Fall/Winter Youth Activities

Jump to Swim Lessons

Beginner Dance Lessons

Ages: 3 - 5

Classes are designed to teach beginner dance techniques in ballet and jazz to students.  Some basic baton skills will be introduced.

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Community Middle Level Athletics

The Community Middle Level Athletics Program is available to all 6TH, 7TH and 8TH grade students. Sixth grade students however are allowed to participate in the cross- country and wrestling programs only. Registration for this program is available at any of the five middle schools in the Oshkosh Area School District, which include Perry Tipler, South Park, Traeger, Merrill, and Webster Stanley.

Non-district students who reside within district boundaries may apply for participation in the program. Application forms are available from the High School Activity Coordinators and at the Recreation Department. No student will be denied an opportunity in athletics due to financial hardship. Waivers will be granted to individuals who qualify for the district’s free or reduced-price meals program.

  • Cross Country
  • Volleyball
  • Boy’s Basketball
  • Girl’s Basketball
  • Wrestling
  • Track & Field

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Dr. Eric's Skate Club

Come and join Dr. Eric’s (Dr. Eric Smiltneek) Skate Club for an afternoon of open skating at the Miller’s Bay Pier (corner of Menominee Drive and New York Ave), The club fee covers unlimited sessions of skating, the use of ice skates, helmets, hockey sticks and a Dr. Eric’s Skate Club stocking hat to keep.

Interested participants may come one time or all ten times the club will meet. Experienced skaters will be present to supervise and assist but this is not a skating lessons class.

The skate club will be cancelled if the temperature is less than 10 degrees or windchill is below 0 degrees at noon or if the ice is not safe. Cancellation announcements will be posted on Dr. Eric’s Skate Club Facebook page.

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Elementary Strings Program

The elementary strings program is available to all 3RD, 4TH,and 5TH grade students that would like to learn how to play the violin, viola, or cello. Students learn to develop their ear (listening, evaluation, tuning), read music, develop self-discipline, poise, and self-confidence through performance, follow directions, function in a group, plan their time, and realize the joy of making music with the special sound of strings. The students perform three concerts throughout the school year. The program begins in early October and continues through May.

Students must provide string instrument. There are several music stores that rent string instruments. Names of music stores and rental information will be provided at a later time. For those families on free/reduced lunch, there is the option of renting from the school district.

Group lessons are held once a week after school for 45 minutes. Parents can choose any location that best fits their child and family’s needs. There are no lessons on days that school is not in session.

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NOTE: Classes may be combined in the event of low enrollment for any given class.

Fall Harvest in the Gardens

Join the staff of Growing Oshkosh and learn all about the various fruits and veggies in our school gardens and how they grow. Students will be given an opportunity to care for, taste and harvest these delicious foods.

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High School Recreation Basketball League

Recreation basketball league available to those 9, 10, 11, and 12TH grade boys and girls living in the Oshkosh Area School District who are not participating on a high school team. All players must be enrolled at a high school. Teams must be represented, (coached), by a parent who must be present at all games.

Registration packets will be available Friday, October 20 at the Recreation Department Office.  Entry deadline is Tuesday, November 21 at 4pm in the Rec Department Office.  League play begins in Saturday, December 2. 

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Jolly Jester Children’s Theater

Jolly Jester Children’s Theater is a musical theater opportunity for children in grade 1 through grade 8. Our production will be held during the school year and usually features a musical.

Try-outs for the production will be held on a Saturday and Sunday in October at the Recreation Gym. Interested participants will be asked to sing a song – 1 minute and recite a 1 minute monologue (i.e. poem, short story) preferably memorized, that they have prepared for the try-outs.

Full cast rehearsals will be held primarily on Saturday afternoons as needed, at South Park Middle School.

Dress rehearsals will be held each evening for a week in February as well as afternoon rehearsals on the weekends. Participants may be responsible for their own costume based on part.

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Junior FIRST Lego League

For children in grades K-3, Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr. FLL) captures young children’s curiosity and directs it toward discovering the wonders of science and technology. This program features a real-world scientific concept to be explored through research, teamwork, construction and imagination. Guided by adult coaches, teams use LEGO picks to build a model that moves and develop a Show Me Poster to illustrate their journey.

