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.
|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)|
CANINE BEG FOR AN EGG
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|
ULTIMATE BACKYARD GAMES TOURNAMENT
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 www.ci.janesville.wi.us/register or at the Janesville Recreation Division office by May 2nd at 4:30PM. Minimum: 4 teams
Saturday, May 5
Palmer Park West Pavilion
NATIONAL KIDS TO PARKS DAY AT THE ROBERT O. COOK MEMORIAL ARBORETUM
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.
|Saturday, May 19||Robert O. Cook Arboretum Shelter (3550 W. County Highway A)||2-4PM||All||Free|
|September 12 to May 22||Tuesdays||Senior Activity Center||6:00-8:30PM||All||$3 per class|
TAKE A KID FISHING DERBY
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
|Saturday, June 2||Traxler Park Lagoon||
Prizes/Winners announced: 12:30-1PM
MOVIES IN THE PARK
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|
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
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!
|Tuesday, August 7th||Corner of Wall St. and Jackson St.||5-8PM||Free|
WAGON RIDES IN THE PARK
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
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.
|Thursday, August 30||Riverside Park north pavilion||5:30-8:30PM||families||$3 per person (under 1 is free)|