Youth Programs

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Participating in Youth Programs at Amherst Recreation is special because we understand that helping to build strong kids, builds strong communities. From science to football, we take great care in finding wonderful instructors who know the value of developing programs that don’t just teach the skill, they also help develop the whole child. 

ArtVentures for Kids and Mad Science (Youth Enrichment)Mad Science - AKF Logo 

ArtVentures - “Where the Wild Things Art” - Grades K-5 - Art adventurers explore many whimsical and original art forms and techniques, discovering clay and collage, painting and drawing, mask-making and decorating, just to name a few! Sculpt colorful monsters and clay pots, design ceramic robots, decorate birdhouses and wooden guitars, create tape resist t-shirts and so much more. Plus, hear wonderful stories, such as “Where the Wild Things Are” and “Nova the Robot,” each relating to a work of art. 

Dates: 9/21/2021 - 11/23 (No Class 11/2/2021) 

When: Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 PM 

Meeting at the Bangs Community Center 

Fee: $149 includes all materials - REGISTRATION LINK: 

Mad Science - “Crazy Contraptions” - Crazy Contraptions - Grades 2-6 - Rube Goldberg became famous for his drawings of complex machines that perform very simple tasks. Children will learn about simple machines and de vices to transfer energy, then design, build, and test their own wacky Rube Goldberg machines using every-day material. 

Dates: 9/23/2021 - 11/18/2021, 12/2/2021 (No Class 11/11, 11/25) 

When: Thursdays 4:00-5:00 PM 

Meeting at the Bangs Community Center 

Fee: $170 includes all materials - REGISTRATION LINK: 

GOTR LogoGirls on the Run 

Our fall programming season starts the week of September 14th, and right now, GOTR of Western MA is hard at work to ensure girls will continue to build connectedness, strengthen their social-emotional health and engage in physical activity. Interested in running? Interested in coaching? Let us know! To learn more and register visit: 

Dates: Starting 9/14/2021, When: TBA Meeting at the Mill River Fee: $150 (sliding scale)