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2018 Spring & Summer Information
Online Registration Starts April 6th @ Midnight
In Office Registration Starts April 9th @ 8am


This class is to prepare athletes for the competitive cheer season.  We will focus on gaining new skills for jumps, stunts, and tumbling to incorporate in a routine later in the year.  Competitive season starts in September and runs through March. This is a fun, easy way to see if your athlete would enjoy the competitive world of cheerleading.
Entry Deadline: Session 1: April 4
 Session 2: May 30
Entry Fee: Session 1: $70.00
 Session 2: $100.00
Held on: Session 1: Monday’s - April 9 – May 21
 Session 2: Monday’s - June 4 - August 6
Times: 6:30 – 8:00pm
Ages: 5 - 18
Location: Leisure Center
Limitation: Min. 10
Instructor: Hannah Sites/Britney Bogner

Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for people eager to positively impact a child and improve their community at the same time.  Join us for a night of information to learn how you and/or your family can volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Being a Big Brother, Big Sister, Couple or Family Match could be one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling things you’ll ever do. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do. Play sports together, go on a hike, read books, eat your favorite pizza, or just give some advice and inspiration.  Whatever it is you enjoy, odds are you’ll enjoy them even more with your Little-and you’ll be making a life-changing impact.  Volunteering just a few hours a month with a child can start something amazing.  We have many kids waiting for you.  Call Big Brothers Big Sisters at (785)625-6672 with questions or for more information.
Entry Deadline: RSVP encouraged but not required
Entry Fee: FREE
Held on Session 1: Tuesday, April 24
 Session 2: Tuesday, May 22
 Session 3: Tuesday, June 19
 Session 4: Tuesday, July 17
Times: 6:00 – 7:00pm
 *Refreshments provided
Ages: 18 & older
Location: Recreation Center

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children (ages 5-17) facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.  Our volunteers are well screened community members.  If you feel your child(ren) could benefit from the extra support and encouragement of a Big, we would like to share more about how your child(ren) can become a Little Brother or Little Sister in our program.  We will have activities available for your children as well.  Call Big Brothers Big Sisters at (785)625-6672 with questions or for more information.
Entry Deadline: RSVP encouraged but not required
Entry Fee: FREE
Held on Session 1: Thursday, April 26
 Session 2: Thursday, May 24
 Session 3: Thursday, June 21
 Session 4: Thursday, July 19
Times: 6:00 – 7:00pm
 *Refreshments provided
Location: Recreation Center

Have you ever wondered about the life of those beautiful Monarch butterflies that travel through our area?  Where do they come from and where do they go?  Come and explore their life and learn about how you can attract these and other pollinators to your yard.  Participants will go home with the tools to start a butterfly garden.
Entry Deadline: April 25
Entry Fee: $5.00 - includes snack, camp supplies
Date: Thursday, May 3
Times: 3:30 – 5:00pm
Grades: 2nd – 5th
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 5   Max. 10
Instructors: Susan Schlichting, K-State Research & Extension – Cottonwood Extension Agent - 4-H Youth Development and Ellis Co. 4-H teen leaders.

Come fly with us! Tween aerial yoga is designed to encourage your child’s quest for physical challenge! Not only does it promote better balance, confidence, strength and courage, but it also trains the body and mind not to be afraid of trying new things.
Entry Deadline: Session 1 & 2: April 25
 Session 2: July 4
Entry Fee: $20.00
Held on: Session 1: Level 1 only Tues.’s – May 1 - 22
 Session 2: Level 2 only Thursday’s May 3 - 24
 Session 3: Mix Levels Tuesday’s July 10 – 31
Time: Session: 1 & 2 4:00 - 4:45pm
 Session 3: 10:30 – 11:15am
Ages: Session 1 & 2: 8 – 12
 Session 3: 8 - 13
Location: Fitness Center Studio 1
Limitations: Min. 3   Max.5

