Rochester Recreation Summer Programs 2017


Summer Fun in the City



Rochester may be known for its snowy winters but summer is when the “Flower City” really blossoms. With its beautiful beaches, historic parks, popular R-Centers and a prodigious line-up of summer events, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The City of Rochester’s summer recreation line-up offers so many opportunities to get out and take advantage of the warmer months while learning something new and exploring our city.

Rochester Recreation Summer Programs and Facilities

Summer Camps 

Sign your child up for a fun and active summer at the City of Rochester’s ArtSmart and GVP Youth Sports Camps. Camps are open Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., July 3 – August 25, for youth ages 6 – 13 at the unbeatable price of $100/week.

ArtSmart Summer Camp, nestled in the heart of beautiful Cobb’s Hill Park, offers youth ages 6-13 fun-filled summer of learning through the arts and creative expression. Music, dance of many genres, visual art, photography, improv and more are presented at an introductory level to meet the interests of Art Smart’s eager participants. Youth are encouraged to set their imaginations free by expressing themselves in a way that suits their own unique style. ArtSmart includes group games and outdoor activities in a spacious, inspiring, outdoor play area. Field trips to exciting and educational Rochester attractions add to the fun. ArtSmart culminates in a final creative showcase and family celebration.

Great Adventures Summer Camp
New this summer, gear up for fun discoveries and expeditiions with Great Adventures Summer Camp at the LaGrange R-Center. Campers will embark on countless adventures and have the opportunity to pursue a variety of interests in themes related to the natural environment and other applications in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), the arts, and sports. Weekly field trips bring lessons to life intertwining play and engaging learning.

Youth Sports Camp

Youth Sports Camp, located in the historic Genesee Valley Park, offers participants the opportunity to expand their knowledge of and participate in an endless variety of sports. Each week, a different sport is featured with current and former professional athletes visiting often to add their expertise to their sport of choice. Past guests have included basketball with retired pro-ball player Glen Hagen, Soccer with Nicole Hercules of Flower City Soccer, baseball with Dave Valle, CrossFit training and football with one of the founders of Next Level and Beyond Football. With a special focus on aquatics and water safety, participants may attend swim instruction daily and have the opportunity to participate in the annual summer Aqua Fest. Teamwork, mentorship, sportsmanship and positive behavior on and off the field is emphasized as positive character building qualities that are the foundation for a successful future. Youth also enjoy field trips and have a chance to meet professional athletes.

Why Not Try Them All?
Can’t decide between ArtSmart, Great Adventures Summer Camp and Youth Sports Camp? Sign up for a different camp each week! All camps are offered for youth ages 6 through 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, July 3 - August 25 at the affordable rate of $100 per week for city residents, and $145 per week for those living outside the city. Siblings can join in the fun at a $25 discount. Breakfast and lunch are included at all camps.

Get Started
Don’t miss out on these great programs, they fill up fast! To sign-up, download an application at For more information call 428-6755.
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R-Center Magnet Programs 17_R-Centers

Magnet programs offer activities centered on focused areas of interest. In these programs, youth learn through investigation, experimentation and problem solving. Each Magnet Program also includes time for organized play, field trips related to the magnet theme and outings to Rochester’s recreational and cultural attractions. Breakfast and lunch are included. Register your child now for one of these exciting summer programs by calling or visiting any R-Center. All programs run Jun.26 - Aug.20 Mon. – Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

STEM Explosion
Exploring STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects with hands-on activities, helps youth connect learning to their own lives and the world around them. This program will ignite and expand your child’s interest in science and technology.
Available at: Carter Street R-Center

Creative Arts Workshop
Creativity is using the imagination to see the world or solve a problem in a new way—a valuable skill for academics and life. In this arts-infused program, youth can unleash their imagination. Local artists and trained staff will lead daily activities exploring dance, theater, creative writing, music, arts and crafts and more.
Available at: Edgerton R-Center

