Fall Fun for Kids, Teens, and Adults


If you’re a parent, you learn to dread those two words - “I’m bored!” Fall is a great time to try something new or revisit a favorite activity and kick that boredom to the curb. Check out all of the upcoming fall programs from the Clifton Recreation Department. From art to sports to science and nature, there is something for everyone in your house. Clifton is lucky to have such an active and engaged Recreation Department, providing so many opportunities for the community to learn and play.

Here are just some of the autumn offerings:

You hear so much about the benefits of Martial Arts – both physical and mental – and children, ages 7 through 14, can try it out in this 8-session class. The two-week program for Karate and Ninja training will be taught at the Academy of Martial Arts at 155 Valley Road in Clifton. Classes are October 2nd through the 12th, Monday through Thursday, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Preregistration is required and the class is limited to ten students. The cost is $75.00 for residents and $85.00 for non-residents.

Creative Movement Story Adventure is a class for younger children, ages 3 to 5, where movement is used to tell stories that they create. Classes take place Mondays from October 2nd through October 13th, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Rec. Center. The cost is $60 for residents; $70 for non-residents. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a water bottle and your imagination!

Who do your kids love the most (other than you, of course)? It’s their pets! This class will teach 7 and 8-year-olds to draw dogs, cats, fish, and birds using a variety of materials. Classes take place on Tuesdays from September 26th through November 7th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Rec. Center. Cost is $35 for residents; $45 for non-residents.

Older children from 9-12 can learn to draw and then paint more exotic animals, plants, and other tropical elements in the Jungle Animals and Tropical Birds Art Class. Classes take place Tuesdays from September 26th through November 14th (no classes on 10/31 or 11/7) from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. at the Rec. Center. Cost is $35 for residents; $45 for non-residents.

Most adults know that when you have a computer question, ask a kid – they understand how things get done and have fun in the process. The Coding with Robots workshop will be held on Friday, October 6th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Rec. Center. In this one-night class, students will learn the fundamentals of robotic engineering (hint for parents: this could be great preparation for a future career!). The cost is $30 for residents and $40 for non-residents.

Game Design Coding Workshop is for kids ages 8-12 and teaches kids to code and play games. This is another workshop with plenty of real-world applications. The class will take place on Friday, September 29th at the Rec. Center from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The cost is $30 for residents and $40 for non-residents.

Sometimes, getting kids to wash up is a process – but how much more fun would that be if a child made his or her own soap? This one-day Soap Making workshop is for children ages 5 and up. Attendees will learn the basics of creating a seasonal, vegan, environmentally responsible bar of soap using dried flowers, essential oils, and other products. Taught by Lokai Rose, the class will be held on Wednesday, October 18th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Community Rec. Center. The cost is $30 for residents; $40 for non-residents.

Youth aged 11 to 15 years old can take an intensive one-day class on the basics of babysitting. They’ll learn about safety, first aid, appropriate games and activities, and the fundamentals of supervising younger children. The full-day class will be taught by a Red Cross representative on Saturday, October 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Rec. Center. The cost, which includes Red Cross certification upon successful completion, is $60 for both residents and non-residents. Please bring a bagged lunch and a doll.

Adult Open Indoor Volleyball is for adults over 18 (no students) and is a drop-in program. It’s not a formal league but rather the opportunity to play more flexibly, without a formal schedule. You’ll need to set up an account on the Rec. Department website and prepay $8.00 for each time you play, and same-day registration is not accepted. The program is held at Clifton High School from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. on select Mondays and Thursdays. Volleyball started on September 18th and will continue through June of 2024.

Yoga and mindfulness are wonderful ways to unplug and relax with an emphasis on balance, strength, flexibility, and stress reduction. Teen and Adult Yoga will take place from September 28 through November 2nd, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. for teens 12-17 at the Community Recreation Center at 1232 Main Avenue, Clifton. Adult Yoga is the same day and location, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The cost is $60 for residents and $70 for non-residents. These classes will be taught by instructors from Blooming Minds; please bring a yoga mat and a water bottle, and wear loose, comfortable clothing.

There’s nothing more important to feeling strong than having a powerful core. The Crunched to the Core class for adults is a “30-minute assault on your abs” taught by instructors from Crunch Fitness. The class is held Tuesdays from October 3 through October 17th from 7:45 to 8:15 p.m. at the Rec. Center. The cost is $25 for residents; $35 for non-residents. You’ll need to bring a yoga mat and a water bottle.

A similar workout, 30 in 30, is hard-core HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). This one’s a series of drills, each lasting just a few sweaty, heart-pounding minutes, designed for cardio fitness. Classes are held Tuesdays from October 3rd through October 17th from 8:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Rec. Center. The cost for this series is $25 for residents; $35 for non-residents. Bring a yoga mat and water bottle…and prepare to sweat!

Seniors 65 and over can stay active and fit in the Evolve program, which emphasizes balance, mobility, stability, and range of motion in a low-impact environment. Classes take place Tuesdays at Crunch Fitness (895 Paulison Avenue) starting October 17 and going through November 21st from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $55 for residents; $65 for non-residents.

All activities require pre-registration and some classes are limited in size. Please make sure to check the specific requirements for each class.

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