You don’t have time to make lunch or cook supper.  You and your child can come and create a dish.  You will create a main dish, side dish and a dessert.  All cooking utensils will be available all you need to do is be ready to put it all together.  What better way than to spend time with your child and leave the mess in our kitchen.
Entry Deadline: May 2
Entry Fee: $10.00
Held on: Wednesday, May 9
Times: Session 1: 11:00 – 11:45 am
 Session 2: 4:30 – 5:15pm
Ages: session 1: 3 - 5 w/adult
 Session 2: 5 - 10 w/an adult
Location: Leisure Center
Limitation: Min. 6   Max. 12

3-2-1 BLAST OFF 2018
Come and join us for Aerospace Adventure 2018! We’ll take a look at deep space exploration at this year’s camp.   You’ll also build a model rocket that can be entered into the Ellis County Fair and Ellis Jr. Free Fair.  Weather permitting, we’ll launch at the end of the afternoon.
Entry Deadline:  May 9
Entry Fee: $12.00 – includes snack, camp, supplies, model rocket & engine
Held on: Thursday, May 24
Times: 1:00 – 5:00pm
Grades: 3rd – 6th (2018-19 school year)
Location: Recreation Center
Limitations: Min. 5   Max. 12
Instructors: Susan Schlichting, K-State Research & Extension – Cottonwood Extension Agent - 4-H Youth Development and Ellis Co. 4-H teen leaders.

This course gives participants the knowledge, skills and confidence to care for infants through school-aged children. Topics include safety issues, preventing injuries and illness, basic child care, first aid, rescue breathing care for choking, and age appropriate behavior.  Each participant will receive a handbook, snack and other resources.  Please bring a sack lunch with you.
Entry Deadline:  May 16
Entry Fee:  $30.00
Held on:  Monday, May 21
Times:  8:00am - 2:30pm
Ages:   11 - 15
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 5   Max. 12

It’s that time of year to get your son or daughter registered for golf lessons with Precision golf.  This is a great way to give them four days of practicing or working on their skills. Participants will need to bring their own clubs.  Due to skill levels and numbers some participants may be moved into a different time slot.  All participants will receive a t-shirt.
Entry Deadline: May 30
Entry Fee: $50.00
Held on: Monday – Thursday - June 11 – 14
Times: Session 1:  8:30 – 10:00am
 Session 2:  10:30am – 12:00pm
Ages: Session 1:  6 - 10
 Session 2:  11 – 17
Location: Precision Valley Golf Center, 1500 W. 27th
Limitation: Min. 3   Max. 15

Children will be taught basic dance positions and techniques.  They’ll also learn a couple easy, fun routines to show family and friends.
Entry Deadline: Session 1: May 30
 Session 2: June 27
Entry Fee: $10.00
Held on: Session 1: Thurs.’s - June – 7 - 28
 Session 2: Monday’s - July 9 - 30
Times: 10:15 – 11:00am
Ages: 6 - 10
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 5   Max. 10
Instructor: Hannah Sites

Love creating 3D art? Join us as we make creations of clay! This is a 2 part class- on the first day we will work with wet clay and during the second class we will add color to our creation.
Entry Deadline: May 30
Entry Fee: $12.00
Held on: Friday, June 8 & 22
Time: 11:15 – 11:45am
Ages: 5 - 12
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 5   Max. 30
Instructor: Jennifer Younger

Don’t miss this favorite class! Surprise Dad with something specially made for him just in time for Father’s Day.  Gifts and special treats will be wrapped up special for Father’s Day topped off with a handmade card.
Entry Deadline: May 30
Entry Fee: $7.00
Held on: Wednesday, June 6
Times: 9:30 - 11:00am
Ages: 3 - 10
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 5   Max. 12

With a pair of drumsticks and a stability ball, let the jam session begin. Tapping on the ball for a drum effect let the powerful beat and pulsating rhythms of the music begin. Your child will have fun learning to keep the rhythm at the same time learning hand eye coordination. 
Entry Deadline: May 30
Entry Fee: $10.00
Held on: Thursday’s - June 7 -28
Time: 9:30 – 10:15am
Ages: 5 - 11
Location: Fitness Center Studio 1
Limitations: Min. 5   Max. 10

