Sign Up for a Variety of Fun Spring Programs with the Barkhamsted Recreation Department

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Spring Karate 2020   
Spring Karate for Kids! Thursdays- April 2, 9, 23, 30, May 14, 21, 28, June 4 (No program on April 16 or May 4)   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

$75.00 per 8 week sessions    New-$5.00 discount for each additional family member that signs up for Karate!

Family/Teen and Adult Karate 

Thursdays, April 2, 9, 23, 30, May 14, 21, 28, June 4 (No program on April 16 or May 4)   at the Barkhamsted School in the Gym from 7:00-7:45 p.m.  

This program offers great exercise while learning valuable Karate and self-defense techniques. 

White Belts (Beginners ages 13 and up)-7:00 to 7:45 p.m.

Teen/Adults-(Ages 13 and up)-Kenpo Karate Forms and Self Defense Techniques, Basic kicking drills.

This is a great opportunity to learn karate with family members or solo.

$85.00  per 8 week sessions   New-$5.00 discount for each additional family member that signs up for Karate!  

***Note***New students are white belts and receive uniform

New Pickleball Spring 2020 Session!

Spring Pickleball Free Demo Night will be held on Wednesday, March 11 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the Barkhamsted Elementary School gym.  Come down and check out what the fun is all about!  Please wear sneakers and bring a Paddle if you have one.  Players from the past sessions are encouraged to come and help the new players enjoy the sport that night and also get some play time on the courts before our Spring Session begins.  Participants can also register that night for the Spring program.  The demo night is FREE!

Spring Pickleball 2020

It is time to get off the couch and join us for the very fun and new Pickleball Spring Session. All levels and abilities are welcome. This fun sport combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. You will get great exercise and have a blast.

Day-Wednesdays     (End of Winter and Spring Session) 2020  (New 10 week session!)

Spring-Free Pickleball/Into/Registration Night- March 11  (Free Night)
Spring PickleBall Program dates-March 18, April 1, 8, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3, 2020  (June 17 and 24 are back up bad weather days!)
These are all Wednesday’s from 6-9:00 p.m.    (If the Barkhamsted Elementary school is cancelled due to snow/bad weather there will be no program)  We will try to add on a week if possible at the end of the session.   (No program on  April 15)

Registration Deadline-Wednesday, March 18 at the first night of Pickleball

Location-Barkhamsted Elementary School Gym             Time-6:00-9:00 p.m. (this program is for adults (high school students are also welcome)

Fee: $20.00 for residents, $25.00 for non-residents per eight week session (no pro-rations) Pre-registration is required. Please bring your own paddle and wear sneakers. Please mail your registration to The Barkhamsted Recreation Department- Attention Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Director 67 Ripley Hill Road, Pleasant Valley, CT 06063

To learn more about Pickleball  visit-

Egg Hunt and Visit with the Easter Bunny

When:  Saturday, April 4 at 3:00 p.m.

Where:  The Lawn next to Peter Greenwood’s Glass Blowing Studio in Riverton 

(The egg hunt will be on the lawn next to the Peter Greenwood Glass Blowing Studio/Rose’s Kitchen)

What to Bring:  Your Easter Basket to join in on the Easter Egg Hunt, a smile and a camera!  The children will be divided into two separate age groups for a toy and candy filled Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Recreation Commission.   The Event will be held rain, snow or shine!!!


Barkhamsted Annual Earth Day Event                                                                             The seventh annual Barkhamsted Town Earth Day celebration will be held on Sunday-April 26, 2020 from 12:30--5:00 p.m. at the Peoples Forest Pavilion and Fields.  Come down and enjoy all of the family fun in the yearly town tradition.  There are enjoyable activities for the whole family and lots of information at the vendor booths!

Recreation Summer Camp-Save the Date!    (July 20-24, 2020)                   Get ready for loads of fun at the annual week long Barkhamsted Recreation Camp.  There are new special events, crafts and water fun planned for each day. This year’s theme will be a Wacky Olympics!  We hope your child will be a part of the 2020 camp!  Barkhamsted Recreation Summer camp will be held July 20-24, 2020.  Registration forms and further information will be available on the town at the end of April.  Registration for Camp will be held April 29-June 5, 2020.    Please register before the deadline.  Forms will also be sent to the Barkhamsted Elementary School in each child’s backpack. Please sign up for the Town’s mailing list and like the Town of Barkhamsted on Facebook to stay up to date on programs.

Summer Help Wanted!

Applications are being accepted for Counselors, Junior Counselors and staff for Summer Camp.     To download job/volunteer application visit- and go to the Parks and Recreation section.   Please send completed applications to The Barkhamsted Recreation Department, 67 Ripley Hill Road Barkhamsted, CT 06063   Deadline is-Thursday, April 2 or when positions are full (completed applications must be received by this date.)