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Fall 2017
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, middle-school, and high 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

 

Chen Style Tai Chi - Children ages 7 and up and adults will learn Chen Tai Chi, a martial art that originated more than 380 years ago during the Ching Dynasty. While its primary role is self-defense, Chen Style Tai Chi offers precious wisdom in regards to health and artistic expression by providing an education deeply grounded in kinetics, medical science, physiology, body mechanics, psychology, philosophy, and aesthetics. Students will learn how to cultivate inner energy and tai chi warm ups, including stretches. Curriculum includes open hand forms beginning with the 38 frame routine. Optional weapons training includes traditional Chen style straight sword, broadsword, and double broadsword routines. Held on Tuesdays from 7:00 - 8:30 PM at the Recreation Center at Bear Branch. Fee: $90 per person, per month for residents $100 for non-residents.

 

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 Recreation 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.

 

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 Recreation Center at Bear Branch. FEE: 1x/wk: $100 per month for residents, 2x/wk: $125 per month for residents, 3x/wk: $140 per month for residents for musketeers and beginners; 1x/wk: $125 per month for residents, 2x/wk: $150 per month for residents, 3x/wk: $160 per month for residents for intermediate and advanced students. There is an additional $10 non-resident fee.

Musketeers (ages 7 - 12) Tuesdays 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Thursdays 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Saturdays 1:00 - 2:15 PM
Intermediate / Advanced (ages 13 & up) Tuesdays 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Thursdays 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Saturdays 11:30 - 1:00 PM
Recreational (teens - adults) Tuesdays 8:00 - 9:00 PM
Thursdays 8:00 - 9:00 PM

August - December

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. Held from 4:30 - 6:00 PM on Mondays, August 21 - September 11, September 18 - October 9, October 16 - November 6, or November 13 - December 11 at the Recreation Center at Bear Branch; Tuesdays, August 22 - September 12, September 19 - October 10, October 17 - November 7, or November 14 - December 12 at Cattail Park; Also available on Fridays, August 25 - September 15, September 22 - October 13, October 20 - November 10, or November 17 - December 15 at Wendtwoods Park. No class held the week of Thanksgiving.

 

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, machine pitches for 5 - 7 year-olds, and kids pitching 8 - 13 year-olds. This is a great way to learn the basics and intermediate skills of the game and how it's played. Held from 4:30 - 6:00 PM, Wednesdays, August 23 - September 13, September 20 - October 11, October 18 - November 8, or November 15 - December 13 at Cattail Park; and Thursdays, August 24 - September 14, September 21 - October 12, October 19 - November 9, or November 16 - December 14 at the Recreation Center at Rob Fleming. No class held the week of Thanksgiving.

 

i9 Sports Flag Football - Class for kids ages 4 - 13 includes passing, catching, de-flagging and offensive and defensive positioning. Both beginner and intermediate levels. Held from 4:30 - 6:00 PM, Mondays, August 21 - September 11, September 18 - October 9, October 16 - November 6, or November 13 - December 11 at Cattail Park; Tuesdays, August 22 - September 12, September 19 - October 10, October 17 - November 7, or November 14 - December 12 at the Recreation Center at Bear Branch. No class held the week of Thanksgiving.

 

i9 Sports Basketball - Basketball classes for kids ages 3 - 13 includes fast-paced drills, skill-building exercises, offensive and defensive positioning and scrimmages. Held from 4:30 - 6:00 PM on Wednesdays, August 23 - September 13, September 20 - October 11, October 18 - November 8, or November 15 - December 13 at the Recreation Center at Rob Fleming; and Thursdays, August 24 - September 14, September 21 - October 12, October 19 - November 9, or November 16 - December 14 at the Recreation Center at Bear Branch. No class held the week of Thanksgiving.

 

running programs for teens in the woodlandsYouth Speed & Endurance Running - Beginner to Intermediate Coach Green will provide the essentials to establish a solid base and ensure each athlete (ages 5 - 12) will have the ability to develop their running speed and endurance. Warm up and cool down, stretching, proper body mechanics and technique will be implemented during each session to develop the skills needed to become a successful runner. Coached by Dan Green, longtime resident, track/cross country coach and teacher of 45 years in The Woodlands. All sessions held Mondays and Wednesdays at the Bear Branch Sports Fields from 4:30 - 5:30 PM. Choose from four months: August 30 – September 27, October 2 – October 30, November 1 – November 29, or December 4 – December 20. No classes held September 4, or October 9. December sessions end at 5:45 PM. Fee: $80 per month for residents, $90 for non-residents.