Join us for a trip to Blue Sky Farm (located 6 miles north of Hays) to see the registered miniature show horses. See the neat “little farm” designed just for the “littlest horses in Kansas.”  Learn how and why they are groomed and see how they are trained in the lounging (round) pen, the obstacle course and how they are taught to pull a cart and give cart rides. Entry Deadline: May 30
Entry Fee: $8 per person and everyone
 attending must be registered.
Held on: Monday, June 4
Times: 6:15 – 8:00pm
Ages:  2 & older w/an adult
Limitations:  Min. 5   Max. 15
Location:  Will meet at the Northeast corner of the Wal-Mart parking lot and then follow each

Come spend a relaxing afternoon painting at Pottery Works! Make your selection of pottery, which may be a mug, bowl, figurine, etc. Instruction and assistance will be provided for everyone, so come ready to learn!  Don’t miss out on a fun way to relax and CREATE!
Entry Deadline:  May 30
Entry Fee:  $10.00
Held on:  Thursday, June 7
Times:  2:00 – 3:00pm
Ages:   5 & older
Location:  Pottery Works
Limitation: Min. 5   Max.10

Come on out for a day of fun.  Each day we have a full schedule of games, crafts, cooking and trips to Centennial Lanes, Mini golf, Area Parks and Hays Aquatic Park.  Space is limited so stop by the Hays Recreation to reserve your spot.
Entry Deadline: Wed. before each session
Entry Fee: $10.00 per session
Held on: Wednesday’s
 Session 1: June 6 – BINGO
 Session 2: June 13 – Putt Putt
 Session 3: June 20 - Scavenger Hunt
 Session 4: June 27 –Movie Day
 Session5: July 11 - Outdoor Cooking
 Session 6: July 18 - Bowling
 Session 7: July 25 – In the Dark
 Session 8: August 1 – Splish, Splash
Times: 1:00 - 5:00pm
Ages: 6 - 12
Location: Leisure Center
Limitation:  Min. 10 Max. 22

Kids start your summer adventure with us at the HRC. Meet us in the morning for some sport games and other activities in the gym. We will load the bus and head down to the pool for some more adventure before heading to the park for games.  We will make our way back to the pool for a quick snack, a craft and then change into our swimsuits for some water activities. Bring your running shoes, swim suit and towel.
Entry Deadline: Session 1: May 30
 Session 2: June 6
 Session 3: June 13
 Session 4: June 20
Entry Fee: $6.00
Held on: Session 1: Tuesday, June 5
 Session 2: Tuesday, June 12
 Session 3: Tuesday, June 19
 Session 4: Tuesday, June 26
Times: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Ages: 8 – 12
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 6   Max. 15

Learn the basic stitches of knitting during this class.  You will learn how to make a dishcloth.  As part of the fee each participant will receive a pair of knitting needle and yarn.
Entry Deadline: June 6
Entry Fee: $25.00
Held on: Tuesday’s – June 12 & 19
Times: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Ages: 10 – 15
Location: Recreation Center
Limitations: Min. 3   Max. 6
Instructor:  Deanna Newberry

Spend a McGreat day at Larks Park!  The day will start off with a game of McKid Ball with Larks players coaching and pitching to each team.  After McKid Ball enjoy lunch, provided by McDonald’s of Hays.  Larks players will also be on hand for autographs.  Participants will return to Larks Park that evening to run on the field for the starting lineup with the Larks, throw out the first pitch, and watch the Larks take on the opposing team.  McDonald’s of Hays will sponsor the Larks game providing free admission for the general public.  McKids Day at Larks Park is sponsored by McDonald’s of Hays along with the support from the Larks Baseball Team, and the HRC. Every child will receive a t-shirt that the Lark players can sign at the end of morning.
Entry Deadline: June 6
Entry Fee: FREE
Held on: Saturday, June 9
Time: McKid Ball: 10:00am
 Larks Game: TBA
Ages: 7 – 10
Location: Larks Park – 4th & Oak
Limitations: Min. 9   Max. 24

