Parks and Recreation facilities release holiday schedule

Department offering buy one, get one free monthly passes

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With the holidays coming up, Williamson County Parks and Recreation facilities are preparing for winter break and more.

All facilities of the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 24-25, for winter break. The department’s six main indoor facilities will be open on Thursday, Dec. 26 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: the Franklin Recreation Complex, Longview Recreation Center at Spring Hill, Fairview Recreation Complex, Indoor Sports Complex in Brentwood, Williamson County Recreation Complex at Nolensville and Williamson County Enrichment Center in Franklin. Timberland Park, located on the historic Natchez Trace Pkwy., will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All other facilities will be closed.

All facilities will reopen at their regularly scheduled times beginning Friday, Dec. 27. 

In addition, at the Franklin Recreation Complex, the indoor walking track, gymnasium, racquetball courts, group fitness classroom and dance studio will be closed Dec. 20-26 for floor resurfacing. Group fitness will meet in alternate rooms on an amended schedule available at www.wcparksandrec.com. All amenities will reopen according to their regular schedule(s) beginning Dec. 27.

For the New Year’s holiday, the department’s six main indoor facilities will be open on Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Timberland Park will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All other facilities will be closed.

All facilities of the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 1. All facilities will reopen at their regularly scheduled times beginning Thursday, Jan. 2. 

For the site-specific schedules of satellite centers and athletic facilities, consult the facility information pages at www.wcparksandrec.com

Buy two, get one free monthly passes

For those looking for the best holiday deal around, Williamson County Parks and Recreation has it. During the month of December, WCPR is offering a buy two Premium Monthly Passes, get one free special. That’s a free month of admission to any of the six main recreation facilities and access to over 300 group fitness classes. It’s the perfect incentive for a new year, a new you and new goals.

This special offer can be purchased online or at any of the six main facilities, including the Franklin Recreation Complex, the Longview Recreation Center at Spring Hill, the Indoor Sports Complex, the Fairview Recreation Complex, the Williamson County Enrichment Center and the Williamson County Recreation Complex at Nolensville.

Premium passes are an all-inclusive pass with unlimited use of state-of-the-art wellness centers, gymnasiums, walking tracks, pools and other specific facility amenities, plus unlimited group fitness, aqua fitness and senior fitness classes. The buy two, get one free special must be purchased in the same transaction and is only good for one purchase.

Premium monthly rates are just $35 for a single and $55 for a family pass. Youth (ages 13-17) and senior (55 and older) monthly passes are discounted to $30. Non-Williamson County residents can purchase a pass for an additional $10 per month.

Passes can be used at any WCPR facility. For more information, visit www.wcparksandrec.com or stop by the front desk at one of the locations today.

Winter break activities for kids

Looking for something fun for your child to do during winter break? Register your kids for camps and activities at Williamson County Parks and Recreation facilities.

Dec. 20 and 23: Color Wheels Camp Christmas — Make plans to attend this fun afternoon of Christmas inspired projects, where attendees will sculpt, draw, paint and more to create one-of-a-kind art pieces. You’ll love your creations and may even want to wrap them as gifts for your friends and family. Projects will be different each day. 

The camp instructor is Shelley Egly. Camp — for ages 6-10 — will meet on Friday and Monday, Dec. 20 and 23, from 1-4:30 p.m. at the Franklin Recreation Complex. The cost is $42. Receive a discount by signing up for both days (two days for $75). 

Register for activity #16272 (Friday) and/or #16274 (Monday) at www.wcparksandrec.com. For more information, contact Joan Wilkes at Joan.Wilkes@williamsoncounty-tn.gov or (615) 790-5719 x2020.

Dec. 20 and 27, Jan. 3: Acrylic Painting on Canvas - Snowman — Come paint a snowman! The image will already be sketched onto an 8-by-10 canvas, ready for your child to paint. The instructor will teach all of the brush strokes needed to complete the project. Your child will take home his/her canvas at the end of class. 

The camp instructor is Elaine Sligh. It will meet on Dec. 20 and 27 and Jan. 3 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Franklin Recreation Complex and is for ages 6-13. Cost is $20 per class, and a $5 supply fee is payable to the instructor. 

Register for activity #15916 (Dec. 20), #15917 (Dec. 27), #15890 (Jan. 3) at www.wcparksandrec.com. For more information, contact Joan Wilkes at Joan.Wilkes@williamsoncounty-tn.gov or (615) 790-5719 x2020.

Dec. 30 and 31: STEM Foundations using LEGO® — Level up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO® parts. Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as motorcycles, aircraft carriers, conveyor belts and rail racers. Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. 

There are no prerequisites for this course. Camp will meet on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 30 and 31, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Franklin Recreation Complex. It is designed for ages 5-10, and the cost is $71.60. 

Register for activity #16275 at www.wcparksandrec.com. The instructor will be Play-Well staff. For more information, contact Joan Wilkes at Joan.Wilkes@williamsoncounty-tn.gov or (615) 790-5719 x2020. 

Jan. 2 and 3: RoboThink: Functional Robot Workshop — RoboThink offers fun and exciting robotics, engineering and coding programs where engineers, tinkers and builders of all ages can explore the exciting world of STEM. Armed with gears, motors and axles, students build and play with robots of all shapes, sizes and functions. Certified instructors take students on a fun, educational journey where robotics principles, problem solving and exciting challenges are covered. 

In this camp, participants will build functional robots that pick things up, robots that push objects along a line and a robotic rubber band turret. No prior experience is required. 

The instructors for this course will be RoboThink staff. Camp will meet on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 2 and 3, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Williamson County Recreation Complex at Nolensville, from 1-4 p.m. at the Franklin Recreation Complex and from 2-5 p.m. at the Longview Recreation Center at Spring Hill. Cost is $80, and the course is for ages 8-13. 

Register for activity #16251 (Franklin), #16060 (Nolensville) or #16088 (Longview) at www.wcparksandrec.com. For questions, contact Erin (Nolensville) at (615) 786-0200 x2417 or Erin.Williams@williamsoncounty-tn.gov; Chase (Longview) at (615) 302-0971 x2214 or Chase.Cribbs@williamsoncounty-tn.gov; or Joan (Franklin) at Joan.Wilkes@williamsoncounty-tn.gov or (615) 790-5719 x2020. For information on RoboThing, visit www.myrobothink.com.

Jan. 4: Challenge Island World Tour — Join Challenge Island, a STEAM program with 21st century learning skills. Pack your suitcase for Challenge Island’s World Tour. You and a tribe full of friends will engineer your way around the globe, from the Eiffel Tower to the Sydney Harbor Bridge, and end the day in Africa. 

Each challenge will bring participants to a different geographical destination and provide a special taste of the local flavor there. Don’t miss this global adventure.

This camp, for ages 5-12, will meet on Saturday, Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Franklin Recreation Complex. Challenge Island staff will serve as instructors. The cost is $40 ($5 discount for siblings). Register for activity #16183 at www.wcparksandrec.com

For more information, go to www.challenge-island.com/middle-tennessee. For registration information, contact Joan at Joan.Wilkes@williamsoncounty-tn.gov or (615) 790-5719 x2020.

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