Recreation Department News March

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Director: Tom Tyburski
Office Hours: 9 a.m. 4 p.m. Open 24/7 at for program registration.
Telephone: 860-653-8947
Fax: 860-653-0173

We accept MasterCard/Visa/Discover for payments. Program/Trip Registration: All programs/trips are based on a first come basis and space availability and require advance registration; payment must accompany registration. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Scholarships: Recreational and leisure opportunities will not be denied any resident because of lack of financial resources; program scholarship information is available upon request. All inquiries are kept in the strictest confidence; apply early.

Summer Employment: The Granby Recreation Department is seeking concession staff for spring and summer, and a limited number of Lifeguards, Day Camp Counselors, and Concession Stand Workers for seasonal employment at Salmon Brook Park. Get the application at the web site; application deadline is April 10.

Party/Event Planning
The Lodge at Salmon Brook Park is a beautiful facility with a kitchen, patio, multi-purpose function room featuring a gas fireplace and central A/C, accommodating up to 99 people. Make an appointment today for a tour then reserve for your next party or social event.


Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast

Saturday, March 7, join us for a birthday celebration of Dr. Seuss with breakfast for the whole family.

Scrambled eggs, ham, toast, juice and coffee. Children under 8, $4; age 8 and up, $6. Three seatings: 7, 8 and 9 a.m. at Salmon Brook Park. Sponsored by the Granby Recreation Department and The Granby Early Childhood Council. Visit the web site to reserve your family’s seats in advance.

Youth Sports

Spring Preseason Conditioning and Fitness Camp

For boys and girls in grades 7 to 12 looking to get/stay in shape for the start of the spring sport season. The camp is not sport-specific; the focus is fitness, incorporating drills to enhance endurance, footwork and agility, full body strength training, core based exercises, balance and flexibility. Two weeks are offered; register for one or both all levels of fitness welcome. Participants need an exercise mat, water bottle, hand-held weights (5 to 8 lbs) and good footwear. Sessions held in GMHS community gym or outside if weather permits. Instructor is Terri Ziemnicki. Session 1: March 9 – 13. Session 2: March 16 – 20. 2:45–4:45 p.m. $80pp per session.

After School Fencing Program

Open to kids (grade 3–8) and adults, beginner to intermediate level fencers. Tuesdays, Feb 24 – April 14, 5 – 6 p.m. at SBP. The program will teach fencing fundamentals, develop proper technique and provide bouting experience. Every aspect of fencing is covered. On the first day of class, safety rules and use of protective equipment are covered. Fencing equipment will be supplied; masks are disinfected after each use. Participants should wear sneakers, T-shirt and long pants without pockets or holes, or shorts/capris. $121pp.

Indoor Field Hockey League, grades 5–8

Four teams will be created to play 6v6. Modified indoor rules, each night there will be two 25-minute games. Maximum 8 players on a team. Mondays, March 30 – April 27, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at GMHS Gym. $55pp.

After School Sport Clubs

All Pro Sports is providing an after school sports program this winter and spring in Granby. Children will be introduced to Dodge Ball, Tag Games, Basketball, Soccer, Floor Hockey, Baseball, and more. Children will be taught skills in a cooperative environment that stresses fun over competition, having a great time learning new skills while making new friends.

Grades K–2, March 18 – May 6, 3:25 – 4:30 p.m. $75pp at Kearns School

Grades 3–6, March 20 – May 8, 3:20 – 4:20 p.m. $75pp at Kelly Lane School

Session for grades 3–6 at Wells Road School will be announced after current session ends.

April Vacation Multi-Sport Camp

Want your children to have fun over April break? Register to have them spend mornings at Kelly Lane School playing basketball, soccer, floor hockey, and baseball (among other games) in a cooperative atmosphere that stresses fun over competition. Campers will be grouped by age and ability. They should bring a healthy snack/water bottle and wear T-shirt/shorts/sweats/socks (i.e., appropriate clothing) and sneakers (no boots or hard-soled shoes). The program is supervised by a local Physical Education Teacher. Bring a healthy lunch if staying the full day. Grades K–6, April 13 to 17. Full day is 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., $200. Half day is 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., $150.

Youth Enrichment

Music Time with Miss Carrie: Children ages 6 months to 4 years (with a caregiver) will enjoy learning basic melody, finger play, rhythm skills, dancing and music and movement in this entertaining atmosphere. Join Carrie Johnson and start your toddler’s day with singing, dancing, laughter and especially fun! Thursdays, Feb. 26 – April 9, 10 – 11 a.m. $125.

Let’s Gogh Art, Lions and Tigers and Pigs, Oh My! Animals have been an important subject for artists all over the world, from ancient caves to the present day magnificient creatures have been included in paintings, sculptures, ceramics, mosaic art, fabric design, masks and stanied glass. Participants will discover their own creativity while exploring various techniques, tools, textures and materials. Fun facts about each creature are included, masterpieces go home each week. March 20 – May 15. $95pp. Held at Kearns School, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Engineering FUNdamentals using LEGOs, grades 3–6: Tuesday, April 21 – June 9, 3:30 – 5 p.m. at Kearns School. Power up engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and LEGOs. Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering and architecture through projects such as arch bridges, skyscrapers, motorized cars and the Battletrack. An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to engineer at the next level. $154pp.