It’s never too early to start playing tennis! This summer (2) different one – week program will introduce the young player to the game of tennis. Basic tennis skills, games and fun will fill the weekly lesson which will be offered at our local tennis courts. Each session will be geared to the levels of players. Players must supply their own tennis racket and water bottle. T-Shirt will be included in the cost. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Kaylene at or by phone at 785-650-3318.
Entry Deadline:  Session 1: June 13
                       Session 2: July 4

Entry Fee:  $25.00 per session/shirt included
Held on:  Session 1: Mon. – Fri. - June 18 - 22
             Session 2: Mon. – Fri. – July 9 - 13
Times:  Time A: - 7:00 – 8:30am
           Time B: - 8:45 – 9:45am
Ages:  Time A: 8 – 12
         Time B: 13 – 18
Location:  City Courts - 4th & Main (behind and to the south of Hays Aquatic Park)
Limitations:  Min. 6   Max. 16
Instructor:  Kaylene Gabel

Be surprised by what the project is but it for sure will be fun.  It could be anything from painting, to building to creating. Don’t miss out on this mystery craft.
Entry Deadline: June 13
Entry Fee: $8.00
Held on: Monday, June 18
Times: 1:00pm
Ages: 6 – 12
Location: Leisure Center
Limitation: Min. 5   Max. 15

Do you want your son or daughter to learn a great lifetime sport this summer?  If so, get your child signed up. This camp is for beginners to advanced players.  Players will be learning everything from putting, chipping to the full swing.  Rules and etiquette of the game of golf as well as strategy of how to play the game on the course. We will conclude the camp with a Junior/Adult golf alternate shot golf tournament for 5th session with a meal and awards ceremony after the tournament. Participants will need to bring their own clubs.  All participants will receive a t-shirt.
Entry Deadline: June 20
Entry Fee: $50.00
Held on: Monday’s – July 2 -30
Times: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Ages: 8 – 14
Location: Fort Hays Municipal Golf Course, 1450 Golf Course Road
Limitation: Min. 20   Max. 50
Instructor: Kirby Garrison

You are invited to come and celebrate OM International Yoga Day. The event will be filled with yoga poses, yoga games and a lot of fun.  This is a great time for your kids and yourself to experience yoga in a fun way.   Namaste!
Entry Deadline: June 20
Entry Fee: FREE
Held on: Thursday, June 21
Times: 9:30 - 10:15am
Ages: 2 – 12 w/an adult
Location: TBA
Limitations: Min. 5   Max. 50

Join us on a trip to Great Bend to visit the Kansas Wetlands. We will start the day going outside observing animals and plants in the water land. We will also take a hike to explore insects and other creatures in the outside world. We will have lunch at McDonald’s before heading over to the zoo and water park.  Please send with your child a change of clothing including underwear, pair of long pants for the hike, tennis shoes, swim suit and towel for the water park. Your meal is included in your entry fee.
Entry Deadline: June 20
Entry Fee: $25.00
Held on: Monday, June 25
Depart at: 7:30am - 4:00pm
Ages: 8 & older
Depart from: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 5   Max. 20

Do you want your child to learn a great lifetime sport?  If you do, try bowling.  During this beginners class, participants will learn how to find the right ball, learn the correct approach, follow through, how to keep score and much more.  On the last day of class the participants will have a chance to demonstrate their skills in a tournament.  Dallas Herreman along with Centennial Lanes staff will instruct the lessons.
Entry Deadline: July 4
Entry Fee: $16.00
Held on: Monday - Thursday - July 9 - 12
Times: 1:00 – 2:00pm
Ages: 8 – 14
Location: Centennial Lanes - 2400 Vine
Limitations: Min. 15   Max. 24

Get a fun workout using basic body movement and gross motor skills?  Gain strength, flexibility and balance crawling up, down, over and through mats, parachutes, hoops and more! At the end of the session get a t-shirt to show your hard efforts.
Entry Deadline: July 4
Entry Fee: $10.00
Held on: Thursday’s - July 12 – August 2
Times: 2:00 – 2:45pm
Ages: 5 - 11
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 5   Max. 15

