River Camp

 

Fort Wayne developed around the confluence of three rivers: the St. Joseph, the St. Marys, and the Maumee. Learn all about the role our rivers have played in the history of our city and how they are still used today. Campers will learn about our rivers through hands-on exploration and leave with an enthusiasm for our waterways. Water activities, outdoor games, fishing, science experiments, dragon boat paddling, pontoon excursions, canoe paddling, hiking, river clean-up and water safety are all part of the fun! A confirmation letter will be sent out with details a week prior to camp including COVID-19 camp policies and procedures! Ages 8-12.


The River Camp flier is now available.  Register starting March 22!


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Important Information

Register on-line for River Camp starting March 22 

Important Forms
Confirmation Information River Camp for 2021 
Release & Authorization form
Release and Waiver for COVID-19
COVID-19 letter

Medication Permission Forms (As needed)
Medication Protocol Information
Prescription Medication Permission Form
Over the Counter Medication Permission Form

 

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Unwind Your Mind: Activities for Persons with Early Dementia

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia is life changing. Because individuals with dementia often feel isolated and disconnected, it is important that opportunities to participate in community activities that are meaningful, creative, and social are made available to them. Such activity can provide a sense of competence, a reduction in depression, and improved relationships with family members. Studies have shown that arts, crafts, computers and social activities help slow mild cognitive loss by up to 50%.

The Parks and Rereation Department offers classes and activities at the Community Center for those those with signs of early dementia. 

For additional information including to register please call the Community Center, 260-427-6461 or 260-427-6466.  

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Fidget Blankets

The Alzheimer’s Association in conjunction with Annie’s Caring Crochet Kit Club offers free Fidget Blankets to Alzheimer’s caregivers. These crocheted blankets have various objects securely attached to them that can help stimulate the mind and keep a person occupied as they “fidget” with each item. The Community Center is currently assisting with the distribution of Fidgit Blankets. Call Patti Davis at the 427-6465 to arrange a pickup.


General Programs 



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Memories in Motion

1st & 3rd Saturday, June 12-October 2, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St

Music and dance can enrich the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Music provides a way to connect, even after verbal communication has become difficult and dance provides mental and social stimulation. WANE TV’s Terra Brantley leads this dance program which culminates in a performance at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s event on October 2 at Parkview Field. Additional classes may be held in September to prepare for the finale! Space is limited to 12 participants. There is no fee to participate. Call 427-6465 to sign up!


Bingo

Fridays, August 13, 27

1:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Join us for Bingo fun. Prizes include snacks, canned goods and miscellaneous household items. Fee: 3 cards/50¢

 

Acrylic Painting

Paint a picture and take it home the same day! You’ll be guided step-by-step from blank canvas to your finished painting, learn how to load the brushes, paint wet into wet and blend colors as you go. All necessary supplies will be provided. Max. 8.

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# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


Relaxation Station: Adult Coloring

Mondays, August 16

10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Listen to relaxing music, visit with your neighbor and color until your heart’s content. Masks are required. No pre-registration is necessary. Just drop in! Drop-in fee: $1. (Note: Our monthly Monday Luncheons are on the same dates, so make plans for lunch.)

Living with Late Stage Alzheimer’s

Mondays, 3:30-5:00

June 7 (Part 1), July 12 (Part 2), August 2 (Part 3) Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

In the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease, those who were care partners now become hands-on caregivers. Join us for this 3-part series and hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s. the seminar is also offered virtually. Call 427-6460 at least one week in advance to sign up. The seminar is free.

 

Fall Programs

Acrylic Painting

Paint a picture and take it home the same day! You’ll be guided step-by-step from blank canvas to your finished painting, learn how to load the brushes, paint wet into wet and blend colors as you go. All necessary supplies will be provided. Max. 8.

Date                                                        Day                                   Time

10/12                                                        T                                   1:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.


Bingo

Fridays, Sept 10, 24, Oct 8, 22, Nov 12

1:00 p.m.

