8 Adult Programs to Add to Your Offerings

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It’s NRPA Congress week in Anaheim and the creative juices are flowing. There are speaking sessions that cover recreation programming ideas like Murder Mystery Dinners (see left),  Aquatic Pizzazz and Using Recreation to Address PTSD. People who attended these sessions will surely come away with some great programming ideas to implement.But for those who couldn’t make it, here are some other ideas you could implement. These programs are being run across North America at different recreation agencies and classes range from beginner to advanced: 

1. Cooking classes – If you have access to the right facilities, cooking classes could be popular. Also, consider doing themed culinary classes from Vietnamese food to Mexican, desserts or holiday treats.

2. Quilting – An instructor can teach participants how to create a quilt over a number of classes.

3. Drawing and painting – Be clear about the level of the class and type of drawing or painting you are offering so that all participants are on the same page.

4. Pottery classes – People in your community may have interest in working with clay. On top of that, participants can take home some of their own work at the end of the session.

5. Glass fusing – Also depending on your access to facilities and materials, glass fusing is fun and provides a self-created take home product. A lab fee on top of the class cost may be necessary to provide this program.

6. Jewelry making – If there is enough interest in this, make beginner and intermediate classes so that participants can stay on the same page. Be sure to write a clear description of what will be created and how.

7. Mixed media arts – Glass painting, printmaking, clay, tile mosaic, collage, and ordinary objects can all be used to create unique works of art. If you cannot offer those classes individually, consider a mixed media arts class.

8. Digital photography – Lot’s of people have digital cameras but may not know how to use any or all of the settings. The instructor can teach basic photography principles and about settings.

What other new programs have you implemented? What is the response? Comment below.

3 thoughts on “8 Adult Programs to Add to Your Offerings

  1. Okay, Henry, per your little bio I am calling you out in a comment. The classes you listed are NOT unique at all. Most recreation departments run the classes you mentioned in your article and have been doing so for years. But what good would it be to call you out on that and not share some ideas of my own? So here are 8 I feel ARE unique in a Parks and Recreation activity guide:

    1. Intro to Astrology – From Tea Leaves to the Chinese Zodiac
    2. Learn to Create iPhone/iPad Apps for Fun and Profit
    3. Community CrossFit
    4. Raising Backyard Chickens
    5. FilmMaking using your Phone’s Video Camera
    6. Read Bedtime Stories Like a Pro – An Intro to Voice Acting for Mom and Dad
    7. 101 Things Every Adult Should Know
    8. Dance Buffet – Each Night Try a New Style of Dance From Country to Tango to Freestyle

    So now it’s your turn. Can you think of 8 TRULY unique classes that would compliment a collection of offerings at the local Parks and Recreation department?

  2. Curt,

    Thanks for the comment…and for accepting the challenge in my bio. Unique is the wrong word for this post, you’re right. I was going with a non-active theme but couldn’t come up with a good way to say that.

    Your eight ideas are really cool. Do you have any interest in writing a guest post about them? I will send you an email.


    • Ah, yes…8 non-active programs makes more sense. I agree that it’s difficult to come up with proper titles for posts. At the very least the title got me (and I’m sure others) to read the post. 🙂 As for writing a guest post I will reply to your email.

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