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Classes & Programs

The Takoma Park Recreation Department wants to help you make the most of your leisure time! We offer a wide variety of programs for every age group from infants to seniors and in-between. Find the perfect class or program in our current City Guide or register online via ActiveNet. Check below for info on featured classes!


Registration will open December 15 at 8:30 am both in person and online for TP residents and December 21 (due to the holidays) at 8:30 am for non-residents.

Pottery Wheel
Come learn hand building and make bowls, soap dishes and more!

Class Spotlights

For a complete list of offerings visit ActiveNet.



A happy hour for you and your baby? Created by Zumba and Baby First for kids ages 0-4, the Zumbini program combines music, dance, and educational tools for 45 minutes of can’t stop, won’t
stop bonding, learning, and fun. Zumbini is an early childhood education program using music and movement to promote cognitive, social, emotional, and motor skill development for children, while creating the ultimate bonding experience for them and their caregivers. Each session includes a $35 Zumbini bundle (paid to the instructor), which includes an original songbook, making it easy to sing along, and a musical CD to listen to at home. Instructor: Miko Machingura

Zumbini– Costs & Schedule

Heffner Park Community Center
42 Oswego Avenue
Newborn-4 years
7 Week Session
Thursdays & Saturdays, 10 – 11:15 a.m.
January 4-February 17
Resident: $100 / Non-resident: $120


Step Team

Stepping is a form of dance in which you use your entire body as an instrument to produce rhythms and beats through footsteps, clapping and words or chanting. Presently, stepping is popular among college fraternities and sororities. The goal for the Step Team is to teach a co-ed group the art of stepping. Members will learn self-expression, coordination, self-discipline and teamwork. The team will consist of approximately 10-12 youth between the ages of 6-12 years old. No experience is necessary and we welcome all who are willing to learn.

Step Team– Costs & Schedule

Takoma Park Recreation Center
Front Room
7315 New Hampshire Avenue
6-12 years
Ongoing Tuesdays and Thursdays
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Free with Recreation Center membership


Young Entrepreneurs Program

Did you know it’s never too early to turn an idea into a small business opportunity? The objective of the Young Entrepreneurs Program is to inspire teens to explore and expand their knowledge of business by exercising professionalism, creativity and confidence. Participating in the Young Entrepreneurs Program will help develop life skills and independence as well as give you a head start on building a good resume.

Young Entrepreneurs – Costs & Schedule

Takoma Park Community Center
Teen Lounge
7500 Maple Avenue
Grades 6-12
4 Week Session
Tuesdays, February 13-March 6
4 – 5 p.m.






Acting Audition Preparation

Would you like to be in a play? Learning to audition is the first step and this class will prepare you with the primary tools you’ll need, including having an effective audition monologue to perform. After selecting a monologue with the instructor, you will learn (through lively theatre exercises) the basic acting techniques that can be applied to your audition piece to heighten its performance. In addition, class will cover the other essential audition tools: pictures, resumes, interviews and techniques for cold readings and scene call backs. The class will culminate with a performance of the monologues in a final public presentation! No materials needed. Instructor: Allen Taylor

Acting Audition Preparation – Costs & Schedule

Takoma Park Community Center
Azalea Room
7500 Maple Avenue
19 and older
10 Week Session
Mondays, September 11-November 20
7 – 9 p.m.
Resident: $120 / Non-resident: $140

55 & Over

Bone Builders

The Bone Builders program, in partnership with Montgomery County, consists of three parts: balance exercises, weight training, and discussion concerning diet, safety and exercise. The program uses trained RSVP volunteers to lead the classes with supervision by a certified trainer. For best health benefits and increase in bone density, participants are encouraged to attend class twice a week. Due to the popularity of the program you can only register for the Mon/Thurs class or the Tues/Friday class.

Bone Builders – Costs & Schedule

Takoma Park Community Center
Dance Studio
7500 Maple Avenue
55 and older
17 Week Sessions
Mondays and Thursdays,
September 7-December 28
10 – 11 a.m.
Tuesdays and Fridays,
September 5-December 29
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.


Puppy Kindergarten

Early puppy socialization and training has been shown to help prevent behavior problems later on. Each class includes supervised, off-leash play for the puppies where you’ll learn dog body language and appropriate play. The class will cover foundation behaviors (sit, down, stay, attention), leash manners, polite greetings, and socialization experiences. Instructor: Joyce Loebig

Puppy Kindergarten – Cost & Schedule

Heffner Park Community Center
42 Oswego Avenue
Dogs 8 weeks – 6 months
4 Week Sessions
Session 1: September 14-October 5
Session 2: October 12-November 2
Session 3: November 9-December 7
6:45 – 7:45pm
Resident: $105 / Non-resident: $125

Register Online for Classes

You can register for camps, classes and request rentals through ActiveNet.

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Register online with Takoma Park's ActiveNet.

Recreation Sections


Inclement Weather Line

Bad weather? Call the The Recreation Department’s Inclement Weather Line to check for weather closure information.

Call 301-891-7101 ext. 5605 to check for program cancellations due to weather.

Call The Inclement Weather Line