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Albany “Gems” Middle School Dance Team

Students will continue to build on their knowledge of dance fitness, teamwork, and life skills. Dancers will be performing at community events and competing at local competitions this term. The dance team will meet in the small gym at Timber Ridge School. Pre-requisites: Dancers should have initially enrolled during fall. New students may inquire about a team spot by contacting Ashley Custis at 541-990-2194. No practice February 17, 2015.
Tu/Th, 1/ 6- 3/19, 4:30-7:30pm Timber Ridge $100/$130

Art Start

Art allows for the development of creativity, fine motor and listening skills, personal expression, and an appreciation of a variety of art mediums. Perhaps most importantly, whether you are a child or an adult, everyone loves the fun of expressing themselves through art! Check out our classes and let the fun begin!

Bring your toddler to this fun art class and discover just how great getting messy can be! With you by their side, your toddler will explore a variety of art-related sensory activities that will spark their imagination…while your house stays clean! From painting on easels to finger painting, stamping, and more, you and your little one will create works of art! Please dress to get messy. Pre-registration is required one week prior to the start date. 
Sa, 2/7 10-11:30am Maple Lawn Rogers

Young Rembrandts will encourage your child’s love of drawing and develop his/her skills by learning to draw cartoon faces ,exaggerate facial features, and transform ordinary animals into cartoon characters. While learning to draw your child will be developing their fine motor skills, imagination, art techniques, and attention to detail as they create their own unique cartoons.
Session 1: M, 1/5-1/26, 4-5 p.m.
Session 2: M, 2/2-2/23, 4-5 p.m.
$36/$46 Swanson Community Room Young Rembrandts Staff

MOSSY ART (ages 6-10)
Have you ever used moss to create a work of art for your home or backyard? Learn how to take moss and other outdoor ingredients to make something wonderful. We will learn more about nature as we use our imagination and fine motor skills. It’s time to connect with nature and have fun doing it.
Sa, 1/24, 1-2:30pm
$8/$13 Albany Sr. Center Staff

VALENTINE UP-CYCLED ART (Families and ages 8 and older)
Master Recycler, Bonnie White will show you how to create artistic gifts using up-cycled items. Use pizza circles, boxes, and more to create handmade nature paper to make original works of art for gift giving. All the materials are provided, so come and get your inner artist on!
Sa, 2/7, 10am-Noon
$10/$13 Albany Sr. Center White

Be-YOU-tiful (Girls in grades 5th-7th)

Every girl is unique and special in their own way. She deserves to know just how wonderful she really is! Join us in this inspiring 6 week class where we’ll create “ME” boxes, dance like no one is watching, and much more. Be prepared to be more excited about who you are than ever before! The 5th, 6th, and 7th grade can be a tough time for girls to maintain and develop a strong sense of confidence and self esteem. We want every girl to leave feeling beautiful, bold, and ready to take on the world! Pre-registration is required one week prior to the start date.
M, 1/26-3/9 (no class 2/16), 3:30-5:30pm     
$10/$13           North Albany Middle School

Bricks 4 Kidz

Build machines, buildings, vehicles, and more out of LEGO blocks, in this hands on experience using one-of-a-kind model plans. Instructional content is multi-disciplinary and designed to introduce as well as increase the student’s general knowledge of S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts. Students will work in pairs as they learn the fundamentals of engineering, architecture, problem solving skills, cooperation, and creativity. There will be no take home projects. All classes and workshops are for ages 6-12.

Winter Fun
Bring the winter fun indoors with interactive Bricks4Kidz models of some popular winter activities: luge, hockey, snowmobile, and more. All you need to create memories are our bricks and your imagination.
W 1/14-2/4
2:45-3:45pm North Albany Elementary School


Construction Craze
Put on your hard hat and head over to the construction site! Build motorized Lego models relating to the construction industry. Pre-registration is required one week prior to the start date.
W 2/11-3/4
2:45-3:45pm North Albany Elementary School


Cranium Contraptions
Build and explore crazy contraptions that really work your brain! Students will use Lego bricks, axles, pulleys, gears, and motors to create fun and interactive models.
M 1/19
9am-Noon $42/$58 Songbird Community Room

