Youth Activities

Here you will find programs and activities for youth. Browse the offerings to find a program that meets your needs! Our seasonal brochures can be found on the Home page. Click on the brochure to review all of our offerings.
Hip Hop Dance
Children will learn basic exercise based dance moves to clean edited hip-hop music in a fun upbeat environment. Lessons are open to anyone in this age group. Each student will be required to bring a water bottle, comfortable athletic clothing and shoes. Advanced Dance requires instructor permission. Contact us for more information.
School year- class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Summer- class Mondays and Wednesdays
Date Information: Tues & Thurs, 11/13-1/17; 2/5-4/2; 4/9-5/30; M/W 6/10-7/31; 5:30 Lessons/6:30 Advanced
Cost: $50 res/$55 non res Dance Lessons and $40/$45 Advanced Dance (instructor permission)
Age Requirements: 5-12 yrs old- lessons; Advanced Dance 7+ and up
Location: Nathan Hale Dance Room (school year)/ Martin Center (summer)
REGISTRATION ENDS 06/10/2019
For questions contact Sharon Bousquet at 860-447-5230 or email at sbousquet@ci.new-london.ct.us.

Rhythm and Sync Tap Dance
Beginner & intermediate tap dance lessons. Program runs throughout the year & meets 2 times per week. Tap shoes required. Please also bring a water bottle each day. Program is now in the Senior Center Dance Room located off the bottom of the Senior Center.
Youth classes 4-15 are run Tues and Thurs 6:30-7:30 PM
Adult class 16 and up is run one time a week on Thursdays- 7:30-8:30 PM
* Price will increase $5.00 for 2019 classes.
Date Information: Tuesdays and Thursdays; 11/13-1/15; 1/22-3/14; 3/26-5/16; 5/28-7/23; 6:30-7:30 PM
Cost: $45 residents/ $50 nonresidents for 8 wks 2 x week; ADULT CLASS 1x wk $35/40
Age Requirements: 4-15 yrs old youth class; 16 and up for adult class
Location: Senior Center Dance Room
REGISTRATION ENDS 06/01/2019
For questions contact SHARON BOUSQUET at 860-447-5230 or email at sbousquet@ci.new-london.ct.us.

Ballet
Beginner/intermediate ballet lessons. Program runs throughout the year. Class meets 2 times per week for each age group. Ballet shoes required. Please bring a water bottle.
* Price will increase $5 for 2019 sessions
Date Information: Tues & Thurs, 11/13-1/15; 1/22-3/14; 3/26-5/16; 5/28-7/23; 5:30-6:15 PM
Cost: $45 residents/ $50 nonresidents for 8 wks
Age Requirements: 4-13 yrs old
Location: Senior Center Dance Room
REGISTRATION ENDS 06/01/2019
For questions contact Sharon Bousquet at 860-447-5230 or email at sbousquet@ci.new-london.ct.us.

Get Fit New London
Join us for one or all of these FREE exercise classes offered
Monday-Thursday, February 4- April 25th.
Classes start at 4:15 or 5:15 PM
Monday- 4:15 PM Yoga
Monday- 5:15 PM Bootcamp
Tuesday- 4:15 PM Dance Fitness
Wednesday- 4:15 PM Yoga
Wednesday- 5:15 PM Circuit Training
Thursday- 4:15 PM Zumba
Registration fee is $5 and you can attend any class as many times as you are able.
Date Information: Monday-Thursday, Feb 4-April 25 (12 weeks)
Cost: $5 registration fee; CLASSES FREE
Age Requirements: Age 16 through adult
Location: Martin Center Gym
REGISTRATION ENDS 04/01/2019
For questions contact Sharon Bousquet at 860-447-5230 or email at sbousquet@ci.new-london.ct.us.

New London Step Challenge
Join with a group of three or more people and register for the New London Step Challenge. Walk your way to being fit this spring. Can your business or City Department beat the New London Recreation Department team? Teams can be made up of families, co-workers, and/or friends. All ages are welcome to join BUT every participant must have an accurate way to track their steps per day over a 6 week period.
Challenge begins April 1st - May 10th
Register your Team Captain today and list your team members. A rules sheet with how to turn in your steps will be sent out during March.
$10 per team to enter the CHALLENGE
Date Information: April 1-May 10; 6 week program
Cost: $10 per team
Age Requirements: All ages welcome to join a team- team captain must be 16 years or older
Location: Any
REGISTRATION ENDS 03/31/2019
For questions contact Sharon Bousquet at 860-447-5230 or email at sbousquet@ci.new-london.ct.us.

Jumping to Solutions

Did you know jumping rope for 10 minutes is equal to jogging for up to a half hour with less impact on the joints? In just a few minutes a day you can be on your way to burning tons of calories over the course of several weeks. Learn basic jump rope skills in a relaxed fun environment as we Jump to Solutions.