September - October

cooking and baking classes for kids in the woodlandsKids Can Cook - Does your child LOVE to cook? Do you have a picky eater? This food literacy program teaches age appropriate techniques, food origins, seasonal 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, Food Groups - an introduction, Holidays - celebrate through food. Classes held on Mondays, September 11 - October 16 from 5:00 - 6:00 PM at the Recreation Center at Bear Branch. Fee: $185 per child for residents, $195 for non-residents.

 

Junior Chef - The kitchen is the hub of nourishment, learning and growing individually and as a community. This Junior Chefs program offers students ages 8 - 10 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, and Community Food Project - helping others. Classes held on Tuesdays, September 12 - October 17 from 4:30 - 5:30 PM at the Recreation Center at Bear Branch. Fee: $185 per child for residents, $195 for non-residents.

 

Teen Beginner Culinary Arts Program - The kitchen is the hub of nourishment, learning and growing individually and as a community. This Junior Chefs program offers students ages 13 - 16 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, and Community Food Project - helping others. Classes held on Wednesdays, September 13 - October 18 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM at the Recreation Center at Bear Branch. Fee: $440 per child for residents, $450 for non-residents.

Coach Russell Swim Clinic - Focusing on the proper foundations of swimming to provide a solid base to build correct stroke technique. Proper technique will be instructed on each swimming stroke, all turns and starts. Swimmers 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, ages 6 - 18. Classes will be held Saturdays and Sundays, September 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, at the Alden Bridge Pool; and October 1, 7, 8 at the Forestgate Pool. Age group determines time: 6 & under 1:00 - 2:00 PM, 7 - 10 1:00 - 2:30 PM, and 11 and older 2:30 - 4:00 PM. Fee: $175 per child for residents, $185 for non-residents.

September - November

Fury Sluggers - Held on Tuesdays 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 from 5:00 - 6:00 PM on Tuesdays, September 5 - 26, or October 10 - November 7. No class held on Halloween. Fee: $75 for residents, $85 for non-residents.

 

drawing classes for teens in the woodlandsPower of Drawing - Cartooning - Does your child (ages 7 - 12) have a great sense of humor and love to create? If so, your child will LOVE Young Rembrandts Cartooning. Students will jump head-first into the world of cartooning by first learning expressions. They will learn a variety of skills as their original characters seemingly emote and breathe. Students will learn to personify inanimate kitchen objects, tell a joke through pictures and learn to add motion and attitude all session long. Give your child the gift of learning and artistry, while empowering them with out-of-the-box thinking and visual literacy. Choose from three sessions: September 7 - 30; October 5 - 28; or November 2 - December 9. No class held November 18 - 25. Classes held on Thursdays at Recreation Center at Rob Fleming from 5:00 - 6:00 PM; Saturdays from 9:45 - 10:45 PM at the Bear Branch Recreation Center. Fee: $69 for residents, $79 for non-residents; per child, per session.

 

Power of Drawing - Level 2 - Back to school is in full swing as Young Rembrandts presents a bountiful selection of drawings that introduces students ages 7 - 12 to a fascinating world of color, pattern, and design. Say farewell to summer in a detailed still life drawing of a beach. Explore color usage and composition in a chameleon and fire truck drawings. In keeping with the season, stylized fall leaves drawings challenge technique and color scheme. As we enter the months of November and December, students will be presented with a variety of stellar lessons. The vibrant colors and intricate design of a patterned lion drawing will engage students, and your heart will melt once you see the adorable Dalmatian your student will create. Your student will learn important artistic themes and concepts in art history lessons. All this and more awaits your child in the Young Rembrandts classroom! Boost their brain power, thinking process and self-confidence. Choose from three sessions: September 5 - 28; October 3 - 26; or November 1 - 30. No class held October 31, November 18 - 25. Classes held on Tuesdays at Recreation Center at Rob Fleming from 6:00 - 7:00 PM; Wednesdays from 5:30 - 6:30 PM, and Thursdays 9:00 - 10:00 AM at the Bear Branch Recreation Center. Fee: $69 for residents, $79 for non-residents; per child, per session.

September - December

RTE Youth Hip-Hop - Choreographed by Dashaun Berry. A fun-filled class perfect for kids ages 10 - 16 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, Dashaun Berry will incorporate workshops, cyphers and performances at events. Dress comfortably with sneakers. Classes held Thursdays June 22 - July 27, from 7:30 - 8:30 PM at the Recreation Center at Bear Branch. Fee: $75 per child for residents, $85 per child for non-residents, per month.