1-4pm $42/$58
9am-4pm $72/$93 Bring a lunch and beverage

Space Adventures
Many children dream of being an astronaut and traveling to space, so Bricks4Kidz created an entire unit dealing with the final frontier. Students will learn about space exploration and build Lego models relating to space.
F 1/23
9am-Noon $42/$58 Sunrise Elementary School
1-4pm $42/$58
9am-4pm $72/$93 Bring a lunch and beverage

Mining and Crafting All Day
Experience the world of Mine Craft with Lego Bricks. Students will face new challenges each day, building models and crafting key elements from the popular Mind Craft game.
Tu,W, Th 3/24-26
9am-Noon $96/$124
1-4pm $96/$124
9am-4pm $180/$210 Bring a lunch and beverage.
North Albany Elementary School

Camp Albany presents: Spring Madness

It’s time to get out and get active! Join us for 5 days of crafts, games, friends and fun at Camp Albany.  Take a sneak peak at what exciting themes and adventures are coming this summer. This camp will give you a week of memories that will last a life time.

You will not want to miss this quality camp experience that will cultivate and enrich your mind and body, increase your social skills, and boost your confidence through unique, exhilarating adventures.

5 Days of Spring Break Mania

Hard Hat Zone (Monday)
Time to get your hard hats on! Experience hands on use of power drills and hammers as we learn to build and create birdhouses and PVC pipe contraptions. Work with master builders from Home Depot as you construct your very own masterpiece.

Knights of the Round Table (Tuesday)
Travel back to the days of yore! You will joust, feast, make your own soap, and put counselors in the stocks! And of course no knight would be official without their own sword! Whether you want to bring your own costume or create your own with us, everyone will look medieval!

Food Frenzy (Wednesday)
Your taste buds will thank you as we head to John’s Incredible Pizza Company to make our own pizza and play tons of fun games in the arcade! You will get to craft your very own cake and take the ultimate taste test challenge! 

Mission Possible (Thursday)
Learn to be a secret agent as you try to solve the mission of the stolen goodie bags. Avoid lasers and escape minefields as you try to find clues to the riddle. Learn to be stealthy as you try not to be detected on this wild adventure.

Wilderness 101 (Friday)
Experience life without technology as you visit the outdoors and learn to track animals and build shelters. Explore different aspects of nature, as you learn how to decipher tree leaves and weather patterns. Building sailboats, skip rocks, and carve totem poles while experiencing the wild like never before.

When: March 23rd-March 27th
Age: 3rd-5th Grade
Hours: 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. (Extended care offered from 7:30a.m.-5:30p.m. for $15 dollars extra)
Price: $90 for whole week / $105 for extended care week
Location: North Albany Middle School- 1205 NW North Albany Rd, Albany, OR 97321

  • Bring your own lunch and beverage. Snacks will be provided.
  • Scholarships available upon request.
  • Contact Albany Parks and Recreation for more information at 541-917-7765.

Easter Fun April 4, 2015

Team INSPIRE is partnering with the Albany Parks and Recreation for the 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Montieth Park . On-site registration for children ages 0-12 will begin at 10 a.m. with the egg hunt beginning at 10:30 a.m. The fee is $5 per participant for the egg hunt. For $10, you will also get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny and lunch (hot dog, a side, and a drink). To register prior to the event, please contact Albany Parks and Recreation at 541-917-7766. For more information about the event contact Ashley Custis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 541-990-2194.

Immediately following the Egg Hunt, there will be a free, old-fashioned Easter egg roll for kids age 3 to 12 brought to you by the Albany Parks and Recreation Department, Albany Downtown Association, and Team INSPIRE. It’s amazing what fun you can have with a wooden egg, a paint stick, and duct tape! The top winners in each age group (3-5, 6-9, and 9-12) will receive a ribbon and a prize. All participants will get a filled plastic egg.

Spring Break Fun

ENVIRO-KIDS (Ages 6-12)

This two day mini-camp will introduce your child to the amazing world of compost critters! See micro-organisms and macro-organisms with magnifiers as you explore and learn about their compost habitat and the compost web. This is a great way to utilize your science, math, and observational skills while having fun! Using a variety of recycled papers and other materials you will put your imagination to work.
Th/F                            March 26-27               Albany Sr. Center
10am-Noon.              White                         $20/$26

Nature Nation

Do you remember the thrill of hurling downhill on a piece of cardboard? Maybe you can recall the sensation of cold mud caked on your legs? Perhaps you had a secret tree house or made a fort out of leaves? However you remember your childhood, we’re guessing that being outdoors may have played an important part in your life.

