Youth Programs

Tang Soo Do Korean Martial Arts

February 5 - February 28 
The Chicopee Parks & Recreation Department is offering classes in Tang Soo Do a Korean Martial Arts. Come learn with Master Jeffrey Bulissa, a 4th Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do and learn about Self-defense, confidence and physical fitness. Children, family members and Parents can train together. Classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesday evenings, Each session will consist of 8 classes.

Little Dragons (ages 5 to 7):  6 – 6:30 PM, 
Youth (ages 8 to 15):  6:30  – 7:30 PM. 
Youth & Adults (ages 8 to Adult):  7:30 - 8:30 PM.

All classes are held at Chicopee Parks & Recreation Dept.. Pre-registration for program at the Chicopee Parks Department.

Costs: $40/Little Dragons

Learning Through Play Playgroup

October 2 - (Follows School Calendar)

Join us for this new drop-in playgroup in Chicopee for parents/caregivers and children from birth - 5 yrs. old. Each week will focus on an area of development and provide fun activities for children and ideas for adults on how to help children learn though play. Areas of development to be explored include: early literacy, motor development, science, beginning math and engineering. The playgroup is offered on Mondays 10 - 11:30 AM @ the Parks Office, 687 Front St. For more info call Holyoke/Chicopee Family and Community Engagement at (413) 536 - 0363 x 4536 and ask for Christine.

ART-ventures for Kids

February Vacation Art Fun
Tuesday, February 20 - Friday, February 23, 2018 

School is out for winter vacation so join us for a four days of fun with ART-ventures for kids (formerly Let's Gogh Art).

Tuesday 2/20, Winter Wonderland Snowmen and Snow Bears

Another winter fun art-packed two hours: Paint your own family snowman portraits on stretched canvases, sculpt 3-dimensional snowmen out of model magic clay and then, draw snow bears in the snow.

Wednesday 2/21, Sunset Cities and Airplane Art-ventures
Create sunset cityscapes reflecting in water using wicked cool print-making tools and techniques. Then build, paint and decorate wooden airplanes that fly!

Thursday, 2/22, Wild West Art-ventures
Art-venturers visit the Wild West. Learn about the Indian Tribes of the Great Plains while building Tepees. Create story necklaces made from clay while exploring the history of daily life and the use of native materials for decoration and storytelling.

Friday, 2/23 Exploding Color Bubbles T-Shirts
Design T-shirts with exploding bubbles of vibrant colors, learn about the art of color diffusion while making color-filled butterflies and have a blast creating rainbow mandala collages using a stellar array of feathers, buttons, gems, pompoms and more! What is a mandala? Come and find out.

Location: Chicopee Parks Dept. 687 Front St.
Ages: 5-12
Time: 10:00 AM. - 12:00 PM.
Fee per day: $24/resident $27/non-resident

Bring an old, oversized T-shirt to use as a smock, a nut free snack and a drink.
Register in person at the Parks office or online at

A scholarship may be available for a child whose parent is willing to assist for the day. Contact Randi at (413) 567 - 0923 or

For more info call the Parks office 594-3481

Open Swim
January 7 - March 25 2018 (No Open Swim on 3/11)
The Parks Dept will hold open swim at Chicopee High School on Sundays from 12:30-2:30 PM. from January 7 - March 25, 2018. The cost is $3/Residents positive ID is Required. All children 18 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Children who have not been toilet trained must have a swim diaper.

Babysitting Class

Wednesday, February, 21 2018 (School Vacation)

This class is designed to promote child care and babysitter safety. The class will cover such topics as: playtime, changing diapers, bathing, behavior management, feeding, phone skills, fire safety, and CPR & First Aid review. All participants will receive a book & certification upon completion of the class.

Location: Chicopee Parks Dept. 687 Front St.
Ages: 11 yrs & up
Time: 9:00 AM. - 1:30 PM.
Cost: $70/resident $75/non-resident

Pre-registration in person is mandatory. Class space is limited.

CPR/AED/First Aid & Bloodborne Pathogens Certification 
Thursday, February 22, 2018 (School Vacation)

This class offers basic certification in adult, child and infant CPR/AED, basic First Aid and Bloodborne pathogens. This certification does not comply for Nurses or daycare providers.

Location: Chicopee Parks Dept. 687 Front St.
Time: 9 AM - 1:30 PM for the Full Class
          9 AM - 11 AM CPR
          11:05 AM - 1:30 PM Bloodborne Pathogens/First Aid
Costs: $85/Resident  $90/NR Full Class
           $55/Resident  $60/NR (CPR & Bloodborne Pathogens)
           $60/Resident  $65/NR (First Aid & Bloodborne Pathogens)
           $25/Resident  $30/NR (Bloodborne Pathogens only)

Pre-registration in person is mandatory. Class space is limited

Lifeguard Training Class

Saturday's March 24, 31 & April 7

The Parks Department is holding an American Red Cross lifeguard certification course at Chicopee High School Pool. The classes will run on Saturdays March 24, 31 & April 7 from 10 am. - 4 pm. Participants must attend all 3 classes. The cost is $295/person. This course will include certification in Lifeguard training, CPR/AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and Community First Aid. Participants must be 16 years old on or before the end of the course.

All participants must take a pre-skills test on the first day of the class to be officially enrolled in the course.