Sports Center
Youth who play sports do better in school, develop personal discipline and learn how to get along with others. At Sports Center, youth will explore a new sport each week. They all learn basic skills through age-appropriate clinics, try fitness exercises, practice as a team, play group games and compete in tournaments.
Available at: Avenue D & Flint Street R-Centers 

Earth Explorer Expeditions
In this program, youth will discover the great urban outdoors. They all explore local parks and natural areas and learn about nature, urban gardening, nutrition, healthy cooking, reusing and recycling and more.
Available at: Humboldt R-Center

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Other Great R-Center Programs

REC on the Move
We’re taking it to the streets! The City of Rochester’s Recreation on the Move van is rolling into your neighborhood! It’s R-Centers on wheels! On board you’ll find: Healthy Snacks • Homework Help • Outdoor Games & Sports • Health & Nutrition Info • Activities & Crafts • Daily Giveaways • Free Books • And More. For a complete schedule, visit or call 428-6755.

This summer, ROCmusic offers two exciting opportunities to start earning an instrument, join an orchestra and get musical! Our tuition-free camps are open to city youth (rising grades 1-12) who have no prior musical training or have already learned how play a bowed-stringed instrument. June 26 - July 1 and August 7- 13. Applications are available online at
Available at: David F. Gantt R-Center

Biz Kid$
Biz Kid$ is a week-long camp that teaches youth ages 10-13 how to build their own business through a fun and fast-paced program of interactive games and activities. Youth learn how to manage money, make a good impression, set goals, and create their very own business plan. Participants also get real sales experience by operating a lemonade stand at City Hall and pocket the profit! On the final day of camp, youth vie for cash and other great prizes by presenting their business plans to a panel of local business professionals. Many Biz Kid$ graduates have gone on to create successful businesses selling hand-made jewelry, providing pet-sitting, bicycle repair, and landscaping services and more.

Biz Kid$ camp is offered in two, week-long sessions at the Danforth Community Center, located at 200 West Ave., July 17-21 and August 14-18, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. City residents can enroll for free; those who live outside the city can participate for $60. Breakfast and lunch is provided each day. Space is limited so enroll soon by visiting:

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Click here for a full list of R-Center locations and amenities.

Summer Meals for Kids

Each summer, the City of Rochester in partnership with the Rochester City School District provide free breakfast and lunch to city youth 18 years and under through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program. Meals are at many city sites, Monday through Friday, except July 3. Sites include community agencies, schools, churches and R-Centers. To view a list of participating R-Centers visit 

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Swim Sitesaquatics 

From structured swim lessons for youth and adults to spray parks for families to cool off, there is something for everyone at every skill level.

Indoor and Outdoor Pools are located at:

Avenue D R-Center, Adams Street R-Center, Flint Street R-Center, Genesee Valley Sports Complex, Clinton-Baden Community Center, East High School, Charlotte High School and Wilson Foundation Academy at Madison.

Supervised swimming is also available at the beautiful Durand Eastman Beach.

Spray Parks are located at:
Carter Street, Edgerton, David F. Gantt, Humboldt, Roxie Sinkler and Thomas P. Ryan R-Centers. The City also offers spray features especially for the little ones, age 6 and under, at the following locations: 4th and Peck Street Park, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, and at the Troup Street Playground.

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Leagues & Lessons 17_Sports

Got game? City R-Centers offer pickup and organized sports programs for both kids and adults. Play a sport you love, or try something new!

Adult Leagues (Ages 18+)

The City hosts two adult baseball leagues organized by NABA Wood Bat League. The season begins in late May and runs through early August. For more information, contact Nick D’Ambrosio at: 208-8954 or ndambrosio56@gmail. For a complete game schedule, or to join, visit

Playing a team sport with your friends and neighbors is a fun way to get healthy! Games are played at 5, 6, 7 or 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, July 3 – August 16 at the Thomas P. Ryan
R-Center. Register at Thomas P. Ryan R-Center, beginning Monday, June 26.
For more information, call George Warren at 428-7721.