Click here for 2017-2018 registration information.  To form a team, contact Sarah Ludwig at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kids in the Kitchen

This class is designed to teach basic kitchen know how including safety, measurements, utensils and use of small appliances.  Students will also be given the opportunity to prepare simple recipes.

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Little Einsteins

Learning basic science concepts through entertaining demonstrations and hands-on experiments. Classes are interactive, age appropriate and FUN! 

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Pom Pon Clinic

Grades: 1 - 3

Students will learn skills and techniques used in pom pon routines. Classes will consist of small and large group interaction. A routine will be learned and performed at a high school basketball game.

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Spanish For 2

¡Bienvenido al mundo Espanola! (Welcome to the Spanish world!) Explore the Spanish language and culture with the use of songs, activities, games and movement. Children and their parent will be exposed to numbers, colors, greetings, expressions and more.

A parent or guardian 18 or older must participate with the child at class.

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Tae Kwon Do

This class is available to boys and girls and adults. Individuals will learn discipline, respect, self-confidence and self-defense. Students must wear a soft-soled tennis shoe. Comfortable clothing is also recommended. Youth participants must be a minimum of 7 years of age as of first day of program. 

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Tot Open Gym

Come use our gym for your little ones to burn some energy! We’ll provide the activities and space. A parent or caregiver must accompany child(ren) at all times. 

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Tot Spot

Activities will include games, crafts, stories, and special activities, but will also incorporate more physical activity, focus on health and nutrition and new themes for our lesson plans. The program in NOT considered pre-school, however some basic pre-school concepts are taught.

All children must be potty trained and use restroom facilities independently. Parents are asked to sign up as a snack provider and class helper at least twice during the session.

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Tumbling and Movement

Students will learn basic tumbling and physical coordination activities using a variety of equipment. Development of large motor skills such as running, jumping, leaping and hopping will also be emphasized. Participants must be required age as of the first scheduled date of class. 

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Youth FIRST Lego League

Oshkosh Lego League (FIRST Lego League) for students, grades 4-8, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League is a powerful program that helps young students discover the fun in science and technology while building self-confidence, knowledge, and valuable employment and life skills. This program introduces students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a dynamic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.

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Youth Wave Robotics

Wave Robotics (FIRST Robotics) for students grades 9-12, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics is known as “the varsity sport for the mind.” FIRST combines the excitement of sports with the rigors of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams are challenged to raise funds, design a team “pand”, perform community service, hone teamwork skills, and create a robot to perform tasks against a field of competitors. FIRST is as close to real-world business applications as a student can get. Students are led by volunteer professional mentors who lend their time and talents to guide students into STEM careers.

More information can be viewed at http://www.waverobotics.com/wave-robotics-frc.  Click here for 2017-2018 registration information.

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Fall/Winter Swim Lessons

Swim Lesson Participant Information

Please Read Carefully Before Registering

Fees are as follows: Resident-$15; Resident (Free or reduced lunch program qualifiers)-$10; All non-residents $20.

Participants may enroll initially in one class. Participants wishing to enroll in an additional class must wait until completion of the original class.

Registration must take place in person only at the ORD office (6/23/17 or 7/7/17) during regular office hours. You must bring paperwork received from the class your child completed for verification of proper placement. Click here for registration dates and instructions. 

If you are unsure what level to register your child for, please call the ORD office at (920) 424-0150, and we will try to assist you.

If you have taken lessons elsewhere, please provide us with that information on your registration form under the swim lesson notes section so we may properly process your form.

Class size is limited. Maximum 8 for Levels PC, 1 - 6. Maximum class size for Pre-School 3 & 4 year old classes is 6.

If you are going to miss the first scheduled day of class, you MUST notify the ORD Office, 424-0150, prior to the first day of class or you will automatically be DROPPED from the class and replaced with someone from the wait list.

Registrations will NOT be accepted at the pool site.

