Family Programs

Township of Spring

Parks and Recreation Department

Recreation Program COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan

To protect the health and safety of our program participants, staff and instructors, the following guidelines have been developed and will be implemented in all Department programs:

  1. Department staff and instructors will wear a face mask or covering.
  2. Department staff will perform a self-screen before arriving at the program site. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be sent home.
  3. Participant limits as established by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the PA Department of Health will be followed and enforced.
  4. Social distancing will be accommodated and encouraged.
  5. Disposable masks and gloves will be available for participants.
  6. Hand sanitizer will be available for all participants, staff and instructors.
  7. Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette will be encouraged through signage and verbal reminders.
  8. Equipment will be sanitized prior to the start of the program/session and at the end of the program/session by Department staff.
  9. The sharing of equipment and supplies will be discouraged. If sharing is unavoidable, the equipment and supplies will be sanitized by Department staff between users.
  10. Participant supplies will be pre-packaged and sealed in plastic bags and labeled with the participant’s name. Participants will take everything in their bag and anything they create during the program home with them at the end of the day.
  11. Program participants will be required to “check-in” with Department staff upon arrival at the program site.
    1. Program participants will be “screened” by Department Staff:
      i.  “No-Touch” temperatures will be taken by Department staff and anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees    Fahrenheit or higher will be sent home.
      ii.  “COVID-19 Active Screening Questionnaire” will be completed by each participant or parent/legal guardian of participants under the age of 18.
    2. For Youth Programs where only the child is participating, parents are not permitted to exit their car or come into the program area. Department staff will escort the children to and from the “drop off area”.
  12. Participants will be encouraged to stay home if they are not feeling well. The Department will refund registration fees for those who miss a program/session due to illness.


Family Programs
Each person planning to attend these programs MUST be individually pre-registered.
All children under 18 must have a parent or guardian pre-registered to attend with them.


Snowshoeing 101 – #1938

Date:  Sunday, February 21, 2021
Time:  1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Shiloh Hills Park
Ages: 6+
Registration deadline:  February 17, 2021

Learn to walk on snow in this family-friendly workshop. Kathy Grim will provide basic instruction on this slow-down sport which allows you to enjoy nature and the quietness of winter. Limited number of snowshoes available to borrow. You can bring your own or rent from Buckman’s Ski Shop: 610-678-5960. 1.


**New Pop-up Program**

Springtime for the Birds – #1969

Date:  Saturday, March 13, 2021
Time:  10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Ages:  3+
Registration deadline:  March 10, 2021
Spring is on its way! What are birds doing to get ready? Let’s find out with Naturalist Kathy Grim. We’ll look for and learn about bird migration, why birds sing to each other, how they build their nests, and what parent birds do to take care of their babies. Ages 3+. Registration deadline: 3/10/21


Fun & Easy Meals for Kids to Make – Zoom – #1939

Date:  Sunday, March 14, 2021
Time:  12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom online Program
Ages: 4+
Registration deadline:  March 10, 2021

What’s for lunch! You and your kids will have fun following along at home with Executive Chef Crystal Barto who will instruct us in making an easy and delicious lunch everyone can enjoy preparing together. Designed to teach kids basic cooking skills.

**New Pop-up Program**

Spring, Rebirth and Baby Animals – # 1970
Date:  Saturday, March 20, 2021
Time:  10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Location:  Shiloh Hills Park parking lot
Ages:  3+
Registration deadline:  March 17, 2021

What is better than springtime and baby animals! Join Naturalist Kathy Grim to look for signs of spring and learn about baby animals. Kathy will lead us on an nature walk to look for spring, and signs of busy wildlife parents taking care of their young. Ages 3+

**New Pop-up Program**

March of the Salamanders – #1971
Date:  March 27, 2021
Time:  6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Stilling Basin, Blue Marsh Lake
Ages:  4+
Registration deadline:  March 24, 2021

Spring is here, and salamanders and other amphibians are on the march! Where are they going? Join Naturalist Kathy Grim to find out why amphibians are on the move, and where they are going.  Come prepared for a muddy expedition to learn about salamanders, frogs, and toads. Ages 4+

Camping 101 – #1943

Date:  Sunday, April 11, 2021
Time:  1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Cacoosing Meadows Park pavilion
Ages: 6+
Registration deadline:  April 7, 2021

Camping is perfect for family togetherness, exploring the outdoors and learning about nature. Retired Park Ranger Kathy Grim will demonstrate the ins and outs of memorable camping adventures. Learn camp more.

Family Yoga in the Park

This Family Yoga program is a combination of playfulness and togetherness. Postures with storytelling and partner postures are woven into a class that is appropriate for family members of all ages! Register and pay for each session separately. Instructors from Building 7 Yoga.

Location:  Shiloh Hills Park
Cost:  $12.00 per person, per session
Ages: 5+

Session #1 – #1940
Date:  Sunday, April 11, 2021
Time:  1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Registration deadline:  April 8, 2021

Session #2 – #1941
Date:  Sunday, April 25, 2021
Time:  1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Registration deadline:  April 15, 2021

Session #3 – #1942
Date:  Sunday, May 2, 2021
Time:  1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Registration deadline:  April 22, 2021

Chemistry for Kids! – #1944

Date:  Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time:  11:00 – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Cacoosing Meadows Park pavilion
Ages :4+
Registration deadline:  April 14, 2021
This program has reached COVID-19 CAPACITY.  Call (610) 678-5399 Ext. 2 to be placed on a waiting list.

Join the Penn State Berks Chemical Society for a fun and educational program that engages children in discovering chemistry. This is an innovative, hands-on opportunity for children to run several simple (and possibly slimy) experiments and explore basic chemistry concepts.

Springtime Wildflower Walk – #1946

Date:  Sunday, April 18, 2021
Time:  1 – 2:30 p.m.
Location:  Squirrel Run Nature Trail, Blue Marsh Lake
Cost:  FREE – Registration Required
Ages:  8+
Registration deadline:  April 14, 2021

Spring is the perfect time to be outside and discover the natural beauty of wildflowers. Join Naturalist Kathy Grim as she leads us in search of the rare, beautiful and ephemeral blooms of spring. Identification guide to common native wildflowers provided.