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Registration Information
Parents please complete the following on-line form and submit for your children that participate in the programming at McMillen Park Community Center.  Thank you!  On-line McMillen Youth Program Registration form  Please call 427-2420 if you have any questions.


McMillen Kickers

McMillen Youth Soccer




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Kids’ Café

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

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Jump for Life
Jump for Life gets children of all ages moving!

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Drums Not Guns

Participants learn drumming and discipline while also learning the dangers of gun violence

Project Alert

This drug and alcohol awareness program for ages 11-18 is designed to prevent drug use. 

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WNBA Little Lady Bugs

Girls ages 5-10 discuss important issues, learn the power of teamwork, experience fitness and nutrition. 

Positively Me!

Positively Me! encourages healthy self-esteem for children of all ages!

Girl Scouts

Daisies and Brownies Troop 608 meet weekly for entrepreneurship, social skills, and girl power!

Fort Wayne Dance Collective

Professionals from Fort Wayne Dance Collective teach body awareness, coordination and musical expression.

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McMillen Music Academy 

This music program powered by Sweetwater Sound provides free lessons in guitar and choir.


Youtheatre begins September 9. Students learn the theatre basics such as projection, inflection, articulation and dramatization!

McMillen Kickers

Saturdays, September 21 -November 9

9:00-9:45 ages 4-7; 10:00-10:45 ages 8-10

This soccer program covers fundamentals and basic skills. Children should wear gym shoes or indoor soccer cleats.

Planting Healthy Seeds

This Parkview program teaches children of all ages new ways to view food and healthy snack alternatives, as well as fun ways to move your body!


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Movie Night

Family friendly movies and popcorn are enjoyed by all!

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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.   


In our 1st year of a Jr. NBA site we were able to truly showcase our talent at McMillen Park Community Center! We had three participants that received either 1, 2 or 3rd place at the Regional competition in Indianapolis! Jasmine (pictured above) in the Girls 14 U level placed in the top 5 scores in the country!  She went to New York for a week this past summer to represent Indiana. Congratulations Jasmine!   

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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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The "Obama Quilt" as we of Sisters of the Cloth Quilting Guild call it, was inspired by the election of Mr. Barak Obama to the office of President of the United States of America.  It was designed by Mrs. Kathleen Fincher and constructed by several guild members. It features many individuals who were instrumental in paving the way not only for Mr. Obama, but for all minorities. The "Obama Quilt" symbolizes the success of pursuing the cause of equality for everyone-but there is much more to be done.

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Computer Brain Training (CBT)

Students learn to work with computers. Projects have included PowerPoint presentations. 

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Kids’ Korner Indoor Playground 

During the school year, the public hours for the playground are: 9-3 pm and 6-8:45 pm Monday/Friday.  When FWCS are closed, 9 am-12 pm. 

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 Youth Program Schedule
During the School Year

Free Youth Programming Monday-Thursday 3-8 pm; Friday 3-6 pm;
Snow Days, Spring Break 12-5 pm 

 Special Events Check out the Special Events link for information on upcoming events.  
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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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We had a wonderful time and are so appreciative of the community support of this event!!


Sylvia Shelton - adult - frontShare Your Park Photos
Share your park and/or park program photos with us and they could appear on the cover of a brochure, in a newspaper ad, on our website or in an e-newsletter. E-mail your high resolution photos to jill.bowyer@ cityoffortwayne.org along with your contact information (share it on our Facebook page, too, if you like). If we use your photo in any way, you will be given photo credit. If we use your photo on the cover of any brochure, you will receive a $25 Parks and Recreation gift card.


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Mike & Linda Coil

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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. Learn more...

Register on-line this SPRING! 

City Safari Day Camp

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Botanical Conservatory

Register on-line starting this SPRING!

The campers will visit downtown parks and landmarks, meet with local experts, ride the Citilink bus to Northside pool for a day of swimming, and tend their own gardens at the Conservatory. Each week also features an exciting field trip that compliments the weekly theme. For more information go to the City Safari Day Camp link  

Franke Park Day Camp

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Franke Park

Register on-line starting this SPRING!

With its strong emphasis on nature education, basic camping skills and Native American Lore, Franke Park Day Camp provides an environment which fosters cooperation, problem-solving and socialization as well as the dirty, muddy, outdoor fun kids of all ages enjoy! Check out the Franke Day Camp link for more information.

 Farmin' Fun Day Camp

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Salomon Farm

Register on-line starting this SPRING!

The Farmin’ Fun Day Camp provides summer fun for boys and girls. Activities include environmental exploration, arts and crafts, farming and gardening, animal care, games and much more! See the Farmin' Fun Day Camp link to learn more. 

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Winterval 2020
January 25, 2020

in Downtown Fort Wayne

Celebrate winter with a visit to downtown Fort Wayne! The 8th Annual Winterval promises a full day of indoor and outdoor winter fun for all ages. Watch ice carvers create wonders from a solid block of ice, catch a rugby game, check out model cars, and enjoy special events at the Botanical Conservatory, the Allen County Public Library, the Old Fort or Science Central. Go for a carriage ride at the Community Center or ice skating at Headwaters Park. 

