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Spend the morning with Mr. Easter Bunny himself! We have a special pancake breakfast, some EGGciting activities and an ever-popular outdoor egg hunt planned for your enjoyment! Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, applesauce and refreshments. Parents - don't forget your cameras! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration REQUIRED. Do so online here or at the Janesville Recreation Office by March 30th at 4:30PM.  Only 150 spots available so ACT FAST!  No registration at the door.

  WHEN                 WHERE                                AGES                FEE                          
 Sat., March 31  69 S. Water St.


 9:15-10:15AM  (Senior Activity Center)    under age 1 is free


Bring out the family to play some glowing games, dance to our hoppin’ music, visit our concession stand for a snack and much more! Kids will then scramble through the park in the dark to find GLOWING EGGS. Win candy and other small prizes at this GLOW-IN-THE-DARK EGG HUNT! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Gates open at 7PM, egg hunt begins at 8PM; no pre-registration required.

  DATE                                      LOCATION                             TIME            AGES                                        fee at gate                                       
Friday, April 6   Dawson Softball Complex  7:15-8:15PM       ALL  $3/youth
   920 Beloit Ave.    (Kids                0-14)    (concessions extra)


Sunday, April 22 at the Palmer Park West Pavilion, the City of Janesville will be hosting an egg hunt for dogs. The hunt begins at 1:00PM, with the cost being $5 per dog. Registration is prior to the start of the event at the West Pavilion. Funds generated from the event will go to Paw Print Park. Participants must have proof of an up to date rabies vaccination; a valid rabies tag is acceptable.  All dog participants must remain on a leash while searching for kibble-filled eggs.  Some eggs will have special tickets for prize baskets.  This is a great opportunity to enjoy the park and spring weather with your four-legged friend.

 Sunday, April 22     Palmer Park West Pavilion   Hunt begins at 1PM; Register on site prior to start of hunt  $5 per dog


Are you ready for a little competition and needing to spend more time together as a family? Here is your opportunity to do just that! Adults and children look no further...we have a special event just for you! Enjoy spending time together by trying to be the best team wile playing the best Backyard Games around. In addition to the classic yard games like Cornhole and Ladderball, we will be introducing you to new games, and show how you can make them at home! We bet you never thought of making games out of pool noodles and chicken wire. Com experience some awesome new games you'll fall in love with and win some awesome PRIZES! Pre-register a team of one adult and one child online at or at the Janesville Recreation Division office by May 2nd at 4:30PM.  Minimum: 4 teams

 DATE                   LOCATION                            TIME  AGES  FEE 
 Saturday, May 5 Palmer Park West Pavilion   1-3PM  All  $5/team



Join us on Kids to Parks Day as we explore the Arboretum along with other hands-on activities that will connect you with nature. Participate in a hands-on stream survey activity where nature guides will supervise children as they wade into the shallow (knee-deep in most sections with firm sand-gravel bottom) stream and use provided nets, trays and ID charts to capture, collect, observe and identify the aquatic life of the stream. Space is limited, so arrive right at the start of the program to sign up for a 15 minute time slot with us at the shelter. Children under age 8 will need to be accompanied by an adult at the stream survey. At your time slot, a staff member will take you on a 10 minute hike from the shelter through the woods down to the stream. In order to get in the water you need to wear an old pair of lace-up or Velcro-fasten tennis shoes, water shoes or strap-on sandals (no slip-ons or flip flops); a bathing suit or athletic shorts; an old t-shirt or sweatshirt and a towel.  Otherwise you will have to observe from the stream bank.  While waiting or after your stream survey activity there will be a scavenger hike, nature craft using your hike collections and a snack available to participants at the shelter.

DATE                                 LOCATION                                         TIME        AGES     FEE 
 Saturday, May 19  Robert O. Cook Arboretum Shelter (3550 W. County Highway A)  2-4PM    All    Free



Learn the art of turning greenware into finished ceramic pieces. This class is for beginners as well as those who have previous experience with ceramics. The cost of the class includes instruction and paints. Greenware, bisque and tools are an additional cost to the class price. There is no extra charge for firing when greenware is purchased from the Senior Center. All ages are welcome to attend, but an adult must accompany children under the age of 12 to class. Interested individuals can attend any class during the session.

 DATES                             DAY  LOCATION TIME  AGES  COST 
September 12 to May 22  Tuesdays Senior Activity Center  6:00-8:30PM  All $3 per  class



The Janesville Recreation Division and the Blackhawk Musky Club co-sponsor this fun filled, family event. Other primary sponsors are: It's a Keeper Bait & Tackle and Modern Woodmen of America. Please bring your own rod, reel & bait. There will be:

  • Kid's casting contest
  • Minnow races
  • Picture taken with your fish
  • Biggest fish contest
  • Concessions available to purchase
  • Tons of prizes awarded
  • No license required
  • Plenty of other surprises

DATE                         LOCATION                      TIME                                      AGES  FEE 
 Saturday, June 2  Traxler Park Lagoon

Fishing: 9AM-12:30PM

Prizes/Winners announced: 12:30-1PM

 3-14  Free



Enjoy a movie under the night sky at Optimist Park (4201 Ruger Ave.). Movies will begin at dusk (approximately 8:30PM). Movies in the Park are FREE for all will always be the third Friday of the month in the summer.

  • FREE movie
  • Bring blankets
  • Movies rated PG or less
  • Bring lawn chairs
  • Concessions available to purchase
  • Pre-movie barrel rides at 7PM

In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be rescheduled for Saturday evening. Per City Ordinance: NO alcohol or beer is allowed in City parks. Thanks to the Optimist Clubs for co-sponsoring these free movies.

 June 15 Paddington 2 
 July 20 Coco 
 August 17 Wonder 



Join the Janesville Police Department and the Janesville Recreation Division for this nationally celebrated event! National Night Out promotes neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.  Bring the family for:

  • Free food
  • Police demonstrations
  • Kids' games
  • Community booths
  • Free drinks
  • And much more!

DATE                          LOCATION                                             TIME  FEE 
Tuesday, August 7th  Corner of Wall St. and Jackson St.  5-8PM  Free



Enjoy the wonderful outdoor sights, sounds, tastes and smells with your family and friends on a ride through te park.

  • Wagon pulled by tractor
  • Crackling campfire
  • Scenic tour along Rock River
  • Scrumptious s'more
  • History of the park
  • Music

No reservation is necessary; payment is due when boarding the wagon. Participants may arrive anytime within the specified time frame, but the last wagon ride leaves at 8:15PM. Arrive early; there are a limited number of spaces/rides available. The ride and s'more cooking should take about a half hour. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of Riverside.                            

DATE                            LOCATION                                  TIME                AGES  FEE                           
Thursday, August 30  Riverside Park north pavilion  5:30-8:30PM  families  $3 per person (under 1 is free)




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