Youth Programs and Activities

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Overview

The City of Lakewood offers a variety of activities for kids age 0-12, including classes, camps and special events.

Play sports, learn new skills, explore the arts or even rent a space for birthday parties. There's truly something for everyone.

Explore the sections above to find your fit.

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If you have your activity code, register now.

Aquatics/Swimming 

Lessons

Beginner
Age: 3-5 years
Intermediate
Age: 3-5 years
Advanced
Age: 3-5 years
Level 1
Age: 6-14 years
Level 2
Age: 6-14 years
Level 3
Age: 6-14 years
Level 4
Age: 6-14 years
Level 5
Age: 6-14 years

 

Teams

CARA Dive Team
Age: 13-17 years
CARA Swim Team
Age: 6-17 years

 

Before and After School Programs

The City of Lakewood offers quality, affordable before and after school care for elementary students in kindergarten through sixth grade. We focus on creating a safe, fun, supervised atmosphere for your child while you are at work.

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Camps

The City of Lakewood offers a variety of camps held throughout the year.

View Camps

Dance

Dance Program Policies 

Before starting a dance class, please visit the Youth Dance Program Information page for dress code and studio etiquette details.

Register for Classes

Ballet Creative Movement Hip Hop Tap

 

Early Childhood Education

The City of Lakewood offers a wide range of programs and levels of financial assistance for preschool-aged children. 

Prenatal moms and parents of newborns through age three can participate in Early Head Start, while children ages three to five receive a high quality education in one of our Head Start or Preschool classrooms.

More information

Gymnastics

The Lakewood Link Recreation Center is home to a 5,000 sq. ft. gymnastics center that features a trampoline, balance beams, parallel bars and other equipment. Classes and drop-in activities are offered.

Kangaroos
Age: 18 months-3 years
Tiny Tumblers
Age: 2 ½ -4 years
Little Leapers
Age: 4-5 years
Kartwheel Kids
Age: 5-7 years
Bronze Flips
Age: 7-12
Silver Flips
Age: 7-12
CARA
Age: 7-18 years
Boys Gymnastics
Age: 4½-12 years

Drop-in Tots

Age: Walking to 6 
$5 per visit
10-visit punch card: $45

Enjoy playing on various pieces of gymnastics equipment, sliding, ball play and various gymnastics activities. This is a drop-in class (no pre-registration). For gym safety and the enjoyment of everyone, there is a maximum capacity of 18 tots per weekday class and 25 on Saturdays. Trained staff will supervise and assist skills, but do not provide structured activities.

View Drop-in Gymnastics Schedule

Martial Arts and Fencing

Classes

Taekwondo Fencing Ninja Kids  

 

Drop-In Fencing 

The Lakewood Link Recreation Center offers drop-in fencing. 

View Drop-in Fencing Schedule 

Outdoors

Ongoing programs

Bear Cubs
Age: 3-5 years
Campfire Programs
All ages
Guided Night Hikes
All ages
Nature Hikes
All ages

Annual events

Ice Fishing 101
January 2020
Fishing Tournament
May 11, 2019
Let's Go Fishing  Let's Go Camping 
Grin and Bear It  Haunted Trail Adventure Winter Solstice  

 

Rock Climbing

The climbing wall at the Lakewood Link Recreation Center offers 2,000 sq. ft. of bouldering, lead and top-rope climbing. Classes and drop-in activities are offered.

Classes

Cliff Hangers
Age: 3-4
Rock Stars
Age: 8-15
Climbing Team
Age: 8-16
 

 

Drop-In

View Drop-in Climbing Schedule

Sports and Leagues

The city offers youth sports teams and leagues throughout the year. Don't see a sport that you're looking for? Scroll past the league list to view a list of recognized youth sports organizations.

View League Schedules and Standings

All league schedules and standings are housed on the Lakewood Team Sideline website.

Check the Weather Hotline

Call 303-987-7078. Updates made daily at 4:30 p.m.

Get Financial Assistance
Financial assistance is available via the Lakewood Possibilities Fund.

Become a Volunteer Coach

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Contact Sports Programmer Eric Gavinski
erigav@lakewood.org or 303-987-4806
Basketball
Late Fall/Winter
Age: 4-12
Baseball 
Summer
Ages 3-10
Soccer
Fall/Spring
Ages 3-12  

Contact Sports Programmer Ray Hilger
rhilger@lakewood.org or 303-987-5404
New CARA Lacrosse
Fall 2019
Ages 8-12

CARA Cross Country
Fall
Ages 6-15

CARA Track
Summer
Ages 5-16

CARA Volleyball
Fall/Spring
Grades 2-12

Indoor Volleyball 
Winter
Grades 2-12
MSSP Sports Programs
Grades 6-8
Alameda, Creighton, Carmody and Dunstan Middle Schools.
Nuggets Skills Challenge
Annually in Jan-Feb
Rockies Skills Challenge
Annually in June

 Thanks to our 2019 Sponsors:

Click here for a list of special offers from Dick's Sporting Goods.

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Other Recognized Youth Sports Organizations

Alameda Junior Sports

Football 
Baseball 
Softball

Lakewood Junior Sports

Baseball 
Football 
Softball

Green Mountain Junior Sports

Baseball 
Football 
Softball

Bear Creek Junior Sports

All sports

Lakewood Park Tennis Center

Tennis