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Spend quality recreation time having fun with your children! We hold family programs throughout the year where parents and kids play together.

Daddy-Daughter Dance held in February

Young ladies, ages 5 & up, and their dates are cordially invited to attend the Daddy Daughter Dance. This is for COUPLES ONLY (daddy/daughter, grandfather/granddaughter, uncle/niece, etc). Attire will be dressy.
Register online.

Princess Party: held Saturday, April 30, 2016

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Lancaster Rec Fairview Room

Calling all Princesses! Join us for a party to celebrate being a princess. Come dressed as your favorite princess and enjoy arts & crafts, music & dancing, games and of course some royal treats. Princesses must be accompanied by an adult.

Giant Yard Sale held May & September

Spring Sale: Saturday, May 7 (Raindate: Saturday, May 21)

Fall Sale: Saturday, September 10 (Raindate: Saturday, September 17)

Earn cash selling your unwanted stuff or find inexpensive new treasures. 300+ vendors set up stands twice a year on a May and September Saturday at the Old Hamilton Watch parking lot off Rider and Columbia Avenue west of Clock Towers. Vendor space is $12.50 and public admission is free.

Registration Form and Map

Games, Games & More Games, May 18, 2016

Come out and get to know your neighbors. Fun for the entire family! Games will be played and taught.
Wednesday, May 18
(raindate: Thursday, May 19)
6-8 p.m.
6th Ward Park

Playground Ice Cream Social: July 20, 2016

Join us for an evening of fun, including ice cream and the wading pool!
Wednesday, July 20
(raindate: Thursday, July 16)
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Reservoir Park

Family Pool Party: July 27, 2016

$5/car donation

(will go towards the Youth Athletic Scholarship Fund)
Held at Conestoga Pines Pool. Enjoy a warm summer night at the pool (for FREE!)! Games for kids. Concession stand open. Children must be accompanied by at least one parent/guardian.
Wednesday, July 27
(raindate: Thursday, July 28)
6-8 p.m.

Halloween Costume Exchange: held in October

Has your child grown out of last year's Halloween costume? Did you buy a new costume for a party and will not wear it again? Recycle your costume for a newto-you costume at the Halloween Costume Exchange. Families are invited to donate gently-used Halloween costumes for babies, youth, adults and pets from Monday, September 14 through Friday, October 2. Following the weeks of donations, donors are invited to a one-day free shopping event to select from the donated costumes. Costumes may be dropped off at the Lancaster Rec Center front desk between Monday, September 14 and Friday, October 2, or at Before and After School sites or Preschool sites. Admission to swap is FREE to all who donate a costume and all ages are welcome!

Fall Family Fun Fest, held in October

6-8 p.m.


Hayrides, campfire with Smores, crafts and more! What else is better on a Friday night? Bring the family and have a Fall-tastic time. Held at Conestoga Pines Barn.

Mom/Son Fall Ball, held in November

Young gentlemen, ages 5-13, and their dates are cordially invited to attend the Mom/Son Fall Ball. This is for COUPLES ONLY (mom/son, grandmother/grandson, aunt/nephew, etc). Attire will be dressy.
Register online now! Space is limited!

Family Candy Cane Hunt, held in December

7 p.m.

Meet at the Lancaster YWCA

Ages 2-14. Make a collection bag for a candy cane hunt at Musser Park. Hot chocolate and prizes available at the YWCA after the hunt. Remember your flashlight and dress warm!

Family Cookie Decorating, held in December

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Lancaster Rec Center


Decorate enough cookies to enjoy throughout the season. Let the mess be on us! Held at the Lancaster Rec Center, lower level.
Call our office to register! 717.392.2115

Safe Sitter Babysitter's Course: Scheduled throughout school year

Get the skills and confidence to babysit for family, friends and neighbors at this medically accurate, hands-on class that teaches how to care for children and handle emergencies. One-day class for boys and girls ages 11-15 is held periodically during the school year at the Lancaster Rec Center. Class includes babysitter's manual, completion card and certificate. $29 for one-day class. Register online now.

Summer Food: June-August

Non-profit organizations within and surrounding Lancaster City can receive balanced and nutritious meals for children 18 years and under at no cost. Breakfast, lunch and snack are delivered to your site Monday through Friday. To participate, staff must attend training. Contact Lucy Zimmerman at 392-2115, x136.

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