Join us for Bingo Fridays! Prizes are snacks, canned goods and miscellaneous household items. Fee: 3 cards/50¢

Relaxation Station: Adult Coloring

Mondays, Aug 16, Sept 20, Oct 18, Nov 15,

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Who doesn’t like to color? Listen to relaxing music, visit with your neighbor and color till your heart’s content using colored pencils or gel pens. No pre-registration is necessary. Drop-in fee: $1.


Hooked on Crochet

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.   

Wednesdays & Fridays, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Are you hooked on crochet? Come join the fun! Show off your latest creation, collect new ideas and get a little work done on your latest project. (Crochet instruction is offered in “Curious About Crochet.”) Ages 50+. No need to call ahead. Just drop in! Drop in fee: $1

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body

Monday, November 1, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement. We will also use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. The program is free, however, pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 to sign up by October 25.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Monday, October 4, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. Join us to learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, stages and risk factors. We will also go over current research and treatments available for some symptoms and Alzheimer’s Association resources. This seminar is free; however, you will need to call 427-6460 by September 27 to register.


Downtown Walkers

Wednesdays, September 1-October 27, 11:00 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St. 

Would you like to get outside and enjoy a nice walk through Downtown Fort Wayne? Join us for a fun mile walk while enjoying the company of others. We will walk different routes through the downtown area. Some of the walks will include a stop at various locations for a quick tour. Please call 427-6460 to sign-up by the Monday before each walk. Drop-in fee: $1/class


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Adult Programming at McMillen Park Community Center is $1 admission to the Center unless otherwise noted. Photo ID required. 

Public Hours of McMillen Park Community Center

Check out the McMillen Park Community Center link for hours of operation.    

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Pickleball

Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Come play the fastest growing sport in America on our climate-controlled indoor courts. Drop-in fee: $1 and Photo ID


Walking Track/Fitness Equipment

Monday-Friday, 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Enjoy our indoor walking track and fitness equipment in the comfort of a clean, spacious facility. Drop-in fee: $1 and Photo ID 

 

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Essential Steps

Mondays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Join the line dancing fun with choreographed, sequenced steps that help improve memory, coordination and balance while providing cardio exercise! Drop in fee: $1 and Photo ID

Cardio Fit

Monday & Thursday, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Cardio Fit provides fun, aerobic fitness for all skill levels! Drop-in fee: $1. Photo ID required.

 


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Men’s Adult Basketball League

Thursdays, October 7-December 16

The Men’s adult Basketball League begins October 7 and runs for 8 weeks followed by a single elimination tournament. Games are scheduled on Thursdays at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. Team registration forms are available at the Mcmillen Park Community Center Guests Services Desk and online. Team rosters are limited to 12 player s and the league to 12 teams. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: September 30. 

 

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McMillen Park Community Center Rentals

The McMillen Park Community Center has a space for every event. Let us host your family reunion, birthday party, baby shower, pickleball tournament, basketball tournament, conference, group meeting, wedding reception or other event. We have a variety of room sizes depending on the needs of your group. Alcohol is permitted at the Center. Please contact Percinta Hunter, Program Coordinator at (260) 427-2420 for additional information.   

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Check out our COVID-19 link to see what is open.  We released our Current Fun Times full of programs activities that can be offered safely this fall.  Our number one priority is the health & safety of our citizens.  

 

Meet Me On Our Riverfront!

Check out: Riverfront Fort Wayne 
for a complete list of activities on the Riverfront!

 

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 "Meet Me at the Park"
 

...explore a new park (check out the list of our 87 parks)
... visit the butterflies at the Botanical Conservatory
....take a walk in the woods at Lindenwood
...hike with Wild Walkers or at Lindenwood Nature Preserve
...wander Salomon Farm or take a class
...paint, play a game, eat lunch or take in a special event at the Community Center
...for all sorts of sports (Youth Athletics or Adult Athletics)
...participate in Virtual Recreation at one of our Youth Centers 
...take a trip
...volunteer
...Unwind Your Mind (activities for those with signs of early dementia)
...participate in activities on the Riverfront  
...Check out $1 Nights, Family Garden Close-Ups, Botanical classes and much more!! 
   Learn more at www.botanicalconservatory.org 

...and have endless FUN! 

Looking for even more ideas or have a question? Give us a call at 260-427-6000.  Or check out our Current Fun Times!  