Now it’s time to give your kids that same exhilarating sense of adventure and connection with nature. Nature nation is designed to get kids and families up, active, and loving the natural world around them. Experience it all…naturally.

Staff from several local programs and agencies will lead classes to teach new skills like bird identification, gardening techniques, and more through fun, hands-on, nature-related experiences. All classes are held on Saturdays. Cost is $10/$13 (out-of-city) per session or $35/$45 for all four sessions. Pre-registration is required one week prior to the class start date.

Bird Watching Adventure (Ages 8-13)
Learn to be a bird watching pro! A member of the Salem Audubon Society will lead a guided tour and talk about bird identification and native bird facts at the Ankeny Hill Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson. Meet at the Senior Center at 1 p.m. for a bus ride to the refuge. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
2/21 1-4 p.m. Albany Senior Center 489 Water St. NE

Terrifying Tornadoes! (Ages 8-13)
This class will teach your child about different types of extreme weather, including tornadoes, through hands-on activities led by Kathie Dello from the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute. Other topics include weather that is typical in Oregon, and the climate cycle.
2/28 1-3 p.m. Boys and Girls Club of Albany 1215 SE Hill St.

Let’s Grow Together! (Ages 8-13)
In this class, kids will learn basic gardening techniques and basic plant information about native plants in Oregon. Led by a volunteer from OSU Extension Service’s Master Gardener program, students will be taking away new skills to become a master gardener at home!
3/7 1-3 p.m. Boys and Girls Club of Albany 1215 SE Hill St.

Bug Zoo (Ages 8-13)
Come on down to the Bug Zoo! OSU’s Entomology program has a mobile Bug Zoo, bringing creepy, crawly critters straight to you! Join us to learn about insects and their behavior with both live and preserved specimens, microscope use, and more!
3/14 1-3 p.m. Boys and Girls Club of Albany 1215 SE Hill St.

Snap It! Photo Scavenger Hunt

February 25-March 7, 2015
Get active and win big! The weather might be cold and rainy, but there is no excuse not to get out and explore three of our local parks that are connected via a path! Dress for the weather, grab your family, your camera, and head on out. Your mission will be to find the items below between Friday, February 27 and Saturday, March 7, 2015, take your picture with them, and then send those photos to us. Three winners with the best pictures will be selected and prizes given out. Pictures must be submitted by March 10, 2015.

Kinder Park:

  • Run the bases at the baseball field
  • Find a pine tree
  • Swing on the swing set

Grand Prairie Park:

  • Find the Grand Prairie park sign
  • Find a duck or a goose
  • Take a picture at the dock
  • Find a very tall willow tree
  • Find a tree with moss growing on it

Periwinkle Park:

  • Take a picture at the bridge
  • Find a conifer taller than 100 feet
  • Find a broadleaf tree with lichens
  • Take a picture in front of the pond

Send photos to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Let’s move! Being active is essential for brain development, physical fitness, and social development. Dance, movement, and physical skill development classes teach children techniques while increasing their rhythm, poise, coordination, confidence, and general fitness level. As avenues for creative expression, these classes allow participants of all ages and skill levels an opportunity to improve on fundamentals in a fun and energetic environment. Classes are held at COOL! Swanson Park Action Center unless otherwise noted.

Toddler Two Step (Ages 2-3)
Spark your child’s imagination and love for dance. Parents are welcome to join in the fun as their little boys and girls learn simple dance steps while developing coordination, body awareness, and balance. Ribbons, bean bags, hula hoops, and more will be used throughout the session. Pre-registration is required one week prior to the start date.
Session 1: M, 1/12-2/9 (no class 1/19), 10:45-11:30 a.m.
Session 2: M, 2/23-3/16, 10:45-11:30 a.m.

Princess Dance (Ages 3-5)
Full of fairytales and imagination, this class provides an introduction to the fundamentals of ballet. Your “princess” will learn balance and coordination while stretching, leaping, and dancing across the floor. Pre-registration is required one week prior to the start date.
W, 1/21-3/11, 10:30-11:20 a.m.
Sa, 1/24-3/14, 12:15-1:05 p.m.