NOTE: Pool temperatures are regulated by the schools within state health code standards. The schools try to maintain a comfortable water temperature for all user groups. Please keep this in mind when attending our classes. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with the Head Instructor at your lesson site or call the ORD at 424-0150


Age:  3 year minimum

This class is for the child who has never taken lessons before, is afraid of the water, cannot put his/her face in the water, or hold their breath and needs parental assistance. Beginner swimming skills are introduced. An adult must attend and participate in this class with the child.

Click here for summer Parent/Child class schedule.

Pre-School 3 & 4

Formerly 3 & 4 Year Old Beginner and Advanced

Ages:  3 - 4


  • Continuing ORD Student -passing of Parent/Child.
  • New ORD Student - For the child who has not had formal swim lessons but would be comfortable in the water without parent assistance.

Skills learned will include kicking, floating, submersion and more

Click here for summer pre-school 3 & 4 class schedule.

Older Beginner

Ages 10-14

For the child who needs to work on beginner skills (Level I or II) and is not comfortable being with the younger children. Students will be taught at their level and progressed accordingly.

The 2017 Fall/Winter Activity Guide will have exact dates and registration information.

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Beginner 1 - Intro to Basics

Formerly Level I – Introduction To Water Skills


  • 5 years of age minimum
  • Passing of Pre-School 3 & 4 (formerly 3 & 4 year old Beginner or Advanced)

This class is for the child who enjoys submersion, is comfortable on their back in the water and actively uses their arms and legs to move in the water. All basic skills for swimming on front and back are taught.

Click here for summer Beginner 1 class schedule.

Beginner 2 - Swimming Fundamentals

Formerly Level II - Fundamental Aquatic Skills

Prerequisite: Passing of Beginner 1 (formerly Level I)

All basic skills for swimming on front and back are taught. Students will work on completing skills independently.

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Advanced 3

Formerly Level III - Stroke Development

Required:  Passing of Beginner 2 (formerly Level II)

Students will work in deep water, begin diving, perform the front and back crawl strokes, and are ready to learn the elementary backstroke.

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Advanced 4

Formerly Level IV A & B

Required:  Passing of Advanced 3 (formerly Level III or Level IV A)

This level works to strengthen all strokes. Breaststroke, sidestroke, butterfly and turning are introduced. Begin endurance work.

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Swimmer 5 - Stroke Refinement

Formerly Level V

Required: Passing of Advanced 4 (or former Level IV-B)

This level continues to strengthen all strokes and refine proper techniques.

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Swimmer 6 - Fitness and Safety

Formerly Level VI A & B

Required: Passing of Swimmer 5 (or former Level V or Level VI A)

This level works to perfect all strokes, turns and dives. Four types of turns are taught.

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Private/Semi-Private Swim Lessons

Ages: 3-17

Work on swimming skills one-on-one with one of our certified swim instructors. You may only register for one class. We will schedule as many students as we have instructors and space to accommodate. You will receive a phone call if a spot is available for a child.

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American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course

This course is designed to teach the student basic lifeguarding skills needed to become a certified lifeguard. Certification in CPR for the Professional Rescuer and AED is included. A pre-course swimming skills test will be administered on the first day. Satisfactory completion of this skills test must occur to continue with the course. Participants must attend all class sessions. You must be 16 years of age before you can legally work as a lifeguard.

No classes currently being offered.  Check future Activity Guides for the next offering. 

American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course

This course is designed to teach students how to teach youth and adults to learn to swim, refine strokes and teach safety skills. A pre-course swimming skills test will be administered on the first day. Satisfactory completion of this test must occur to continue with the course. Students must attend all scheduled classes. You must be 16 years of age by the last day of this course.

No classes currently being offered.  Check future Activity Guides for additional offerings.

Recreational Swim

Recreational Swim is offered at Oshkosh North High School on Saturdays. Use Door #1 at the southeast corner of the building facing Smith Avenue. 

Recreational Swim is only offered in the Fall & Spring Sessions.  Check future Activity Guides for swim time information.

Daily Fees:

  • 3 & Under Free
  • Youth (ages 4-17) $1.25
  • Adults (ages 18-54) $2.25
  • Adults (55 and over) $1.25

Lap Swim Fees:

  • All ages $1.50

Click here for 2017-2018 registration information.