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If you are "sheltering in place" enjoy our link of virtual activities at FWParks@Home where you can go on a walk, take a class, read blogs, find activities and just have fun!  Check back often as we add more content periodically.


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We created a link (FWParks4FUN) to list all of our games & activities we are releasing  How about BINGO? So check out this link and visit a park soon!




Meet meExciting news – NPRA has launched an impressive collaboration with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney ABC Television Group and ESPN to expand Parks Build Community and demonstrate the value of community parks on the national level.

A national Public Service Announcement, "Meet Me at the Park," has run on national media outlets. 

NRPA couldn’t be more thrilled about this collaboration and the potential it holds to bring national recognition to the benefits and value of community parks and recreation everywhere.


For questions about any of these activities please call 260-427-6000.  

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Youth After-School Program
Monday-Thursday 3:00-7:00 pm
Friday 3:00-6:00 pm
Children and teens ages 5-18
 

You must be registered to participate.    

  

Register now for the Fall program! 

 

Kids’ Café

Monday-Friday, 4:30-5:00 p.m.

Students are fed a nutritious meal daily. Each meal includes protein, grain, vegetables, fruit and milk. Ages 5-18

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Monday: Art

McMillen Park Community Center partners with Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne Youtheatre, Fort Wayne Dance Collective and Sweetwater Sound to introduce youth to crafts, theatre, dance and music.

Tuesday: Life Skills

Children learn independent living skills in culinary art, self-care, finance, literacy and fashion to help support a smooth transition into adulthood.


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Wednesday: Education

Students are exposed to a variety of subjects through virtual field trips, STEAM activities, story time and drug awareness education.


Thursday: Movie Night

Children can relax and unwind with a family-friendly movie and snack while movie etiquette is practiced.


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Friday: Fitness

Children participate in fitness activities such as yoga, juggling, cardio exercise and a weekly obstacle course to help strengthen the heart, keep arteries clear, fortify the lungs and improve coordination!

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Little Kickers

Saturdays, October 2 – November 6

9:00-10:00 a.m.

Little Kickers provides instruction in fundamental soccer skills for ages 4-7. The program is FREE, however pre-registration is required. Sign up at the Guest Services Desk.

 

 

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McMillen Park Community Center Rentals

The McMillen Park Community Center has a space for every event. Let us host your family reunion, birthday party, baby shower, pickleball tournament, basketball tournament, conference, group meeting, wedding reception or other event. We have a variety of room sizes depending on the needs of your group. Alcohol is permitted at the Center. Please contact Percinta Hunter, Program Coordinator at (260) 427-2420 for additional information.

 


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Jr. NBA Information
 

McMillen Park Community Center Youth Basketball Leagues as a part of the Jr. NBA gives us access to a national network of Jr NBA events, such as NBA cares community events, and NBA / WNBA games: discount uniform offers; coaching education and certification as well as professional development opportunities. We will also have opportunities for appearances from NBA and WNBA players (Pacers, Fever, Mad Ants and Legends) and access to grant funding.   

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Sisters of the Cloth 

The Master quilters of Sisters of the Cloth work one-on-one with youth ages 8-18, teaching the craft of quilting. Class sizes are limited. Call 427- 2420 for more information.


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Kids’ Korner Indoor Playground 

The Kids' Korner Indoor Playground will be open 12:30-2:30 pm Monday-Friday.  Please call 260-427-2420 to verify the schedule as due to COVID-19 the situation may change.

Virtual Programming   Check out the Virtual Programming link to learn more....

 

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Testimonials

Mrs. Cin. is very professional, nice and overall helpful.  The staff is wonderful with children.  L. Crawford
Staff is very professional. Tami C.
Awesome job-keep up the great job! Proud of the Center-Sandra W.
My son gets to enjoy some of his summer with other kids he may not get to see during the summer. Jennifer C.
Great program.  Glad that it is available to my kids. B. Pritchard
Your doing good.  Ms. Cin is great! N.G.
The program is very helpful because I didn't have anywhere to take my grandchildren for the summer. C. Shepherd
Great program for the kids, they also have plenty of activities. Kristal S. 




 

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