Tumbling Fun (Ages 4-6)
Somersault, roll, and jump for fun in this class that teaches basic tumbling and gymnastics along with other floor movements. Children will improve their strength, flexibility, and coordination skills in this fun and active class. Pre-registration is required one week prior to the start date.
W, 1/21-3/11, 12:15-1:05 p.m.
Sa, 1/24-3/14, 2:25-3:05 p.m.

Little Dancers (Ages 4-6)
Awaken your little dancer to music, ballet, and tap. Ballet is the foundation for many other forms of dance while tap is a lively, rhythmic dance using your feet. Develop your child’s rhythm, poise, and coordination while improving his or her motor skills. Ballet steps, tap combinations, prop use, and terminology will be featured while dancing to energizing music. Supplies needed: Ballet slippers or socks. Dress shoes will work for tap. Tap shoes can be purchased from the instructor but are not necessary for the class. Pre-registration is required one week prior to the start date.
W, 1/21-3/11, 1:15-2:05 p.m.
Sa, 1/24-3/14, 1:15-2:05 p.m.

18th Annual Super Science Saturday

Grades K-6th grade
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Check-in at 9 a.m.
Calapooia Middle School

  • Each workshop is $7 (in-city student)/ $9 (out-of-city student). There is a $3 discount if you spend the day- 3 workshops plus assembly is $25/$33.
  • Pre-registration is required as classes fill up quickly.
  • For more information and to register, contact Albany Parks and Recreation at 541-917-7765.
  • Sponsored by CH2M Hill and Albany Parks and Recreation
  • Partners: GAPS and OMSI

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Kiddie Chemistry  Grades K-2
This introduction to basic chemistry, will have students study mixtures and chemical reactions involving changes in color, temperature and states of matter.           

Crime Lab     Grades 2-4
As they piece together the evidence of a crime scene, students see firsthand how fingerprints, footprints and fibers can help catch a criminal. Topics include forensic science, evidence analysis and analytical thinking.

Imagineering: Jitterbugs   Grades 4-6
With just a motor, a battery, a marker, and a handful of craft supplies, students are challenged to design and build a scribbling robot that can doodle all on its own.

10:40-11:40 a.m.

Scales, Claws, and Expanding Jaws Grades K-2
Students slide, slither and hop into herpetology, the science of reptiles. We'll get up close and personal with live snakes, lizards and turtles in order to study the features which make this class of animals unique. Discover that snakes are smooth and dry, lizards have no earlobes, and geckos can lick their eyeballs! 

Funtastic Physics    Grades 2-4
Students explore the laws of physics while playing with everyday toys. They join a videotaped space mission and predict and observe how toys act in the weightless conditions of space. Topics include action/reaction, force applications, inertia, momentum and Newton’s three laws of motion.

Hunters of the Sky  Grades 4-6
Get a bird’s-eye view of how hawks, owls and eagles survive in the wild. Students learn about special adaptations such as “silent flight” and how their favorite birds of prey see and hunt. They will also discover what owls have for midnight snacks as they dissect owl pellets and take home their findings. Topics include adaptations, anatomy, biology and classification.

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Lunch      

Please bring a beverage and a sack lunch that does not require refrigeration.

12:20-1:20 p.m.

Where in the Worlds           Grades K-2
Climb aboard the Spaceship OMSI and discover the fascinating planets and moons that make up our solar system. Young astronomers learn about the qualities of atmosphere and space, create a solar system model, and build their own air-powered straw rocket to launch their imaginations. Topics include astronomy and space science.

Down with Gravity   Grades 2-4
How slow can you go? In this gravity-defying workshop, students are challenged to reduce a falling ball to the slowest speed possible through a maze of obstacles.

Squid Dissection     Grades 4-6
If your students have the guts, so do we—squid guts that is! Young biologists use proper dissection techniques to explore the insides of a squid and discover firsthand how the beak, ink sac and other adaptations help this odd, underwater organism survive. Topics include anatomy, animal adaptations, dissection and lab procedures.

1:30-2:30 p.m. Assembly

Motion Commotion
Student volunteers participate in Sir Isaac Newton’s 300-year-old experiments by using ordinary objects to demonstrate the physics at work around us each day. These entertaining demonstrations make physics incredibly easy to understand. Topics include energy conversions, forces, inertia and laws of motion.