Softball and Kickball
Nothing says summer like a game of softball or kickball. The City of Rochester and The Department of Recreation and Youth Services is set to kick off the 43rd season of adult softball leagues at Cobb’s Hill Park. The 2017 season brings news of an exciting change to the program - RocSports, LLC will take over as the official league coordinator for adult softball and kickball, while also expanding the overall portfolio of adult sport offerings to meet the ever increasing demands of our growing city. 

The “new” softball program will be called “RocSoftball @ Cobb’s Hill” and will provide leagues for players across all skill levels – a combination of coed, men’s, and women’s specific programs will be offered five nights of the week.

To learn more about RocSports, LLC, its offerings in the City, or to register for the RocSoftball @ Cobb’s Hill league, please visit, call our office at 428-6755, send an email to Be sure to check out “RocSports” on Facebook. The season begins in May through October. Games are played at Cobb’s Hill Park. Cost is $725 per team.
For more information or to register, call RocSports at 455-7827 or the Bureau of Recreation at 428-6755.

Adult Lessons (Ages 18+)

Swim Lessons for Adults
Learn to love the water this summer! Affordable swimming lessons for adults are offered at the Adams Street R-Center. Cost is $20 for a six-lesson session. For more information, call 428-7456 or visit

Tennis Lessons
The City’s Adult Tennis Program, in partnership with the Swing Tennis Academy, offers professional instruction for all levels of play. Morning and evening classes are available during four sessions: May 31 - June 27; June 28 - July 25; July 26 - Aug. 22; or Sept. 6 - Oct. 3. Cost is $96 for eight, 90 minute lessons. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. For complete information or to download a registration form, visit

Youth Leagues

Youth Basketball
Youth ages 13 and under are invited to have fun shooting shoot hoops while developing a sense of sportsmanship, increasing self-esteem and learning self-discipline. Games are played Mondays and Wednesdays, 4 - 7 p.m., July 5 - Aug. 16 at the Edgerton R-Center. Register at the Edgerton R-Center beginning Monday, June 26. For more information, call Kevin Holman at 428-7521.

Youth Softball
City R-Centers sponsor two softball leagues for youth ages 8-15 focusing on skill development, team-play, competition and fun. Try-outs are not necessary and all are welcome. At the end of the season, teams from all the sites vie for the coveted City Championship on August 16 (Rain date August 17). League members are also invited to play in the family-friendly Rochester Invitational Softball Tournament on August 8-10. To register, call or visit your local R-Center. The season runs from July 5 – Aug. 10, Mon.-Thurs., 2 - 6 p.m. For more information call 428-7592.

Rochester Rapids Swim Team
The popular Rochester Rapids are a competitive swim team for youth ages 6-18. Swimmers are divided into practice groups by age and ability so each gets the level of instruction they all need to progress. New swimmers can practice with the team for a two-week trial period before committing to joining the Rapids. The cost is $380 per year for city residents; $514 for non-residents. Scholarships are available for city residents. The team practices three to six days a week at the Genesee Valley Sports Complex Pool, 131 Elmwood Avenue. Register on-line at
For more information, call 428-7456 or contact Head Coach Shane Logan at

R-Center Track Club
A quad-based track club in all four quadrants of the city. USATF age rule guidelines (15-18) apply. Meets will be held on July 20, July 27 and August 3rd with a Championship Track Meet held on August 10 Additional meets may be available for particpation for the elite at Penfield High School meet on Tuesday nights. Sign up at your local R-Center.