Date Information: Tuesdays & Thursdays, Jan. 8- Feb. 14, 2019; 5:30-6:30 PM
Cost: $40 resident/ $45 nonresident
Age Requirements: Ages 15 and up
Location: Harbor Elem School Gym- enter through the side door of gym
REGISTRATION ENDS 01/08/2019
For questions contact Sharon Bousquet at 860-447-5230 or email at sbousquet@ci.new-london.ct.us.

2019 Summer Playground
Come have fun with your friends over the summer! Breakfast & lunch are provided. Includes swim lessons at Ocean Beach pool. Please send your child dressed in their swim suit with a towel on swim days. Activities include daily arts and crafts, playing on the playground, board games, group games, and trips to the beach. Choice of Jennings, Winthrop or Nathan Hale. Before and after care available for additional fee. RAIN or SHINE. Proof of residency is required for New London rate. Nonresidents
Fee subject to change based on the budget outcome; register early for last year's price.
Date Information: Mon-Fri, July 1-Aug 9; 6 weeks of 1 week long camp sessions
Cost: $50/res; $75 nonres; OR $55/80 after 6/21; $25/wk Before or After Care
Age Requirements: 4-5 and 6-10 years old as of Monday of camp week
Location: Jennings 4-5 yr olds; Winthrop OR Nathan Hale 6-10 yr olds
REGISTRATION ENDS 07/31/2019
For questions contact New London Recreation Dept. at 860-447-5230 or email at sbousquet@ci.new-london.ct.us.

2019 MYFI
Afterschool program to train for the Triathlon, Duathlon, Aquathlon, and 5K races. Harbor, Nathan Hale, Winthrop, and Jennings school sites.
Tuesday- Winthrop: 4:00-5:30 PM
Wednesdays-Harbor: 3:00-4:30 PM
Thursdays- Jennings: 3:00-4:30 PM
Friday- Nathan Hale: 3:00-4:30 PM
MYFI training with added Duathlon fee- $10 DUATHLON SUN. APRIL 28
MYFI training with added Aquathlon fee- $10 AQUATHLON SAT. JUN 8
MYFI training with both Aquathlon and Duathlon fee- $20
Scholarships Available upon request- 860-447-5230
Bike Training during April Vacation- Wed., April 17 (Thursday, 4/18 raindate) 
Date Information: March 11-May 31 (day/time varies based on school) afterschool
Cost: FREE plus race fee- $10 per race; 2 races offered
Age Requirements: K-5 grades
Location: Nathan Hale, Harbor, Jennings, Winthrop
REGISTRATION ENDS 06/01/2019
For questions contact Sharon Bousquet at 860-447-5230 or email at sbousquet@ci.new-london.ct.us.

Adult Swim Lessons
This class will focus on basic swim strokes to make all adults comfortable in the water and improve your strokes based on the level you are at. Beginner & intermediate swimmers welcome.
Fall/Spring lessons are at Avery Point Pool in Groton. Summer lessons are at Ocean Beach Pool in New London.
Date Information: Sundays- 9/23-11/11; 3/24-5/12 @ 2:30 PM; Wednesdays-6/26-7/31 @ 6PM & 7PM
Cost: $40 Residents/$45 Non-residents
Age Requirements: 15 and older
Location: UCONN Avery Point Pool (Fall/Spring); Ocean Beach (Summer)
REGISTRATION ENDS 06/26/2019
For questions contact Sharon Bousquet at 860-447-5230 or email at sbousquet@ci.new-london.ct.us.

Baby and Me Swim
The goal of the class is to help make the child comfortable in the water. Parents will be in the water with their child 1:1. Children will participate in activities with songs, jumping into the water as able, using toys to have fun in the water, etc. 45 min class at Avery Point for 8 weeks; 1 hour class at Ocean Beach for 6 weeks.
Date Information: Sundays, 9/23-11/11; 3/24-5/12; 1:30 PM; Mon OR Wed, June 24-July 31- 5PM
Cost: $40 residents/$45 nonresident for 8 weeks
Age Requirements: Birth to age 3 with parent in water
Location: UCONN Avery Point (school year); Ocean Beach Pool (summer)
REGISTRATION ENDS 06/26/2019
For questions contact Sharon Bousquet at 860-447-5230 or email at sbousquet@ci.new-london.ct.us.

2019 Spring Youth Swim Lessons
Youth classes are in 6 levels Level 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Please designate your level and times of choice during registration. Baby and Me and adult offered under separate heading.
Date Information: Sundays, Mar 24-May 12; 1:30-2:30 PM or 2:30-3:30 PM
Cost: $40 residents/$45 nonresidents
Age Requirements: Youth Lessons ages 4-14
Location: Avery Point Campus Pool
REGISTRATION ENDS 03/24/2019
For questions contact Sharon Bousquet at 860-447-5230 or email at sbousquet@ci.new-london.ct.us.

