Youth Activities

Year Round School Support

Join us for the two week break when year round school is off! We will provide games, group activities, arts and crafts, food, and activities to keep busy. The program will take place in the school your child attends- Winthrop or Nathan Hale. The program runs 9:00AM-3:00 PM. If you normally attend before care (7AM- start of school), your child will be walked into this program as they usually would for class. If your child is in enrichment afterschool care, picked up, or he/she takes the bus home, your child will be connected to the right group at the end of the day.  Session 1= Aug 29-Sep 9 (no program 9/5); Session 2=October 24-November 4; Session 3= December 19– December 23, 2022 (ONE WEEK ONLY) **Join December Vacation camp for 12/26-12/30- registration under a separate program heading

Date Information: Mon-Fri, During Two week breaks for Year round school; 9:00-3:00 PM
Cost: FREE to year round school participants
Age Requirements: K-3
Location: Winthrop; Nathan Hale
For questions contact Sharon Bousquet at 860-447-5230 or email at

December Vacation Camp

Come join us for a great vacation with your friends playing games, doing arts and crafts, decorating gingerbread cookies, dancing to DJ music, and celebrating the New Year! Permission slips for 2 field trips will be mailed out the week before camp. Limit 60 children ages 4-10. 

Date Information: Monday-Friday, Dec 26-30; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Cost: $50 resident/ $55 NR
Age Requirements: 4-10 yrs old
Location: BP Learned Mission- 40 Shaw Street
For questions contact Sharon Bousquet at 860-447-5230 or email at

Rhythm & Sync Tap Dance
Rhythm & Sync Tappers are back! 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. Those that attend regularly throughout the year will be working towards an end of year performance. 
Date Information: Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nov 29-Jan 26; 5:30/6:30 PM
Cost: $50 residents/ $55 nonresidents for 8 wks 2 x week
Age Requirements: 4-8 yrs old class; 9-14 yrs old class
Location: Senior Center Dance Room
For questions contact Sharon Bousquet at 860-447-5230 or email at

Adult Swimming Lessons Nov-Dec
The New London Recreation Department offers three classes to adults with two instructors to accommodate any swimming ability.
Beginner Swim is to help you become more comfortable and  confident in the water.
Intermediate Swim is for students who can stay afloat but need help building onto thee skills the already have.
Expert Swim is a class that allows adults to swim laps and build endurance.  
Cost: $50 residents/$60 nonresidents; $5 late fee after 9/17/2022
Age Requirements: 15 and older
Location: Avery Point Pool, 1084 Shennecossett Rd., Groton
For questions contact Tommy Podeszwa at 860-701-7694 or email at

Before Care- Fall 2022

Do you need to get to work before the time the school day starts? Do you need care for your child so you can get to work on time? New London Recreation in partnership with NLPS will offer care starting at 7AM for all 4 elementary schools in New London every day school is in session starting on the 1st day school! Registration will be monthly on our website- if you are unable to pay the full amount monthly please reach out to the office at 860-447-5230 for a payment plan. 

Date Information: Mon-Fri, on school days, starting Sept 6
Cost: $30 per month
Age Requirements: Grades K-5
Location: Nathan Hale, Winthrop, Jennings
For questions contact Sharon Bousquet at 860-447-5230 or email at

Early Release Wednesdays

Afterschool program on early release days. Harbor, Nathan Hale, Winthrop, and Jennings school sites. Registration limited to the first 40 children per site per day. Parent pickup on Wednesdays afterschool between 4:30- 5PM. Games, playground time, crafts, and more. 

Date Information: Wednesdays, Dec 1-Feb 28; afterschool-5:00 PM
Cost: $5
Age Requirements: K - 5th grade
Location: Harbor, Nathan Hale, Jennings, Winthrop
For questions contact Sharon Bousquet at 860-447-5230 or email at

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: Friday, January 13-Feb 17; 5:30-6:30 PM
Cost: $25 resident / $30 nonresident
Age Requirements: 5- 6 years old
Location: JENNINGS gym
For questions contact Sharon Bousquet at 860-447-5230 or email at

Korean 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 12 weeks 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.
Tuesdays and Thursdays Jan 3-March 23
Ages 5-6: Lil Ninja's (Thursday only) 5:30 - 6:00 PM
Ages 7-8: Dragons (Tuesday and/or Thursday) 6:00 - 6:30 PM
Ages 9+: Traditional Beginner Karate (Tuesday and/or Thursday) 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Ages 9+: Intermediate Karate (Tuesday and/or Thursday) 7:30-8:30 PM
Date Information: Tues/Thurs, Jan 3-March 23; 5:30/6:00/6:30/7:30 PM-see class schedule
Cost: $60 res/ $65 nonres 2x wk; $50/$55 1x wk: Lil Ninjas $55/$60
Age Requirements: 5-6, 7-8 yrs and 9 yrs and up
Location: BP Learn (Gym)
For questions contact Sharon Bousquet at 860-447-5230 or email at