Penguin Scavenger Hunt

Are you ready to find some Penguins?  Start at the Community Center.  For information on how this works and your chance at at $100 gift basket, please check out the Winterval flier!

is sponsored by the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department and MAJIC 95.1.

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PRESCULPTED ICE CARVINGSStop by these sites at your convenience throughout the day to see completed ice carvings: 

Sites To be Announced in January

Ice Carving

Watch professional carvers create ice sculptures before your eyes!

10:30 am     Botanical Conservatory
                    1100 S. Calhoun Sreet

12:00 pm     Allen County Public Library
                    900 Library Plaza

2:30 pm      Community Center
                   233 W. Main Street

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Winter Carnival
A “Winterval” Event
Saturday, January 25, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Beat the winter blahs by bringing the whole family out for snow crafts and activities, carriage rides, ice carving demonstrations and yummy treats to warm you inside and out. It’s all FREE! 

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 Winterval at the Conservatory

A “Winterval” Event
Saturday, January 25, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Join the Conservatory and our Winterval partners in celebrating winter. At the Conservatory, you can make a winter bird feeder, learn how plants survive the winter, watch an ice sculpture take shape before your eyes, and have fun exploring our Hundred Acre Wood garden exhibit.  Regular Conservatory admission applies. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.

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Winter Cozy
A “Winterval” Event
Saturday, January 25, 8:00-11:00 p.m.     
Headwaters Park West, Clinton at Superior 

Come cozy up with your neighbor, break down barriers, and get warm in the winter.  Your winter blues will fade away as we dance, play, and create inside a heated tent with cozy furniture, warm cocktails and food for purchase, live music and games, ice sculputures, and drink luges. This is Fort Wayne's most exciting (21+) adults-only winter event.  Admission is $10 at the door or you can now purchase Winter Cozy tickets on-line!  

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More information is available at
www.RiverfrontFW.org or by calling Megan Butler at (260) 427-6248. Sponsored by Majic 95.

Winter Hike & Bonfire Social

Lindenwood Nature Preserve
9-10:30 am, Free
Guided Hike and Campfire

Winter Bike Ride
Noon | 1900 N Clinton St
Stay warm with a winter bike ride on the Pufferbelly Trail and a short segment of the Rivergreenway. Learn what parks connect and what you can see on the trails. Cyclists will meet at Lawton Park and pedal to Franke Park Nature Lodge for free hot cocoa, then back to Lawton. Afterwards, cyclists will have the option to take a 1 mile round trip ride to visit our friends at Fort Wayne Outfitters to check out gear to help keep you on your bike all year long! This is a free event and does not require registration.  Helmets are recommended. Contact Amy at 427-6228 for questions.

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Nouvelle Annee: A French Garrison 1759
Saturday, January 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Old Fort, 1201 Spy Run Ave.

Experience a winter with the French of Fort Miamis. Re-enactors from “Les Habitants et Marines du Post ed Miamis” will spend the weekend living in the Fort, which will be open for visitors on Saturday.  Their goal is to recreate actual events which occurred in and around what is now Fort Wayne in the year 1759. They do so by examining letters written by the French commanders of what was then known as Fort Miamis and then attempt to recreate those events. Mail call, military drills, scouting, cooking and sewing will be some of the events taking place during the event.

Free admission, donations accepted.

For additional information on Upcoming Events, visit our website at: www.oldfortwayne.org   

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Snow Bowl Rugby Game
Area rugby club competition

1 p.m., Free
Lawton Park, 1900 N. Clinton St.

Annual Snow Bowl Rugby Game 
Check out: fwrfc.com for additional information. 

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Winterval at the Library
12-4 pm,  Free
ACPL, 900 Library Plaza

Ice Carving on the Plaza, 12-2 pm
Simple Seasonal Crafts (Children's Services) 1-4 pm
Cocoa & Cookies 2-4 pm

Winterval at Science Central
10 a.m.-5 p.m., $5 admission
Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St.

Enjoy family fun activities and ice cream made using liquid nitrogen (11 am-4 pm)


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Ice Skating at Headwaters Park
333 S Clinton Street

11 a.m.-10 p.m., Regular Admission
Headwaters Park, 333 South Clinton St. 
Public skating; FW Ice Skating Club exhibitions
at 1:15, 2:15, 3:15, and 4:15 pm

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Midwest Freeze Frame Picture Car & Scale Model Car Show
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Spectators: Free
Picture Car & Truck Show: $10
Model Car, Truck & Hobby Show: $5 for 1st model/$2 each after


Photo highlights of previous Winterval's!

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Colored Pencils

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Creative Quilting

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Stained Glass

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Wood Signs & Coasters

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Carefree Crafts

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Jewelry Making


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 Curious about Crochet





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