The glitter is back but in a different way. We’ll make a bandana purse make beautiful bracelets; make a fancy painting with lots of glitter for our room and more.  We’ll make a snack and listen to music!
Entry Deadline: July 4
Entry Fee: $10.00
Held on: Monday, July 9
Times: 1:00 – 5:00pm
Ages: 6 - 10
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 5   Max. 24

Learn shuttle tatting in this class.  You will learn the basics of how to make rings, joining and chains.  You will learn how to make a snowflake and do some edging.  As part of the fee each participant will receive a shuttle and thread.
Entry Deadline: July 11
Entry Fee: $25.00
Held on: Tuesday’s – July 17 & 24
Times: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Ages: 10 – 15
Location: Recreation Center
Limitations: Min. 3   Max. 6
Instructor: Deanna Newberry

Boys it’s your day without the girls. During this class we will build your very own marshmallow gun, have a glow scavenger hunt in the gym and end with a game of nerf challenge.  We will also include a fun snack, some different sports and games.  Join us for the fun.
Entry Deadline: July 18
Entry Fee: $10.00
Held on: Monday, July 23
Times: 1:00 – 5:00pm
Ages: 6 - 10
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 5   Max. 24

Learn how to read patterns and make slippers.  You will need to bring to class knitting needles and 4 ounces of yarn.
Entry Deadline: August 1
Entry Fee: $25.00
Held on Tuesday’s - August 7 & 14
Times: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Ages: 10 - 15
Location: Recreation Center
Limitations: Min. 3   Max. 6
Instructor: Deanna Newberry

Come and celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of another school year at the Hays Recreation Commission.
Entry Fee: $5.00
Held on:  Friday, August 17
Time:  6:30 - 9:00pm
Grades: 6th - 8th

Area conservation groups and businesses have teamed together to offer a FREE day of target shooting for youth.  All target shooting materials and equipment are supplied for the event which offers trap shooting, skeet shooting, archery, air rifle / BB gun, muzzleloader, small bore rifle, computerized target shooting, paintball target shooting, BASS Casting Kids, and fur harvesting demonstrations. 
This is an excellent opportunity to introduce youth to the world of shooting sports, hunting, fishing and fur harvesting. Hunter Education Certification is not required, but participants must be accompanied by an adult. Persons specializing in their field of shooting will closely supervise youth at each station.  Registration for the event will be completed on site and participants can enjoy a free lunch.
In addition to the free shooting opp away.  Mark this day on your calendar and join us for a great day of target shooting and outdoor sports.
For more information contact, or Kent Hensley (785) 726-3212, or Troy Mattheyer (785) 726-4212.
Entry Fee: FREE
Held on: Saturday, August 18
Times: 9:00am - 3:00pm - come and go
 Free lunch provided
Ages: 17 & under w/an adult
Location: Hays City Sportsman’s Club,  1/4 mile north of I-70, Exit 157

Kansas Hunter Education teaches new hunters to be ethical, safe and knowledgeable. The course consists of subjects covering hunter responsibility, ethics, fair chase, history of firearms, firearms basics, ammunition, basic gun safety, field safety, bow hunting, conservation and wildlife management, wildlife of Kansas, outdoor emergencies, Kansas hunting regulations and boating safety for hunters.  The traditional hunter education course is organized and conducted by volunteer instructors. By law, the course must be a minimum of 10 hours in length. Most courses average 12 hours of instruction over two or more days.  Students MUST turn 11 by the last day of class in order to receive their Hunter Education Card.  All parents are welcome to attend the classes with their child.  Students are REQUIRED to attend every session. The refundable deposit will be given at the end of the session on the last session.
Entry Deadline: September 6
Entry Fee: $20.00 refundable deposit
Held on: Thurs. & Sat. – September 7 & 9
Times: Thursday - 6:00 - 9:00pm, Saturday - 8:00am - 5:00pm
Ages: 11 & older as of the last day of class
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 10

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