The Darien Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of programs for the residents of Darien. Registration for programs takes place online at www.darienct.gov/parkrec, at the Parks and Recreation office located in Town Hall, or through the mail. For more information please call the office at 203-656-7325.

Summer 2017

Family programs

Safe boating classes: Professional Marine Education comes to Darien to offer these eight hour course that will meet the requirements to obtain a Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate and Personal Watercraft Operations. The first class will meet on Saturday, June 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Weed Bach while the second class will be held on Tuesday, July 11 and Thursday, July 13 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Darien Town Hall. The fee for this program is $90/Darien resident; $108/non-resident. Pre-registration is required.

Youth Programs

Guitar lessons: Classes meet each Wednesday in the Mather Center starting June 21 through July 26. Beginners meet from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. while intermediates meet from 5:15 to  6:15 p.m.. This program is for children ages 8 to 15. The fee for this program is $185/Darien resident; $222/non-resident.

Drum lessons: Students will learn proper technique and how to read rhythmic notation and how to play cool rock beats and fills. Students will rotate between playing drum pads, bongos, snare drum and drum set. Drum sticks and practice pads will be provided for all students. Classes meet each Thursday in the Mather Center starting June 22 through July 27. Beginners meet from 4 to  5 p.m. while intermediates meet from 5 to  6 p.m.. This program is for children ages 8 to 15. The fee for this program is $200/Darien resident; $240/non-resident.

Pee Wee tennis lessons: These lessons are intended to teach children the game of tennis while using fun drills and age appropriate games. Classes for ages 3 and 4 meet on Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Tuesdays from 12 to 12:45 p.m. and Wednesdays from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. Classes for ages 4 and 5 meet on Saturdays from 12:15 to 1 p.m, Tuesdays from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 12 to 12:45 p.m. Saturday classes will meet at Weed Beach while weekday classes meet at Darien High School. Lessons meet from June 27 to Aug. 22 for eight sessions. Program fee is $125/Darien resident; $150/non-resident and includes a tennis racket.

Blue Wave Kickers Soccer Academy: This Academy will be run by Jon Bradley, Head Boys Varsity soccer coach at Darien High School and DSA Coaching Director. The BWK Soccer Academy program offers players the chance to further develop their skill set and gain more experience playing soccer in a safe and fun environment. The sessions will consist of 30 minutes skill training and 30 minutes playing. Boys & girls are divided into separate groups. This program will meet on seven Saturdays from June 24 and Aug. 5 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Darien Town Hall fields. Program fee is $155/Darien resident; $186/non-resident.

Youth Golf Lessons: Clinics are held at Oak Hills Golf Course on Fillow Street in Norwalk (just over the Darien line). These clinics are designed to introduce junior golfers to the game of golf using the correct fundamentals and cover putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play and the full swing. The rules of golf and etiquette will be discussed as well. Juniors (ages 8 to 14) of all abilities are welcome.

These lessons are taught by PGA Certified Professional Paul Alexander and will meet Wednesday afternoons from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. or Saturday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m. for five weeks starting June 21t. Program fee is $150/Darien resident; $180/non-resident.

Youth Camps

Blue Wave Kickers soccer camps – Focus of these camps will be on skill improvement and fun. Jon Bradley, head coach of the DHS boys varsity soccer team, will direct these camps for youth ages 3 to 15. Camps will be held at the Darien Town Hall fields the weeks of June 19, June 26, July 10, July 24, and Aug. 7, and 21. Camp the week of June 19 is an international pro soccer camp for children ages 5 to 18. Participants of these camps will receive a soccer ball and t-shirt. Please check the website for more specific ages, times, and fees.

All Star FC soccer camps – These camps for children ages 3 to 12 will be directed by Leigh Parsons, Darien High School’s girls soccer coach. These camps will begin with stations specifically designed to improve all aspects of a soccer player’s game and end with scrimmages to practice the skills and techniques they have learned. Camps will be held at the Darien Town Hall fields the weeks July 3, July 17, July 31, Aug. 14. Please check the website for more specific ages, times, and fees.

New Level tennis camps – Summer tennis camps are a great opportunity for participants to learn the game of tennis and have a great time. Camps meet from 9 a.m. to 12 at Darien High School in one-week increments starting June 26th through the week of Aug. 21. The fee for one week of tennis camp is $195/Darien resident; $234/non-resident. These camps are offered for children between the ages of 6 to 15 and participants will be grouped by age and level.

Flag football camp – Emphasis of this camp (for ages 6 to 12) is placed on rules, teamwork, and fair play. Games and scrimmages occupy the majority of the camp day. Camp meets from 9 a.m. to 12 at Cherry Lawn Park the weeks of June 19 and July 24. The fee for one week of flag football camp is $210/Darien resident; $252/non-resident. This camp is offered by Overtime Athletics and is geared towards beginner football players.

Future Stars basketball camp – These camps, for children ages 5 to 12, stresses excellence, education, practice, and discipline — all in a fun-filled environment. Camp will meet the week of June 26th and July 17 at the Darien Town Hall. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to Noon. The educational “Lessons of Life” program is included in this camp & each participant will receive a Future Stars jersey. The camp fee is $180/Darien resident; $216/non-resident.

Overtime Athletics sports camp – This variety sports camp for children ages 5 to 12 includes instruction in the fundamentals of traditional sports as well as utilizing Overtime Athletics signature curriculum incorporating non-traditional sports. Camp meets from 9 a.m. – 12 at Darien Town Hall the weeks of July 31 and Aug. 14. The fee for this one week of camp is $165/Darien resident; $198/non-resident.

Horsemanship Camps – Mead Farm (Stamford) and Darien Parks and Recreation will be offering group camps for youth ages 4 to 14. Each camp includes riding, horse care, and stable management. This program is designed for riders who did not attend the 2016 Horsemanship Camps at Mead Farm. One-week camps run through mid-August starting the week of June 19 from 8 a.m. to 12 for ages 7 to  14 and from 1 to 4 p.m. for ages 4 to 6. Camp fee is $675/Darien resident; $810/non-resident for ages 7 to 14 and $600/Darien resident; $720/non-resident for ages 4 to 6.

Techstars Technology Camps – TechStars by Computer Explorers are a series of technology classes designed to facilitate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) learning. The educational materials and equipment that is used in the curriculum came from various sources like Lego Education, MIT Media Lab who emphasize STEM education and 21st Century Skills. All camps run from 8:45 to 11:45, Monday to Thursday at Darien Town Hall. Lego in Motion (ages 5 to 8) will be held the week of June 26, Minecraft Survival (ages 6 to 10) meets the week of July 10, Lego Robotics (ages 6 to 10) meets the week of July 17, Video Animation Gaming (ages 7 to 10) meets the week of July 24 and Coding in Minecraft (ages 8 to 12) is held the week of July 31. Camp fee is $235/resident; $282/non-resident.

Rock Out Music Camp – This music camp is for aspiring musicians, ages 8 to 15 who want to learn to play in a rock band! Beginner students will learn the basics of their instrument while more experienced musicians will have opportunity to fine tune their skills and get to the next level.

Weekly camp meets from 9 a.m. to 12 at the First Congregational Church the weeks of June 26 to Aug. 7. The fee for this one week of camp is $410/Darien resident; $492/non-resident.