School Vacation Programs

Fun in February Vacation Camp

A highly interactive program for children 5-13 that is held at Barry School, 44 Connell St.  Five year olds must at least be in kindergarten to participate.  The program runs from 8:30-3:00 with drop off and pick up at the school location no later than 3:00.  This is highly supervised by Parks Department staff, as well as numerous members of the Chicopee High School NHS (National Honor Society).

The mornings begin with a sign in by parents/guardians, followed by controlled board games/activities.  After this, kids are split up into rotating groups where they will take part in active gym games and arts and crafts activities.  We then prep for the daily field trip by handing out name tags and wrist bands, and putting kids into small groups before traveling by bus to the location of the day.

Parents/guardians can sign up for 1, 2 or all 3 days!  Lunch and drinks are provided on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Please bring a bag lunch for Thursday.

Tuesday, February 21          Interskate 91 in Wilbraham (bring skates if owned)
                                                           $40 residents $45 non residents

Wednesday, February 22     AMF Bowling in Chicopee
                                                           $40 residents $45 non residents

Thursday, February 23        RAVE Cinemas in West Springfield (Movie is TBA)
                                                           $30 residents $35 non residents

All fees are covered on the field trips, except for concession stands, video games, playscape and roller-skating aid at Interskate.  Children must bring extra money for these items. 

Sign ups are limited per day and are held at the Chicopee Parks Department, 687 Front St. For more information call the office at 594-3481. 


Chicopee Parks & Recreation Presents Feb. Vacation Art Ventures with Let’s Gogh Art

Let’s Gogh Art…  
- Helping art explorers think outside the box about art as it relates to the amazing world around us! 
- Unique and original art experiences using quality art materials in a fun and stress-free environment 
- Talented, nurturing instructors inspire children’s imaginations and creativity and promote the value of art 
- Provides wicked cool, sometimes kooky, art activities kids love to do! 

Tuesday, 2/21/17, Totally Awesome Animal Art 
 Create ferocious tiger boxes using the art of decoupage and sculpting with clay, design colorful animal hand puppets, and draw dressed-up dogs inspired by the photographer William Wegman. Hilarious creations! 

Wednesday, 2/22/17, Jumpin' Jellyfish Art‐ventures  
Experiment with some very weird materials and textures while building shimmering jellyfish sculptures, create dripping watercolor jellyfish paintings and color beautiful stained glass ocean scenes to hang in a window. As a final art activity, experience the magical art of diffusion using baby wipes, bright colors and sea animal shapes!

Thursday, 2/23/17, Rainforest, Ribbit.... 
 Learn about red-eyed tree frogs, poison dart frogs and the patterns of the rainforest while drawing, painting and sculpting with clay. Sculpt fanciful froggy pots, design tree light switch covers for your rooms and paint rainforest patterned masterpieces. Ribbit...Ribbit...Ribbit! Fun and laughter as usual!

 Friday, 2/24/17, Totally Terrific Teddy Bear Picnic  
Learn some fun facts about bears while coloring and decorating 8" stuffed fabric bears. Paint ceramic Teddy Bear banks, then create cool bear drawings to hang in your rooms.

Time: 10am to 12pm each day. Grades: K-5 
Location: Chicopee Parks and Recreation, 687 Front St. 
Fee per day: $23 for residents/$26 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.

Babysitting Class

The Parks Department is offering a babysitting class for youth ages 11 yrs. & older. The class will be held at the Chicopee Parks & Recreation Dept. 687 Front St. on Thursday February 23, 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

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 February 22 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Chicopee Parks & Recreation 687 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.

 There will be a break in between sessions, so participants are invited to bring a snack.  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.