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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 11, 2018 - May 21, 2019  Tuesdays Senior Activity Center  6:00-8:30PM  All $3 per  class


Spend the morning with Mr. Easter Bunny at a special pancake breakfast! Enjoy some eggciting activities and an ever popular outdoor egg hunt.  Egg hunt will be moved indoors if there is severe weather or unsafe park conditions. Egg hunt begins at 10AM, unless moved indoors, it will be begin at 9:45AM. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, applesauce and refreshments. Parents - don't forget your cameras! Pre-registration is required; do so online at or at the Janesville Recreation Division office by April 19 at 4:30PM or until 150 spots are filled!  No registration taken at the door.  Maximum: 150

 Saturday, April 20  69 S. Water St. (Senior Activity Center)  9:15-10:15AM  All (under 1 is free)  $4 per person


Bring out the family to play some glowing games, dance to our hoppin' music, take on an inflatable obstacle course, 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 small prizes at this GLOW-IN-THE-DARK EGG HUNT! Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Egg unt begins at 8PM; no pre-registration required, pay at the gate!

 Friday, April 26  Dawson Softball Complex (920 Beloit Avenue)  7:15-8:15PM  Families (Kids 0-14)  $3/youth (concessions extra)


Sunday, April 28 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 28  Palmer Park West Pavilion

 Hunt begins at 1PM, register on site prior to start of hunt

 $5 per dog


 Life is all about creating memories with the ones that mean the most to us. Come spend the morning at Peace Park with family and compete in a variety of relays and enjoy a scavenger hunt. This is the perfect opportunity to be active, work together as a team and get some fresh air! There will be prizes and fun awards, so you won't want to miss out! The overall winning team will receive a family season pass for Rockport Pool ($90 value)! Please pre-register a family/team of a minimum of 4 or maximum of 6 members (no more than 2 adults (18+) and a minimum of two children). Register online at or at the Janesville Recreation Division office by May 8.  Minimum: 6 teams/Maximum: 16 teams.

 Saturday, May 11  Peace Park, meet at the pavilion  9:30-11:30AM  ALL  $10/team


The Janesville Recreation Division and the Blackhawk Musky Club co-sponsor this fun filled, family event. Another primary sponsor is It's A Keeper Bait & Tackle. Please bring your own rod, reel and bait.  There will be:

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

It's A Keeper Bait & Tackle will have extra bait for anyone without.  Don't forget your camera!

Pre-register from May 1-May 27 at:

  • Recreation Division office
  • Gander Outdoors
  • Pizza Hut on Court St.
  • It's A Keeper Bait & Tackle
  • Blain's Farm & Fleet
  • Pizza Hut on Milton Ave.
 Saturday, June 1  Traxler Park Lagoon

 Fishing: 9AM-12:30PM

Prizes/Winners announced 12:30-1:00PM

 3-14  Free



Join T.H.E.M., Hedberg Public Library's teen storytelling troupe, along with library storytellers Elizabeth Matson and Jamie A. Swenson for an evening of summer storytelling around the campfire perfect for school-age to adult listeners. Stories will range from rollicking, to scary, to the absurd. You never know what our storytellers will have up their sleeves! Parks & Recreation staff will stoke the fire and provide s'mores. 

DATE                LOCATION   TIME  AGES FEE 
Thursdays, June 27, July 18 and  August 1  Palmer Park Hilltop Pavilion Bonfire Pit  6-8:30PM  ALL  FREE


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

  • FREE movie
  • Bring blankets
  • Movies rated PG or less
  • Bring lawn chairs
  • Concessions available for 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; no smoking or vaping in City parks; and pets are prohibited in parks from May 15 to September 15.


 Friday, June 21  Mary Poppins Returns
 Friday, July 19  Ralph Breaks the Internet
 Friday, August 16 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part 


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 6  Corner of Wall Street and N. Jackson St.  5-8:00PM  FREE


 Enjoy the wonderful outdoor sights, sounds, tastes and smells wit your family and friends on a ride through the 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 7:45PM. 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 Park.  There is no rain date for inclement weather.

 Thursday, August 29  Riverside Park North Pavilion  5:30-8:00PM  Families  $3 per person (under 1 free)
 Friday, September 6  Riverside Park North Pavilion  5:30-8:00PM  Families  $3 per person (under 1 free)




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