Recreation Department

Sun Sun Sign Up For Fun New 2018-2019 Fall and Winter Programs  with the Barkhamsted Recreation Department

For a full listing of programs and registration forms and info, please under the Recreation Section or stop by Town Hall to pick up a registration form. Please mail the payment/form to Barkhamsted Parks and Recreation Department -67 Ripley Hill Road  Pleasant Valley, CT 06063. Please sign up before the deadlines to reserve your spot for classes.

Halloween Sock Hop! 
The Recreation Department Annual Sock Hop will be held on Friday, October 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join us for the annual family event, with music and fun in the Barkhamsted Elementary School Gym- $6.00 fee collected at the door.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. There will be prizes for adults, children and families this year!  Parents and care givers, please dress up too!  There are great prizes for children, families and adults too!  Entertainment Unlimited will be spinning everyone’s favorite music.  Be ready for some Halloween Fun!

Barkhamsted Rec. Ski Program 2019  

All registration forms must be completed and paid for by Thursday, NOVEMBER 1.  (Please register on time to help ensure a safe and fun program!)  The program requires one total check by the town to be made out to Sundown.  All registrations must be complete by this date in order for everything to be submitted to Ski Sundown in time and you will avoid a late fee that is charged by Sundown. Parents are highly encouraged to attend the Safety Meeting at Ski Sundown on Thursday, November 29th at 7:00 p.m.     Chaperones and volunteers are essential in order for this program to be possible.  Please email Donna Bastrzycki at if you can help out.  Thank you!

WHERE: Ski Sundown                            AGE GROUP:       3rd - 6th graders

WHEN: Wednesday afternoon for 5 weeks (after school)    (January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) 

TIME:                4:00 till 7:00 (with one hour lessons starting AT 4:30 p.m.)       

ANY LATE REGISTRATIONS AFTER November 1 will have to be added on at Ski Sundown and there is an additional $25.00 late fee paid directly to Ski Sundown.  There are NO guarantees that space will be available after the deadline.  Please register before November 1.  *Helmets are required!  All parents are encouraged to attend the Safety Talk at Ski Sundown before the program begins.  Please mark your children's skis and equipment.  Locks are strongly recommended.  (Prices below include bus and snacks on the last night)  

Fee:    Lesson and Lift + bus: $275.00,           Lift Only + bus: $196.00,        Pass Holder Lesson + bus: $170.00

Equipment Rental: $135.00,                      Bus Only:  $30.00  (includes transportation and snacks on the last night of the program)   

If you child is participating in the program and is not riding the bus please add an additional $10.00 to the amount listed above for the last night’s snacks and supplies for the program.   Please make checks out to the Town of Barkhamsted and fill out the both the Recreation Department Registration form and Ski Sundown Forms. Forms will be available at the Barkhamsted Elementary School, Town Hall and will be emailed to you directly if requested.  Please email- for more info.  

Fall Karate!
Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29  (no program on November 22)  (and December 6 as a possible snow/weather make-up date) at the Barkhamsted School in the Gym from 6:00-6:45 p.m. 

White Belts (Beginners ages 5 to 12)

Little Dragons-(ages 5 & 6)-Basic Karate skills, Basic Kata, target drills and exercise, simple self defense

Mighty Tigers (ages 7 & 8)-Stronger Karate basics and Kata, Stretching, exercise, target drills and self defense

Karate Rangers (ages 9-12)-Karate Basics, including kicking, kata, self-defense, exercise to level, target drills

Fee:  $75.00 per 8 week session  (New-$5.00 discount for each additional family member that signs up)  ***Note***New students are white belts and receive uniform

Fee includes: Belt and/or Stripe, Belt or Stripe Test and Certificate (Note: Promotion to higher belt levels will require multiple sessions)

Registration Deadline is Tuesday, September 26

For more information contact: Charlotte Silkey    Phone-860-830-7178  Email-


Self Defense  (New!)

Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8,  (and November 15 as a possible snow/weather make-up date) at the Barkhamsted School in the Gym from 7:00-7:45 p.m.

Take our new fall course and learn Self Defense techniques including awareness, assertiveness and physical techniques to enable escape.  This class will focus on safety and empowerment and is perfect for the whole family at affordable pricing.   Please wear loose fitting clothing and bring a water bottle.

Price:  $50.00 per person

Registration Deadline is Tuesday, September 26

For more information contact: Charlotte Silkey    Phone-860-830-7178   Emaill-


Before Thanksgiving Holiday Hike and Pot Luck!  (Fun for the whole family!)

Join us as we hike the historic and scenic Jesse Gerrard Trail at People's Forest on Sunday, November 18th at 1 p.m..   Get ready for the Thanksgiving holiday by spending time with friends, exercising and enjoying our beautiful forest as we hike to one of the most beautiful views overlooking the Farmington River. Please dress appropriately with proper gear, this will be a moderately strenuous hike but well worth it-It will be held rain or shine! Families are welcome. We will also enjoy a "Pot Luck" snack together as we take a break at the beautiful Overlook. Please bring water and your favorite "pot luck" snack to share. Hot Chocolate/dessert will be provided. Please RSVP by Friday, November 9 to Donna Bastrzycki-    This will be a hike led jointly by the Barkhamsted Recreation Department, Farmington River Steward and FALPS. Please meet at the parking area across from the Jesse Gerrard Trail head on East River Road at 1 p.m. on November 18.   Carpooling is recommended.     Hike Description:   Jessie Gerard Trail (Yellow): Starts at East River Road near the old Indian Settlement known as Barkhamsted Lighthouse. The right trail fork goes through the lighthouse site and continues northerly to the Chaugham Lookouts. The left trail fork climbs more directly to the overlooks by 299 stone steps. The views from this area are some of the best in the state. Continuing north, the trail passes between the Veeder Boulders to the picnic area on Greenwoods Road. Distance - 1.3 miles


Creative Crafters Christmas Workshop

Let your little ones join in on the fun of Christmas in Riverton and decorate a creative Christmas card, craft or ornament for the family. The class is geared for ages 3-grade 4. We provide the crafts, cookies and cocoa.   This workshop is in conjunction with Christmas in Riverton.   

DATE: Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the Riverton Grange                                         

TIME: 1:00-3:00 p.m.,   Fee: $6.00 per child.  Please reserve a spot for your child by pre-registering by Wed, November 21.  (In order to prepare for the class and have all the necessary supplies/snacks, please register before the deadline!) Email Recreation Director-Donna Bastrzycki- to reserve your spot.

Be sure to visit the Town's website under the Recreation Section and like the Town of Barkhamsted on Facebook to stay up to date on more upcoming events and programs!

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