Youth Wrestling
Wrestling requires strength, stamina, speed, technique, strategy and intensity! Wrestling helps youth learn the relationship between effort and achievement. R-Centers, in partnership with the City-Catholic Wrestling Association offer city youth ages 8-14 a chance to try this unique sport. The team meets Mondays and
Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., July 6 - August 12, at the Thomas P. Ryan R-Center. For more information, or to register, contact George Warren at 428-7721 or
Youth Lessons

Summer Swim Academy
The Summer Swim Academy offers free swim lessons for youth ages 6-18, at six different skill levels--from beginner to advance. Half-hour daytime lesson times vary between 9:30 a.m.-noon, based on skill and enrollment. Evening sessions run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Lessons are conducted at several indoor and outdoor pools around the city. For more information or to register, visit

Youth Tennis Lessons
Learning tennis is like learning to ride a bike; once you learn to play, you never forget. The City of Rochester hosts the Maplewood YMCA’s Love 15 Summer Tennis Camp, where youth ages 8-16 learn tennis fundamentals. Morning and evening sessions run Monday through Friday, July 3 - August 11. Call Sam Chhoeun at 277-1654 or visit Maplewood Family YMCA, 25 Driving Park Ave., for more information.

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Special Events FlowerCityKids

Rochester Recreation offers a variety of special events to promote our parks and trails, offering free family fun and increasing awareness of our environment while highlighting Rochester’s history and heritage.

Flavors of Rochester at the Market
Saturdays 10 a.m.-12 p.m. May-September City of Rochester Public Market, 280 North Union St.
Prime your palate for the best free tastings experience in the City of Rochester! The 2017 series, again a partnership with the Democrat & Chronicle and Friends of the Rochester Public Market, will celebrate the colorful diversity of the Market and Greater Rochester community. Free admission! For more information visit:

Flower City Days at the Market
Sundays, May 7, 14, 21, 28 & June 4
8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Also extra events over Memorial Day Weekend (Fri., May 27 and Mon., May 30) City of Rochester Public Market 280 North Union St.
Rochester’s “Flower City” nickname is right on target, as the city is alive and thriving! Visit these huge horticultural sales that bring hundreds of area growers and attract thousands upon thousands of shoppers to the Public Market. At Flower City Days, you can join in Rochester’s Green revolution by recycling or reclaiming plant containers of all shapes and sizes! Master Gardeners from Monroe County Cornell Cooperative Extension will also be available to answer your gardening questions. Free admission! Want to be a Flower City Days vendor? Call (585) 428-6907 or go to for vendor information, application forms and instructions.

2nd Annual Urban Agriculture Garden Conference

Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. School #43, 530 Lexington Ave.
Join gardeners from around the city of Rochester for a day of hands-on workshops, demonstrations, tours and seed swaps. All groups, individuals and skill levels welcome and lunch is provided. Tickets are on a sliding scale. $10/person makes is suggested, but no one will be turned away due to inability to pay. Registration information:

Food Truck Rodeos
Wednesdays 5-9 p.m., May 31 June 28, July 26 Aug. 30 Sept. 27 City of Rochester Public Market 280 North Union St.
Food Truck Rodeo has quickly become a Rochester tradition. Rodeos brings our community’s creative mobile cuisine to the Market. Local brew and bands add to the fun. Free admission! For more information visit:

Flower City Youth Picnic & Planting Day
Friday, June 2, 10 am - 2 p.m.
Ontario Beach Park, 4800 Lake Ave.
Each year, thousands of Rochester City School District students visit Ontario Beach Park to plant flowers that they’ve started to grow in their classrooms. With their teachers’ help, they’ve learned more than just how seeds grow--they’ve learned about the importance of plants in our lives. Youth enjoy a day of gardening, free lunch donated by Wegmans, and free rides on the historic Dentzel Carousel. This event is co-sponsored by the Frontier Pioneers.

Celebration of Rochester Neighbors and Neighborhoods with NeighborWorks Rochester

Monday, June 5, 5-7 p.m. City of Rochester Public Market 280 North Union St.
A public celebration of the neighborhoods and neighbors that make our city strong. Live music, food, vendors, neighborhood associations and organizations are all part of the festivities. Free admission!