September - December

MS. DEBI'S DANCE ARTS

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. Join the fun!

 

Super Stars Dance Class - Children ages 6 - 9 will enjoy jumping, turning and leaping! New dance terms are introduced each week. Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop. Dance attire and dance shoes are needed. Required dance attire for boys: white T-shirt, blue or black pants or shorts; for girls: pink leotard, pink tights, black tap shoes. Classes held 4:30 - 5:30 PM on Wednesdays September 6 - December 27, at the Recreation Center at Bear Branch; or on Thursdays, September 7 - December 28 at the Recreation Center at Rob Fleming. 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. Required dance attire for boys: white T-shirt, blue or black pants or shorts; for girls: pink leotard, pink tights, black tap shoes. Classes held 5:30 - 6:30 PM on Wednesdays September 6 - December 27, at the Recreation Center at Bear Branch; or on Thursdays, September 7 - December 28 at the Recreation Center at Rob Fleming. Fee: $75 per child per month for residents, $85 per child for non-residents.

Become A Geography Bee - Learning about our diverse world has never been more FUN! This curriculum includes S.T.E.A.M. and Language activities. Class offers age appropriate, question-based and hands-on learning for kids ages 5 – 14 of all cultural backgrounds. Kids build 2D and 3D puzzles of countries and known buildings and make tasty snacks (e.g. sushi), try on ethnic clothing, design and make traditional, modern homes and clothing, musical instruments, dance, music, fen arts, play known ethnic field and board games. Kids also learn politeness and respect while meeting, eating and speaking native languages of Brazil, Australia, Egypt and France. Classes held on Wednesdays, September 6 - December 13, from 4:30 - 5:30 PM at the Recreation Center at Bear Branch. Fee: $110 per child per month for residents, $120 per child for non-residents.

 

Globetrotters Cultural Learning - Students ages 14 - 18 will work on solving one big S.T.E.A.M. project for the duration of the program. The goal is to effectively and efficiently solve the problem overcoming CULTURAL differences. Core themes to be covered include conflict management, teamwork and business etiquette within the S.T.E.A.M. project. Study and work abroad opportunities will also be introduced and explored. Program also includes individual cultural personal testing of each student. Classes held on Wednesdays, September 6 - December 13, from 5:30 - 6:30 PM at the Recreation Center at Bear Branch. Fee: $110 per child per month for residents, $120 per child for non-residents.

 

engineering for kids programs in the woodlandsEngineering for Kids; STEM Saturdays Junior Engineering - This semester, Junior Engineers (ages 5 1/2 - 8) begin by exploring the world of Software Engineering: Intro to Programming. Programming and coding are becoming necessary skills for various fields of engineering. Students will be introduced to coding and develop programming skills by designing and developing simple and fun video games using laptops and MIT's Scratch programming software And the second half of the semester: LEGO Robotics Engineering and Computer Programming, students will use LEGO® WeDo Educational kits and software with laptops, as they learn how to create and program robots they can relate to (animals, vehicles, and more)! Classes held 9:35 - 10:35 AM on Saturdays, September 9 - December 16, at the Bear Branch Recreation Center. Monthly Fee: $70 per child for residents, $80 for non-residents. No class held November 25.

 

Engineering for Kids; STEM Saturdays Apprentice Engineering - This semester, Apprentice Engineers (ages 8-13) begin by exploring the world of Software Engineering: Coding Games in Scratch. Programming and coding are becoming necessary skills for various fields of engineering. Students will be introduced to coding and develop programming skills by designing and developing simple and fun video games using laptops and MIT's Scratch programming software And the second half of the semester: LEGO Robotics Engineering and Computer Programming. Design and program with the latest generation LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 Kits and Software, which is based on National Instruments LabVIEW, the industry-leading graphical programming language used by scientists and engineers worldwide! Classes held 10:40 - 11:40 AM on Saturdays, September 9 - December 16, at the Bear Branch Recreation Center. Monthly Fee: $70 per child for residents, $80 for non-residents. No class held November 25.

October - December

Private Swim Lessons - One-on-one instruction for all skill levels, 30-minute sessions. Available on all Cyclones practice dates; Saturday and Sunday, October 1 - 31, November 4 - 16, and December 2 - 17 from 9:00 - 11:00 AM at the Creekwood Pool. Please keep in mind these lessons will be outdoors. Call the Bear Branch Recreation Center at 281 210-3950 to sign up; you may express preferences such as time slot and instructor gender. You will receive a call back within five (5) business days to verify all times, dates and instructor. Fee: $80 for four lessons.

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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