Youth Programs

2017 Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 15 at the Upper Szot Park Field

For children ages 10 and under, pre-registration only at the Chicopee Parks Department.  $5 for residents and $7 for non residents.  At the office pick up a coloring contest for the little one that will be judged the week after the event.  The day of there will be over 3,000 colored Easter Eggs scattered filled with candy and maybe a "special ticket" to redeem a prize.

Check in time is 10:00 where the kids will get a baggy filled with gifts.  At 10:15 we will have a "Bunny Feet" contest where the kids will come up with there most original and creative pair.  Prizes handed out for the winners. 

Hunt begins for ages 3 and under at approximately 10:25, ages 4-7 at 10:35, and finish off with the ages 8-10 going around 10:45.

Bring your cameras as the Easter Bunny will be making an appearance as well! 

Sponsored by the First Central Bible Church, Peoples Bank, the Valley Blue Sox, and Burger King.

Rain site is Dupont Middle School.  Call 594-3481 (hit option 2) if weather is inclement.

Limited to the first 300 pre-registered children so sign up soon!!!

Tang Soo Do Korean Martial Arts
      April 3 - April 26
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. 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. 
Adults (ages 16+):  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

Chicopee Parks & Recreation Presents April Vacation Art Ventures with Let’s Gogh Art
Tuesday, 4/18/17, Boo! Goofy Monsters and Haunted Houses 
In this awesome and eerie art program, art-ventures construct highly detailed haunted house boxes, complete with spider webs, spooky trees, gravestones, creepy crawly creatures and more! Then paint colorful ceramic monster planters and sculpt clay skeletons. 
Wednesday, 4/19/17, Electric Zebras and neon tote Bags 
Explore pattern and color while painting electrifying zebras on canvases and create wild neon geometric designs on canvas tote bags using a special resist technique and fabric ink. Then make a rainbow mandala with a variety of vibrant embellishments!
Thursday, 4/20/17, Zany Zoo Animal Art‐ventures 
Like a trip to the zoo! Color ceramic bunny banks with special paint markers and design stained glass animal with wiggly eyes! Then create animal clip bookmarks using watercolor paints and draw some surprisingly ferocious fish! 
Friday, 4/21/17, Wicked Wild and Wonderful Art 
Totally unique art-ventures! Use oil pastels to draw hilarious self-portraits while imagining yourselves as Minions (From the movie Minions). Create colorful clay tiles with terrific texture using some unexpected tools: seashells and pasta. Finally, explore the art of decoupage while designing and decorating large paper mache letters. 
Time: 9am to 12pm each day. Grades: K-5 
Location: Chicopee Parks and Recreation, 687 Front St. 
Fee per day: $33 for residents/$36 for non-residents 
Sign up for one or all four! (Limited Space, sign up early

 Register online @ www.ARTventuresfor Click “Register Now” or in person @ the Chicopee Parks Office 687 Front St. 

Open Swim Program

The Parks Department will hold Open Swim at Chicopee High School Pool on Sundays from 12:30 – 2:30 PM. until- March 19, 2017.  The cost is $3.00 per Person. The program is open to residents only and an I.D. is required at the door. All children 18 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Children who have not been toilet trained must have a swim diapers.  

Babysitting Class

Tuesday April 18
The Parks Department is offering a babysitting class for youth ages 11 yrs. & older. The class will be held at Dupont Middle School. 650 Front St. on Tuesday April 18, 2017 from 9AM. – 2PM. The cost is $70/Residents $75/Non-residents. 

The class will cover such topics as playtime, behavior management, phone skills, common do & don’ts, bathing, feeding, changing diapers, fire safety, CPR review, and first aid. All participants must pre-register for the class by signing up at the Parks Dept. Class space is limited! For more information please contact the Parks Dept. at 594 - 3481

CPR/AED First Aid & Blood Bourne Pathogens Training Class
Wednesday April 19

The Parks Department is offering a certification class in First Aid/cardiopulmonary resuscitation Blood borne Pathogens and the use of an automated external defibrillator on Wednesday April 19 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Dupont Middle School 650 Front St. 

The cost for the full class is $80 for residents and $85 for non-residents. The cost for a certification in CPR/AED & Blood borne pathogens is $50 for residents and $55 for non-residents. The cost for a certification in First Aid Blood borne pathogens is $55 for residents and $60 for non-residents. The cost for a certification in Blood borne pathogens only is $20 for residents and $25 for non-residents. These are basic certifications & do not apply for daycare providers, lifeguards and nurses.Class space is limited and pre-registration is mandatory at the Chicopee Parks and Recreation Department at 687 Front St. or by calling 594-3481.  

Lifeguard Training Class

American Red Cross lifeguard certification classes will be held at the Chicopee High School Pool. The classes will run Saturday April 1, 8 and 15. Classes will be held from (10 AM– 5 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) for the Lifeguards and Community First Aid. Participants must be 16 years of age on or before the end of the course. 
All participants must take a pre-skills test on the first day of class to be officially enrolled in the course. Register & pay at the Parks Dept.