Youth Programs and Activities

A child paints during a class at Washington Heights Art Center.

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. Browse the sections above to find your fit. 

Financial assistance is available via the Lakewood Possibilities Fund

Register for Programs

Two ways to register online:
1. Follow activity code links in the latest Community Connection catalog.
2. Follow the links within these sections. 

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Aquatics/Swimming 

Lakewood Aquatics is excited to announce a revamped Learn to Swim Program.

Carefully review the classes by doing the following:
1. Review lesson placement tips and individual class checklists via the drop-downs below.
2. View a class chart with class descriptions on page 12 of the Community Connection catalog.

Still have questions?
Reach out to your pool facility's aquatics contact or call 303-987-7836

Swim Lesson FAQs

  1. It’s the first day of lessons, what should I bring with me?

    • Please bring your child in their bathing suit, and bring a towel and goggles if needed.
    • If it is summer time, apply sunscreen before your lesson.
  2. How will I know what class my child is in?

    • On the first day of class, there will be an introduction speech and then the instructors will call out their class list.
    • Each instructor will have a colored sign with their name on it, this is how you will find your instructor from the first day and every day after.
  3. What level should my child be in?

    • Read through the requirements for each level in the lessons program chart located in the latest Community Connection catalog. This chart will have lessons objectives and course requirements listed.
    • Still have questions? Participants can be assessed at the pool by an instructor. Please call ahead to ensure that an instructor is available before coming
  4. The class I signed my child up for is too easy or hard. Can we transfer to another class?
    • Check with the pool manager to see if there are spots open in another class.
    • If there aren’t any spots open, review options with the pool manager:
      • Staying in the class
      • Transferring to another session
  5. My child may need an aid for swimming lessons.

    • For all special accommodations regarding aids for swimming lessons, call 303-987-4867. We ask that you help us prepare by contacting us at least two weeks prior to the program beginning.
  6. If my child is not potty trained can they be in swimming lessons?

    • Yes, they can be in swim lessons. They will be required to wear a swim diaper.
  7. Can I open swim before or after lessons?

    • The cost of swimming lessons covers only the time of the lesson. If you want to swim before or after your lesson, you will need to pay the entrance fee.
    • Please make sure to check the pool schedule for open swim times.
  8. We are going on vacation or my child is sick and will miss a class. Are there make up sessions?

    • There are no credits, pro-rated classes or refunds or rescheduling of classes due to inclement weather or the participant’s inability to attend all classes. 

Lesson Placement

The following are helpful tips to help you decide which class your child should register for:

  • If your child is under the age of 3, register for the Parent and Tot class.
  • If your child is age 2-3 years old and is willing to be independent of the parent, register for Introduction to Preschool class.
  • If your child is 3-5 years old, and can enter water independently using either a ramp, steps or side, travel 3 yards, submerge to mouth and blow bubbles, then safely exit the water. May walk, move along the gutter or swim, register for the Preschool Level 1-Clams class.
  • If your child is 3-5 years old and can enter water independently, travel at least 3 yards, bob 5 times and then safely exit the water, register for Preschool Level 2-Starfish class.
  • If your child is 3-5 years old and can glide on back for at least 2 body lengths, roll to front, then recover to a vertical position. register for Preschool Level 3-Crabs class.
  • If your child is 3-5 years old and can step into chest deep water and push off the bottom into a front float for 15 seconds, then swim on front and/or back for 5 body lengths and exit the water, register for the Preschool Level 4-Seahorse class.
  • If your child is 6-12 years old and has never had lessons in the past, register for Level 1-Stingrays class.
  • If your child is 6-12 years old and can glide on front at least 2 body lengths, roll to a back float for 5 seconds, and recover to a vertical position, register for the Level 2-Octopus class.
  • If your child is 6-12 years old and can step from the side into chest-deep water, push off the bottom and move into a treading or floating position for 15 seconds, swim on font and/or back for 5 body lengths and then exit, register for the Level 3-Pufferfish class.
  • If your child is 6-12 years old, and can push off the wall in a streamlined position, swim the front crawl for 15 yards, change position/direction as necessary, swim elementary backstroke for 15 yards then exit the water, register for the Level 4-Whale class.
  • If your child is 6-12 years old, and can perform a feet first entry into the water, swim front crawl for 25 yards, perform an open turn and swim elementary backstroke for 25 yards. And can also swim breaststroke for 15 yards, change direction and position as necessary and swim back crawl for 25 yards, register for Introduction to Swim Team class.

 

REGISTER FOR SWIMMING LESSONS 

Parent/Tot
Age: 6 mths-3 yrs
Preschool Introduction
Age: 2-3 yrs
Preschool Level 1: Clams
Age: 3-5 yrs
Preschool Level 2: Starfish
Age: 3-5 yrs
Preschool Level 3: Crabs
Age: 3-5 yrs
Preschool Level 4: Seahorse
Age: 3-5 yrs
Level 1: Stingrays
Age: 6-12 yrs
Level 2: Octopus
Age: 6-12 yrs
Level 3: Pufferfish
Age: 6-12 yrs
Level 4: Whale
Age: 6-12 yrs
Intro to Swim Team
Age: 6-12 yrs

 

REGISTER FOR SWIM TEAM

CARA Swim Team
Age: 6-17 years

FACILITY CONTACTS

Carmody Recreation Center: 720-963-5371
Green Mountain Recreation Center: 303-987-7837
Link Recreation Center: 720-963-5369

 

Arts, Culture and History

Most classes are held at Washington Heights Arts Center, Lakewood Cultural Center and Heritage Lakewood. Class schedules and details can be found in the latest Community Connection catalog.

MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

Visit our arts instructors webpage to read bios and learn more about our talented team.

REGISTER FOR CLASSES

Crafts and Sewing Culinary Arts
Drawing Etiquette
Music  Painting Pottery Theater
Storytime Missoula Children's Theatre
Annually fall/winter
Kindermusik  

 

Before and After School Programs

Lakewood Family Services offers quality, affordable before and after school care for elementary students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Focus is placed on creating a safe, fun and supervised atmosphere for your child while you are at work.

View Program Details

Camps

The City of Lakewood offers a variety of camps held throughout the year, including summer, fall, winter and spring break camps and family services camps.

Visit Camps Page

Dance

Hula hoop class in session

Lakewood offers a variety of dance classes for youth ages 1.5-15, including ballet, hip-hop and creative movement. Dance classes and recitals take place at the Lakewood Cultural Center.

Prior to starting a class, please do the following: 

  1. Review class policies and dress code via the drop-down below. 
  2. Obtain required attire and footwear prior to the first class.

Need assistance?

Our team can assist in navigating policies, equipment and more. Reach out by emailing hca@lakewood.org or calling 303-987-7845

Policies and Dress Code

The following are requirements of all youth dance program participants. Please review before a class begins and contact the Lakewood Cultural Programs Coordinator at natren@lakewood.org or 303-987-7877 with any questions. 

Studio Dress Code

REQUIRED APPAREL

Creative Movement, Pre-Tap, Pre-Ballet, Tap I, Ballet Level 1, Ballet/Jazz, Ballet Level 2, Choreography Project:
Girls: Leotard and tights (no color restrictions). Tutus/skirts optional.
Boys: Sweatpants/shorts and plain t-shirt (no color restrictions).

Pre-Hip Hop, Hip Hop 6-9 yrs., Latin for Kids, Hula Hoop:
All: Athletic/jazz pants/leggings and form-fitted tee/tank top.

REQUIRED FOOTWEAR 
Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Ballet Level 1, Ballet Level 2:
Girls: Pink or white ballet slippers, leather-soled only (no satin-soled, socks or house slippers)
Boys: Black ballet slippers, leather-soled only (no satin-soled, socks or house slippers)

Pre-Tap, Tap I:
All: Tap shoes.

Ballet/Jazz, Choreography Project:
All: Jazz shoes, lyrical slippers or ballet slippers.

Pre-Hip Hop, Hip Hop 6-9 yrs., Latin for Kids, Hula Hoop:
All: Clean-soled tennis shoes.

HAIR AND JEWELRY
Dancers with long hair should have their hair back in a ponytail, bun or braid to prevent from falling in eyes and face. Jewelry should not be dangling or possibly catch on other dancers hair or clothing.

Studio Etiquette

  • Students should not enter the class before they are invited in by the teacher.
  • Students should arrive for class on time, dressed and ready to begin.
  • Students must not leave class without permission from the teacher.
  • No food or gum is allowed in the studio. Water is only allowed in a container with a lid and be placed in the bin or on the counter.
  • Class viewing is at the discretion of the teacher. The studio door will be closed. Teachers may invite parents to watch part of class on certain days. 

REGISTER FOR CLASSES

Current availability will vary based on class start dates. View class descriptions and current class schedules in the Community Connection catalog.

MEET OUR DANCE INSTRUCTORS

Visit our dance instructors webpage to read bios and learn more about our talented team.

 

Early Childhood Education

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

Pre-natal 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.

View Program Details

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.

REGISTER FOR CLASSES

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 
Cost: $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 Schedule

Martial Arts and Fencing

Class schedules and details can be found in the latest Community Connection catalog.

REGISTER FOR CLASSES

Taekwondo Fencing Ninja Kids

 

DROP-IN FENCING

The Lakewood Link Recreation Center offers drop-in fencing. 

View Drop-in Schedule 

Outdoor Park Programs

Programs and events are located at Bear Creek Lake Park unless otherwise noted. Schedules and a full event listing can be found on the Park Programs and Events webpage.

REGISTER FOR PROGRAMS

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

ANNUAL EVENTS

Let's Go Ice Fishing
January
Fishing Tournament
May
Let's Go Fishing
June
Let's Go Camping 
June
Grin and Bear It Family Adventure
July
Haunted Trail Adventure
October
Winter Solstice
December
 

 

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. Class schedules and details can be found in the latest Community Connection catalog.

REGISTER FOR A CLASS OR TEAM

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

 

DROP-IN CLIMBING

View Drop-in Schedule

 

Sports and Leagues

Two baseball participants.

The city offers youth sports leagues throughout the year. Upcoming league details can be found in the latest Community Connection catalog. Financial assistance is available via the Lakewood Possibilities Fund.

Don't see a sport that you're looking for? Scroll past the league list to view a list of recognized youth sports organizations.

LEAGUE SCHEDULES AND STANDINGS

Visit the Lakewood Team Sideline website for all schedules and standings.

WEATHER HOTLINE

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

BECOME A VOLUNTEER COACH

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Contact Sports Coordinator Kyle Parker
kylpar@lakewood.org or 303-987-4804
Basketball
Late Fall/Winter
Age: 4-12
Baseball 
Summer
Ages 3-10
Soccer
Fall/Spring
Ages 3-12  
Nuggets Skills Challenge
Annually in January
Contact Sports Programmer Ray Hilger
rhilger@lakewood.org or 303-987-5404
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.


Thanks to our Sponsors:

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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