For Adults

Yoga for All: Stretch, strengthen and restore in this mixed level yoga class. Begins with a gentle warm-up, build to an invigorating flow and end with a deep stretch and peaceful relaxation. Gain flexibility, balance and strength. Instructor, Mary Ellen Mullins. Ages 18 to adult. Feb. 24 – March 31, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. at Holcomb Farm Workshop. $65pp.

Tai Chi 1, 2, 3: Ever wanted to try Tai Chi, or just want to sharpen your skills? Many physicians recommend Tai Chi because of numerous health benefits. Its slow, easy-to-learn movements, combined with concentration and breathing result in increased flexibility, better balance and enhanced immune system. Participants should wear comfortable clothing, flat-bottomed shoes or sneakers, and be able to stand unassisted for one hour. March 2 – April 6, 6 – 7 p.m. at SBP Gathering Room. $75pp.

Make Your Own Baby Food

Parents and caregivers will learn how easy, affordable, and healthy it really is to make baby food at home. This course provides information on the tools and supplies you need (and don’t need), as well as creative ideas and recipes for feeding little ones. Also included is a demo of some of the techniques and a taste-test; handouts will be provided. For age 18 and up. May 12, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Holcomb Farm. $25pp.

Clear the Clutter

This six-week program provides participants with tools, resources, and realistic weekly goals for taking control of cluttered spaces at home, office, etc. Each week you will leave motivated and supported to tackle your goal with an over-arching program goal of reducing stress levels associated with a cluttered space. There will be handouts and worksheets. For age 18 and up. May 7 – June 4, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Holcomb Farm. $60pp.

Organize It

Do you have piles of papers sitting around? Do you feel stresses by all the paperwork getting in your way? This workshop will provide you with methods and guidelines to organize your paperwork and reduce the associated stress. Handouts will be provided. For age 18 and up. April 30, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Holcomb Farm. $25pp.

Bus Trip

Boston Flower Show: March 14, enjoy the day in Boston on your own ($39) or visit the Boston Flower Show and Quincy Market ($55). Season of Enchantment is the 2015 theme of the flower show, where garden designers, floral arrangers, horticulturists and photographers will explore the mystical joys of the spring landscape. Depart Granby Town Hall at 7 a.m. with a stop at Quincy Market for those not attending the flower show to disembark. For the return, 5:30 p.m. pick-up at Quincy Market, and 6 p.m. departure from the flower show.

NYC On Your Own: Enjoy the Big Apple, see Chinatown, Little Italy, Central Park, a museum, the zoo, a Broadway show or shop. The usual drop off points are The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Plaza Hotel, and Rockefeller Center. Pickup for return is 7 p.m. in front of Stage Deli, Broadway and 53rd Street. Saturdays, April 18, June 6, Oct. 3 and Dec. 5. $40pp.

Boston Red Sox vs. Seattle Mariners: Saturday, Aug. 15 at Fenway Park. We will be seated in right field box #1 for this game (Field Level Seats, rows A-G, next to Visitor’s Bullpen). Bus will leave Granby Town Hall at about 3 p.m. for the 7:10 p.m. game start. Tickets can only be reserved with full payment. $125pp.

Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My! Monday, Aug. 24, bring the family on an exciting trip to the world famous Bronx Zoo. With award-winning, cutting-edge exhibits featuring over 4,000 animals, there is no other zoo in the world that offers the diversity, superb viewing, and world-renowned expertise that assures a rewarding experience and the knowledge that visitors can make a difference in the world around them. Deluxe motorcoach will leave Salmon Brook Park at 7 a.m. and leave the Bronx Zoo at 4:30 p.m. The $56 package includes zoo shuttles, Wild Asia Monorail, Bug Carousel, Children’s Zoo, the New 4-D Theater, and the Congo Gorilla Forest.

Summer Camp Programs

Information and registration for all of the summer programs can be found on the website.

Salmon Brook Park Day Camp

This traditional day camp for grades 1 thru 5 fills each day with active games, special events, sports, arts and crafts, teamwork, group interaction and the wonders of nature. SBP has a playground, soccer fields, baseball fields, outdoor basketball hoops, picnic pavilions, and tennis courts. Your child will have the opportunity to swim in the pond, go on exciting field trips, and see spectacular entertainers. All children are grouped by age/grade and all activities are age-appropriate. Camp is scheduled in one-week sessions to better meet you and your child’s needs. Need to get to work early or extend your child’s time at the camp? Check out our Extended Day Program run by our Camp Director. Save $10 a week by registering your child by Friday, May 22. The discount will show up during checkout. Note: All campers must purchase an individual ($30) or family ($70) SBP membership in order to register for camp. The SBP membership price includes the camp discount and swimming privileges at the pond all summer long. Weekly sessions start June 22 and continue thru Aug. 21. 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $160 pp.

Mission: Adventure, a Camp for Teens and Tweens

The area’s most popular day camp for grades 6 thru 9. Mission: Adventure will have campers kayaking down the Farmington River, playing paintball with their friends in the setting of a western boomtown, playing underwater Frisbee while wearing a scuba tank on their back and so much more! Each two-week session of camp has at least 6 off site field trips to a variety of locations. On days where campers will be on site all day they will participate in scavenger hunts, team building activities, sports, swimming and more. Note: All campers must purchase an individual ($30) or family $70) SBP membership in order to register for camp. Families will receive a detailed packet of camp/trip information in the mail 1–2 weeks before camp begins; trip waivers, a list of what to bring, etc. will be included. 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., $419pp. Session 1: June 22 – July 3. Session 2: July 6 – 17. Session 3: July 20 – 31. Session 4: Aug. 3 – 14.