We offer quality opportunities for those over the age of 60 to continue learning, stay fit, improve health and most importantly, have lots of fun. Age is just a number. Nothing proves that statement better than the hundreds of active people who participate in Lancaster Rec Senior Programs.
To participate in any of the programs below, you must join the Lancaster Rec Senior Center. Membership is free!Membership Application In-Person Activities Calendar Virtual Activities Calendar
Get Active While Having Fun
Staying physically active has many benefits. Being active can boost your immune system, lower your blood pressure and even reduce the symptoms of depression. Physical activity also strengthens your body and helps maintain your balance. We offer many opportunities to get you moving in a safe environment and in community with others. We also offer a variety of social and educational activities to keep your mind sharp.
A wide variety of educational presentations are offered at the senior center including a monthly presentation by a Lancaster County Park naturalist and various health and wellness partners.
Chair Yoga, presented by AIM to Empower, is a FREE beginner friendly class that teaches gentle movement designed to improve strength, flexibility and balance. This class is offered year round, on Thursdays at 9:15 a.m. at the Lancaster Rec Center Gym.
Lancaster Senior Orchestra
Make beautiful music with the Lancaster Senior Orchestra. This fun-loving 48-member group practices and performs under the direction of conductor Richard Mazzur with assistance by orchestra manager, Barry Russell. Practice is held at the Lancaster Rec Center on Wednesdays, 9:15-11:15 a.m., September through June. Concerts are performed for retirement groups, homes, communities, churches, civic organizations, school groups, and service clubs throughout Lancaster County. Annual membership dues are $15.
Move Your Body Exercise Class
Exercise for all. Walk, warm up, and cool down with exercise components while socializing and listening to music. You may do this class while sitting or standing.
Herb and Gardening
Learn interesting facts about herbs, flowers and plants, including historical, cultural, culinary and decorative information.
Lancaster County Bookmobile
The Lancaster County Bookmobile visits Lancaster Rec Senior Center on the third Tuesday of every month at 9:30a.m. They can also issue a library card to you at the senior center. They offer books, large print books, books on tape and DVDs.
Geri-Fit Strength Exercise Class
Geri-Fit is a free on-going training program for individuals 60 and older held at 10:15a.m. Tuesdays and 9:15a.m. on Fridays. Geri-Fit has been proven to improve balance, flexibility and strength. Participants will perform exercises using dumbbell weights and resistance bands. Instruction is provided in the group setting by a certified instructor. Each person is encouraged to work at his/her own pace. Dumbbell weights and resistance bands will be provided. Be sure to bring a water bottle and wear tennis shoes. This program is free and funded, in part, under an agreement with money allocated by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and the Lancaster County Office of Aging.
Pottery and Ceramics
An instructor from the Pottery Works provides monthly ceramic projects that are easy and fun on the third Wednesdays at 9:15a.m. For $1.00 per project.
Art Classes by the Lancaster Creative Art Factory
The Lancaster Creative Art Factory offers painting and two-dimensional art classes every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 9:30a.m.
Food and Nutrition Opportunities
Free lunch (donations accepted) is provided for members. Additional programs include frozen dinners, boxes of frozen meals and boxed meals from the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
Corn Hole and Bocce
Join the fun and try these popular games on Mondays at 10:45a.m.
Similar to real bowling, the player mimics the motion of bowling in this video game.
Bring your ukulele and join us for ukulele jam sessions every Thursday at 10:00a.m.
Summer Senior Art Club
Spend an afternoon with other art enthusiasts to work on your art projects. Share your skills and learn new ones. June through August at the Lancaster Rec Center. Bring your own supplies. Membership in the Lancaster Rec Senior Center is required, which is free.
Every month we celebrate the birthdays of our members as well acknowledging members who volunteer at our senior center during that month. Entertainment and dessert is provided. We thank our Monthly Holiday Party sponsor, Highmark and our Monthly Birthday Party sponsor, PA Health and Wellness.
Put your knowledge to test in this interactive team trivia game held on the 3rd Friday of every month at 10:15a.m.
It’s time for B-I-N-G-O! This classic is one of our favorites here at the Lancaster Rec Senior Center. Held on Monday at 9:30a.m. Cost is $1.00 per card.
For assistance with any senior fitness or recreation program, contact Elaine at ecampbell@LancasterRec.org
Our friendly Senior Center staff will be glad to introduce you to our programs. We offer quality opportunities to learn, improve health and most importantly, to have lots of laughs. Special events include holiday parties, live entertainment, volunteer appreciation celebrations, intergenerational activities with our preschool classes and enjoy new hobbies.
Seniors can register for van transportation to and from their homes to the Lancaster Rec Senior Center. For those driving to the Senior Center, handicapped accessible parking is available, as is an accessible ramp into the Senior Center.
Senior Center closings due to inclement weather are listed on WGAL TV 8.