Winter Recreation Programs 2019-20

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Rochester is a Winter Wonderland

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Download 2019-20 Winter/Spring Guide  


 Winter in Rochester means we’re warming up to celebrate with festivals, outdoor sports and even icy dips in Lake Ontario.
The City of Rochester’s winter/spring recreation line-up offers many opportunities to get out and stay active during the colder months. From snowshoe races to garden talks, our annual Winter Adventures Series will delight any nature enthusiast. Our R-Centers are jam-packed with activities and programs that inspire people of all ages to get fit, be creative, learn something new and make friends along the way. To top it all off, the City hosts a variety of winter-themed events including Holidays at the Market and free holiday fun at the Roc Holiday Village! Embrace winter and don’t get cold feet! Try something new this winter and take advantage of the opportunities available in our city. Have a fun, safe and active season!  Click here to download the Winter/Spring 2019-20 Recreation Guide to view all of the exciting program and activity offerings near you!


 R-Centers Programs - Something for Everyone 

R-Centers After School Offerings
The fun of learning and being with friends doesn’t have to end when the school day does. R-Centers offer FREE fun, engaging, exciting after school programs that provide homework help, literacy activities, community computer lab, sports and play, STEAM programs, earth explorers, and a wide variety of enrichment activities.  Direct drop off site from school is provided by Rochester City School District (RCSD) transportation. 

After School in the Park
The popular After School in the Park (ASIP) Program in Cobbs Hill Park provides an engaging and nurturing after-school environment for kids K-6.  The program provides great activities and benefits for youth and families including friendly and well-trained staff, fitness and arts activities, healthy snacks and hot dinners, homework help, and field trips.  Parents can arrange with the RCSD for bus transportation to the program.  Cost is $55 per week for city youth; $45 per week for siblings.  For $85 per week, receive all day care through ASIP during winter and spring recess.  Non-city residents should call for pricing and availability.  For more information call 428-9777 or email

Earth Explorers
A unique program that immerses youth into the remarkable natural environment. Activities range from outdoor adventures (such as nature hikes, field trips and snowshoeing) to gardening and cooking with the produce grown at R-Center gardens. Youth and families are also invited to take advantage of horticultural workshops, projects and events such as community gardening, nature tours and more. Call 428-6683 or email for more information.

T.H.R.I.V.E. (Teens Helping to Reinvent Identity, Values and Empowerment) programs in collaboration with several community service agencies work to reduce teen pregnancies and reduce STD/HIV rates among youth within the City of Rochester.  Certified health educators facilitate comprehensive, age appropriate, evidence based and medically accurate sexuality education for youth ages 11-19 to reduce the initial onset of sexual activity and reduce risky sexual behavior among youth. Programming offered at Various R-Centers and schools throughout the City of Rochester.   For more information call 428-5994 or email

Youth Voice, One Vision
Youth Voice, One Vision gives youth a voice about what goes on in their community. Participants collaborate with other youth leaders, adult advocates and local officials to develop ideas to make their communities better. Members learn leadership skills, develop goals and strategies, participate as “youth experts” on local panels and plan conferences and special events. Youth governance groups help to plan activities at R-Centers across the city. Youth, adults, groups and other community organizations are welcome. For more information call 428-6360.

Girls Circle
Trauma informed youth development group for female youth ages 8-13 and 14-18 regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (preferred pronouns she/her/they) offered at a variety of R-Centers.  For more information or schedule contact your local R-Center.

The Council
Trauma informed youth development group for male youth ages 8-13 and 14-18 regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (preferred pronouns he/him/they) offered at a variety of R-Centers.  For more information or schedule contact your local R-Center.

Want to learn to be a musician? Come learn to read and create music, and to play the violin, viola, cello or bass with students from all over the city. Elective classes available on Wednesdays in West African drumming, choir, conducting and recording technology. Opportunity to perform in concerts all over the city. Classes offered at Edgerton and Gantt R-Center for youth grades 1-12.  For more information call 428-9944.