Preschool Sports
Parent and child class which will focus on sport specific skills. Dribbling, passing, shooting, catching, etc will be the different skills each parent will do with their child. The class is set up in stations so that each child/parent rotates around. A beginning warm up and ending activity will be done with the lead instructors as a group. We will not be playing a soccer/basketball “game” however fun games associated with the sport will be played at the end of each night. Please bring water.
Date Information: Tuesdays, 11/6-12/11; 1/8-2/12; 3/5-4/9; 4/23-5/28; 5:30-6:30 PM
Cost: $25 for 6 weeks residents/$30 for nonresidents
Age Requirements: 3-5 years old with parent
Location: Nathan Hale Field/Gym
REGISTRATION ENDS 04/23/2019
For questions contact SHARON BOUSQUET at 860-447-5230 or email at sbousquet@ci.new-london.ct.us.

B-boy (Break dancing)
The students will be participating in light workouts before getting into the actual exercise, such as running, jumping jacks etc. The students will also be learning the four elements of what makes a bboy (break dancer) toprock, footwork, freezes, and power moves.
Date Information: Fridays, Jan 18-Mar 8; Mar 22-May 17; Group 1-5:30-7:00PM; Group 2-7:00-8:30 PM
Cost: $40 Residents/$45 Nonresidents- Fridays
Age Requirements: Group 1= 4-9yrs; Group 2= 10-15 yrs
Location: Winthrop School Gym
REGISTRATION ENDS 02/28/2019
For questions contact Sharon Bousquet at 860-447-5230 or email at sbousquet@ci.new-london.ct.us.

2019 Munchkin Basketball
Great program for children to learn the basics of basketball while having fun. Participants will rotate around from station to station with fun games and warm ups done as a group. The USCG Academy has partnered with us for this program in the past and the cadets teach the children directly. We hope to continue that tradition this year.
Date Information: Fridays, January 4-February 8, 2019; 5:30-6:30 PM
Cost: $25 resident / $30 nonresident
Age Requirements: 5- 6 years old
Location: Jennings Elem School gym
REGISTRATION ENDS 01/04/2019
For questions contact Sharon Bousquet at 860-447-5230 or email at sbousquet@ci.new-london.ct.us.

Korean Family Karate & Lil Ninja
The goal of Tang Soo Do is to teach self-respect and respect for others. This class will teach the Korean art of Tang Soo Do. Training is traditional encompassing the refinement of technique, hyung (forms) and dae ryan (sparring). There will be 3 months of class- at the end of the session you will need to re-register to continue. Additional $25 at end of class to be tested for belt.
Date Information: Tues &/or Thurs, Oct 9-Dec 20; 1/3-3/28; April-June; July Sept; evening times vary based on division
Cost: $55 res/ $60 nonres 2 x wk for 3 months; $45 res/$50 nonres 1 x wk for 3 months
Age Requirements: 5-6, 7-8 yrs and 9 yrs and up
Location: Jennings Elem School Gym (school year)/ Martin Center in the summer
REGISTRATION ENDS 07/11/2019
For questions contact Sharon Bousquet at 860-447-5230 or email at sbousquet@ci.new-london.ct.us.

Youth Triathlon Training
This class will be a fun program for youth to get together over the summer, train for the upcoming triathlon, and learn about the sport. We will cover swim, bike, and run. During those days fun games and nutrition will also be done. This is not a competitive program but an effort to make the lifelong sport of triathlon, duathlon and overall fitness fun for children so they continue to be fit as adults. Caulkins Park and Ocean Beach- 1st day meet at Caulkins Park.
Date Information: Wednesdays, July 10-Aug 28; 5:30-6:30 PM
Cost: $25 resident/ $30 nonresident
Age Requirements: Age 5-17 years
Location: Caulkins Park 1st day; Every other week Ocean Beach
REGISTRATION ENDS 07/10/2019
For questions contact Sharon Bousquet at 860-447-5230 or email at sbousquet@ci.new-london.ct.us.

Kids Marathon Program
Does your child enjoy running? Does he/she need more exercise? This program will meet two times per week on Mon/Wed from 5:30-6:30 PM where the children will work from their startng point to run 26.2 miles over 8 weeks. Games and nutrition information will be done each day. The grand finale and last mile will be run at a celebration at NEW LONDON High School track- similar to Olympic finish on Friday, May 31 at 6:00 PM.
Date Information: Mondays and Wednesdays, April 8-May 31; 5:30-6:30 PM
Cost: $25 resident/ $30 nonresident
Age Requirements: Grades 3-8
Location: Caulkins Park
REGISTRATION ENDS 04/08/2019
For questions contact Sharon Bousquet at 860-447-5230 or email at sbousquet@ci.new-london.ct.us.

Cooking with Food For Your Soul!
Join Chef Erica, owner of Food For Your Soul, to learn about the basics of cooking and how to prepare various fun foods! This class is designed for children ages 5-12 years old. Class will run four weeks in each session. Class will have a minimum of 8 children and a max of 10. 
Date Information: Thursdays, 1/10-1/31; 2/21-3/14; 4/25-5/16 5:30-6:30 PM
Cost: $45 residents/$50 nonresidents
Age Requirements: 5-12 years old
Location: United Methodist Church- Kitchen
REGISTRATION ENDS 04/25/2019
For questions contact Sharon Bousquet at 860-447-5230 or email at sbousquet@ci.new-london.ct.us.