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. Unless otherwise noted, all activities and programs are held at the Recreation Center, located adjacent to Bear Branch Park at 5200 Research Forest Drive in Cochran's Crossing. 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.
Why fencing and why Alliance? Alliance Fencing Academy is the largest and most successful Epee fencing clubs in the Gulf Coast region. Classes are taught by Head Coach and owner Andrey Geva, and Coach Sergey Danilov, both of whom have recently served as Team USA Olympic coaches. Skills covered in classes include warm up, stretching, and coordination exercises; fencing and general fitness exercises; footwork, targets, and drills; fencing technique, strategy, and tactics; tournament rules and regulations; armory, as well as health and nutrition. Children should bring two t-shirts, long sweat pants, and tennis or volleyball shoes (fencing equipment is provided).
Beginner Course: Designed for kids ages 5-8 who love to "play with swords," students will learn basic fencing rules and techniques. They will be fencing each other using specially designed youth fencing gear. Fee: $80 per child, per month, for four one-hour classes.
Ages 9 and up: Designed for new fencers who would like to try sport of fencing for the first time. The course covers introduction to the sport of fencing, basic fencing techniques, and bout learning. Fee: $125 per child, per month, for four 1.5 hour classes.
|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, 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 7:00 - 8:30 PM at the Rec. Center. 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. 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: $165 per month for residents for intermediate and advanced students. There is an additional $10 non-resident fee.
|August - November
HouseStories, Jr. Architect Studio - Join HouseStories Jr Architect Studio as they build cool houses from around the world. Through investigating structures and materials hands-on, kids ages 6 - 11 also learn how climate, geography and culture can shape our habitats. Sign up for one or both sessions, all materials included. Classes held at the Rec Center from 5:00 - 6:30 PM on Mondays, August 23 - October 3 or October 17 - November 28. Fee: $155 per child for residents, $165 for non-residents.
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. Four sessions to choose from, all on Tuesdays, August 23 - September 13, September 20 - October 11, October 18 - November 8, or November 15 - December 13 (No class November 22), from 4:30 - 6:00 PM, at Cattail 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. Four sessions to choose from, all on Wednesdays, August 24 - September 14, September 21 - October 12, from 4:30 - 6:00 PM, or October 19 - November 9, or November 16 - December 14 (No class November 23), from 4:15 - 5:45 PM; all at Cattail Park.
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. Four sessions to choose from, all on Mondays from 4:30 - 6:00 PM. August 22 - September 12, September 19 - October 10, October 17 - November 7, or November 14 - December 12 (No class on Labor Day, September 5 or November 21), at Cattail Park.
i9 Sports Basketball - Basketball classes for kids ages 4 - 13 includes fast-paced drills, skill-building exercises, offensive and defensive positioning and scrimmages. Four sessions to choose from, all on Thursdays from 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM. August 25 - September 15, September 22 - October 13, October 20 - November 10, or November 17 - December 15 (No class November 24) at the Recreation Center.
i9 Basketball League - Basketball league for beginner and intermediate players ages 4 - 13. Learn basic basketball skills and drills, including passing, shooting, dribbling and offensive and defensive sets. Saturdays and Sundays, beginning October 4 at the Rec Center. 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.
Star Wars Science - Your Jedi ages 5 - 12 will manipulate the unseen forces of magnetism and static electricity to levitate and move objects, create galactic goo, explode Mustafar volcanoes and battle Darth Vader. Held Monday - Friday, September 19 - 23 from 4:30 - 6:00 PM at the Rec Center. Fee: $75 per child for residents, $85 for non-residents.
|September - October
Super Stars Dance Class - A great time to meet new friends and share the love of dance. Teaching the basics of dance to boys and girls ages 6 - 9, although there is a bit more jumping, turning and leaping! Students will learn ballet, jazz and tap. Classes held Wednesdays, starting September 7 from 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM. FEE: $75 per child for residents; $85 for non-residents.
Budding Ballerinas - Students ages 8 - 16 will enjoy this ballet class designed to teach beginner and intermediates. 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 are welcome. Wednesdays in September or October, from 5:30 - 6:45 PM at the Rec Center. Fee: $85 per child for residents, $95 for non-residents.
Mach 5 Racing Youth and Junior Running Program - The Mach 5 Youth and Junior Running Program will help kids ages 8 - 16 improve their endurance, speed and running technique. Held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in September and October at the hilly Terramont Park. Former NCAA Cross-Country and Track All-American, Coach Michelle LeBlanc, and her expert coaching staff will lead the programs. Runners are grouped by ability. All abilities welcome! Fee: $80 per month for residents, $90 per month for non-residents.
Road To Elite Sports Basketball Jr. Academy MS Pre-Season Training - This 6-week program is focused on overall improvement in three primary areas: skills, physical and cognitive abilities. Class includes mini combine to establish performance matrix; all skill levels for players ages 11 - 14. Held at the Rec Center from 6:30 - 8:00 PM on Wednesdays, September 7 - October 12. Fee: $180 for residents, $190 for non-residents.