27th Annual Maplewood Rose Celebration

Saturday, June 10th from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Maplewood Rose Garden, corner of Lake Ave. and Driving Park Ave.
Bring your family and friends for a photo opportunity with over 5,000 roses. Held during the peak of the blooming season, the event focuses on the beauty of more than 300 rose varieties within the historic Maplewood Rose Garden. The day will boast garden tours, horticultural vendors, Maplewood history and gorge tours, garden workshops, live music, wine tasting and much more! For a detailed schedule:

Little Kids, Big Rigs
Sunday, June 11, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Parcel 5, 275 East Main St.
Explore fire trucks, police vehicles, construction equipment & more! Play games, paint the sidewalks, and tackle the obstacle course! Admission is free.

Windstream Party in the Park

Thursdays, June 15 – Aug. 10, 5 - 10 p.m. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, 353 Court St.
Windstream Party in the Park celebrates its 21st year! Bring a blanket and relax on the grass while listening to some of the summer’s best music! Enjoy the MVP Health Care Family Fun Zone, where children and adults alike can have fun blowing bubbles, playing games and trying out hula hoops! Bocce League of Rochester will play 9 weeks of regulation league play on six courts at the site. Teams of six may register at
$5 entry/children 12 & under free

Gus Macker 3on3 Basketball Tournament
Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25 Downtown Rochester
The Macker Tournament is designed so that anyone can play basketball: male or female, young and old, short and tall, the most experienced or no experience at all. This maintains the purity and integrity of the driveway game. Register at Mail-in deadline June 2, online deadline June 5. For more information call (585) 748-6804.

Beach Bash
Tuesday, June 27, 5 - 8 p.m. 
Roger Robach Comm. Center, 180 Beach Ave.
Get into summer at the annual Beach Bash hosted by the City of Rochester’s Youth Voice, One Vision Youth Council Mayor Youth Advisory Council, and the Campbell R-Center. City teens ages 13-18 are invited to enjoy music provided by a DJ, dancing, dinner, performances. Admission is $5 at the door, $3 for youth in registered youth groups that attend with an adult advisor. Youth must present school ID at the door.

Flicks on the Bricks 
Friday, June 30, 8-10 p.m. 
City of Rochester Public Market, 280 North Union St.
Prize-winning and selected short environmental films made by local filmmakers will be screened at the Market as part of the Fast Forward Environmental Film Festival’s summer community screening series. Free admission! For more information: visit 

July 4th Celebration

Tues., July 4, 7:30 – 10 p.m.
Main St. Bridge
Fireworks @ 10 p.m., Music starts @ 7:30 p.m., RPO concert @ 9 p.m.
Admission: FREE

Rochester Rhinos Soccer Camp Day

Tuesday July 11 at 10:30 a.m.
R-Center youth between the ages of 6-15 are invited to the first Rochester Rhinos Camp Day field trip. Transportation and a box lunch provided. Come experience a Rhinos practice and autograph session with the players. Interactive games such as; bounce houses, speed kick, human foosball plus face painting and a DJ. Each youth will receive a admission ticket to a future 2017 Rhinos game. The Rhinos have designated three games of which you will be able to choose one game to attend. Additional tickets for parents will be available at a discounted price.

RPO “Around the Town” Concerts
Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
These free family-friendly ensemble concerts will be held in city neighborhoods. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, and enjoy a musical summer evening. Please check the website for specific locations.
July 11, 18, 25 & August 1

Bands on the Bricks
Friday, July 14, 21, 28, Aug. 4, 11, 6-10 p.m City of Rochester Public Market 280 North Union St.
One of Rochester’s most popular concert series, Bands on the Bricks proves that the Rochester Public Market isn’t just for morning people. Free admission! For more information, visit

