While spring has been in the air for what seems like a couple of months now, the official sign that the season is about to change came when the Boston Red Sox reporting to Fort Myers, Fla. and began offering its array of spring classes.
Classes will start again in March and April, with some new programs being added to the usual stable of classes. The brochure can be found online (www.town.medfield.net) and downloaded onto your computer as a PDF document. By doing using an electronic brochure, the staff can continually update classes, either by date changes or adding classes to the existing schedule.
A couple of highlights are trips during April school vacation week, including to Coco Key indoor water park, which sold out last year, as well as Monster Mini Golf and Patriot Place. Also being offered are the popular sports leagues, including Pre-K and Kinder Soccer and Kinder T-Ball, all of which will need volunteer coaches to help with the teams.
Back again this spring is the popular John Smith Sports classes, including munchkin multi sports, Pre-K T-ball and the Soccer Academy. New this season is an introduction to lacrosse class, perfect for the little athlete looking to take up the fastest growing sport in the country.
We also have our popular tennis classes at Metacomet Park this spring, for both kids and adults. Included are a few new offerings, as well as many of our popular classes. All classes are listed in the brochure and online, but here is a sampling of the department's offerings:
I AM: Self-Esteem Through Art: This class will utilize scrapbooking, journaling, imagery and group discussions to nurture and foster each child’s sense of self. Children will be encouraged to be creative and introspective, as they create a project that will be a source of pride for years to come. In each session, we will explore, assign, and utilize different descriptive words as the backdrop for our artistic project. Instructor Jennifer Pipe will introduce the children to the concepts of dreamboarding and visioning; skills that will prove invaluable as they grow. Whether your child is an introvert or an extrovert, a musician or an athlete, a boy or a girl – the ultimate goal is to have fun and leave class feeling proud of their uniqueness. For ages 7 to 12, the class meets Monday afternoons from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. starting March 19.
Munchkin Multi Sports: Introduce your youngster to a multitude of sports during this six-week class taught by the professionals of John Smith Sports. Each week, your child will be introduced to a couple of sports, including soccer, tee-ball, turf hockey, lacrosse, flag football, hoola hoops, parachute and more. Class meets on either Monday or Friday mornings at McCarthy Park from either 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. or 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Junior Tennis lessons: Open to youth with or without tennis experience. Your child will learn tennis drills and skills, proper use of equipment and will actually play the game. Children will be grouped by age and/or ability at the Metacomet Courts. This class will meet on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. and is for ages 5 to 14. See brochure for specific times for each age group.
Intro to Lacrosse: Introduce your youngster to the fastest growing spot in the country. This program will serve as an introduction to the sport, which will include proper ways to use the equipment, some of the rules of the game as well as working on proper techniques and skills. This brand new class offering, in conjunction with John Smith Sports, will be held Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for ages 4 to 6.
Icky Sticky Goo: Buckets of fun and stuff! Flubber rubber, shaving cream, finger painting, goo and more. Children should be dressed appropriately for messy work. Class will meet on Tuesday mornings at either 9:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.
John Smith Soccer Academy: Develop your soccer skills in a 4v4 format with the experienced and dedicated coaches from John Smith Sports. You will work with soccer professionals, some who have been around the game for nearly 38 years, as they help you on tactical development. Different skills will be worked on each week, while ones learned previously will be reviewed. Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 (ages 5-8, coed) and 4:45 to 5:45 (ages 9 to 12, coed) at McCarthy Park.
Body Sculpting: This is a low impact program that sculpts your body with simple movements and exercises to shape your thighs, abdominals and arms. Not strenuous, but highly effective. The instructor’s background as a dancer at the Boston Conservatory gives her the right tools to make sure you are getting the most from this workout. This adult class will meet on Monday or Friday mornings from 9:15 to 10 a.m.
Circuit Training: A perfect class for those looking to improve their overall fitness level. Anything goes in this circuit-style class designed to increase your speed, agility and muscular strength. A combination of cardio and strength conditioning exercises will be used to get your heart pumping and your muscles burning. Please bring mat, hand weights (if available) and water bottle. This adult class will meet on Wednesdays from 9 to 10 a.m.
Zumba: Working out and getting in shape has never been so much fun. Zumba is a Latin-inspired, dance fitness class that incorporates Latin and International music and dance movements. The dance routines feature easy-to-follow moves that tone your body while burning calories. Zumba welcomes everyone - from any fitness level or any age. Ditch the workout and join the party. Please wear sneakers or dance shoes, fitness attire, and bring a water bottle to class. Class will meet on Tuesday evenings from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.
Learn to Run, A Training Program for Women: This program is for the female non-runner with a desire to increase their fitness level by starting a running program. The group will meet twice per week, progressively transitioning from walking to running over the eight weeks. The early portion will be a combination of walking and running; as the weeks pass, the length of running time will increase based on comfort level and ability. An added bonus: You will meet other women whom you can continue to meet with when the program has ended. Camaraderie and companionship is motivating to maintaining your exercise routine. Class will meet Tuesdays and Thursday from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. in the parking lot of Metacomet Park.
Registration can be done in one of three ways: online with a credit card at www.town.medfield.net; with a check or cash at the Parks and Rec office at the Pfaff Center; or by mailing a check made payable to MEDFIELD PARKS AND RECREATION and mailed to 124 North St., Medfield 02052. If you have any questions, call the office at (508) 359-2715.
The recreation office is located inside the Pfaff Center at the corner of North and Dale Streets. To mail your registration to Parks and Recreation, send to Medfield Parks and Recreation, 124 North St., Medfield, MA 02052.