Youth Programs

Tang Soo Do Korean Martial Arts
June 1 - June 29

The Chicopee Parks & Recreation Department is offering Tang Soo Do- a Korean Martial Art. Come learn with Instructor Master Jeffrey Bulissa, a 4th Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do and learn about Self-defense, confidence and physical fitness. Classes will be held on Mondays and Friday evenings at The Chicopee Parks & Recreation office 687 Front St..

The following classes are being offered:
Little Dragons (ages 5 to 6):  5 – 5:30 PM,
Gups (Beginners white, orange belts) (ages 7 & up): 5:30 – 6:30 PM.
Gups  (Intermediate green and brown belts) (ages 7 & up):  6:30 - 7:30 PM.
Gups, (red, blue, black, ages 7 and up) 7:30 to 8:30

Social Distancing, Equipment and Masks:  The participants will be appropriately socially distanced between other participants in the class as well as the instructor.  The instructor and all participants will wear a mask for the duration of the lessons.  Participants are to provide their own masks to use.  

All participants for the classes are required to self-screen at home prior to coming to the program for the day. If the participant does not feel well they are advised to please stay at home.

(a) Self-screening shall include checking for symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, gastrointestinal symptoms, new loss of taste/smell, muscle aches, or any other symptoms that feel like a cold. Anyone with a fever of 100.0?F or above or any other signs of illness must not be permitted to attend the program.

 The costs are $40/Little Dragons $50/Gups Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced. All  To register go to www.chicopeerec.com 

Circuit Lab
July 18 - 22, 2022
9 am - 12 Pm

Electronics power our world more every day, and the people who can manipulate them will design our future. By learning to creatively engage with the electronics as tools, we bring our students the skills to interact fully with the modern world. And we make lots of fun projects along the way.

Circuit Lab programs give kids the opportunity to create devices by blending technical concepts with hands-on experimentation in a creative environment. We use the latest technologies including Arduino and Raspberry Pi to design smarter flashlights, race cars, musical instruments, games, and more. Each class session begins with a brief conceptual overview before launching into an interactive, hands-on activity.

Circuit Lab programs are a fun and creative way to give kids fluency and confidence in an increasingly necessary skill. We are excited to teach your kids the tools to design and create whatever they imagine!

Circuit Makers 101  (9AM-12PM)
Let’s get creative with electricity! In this junior hands-on electronics class, students will gain experience with creating their own electronics; designing custom light-up greeting cards, electric games, mazes, and even musical instruments. Each class day consists of a circuitry lesson and a hands-on electronics project, using components like lights, buzzers, switches, motors, and sensors. Circuit Lab staff will make sure participants create a project that they can be proud of each day. Most class days include a take-home project.

App Inventors  (1-4PM)
Want to know how the apps work on your phone or iPad? Or do you already have the next great app idea, and just need to know how to make it? In this no-experience-required course, we use MIT App Inventor software to make fun, creative apps for Android phones and tablets. We will also explore wireless communication by building custom bluetooth hardware controllers and readouts for our apps. Participants will learn both the programming and design aspects of creating great apps, and have the opportunity to build apps of their own with the support of Circuit Lab instructors.

Cost $180/Res. $190/Non Res.

To register go to www.chicopeerec.com


IncrediFlix Movie Making Program Lego Flix
August 8 - 12, 2022
9 am - 12 Pm

Join us & IncrediFlix for this 1/2 day Movie making program. Make a Lego movie, set with Lego characters for a stop-motion movie you'll storyboard, shoot, and add voice-overs too. *$35 Production fee is included in the price. Flix emailed within a month after program ends. In this stop-motion movie making class, you’ll work in small groups to create and voice your movies.
*All Flix emailed a month after camp ends..

IncrediFlix Summer programs are all about the fun and excitement of making movies! Children will work in age appropriate groups and go through all of the steps that Hollywood producers go through from “Action” to “That’s a Wrap!” Programs focus on creativity, cooperation, and fun fun fun! Your child will be a real filmmaker and will have a movie they created to prove it.

Masks   Masks are recommended but not required.

All participants for the classes are required to self-screen at home prior to coming to the program for the day. If the participant does not feel well they are advised to please stay at home.

(a) Self-screening shall include checking for symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, gastrointestinal symptoms, new loss of taste/smell, muscle aches, or any other symptoms that feel like a cold. Anyone with a fever of 100.0?F or above or any other signs of illness must not be permitted to attend the program.

Cost $210/Res. $215/Non Res.
To register go to www.chicopeerec.com

Art-Ventures for Kids Summer Art fun
August 15 -19,2022
9 am - 12 Pm

Amazing Faces & Places ART-ventures 

Oh, the places we'll go! Art explorers travel to some pretty weird places while creating some wicked cool art forms dating back to when art began. Discover weird gargoyle faces and visit the amazing castles of Scotland. Experience cave painting and fossil making. Make worry dolls and totem poles. Learn about Oaxacan alebrijes while designing T-shirts. Sculpt and paint colorful Mexican pots, make bark paintings and create Haitian sequined banners. This is our most creative and original art-venture week!


Classes will be held at The Parks Office 687 Front St.

To REGISTER: for for the class go to www.ARTventuresforKids.com

Summer Art-venture Weeks include:

5 days, for 3 hours a day of art-rageous fun! 
All materials and supplies for several awesome works of art each day
A project take-home box
A t-shirt designing project
Lively storytelling

Masks: Masks are not required but recommended.

All participants for the classes are required to self-screen at home prior to coming to the program for the day. If the participant does not feel well they are advised to please stay at home.

(a) Self-screening shall include checking for symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, gastrointestinal symptoms, new loss of taste/smell, muscle aches, or any other symptoms that feel like a cold. Anyone with a fever of 100.0?F or above or any other signs of illness must not be permitted to attend the program.

The Cost is $180/Resident  $190/NR. 

Lifeguard Re-Certification Class
June 13 - 16, 2022
3 - 6 Pm CCHS Pool

The Parks Department is holding an American Red Cross lifeguard re-certification class at the Chicopee Comp High School Pool. Classes will be held Monday 6/13 until Monday 6/17 from 3pm to 6pm.

The course is for individuals who have had their Lifeguard Certification before, and need to have it reinstated. It is not for people who have never been a certified lifeguard before.

Upon completion of the course, registries will receive certification for Lifesaving as well as CRP/First Aid. Course will be taught by Chicopee Comp Swim Coach, Jij Mercer. Questions can be placed to Jij directly at jmercer@cpsge.org, or here to the parks department! 

Cost $195/Res. $200/Non Res.

Register now at www.chicopeerec.com Deadline to register is Friday June 10th.