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. Select from three sessions; August 2 - 23, from 10:00 - 11:00 AM, September 6 - 27 or October 11 - November 1, from 5:00 - 6:00 PM. Fee: $75 for residents, $85 for non-residents.
Road To Elite Sports Greenhorn Program - This year-round sports and fitness developmental program designed to introduce youths ages 7 - 12 to strength and condition as well as to the fundamentals and mechanics of seven different sports: football, basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, and lacrosse. Each class is game-based, focusing on one sport and designed to keep children active and engaged while working to improve their three key components of overall development: skills, physical fitness, and mental fitness. Three sessions available, all held from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at Falconwing Park on Tuesdays, September 6 - 27, October 4 - 25, or November 1 - 29. Fee: $80 per month for residents, $90 for non-residents.
|September - December
Youth 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 and track/cross country coach and teacher of 45 years in The Woodlands. Sessions held at Bear Branch Sports Fields on Tuesdays and Thursdays, September - December from 4:00 - 5:00 PM. Fee: $80 per month for residents, $90 for non-residents.
Engineering For Kids: STEM Saturday Junior Engineering - Junior engineers ages 5 - 8 will be introduced to the world of computer software and engineering by using laptops and MIT's scratch software. Students will get to design their own unique sprites, shoot moon rocks, and complete a variety of space pioneer challenges. Students will become industrial engineers and will take part in different activities that enable them to design and construct simple machinery using assembly line concepts to make tasty treats! Classes held on Saturdays, September 10 - December 17 from 9:35 - 10:35 AM at the Rec Center. Fee: $316 per child for residents, $326 for non-residents; payment plans available upon request.
Engineering For Kids: STEM Saturday Apprentice Engineering - Junior engineers ages 5 - 8 will build on their coding and programming skills by designing and developing simple video games using laptops and MIT's Scratch programming software. Students will become industrial engineers and will take part in different activities that enable them to design and construct machinery using assembly line concepts to make tasty treats! Classes held on Saturdays, September 10 - December 17 from 10:40 - 11:40 AM at the Rec Center. Fee: $316 per child for residents, $326 for non-residents; payment plans available upon request.
Geography Bee - Kids as young as age 5 on up to age 14 will find learning about our diverse world has never been more FUN! This curriculum includes S.T.E.A.M. and Language activities. The class offer 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 (such as sushi), try on ethnic clothing, design and make traditional, modern homes and clothing, musical instruments, dance, music, fine arts, play known ethnic field and board games. Kids also learn politeness and respect while meeting, eating and speaking native languages. Some of the countries to be explored include Australia, Brazil, Egypt, and France! Classes will be held on Wednesdays, September 6 - December 15 from 5:30 - 6:30 at the Rec Center. Fee: $110 per child, per month for residents, $120 for non-residents.
Globetrotters Cultural Learning - High school 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. Cultures studied include: Brazil, Australia, Syria, France, and Japan. Classes will be held on Wednesdays, September 6 - December 15 from 5:30 - 6:30 at the Rec Center. Fee: $110 per child, per month for residents, $120 for non-residents.
Calling All Muggles - Calling all wizards, witches and muggles, ready for an adventure of the most magical type. Campers ages 5 - 12 will be sorted into houses, duel with wands, make potions, play Quidditch and more! Held Monday - Friday, October 3 - 7 from 4:30 - 6:00 PM at the Rec Center. Fee: $75 per child for residents, $85 for non-residents.
Spooky Science - Your child (ages 5 - 12) is sure to have a SPOOKtacular time participating in fun yet educational "spooky science" experiments. Explore optical illusions, use the science of sound to create "howling cups" and "screaming balloons." Instructions/supplies to repeat the experiments for mom and dad! Held Monday - Friday, October 24 - 28 from 4:30 - 6:00 PM at the Rec Center. Fee: $75 per child for residents, $85 for non-residents.
October - November
Cook, Learn, Grow; Kids Can Cook - Does your child LOVE to cook? This food literacy program teaches age-appropriate techniques to kids ages 5 - 12, all about food origins, seasonal recipes, and kitchen safety while having hands-on fun! Students gain self-confidence while reinforcing core academics. This class can accommodate nut allergies. Classes held on Mondays, October 17 - November 7 from 4:30 - 5:30 PM at the Rec Center. Fee: $185 per child for residents, $195 for non-residents.
L1 Youth Beginner Basketball Skills Training - This program is designed for developing a solid foundation of the fundamentals and mechanics of basketball while increasing their physical and mental fitness. The players (ages 11 - 14) will go through a mini combine to establish performance metrics to measure their progress. Held at the Rec Center from 6:30 - 8:00 PM on Wednesdays, October 19 - November 16. Fee: $150 for residents, $160 for non-residents.
Kitchen Chemistry - A yummy look into science and fun foods. Kids ages 5 - 12 will make homemade ice cream, cotton candy and other fuzzy and fun concoctions while discovering the secrets of Kitchen Chemistry! Held Monday - Friday, November 7 - 11 from 4:30 - 6:00 PM at the Rec Center. Fee: $75 per child for residents, $85 for non-residents.