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Winter - Spring 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 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.

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, 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: $160 per month for residents for intermediate and advanced students. There is an additional $10 non-resident fee.

Musketeers (ages 7 - 11) Tuesdays 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Thursdays 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Saturdays 1:00 - 2:15 PM
Intermediate / Advanced (ages 7 - 11) 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
January - February

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, January 23 - February 27. Fee: $165 per child for residents, $175 for non-residents.

kids cooking classes in the woodlandsTasty Travels with Cook, Learn, Grow! - Students in grades K - 5 will stir, whisk and roll their way through global cuisines from France, Asia and the Middle East. Sample recipes may include Challah Bread, Israeli Salad, Chocolate Mousse, Potato Lyonnaise, Asian Dumplings, and more. Classes held on Mondays, January 23 - February 27 from 4:30 - 5:30 PM at the Rec Center. Fee: $205 per child for residents, $215 for non-residents.

January - March

Play Smarter programs combine science, art, robotics and electronics into a dynamic learning experiences. Playbiotics Jr. - stories come to life with science, robotics, engineering and imagination! Children ages 4 - 8 are introduced to Pre-K engineering, working gears, technology and math concepts while also exploring hands on creative science through stories about dinosaurs, superheroes, and more! Classes held on Tuesdays, January 31 - March 7 from 4:00 - 5:00 PM at the Rec Center. Fee: $175 per child for residents; $185 for non-residents.

 

Play Smarter Kids - Playbiotics Lab - Not your ordinary robotics class! Kids ages 7 - 12 enter the robotics lab for an exciting adventure full of robotics, programming, engineering and science fun! Classes held on Tuesdays, January 31 - March 7 from 5:00 - 6:00 PM at the Rec Center. Fee: $175 per child for residents; $185 for non-residents.

 

Guitar Lessons - Whether they are brand new to playing the guitar or just want to brush up on the basics, this is the place for kids ages 6 - 12 to start. Students must bring their own guitar. Classes taught by Language Arts Academy on Tuesdays, January 10 - March 14 at 6:15 PM at the Rec Center. Fee: $195 per child for residents, $205 for non-residents. Note: also available in March; see below.

 

After School Spanish - This Spanish enrichment class is designed to teach the Spanish language and culture through a program that focuses on developing auditory, visual and verbal skills in a fun, fast paced environment by professional Spanish-speaking instructors. This proven-effective method of instruction immerses your child in the new language and makes learning fast and easy. Instructors specialize in teaching children, using relaxed conversation along with fun and engaging activities to help your child learn to think and communicate in their new language. Required Book: The Complete Book of Spanish, Grades 1–3 - Carson-Dellosa Publishing. Classes taught by Language Arts Academy on Tuesdays, January 10 - March 14 at 6:15 PM at the Rec Center. Fee: $195 per child for residents, $205 for non-residents. Note: also available in March; see below.

 

January - May

 

kindergarden and grade school geography classes in the woodlandsGeography 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. Classes will be held on Thursdays, January 12 - May 18 from 5:00 - 6:00 at the Rec Center. Fee: $110 per child, per month for residents, $120 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 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 testing of each student. Classes will be held on Thursdays, January 12 - May 18 from 6:00 - 7:00 at the Rec Center. Fee: $110 per child, per month for residents, $120 for non-residents.

 

Junior Engineers - For the first half of the semester, students ages 5 - 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 move onto the exciting world of Chemical Engineering. This program is designed to introduce young engineers to fundamental concepts of solids, liquids, gases, and mixtures. Students investigate the properties of crazy concoctions and make their own samples of bubbles, play dough, and bouncy balls! These junior engineers will turn into Civil Engineers for the final month of the program; students will design, build and test roads, bridges, skyscrapers, and more! All three segments held on Saturdays at the Rec Center, 9:35 - 10:35 AM. Choose from: LEGO Robotics January 21 – February 18; Chemical Engineering February 25 – April 8 (no classes March 11, March 18, and April 15); or Civil Engineering April 22 – May 13 - or sign up for all three! Fee: $113 per child, per segment for residents, $123 for non-residents.

 

Apprentice Engineers - Apprentice Engineers ages 8 - 11 put their engineering skills to the test with Lego Robotics Engineering for the first half of the semester. Students will design and program robots 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! Mid-semester, apprentice engineers become Chemical Engineers. Students will learn how to manipulate the properties of solids, liquids, and gases using the engineering design process to make samples of different wacky polymers and power rocket tops! Civil Engineering will take over the classroom for the final part of the semester! Apprentice engineers will work together and learn about important civil engineering concepts by designing and building different bridges, skyscrapers, and more, from everyday materials! All three segments held on Saturdays at the Rec Center, 10:40 - 11:40 AM. Choose from: LEGO Robotics January 21 – February 18; Chemical Engineering February 25 – April 8 (no classes March 11, March 18, and April 15); or Civil Engineering April 22 – May 13 - or sign up for all three! Fee: $113 per child, per segment for residents, $123 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. Classes held on Wednesdays at the Rec Center, January 4 - May 24 (no class on March 15) from 4:30 - 5:30 PM. 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. Classes held on Wednesdays at the Rec Center, January 4 - May 24 (no class on March 15) from 5:30 - 6:45 PM. Fee: $85 per child per month for residents, $95 per child for non-residents.

