at The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming (no classes during Spring Break).

 

i9 Sports Basketball - Basketball classes for kids ages 3 - 13 includes fast-paced drills, skill-building exercises, offensive and defensive positioning and scrimmages. Ten sessions to choose from; on Wednesdays from 4:30 - 6:00 PM, January 10 - 31, February 7 - 28, March 7 - April 4, April 11 - May 2, or May 9 - 30 at the Recreation Center at Rob Fleming; or on Thursdays from 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM. January 5 - 26, February 2 - 23, March 2 - 30, April 6 - 24, or May 4 - 25 at the Recreation Center at Bear Branch (no classes during Spring Break).

 

i9 Basketball League - Basketball league for beginner and intermediate players ages 4 - 12. Learn basic basketball skills and drills, including passing, shooting, dribbling and offensive and defensive sets. Saturdays and Sundays, beginning January 13 at the Rec Center at Bear Branch. Schedules will be distributed prior to the season with dates and times for practices and games; younger teams play first. Fee: $140 per child, which includes jersey, equipment, two medals and end-of-season party. Sign up at i9Sports.com.

Recreation Center at Bear Branch
5310 Research Forest Drive, 77381


Adjacent to Bear Branch Park

Recreation Center at Rob Fleming
6464 Creekside Forest Drive, 77389


Across from Rob Fleming Park

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