Our goal is to provide a safe and enriching environment for children to learn and grow through play and for families to grow closer by spending quality time together. Our family programs give parents the chance to participate with their children, rather than simply watching from the sidelines as their children have fun. We know that children whose parents are actively involved in their lives will grow up to be happier, healthier adults.

Our staff is carefully chosen and trained. FBI and state police criminal background clearances, child abuse registry clearances, first aid and fire safety training, and physicals are mandatory. Program directors have bachelor’s degrees, with at least 30 credits in education. All staff members are required to attend 24 credit hours of professional development each year.

Child Care Programs

We offer year-round, state-licensed quality child care programs for six-week-old infants through 12-year-old children. Click to learn more about each program.

Youth Sports and Dance

Your child’s health is important to us, and we offer a wide variety of programs to keep your child physically active. Learn more about our sports and dance programs by visiting our Youth Sports and Dance page.

Pools and Parks

Enjoy outdoor fun at the City of Lancaster and Lancaster Township parks and playgrounds year-round. Or, when the weather is hot, cool off at one of our wading pools and at the Conestoga Pines Pool. Learn more about the fun your family can enjoy in our City and Township by clicking on an area of interest:

Stay Connected with News & Events

Lancaster Rec offers new youth and family programs, classes, sports and events every month. Keep informed about new opportunities for you and your family to enjoy by visiting our News & Events section, and by signing up to receive our e-newsletter.

Youth Athletic Scholarships

We provide scholarships for eligible children to help with program registration fees that can reduce the cost of sports programs by 50% or more.