 

kids fun art classes in the woodlandsYoung Rembrandts Elementary - Young artists (ages 6 - 12) will fall in love with these lessons as they draw eye-popping masterpieces! In each month's new and exciting lessons, your child will learn about technical drawing skills and art while developing academic, conceptual, and critical thinking skills. All complex objects can be broken down into familiar shapes, and Young Rembrandts uses a step-by-step method that assures every student is a creative success - and yes, have fun too! Held Wednesdays, January 4 - May 24 from 3:45 - 4:45 PM at the Rec Center. Fee: $69 per child for residents, $79 for non-residents.

 

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 Mondays and Wednesdays, January 4 - 30, February 1 - 27, March 1 - 29 (no classes during Spring Break), April 3 - 26, or May 1 - 24 from 4:30 - 5:30 PM. Fee: $80 per month for residents, $90 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 3 - 13 includes fast-paced drills, skill-building exercises, offensive and defensive positioning and scrimmages. Both beginner and intermediate levels. Nine sessions to choose from, all on Tuesdays, January 3 - 24, February 28 - March 28, April 4 - 25, or May 2 - 23 (no classes during Spring Break), from 4:30 - 6:00 PM, at Cattail Park. Also available on Fridays, January 6 - 27, February 3 - 24, March 3 - 31, April 7 - 28, or May 5 - 26, from 5:30 - 7:00 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. Five sessions to choose from, all on Wednesdays, January 4 - 25, February 1 - 22, March 1 - 29, April 5 - 20, or May 3 - 24 (no classes during Spring Break), from 4:30 - 6:00 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. Five sessions to choose from, all on Mondays from 4:30 - 6:00 PM. January 2 - 23, January 30 - February 20, February 27 - March 27, April 3 - 24, or May 1 - 22(no classes during Spring Break), at Cattail Park.

 

i9 Sports Basketball - Basketball classes for kids ages 3 - 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. January 5 - 26, February 2 - 23, March 2 - 30, April 6 - 24, or May 4 - 25 (no classes during Spring Break) at the Recreation Center.

 

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 14 and again April 2 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.

February

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 7 - 28. Fee: $75 for residents, $85 for non-residents. Note: also available in April; see below.

 

February - April

City Artworks - Art After School - Students in grades 1 - 5 explore will concepts of art. City ArtWorks offers engaging, hands-on, fun after school classes focusing on specific artists and art periods each semester. Classes are open to all skill levels. Class is held on Tuesdays, February 7 - April 18 (no class March 14) from 4:00 - 5:00 PM at the Rec Center. Fee: $184 for residents, $194 for non-residents. Fees include all supply costs.

 

March - April

kids cooking classes in the woodlandsSpring Cookery with Cook, Learn, Grow! - Calling all tweens who LOVE to cook! If your student in grades 6 - 8 LOVES to cook, then this food literacy program is just for them! This class will cover seasonal spring recipes and lessons that teach age-appropriate cooking techniques, food origins, seasonal recipes, and kitchen safety while having yummy hands-on fun! Sample recipes may include: Spring Rolls, Berry Cobbler, Strata Frittata, and Fruity Rooty Salad. Classes held on Mondays, March 20 - April 10 from 4:30 - 5:45 PM at the Rec Center. Fee: $175 per child for residents, $185 for non-residents.

 

HouseStories, Jr. Architect Studio II - In this Jr Architect Studio, participants will design their own project! After receiving a "design brief" with the basic guidelines, kids ages 6 - 11 will learn all the different steps you can take to create and present your own design! From programming, sketching, drawings, models, plans and details, kids will develop their idea from start to finish during this six week course. Classes held at the Rec Center from 5:00 - 6:30 PM on Mondays, March 20 - April 24. Fee: $165 per child for residents, $175 for non-residents.

 

March - May

Guitar Lessons - Whether they are brand new to playing the guitar or just want to brush up on the basics, this is the place for kids ages 6 - 12 to start. Students must bring their own guitar. Classes taught by Language Arts Academy on Tuesdays, March 21 - May 23 at 6:15 PM at the Rec Center. Fee: $195 per child for residents, $205 for non-residents.

 

After School Spanish - This Spanish enrichment class is designed to teach the Spanish language and culture through a program that focuses on developing auditory, visual and verbal skills in a fun, fast paced environment by professional Spanish-speaking instructors. This proven-effective method of instruction immerses your child in the new language and makes learning fast and easy. Instructors specialize in teaching children, using relaxed conversation along with fun and engaging activities to help your child learn to think and communicate in their new language. Required Book: The Complete Book of Spanish, Grades 1–3 - Carson-Dellosa Publishing. Classes taught by Language Arts Academy on Tuesdays, March 21 - May 23 at 6:15 PM at the Rec Center. Fee: $195 per child for residents, $205 for non-residents.

 

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 April 4 - 25. Fee: $75 for residents, $85 for non-residents.

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