Rochester MusicFest
July 14 and 15
Genesee Valley Park, 131 Elmwood Ave.
Gates will open at 5 p.m. on Friday. General admission ticket prices are $28 in advance and $33 at the door. VIP tickets which provide for prime seating are $45. Local food truck vendors will offer an array of food, wine and beer for sale. Gates open at 12 noon on Saturday. General admission ticket prices are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. VIP tickets are $70. Children ages 2 to 10 are free with a paid adult admission. The “KID ZONE” will be available on Saturday for children under 10 featuring waterslides, bounce houses and more. Advance sale tickets can be purchased at: Sobrinos, People’s Choice, The Blue Cross Arena Box Office or online at

ROC The Park
July 8, Aug. 11 & Sept. 2, 5-10 p.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, 353 Court St.
Admission: $6

Rochester Youth Triathlon
Saturday, July 22, 8:15 a.m. (race check-in begins at 7:30 a.m.)
Genesee Valley Park, 131 Elmwood Ave.
This triathlon is designed just for youth ages 6-17 and is Rochester’s only youth-friendly, distance triathlon. If you can swim, ride a bike, and run or walk, come out and give it a try. Pre-registration is required before 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 20. There will be NO registration on race day. To register, call 360-3748, email the race director at, or go to
Cost: city residents, $5; non-residents, $15.
Cost for Teen Super Sprint: city residents, $7; non-residents, $20.

Gospel Jubilee
Sunday, July 30, 4-7 p.m.
City of Rochester Public Market, 280 North Union St.
Organized by Elim Sanctuary Choir, this event features several inspirational music groups from around the region. Free admission! For more information visit:

Buffalo Bills Training Camp
Beginning in Mid-July through Mid-August
Come join one of three City R-Center trips to the Buffalo Bills Training Camp at St. John Fisher College. As part of this field trip, youth ages 6-14 can meet and interact with the Bills players and try skill challenges in the Bills Experience. It’s pure fun! Transportation and lunch provided. Call your local R-Center to register.

Rochester Red Wings Camp Day
Tuesday, July 18 at 11 a.m.
R-Center youth ages 6-15 are invited on our annual Rochester Red Wings Camp Day field trip. Come on out and cheer our hometown team vs the Charlotte Knights! Transportation and lunch provided. Call your local R-Center to register.

Rochester Softball Tournament
August 8-10, various times from 9 a.m. -4 p.m. Cobb’s Hill Park, Culver Rd. at Norris Dr.
Youth who participate in the city-wide R-Center softball league are invited to play in this family-friendly season ending tournament. Families are invited to cheer on the teams. Visit your local R-Center to learn how your child can enjoy summer softball fun. The Rochester Invitational Softball Tournament is free for youth who are members of the city-wide R-Center softball league.

Aqua Fest
Thursday, Aug. 10 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Genesee Valley Park Sports Complex pool, 131 Elmwood Ave.
High school and City R-Center teams will participate in freestyle, back and breast stroke, water basketball, penny diving competitions and more. Participants range from 6 to 15 years of age. Opening ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. with competitions to follow. For more information call (585) 428-7511.

End of Summer Bash
Thursday, August 17, noon-4 p.m.
Frederick Douglass R-Center, 999 South Ave.
Youth and families--don’t let summer slip away without one last celebration! Join the fun at the City’s End of Summer Bash. Check out performances, displays and interactive activities showing-off the amazing accomplishments of youth and teens in City summer programs. Enjoy a cook-out style lunch and musical entertainment. Win prizes, play games, try a new craft, bounce in an inflatable and much more! For more information, contact your neighborhood R-Center.

Twilight Criterium
Saturday, August 19
A Criterium, often described as “NASCAR on 2 wheels,” is a bike race designed for city-center streets and staged in spectator-friendly course loops that provide incredible lap-after-lap excitement. Watch the fast-paced action for free and be amazed by the athletes’ extraordinary bike-handling skills and explosive speed. For more information, visit 

Third Annual Bike-In Movie
Friday, August 25, 7:00-10 p.m.
City of Rochester Public Market, 280 North Union St.
Celebrate booming bike culture in Rochester by two-wheeling it to the Market for a bike-related movie, and networking with bicycle organizations and businesses and enjoy food and music as well.

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