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Recreation Worcester

Recreation Worcester

Recreation Worcester is a free, year-round, out-of-school time program for youth run by the City of Worcester. Youth participate in curriculum based learning while focusing on our three main enrichment activities: athletics, arts, and academic programming. Youth also engage with community partners that help build programming and introduce participants to a number of positive, healthy, fun, educational activities. 

Food will be provided to all youth that participate in the Recreation Worcester Program provided by the Worcester Public Schools and/or Friendly House.

Transportation will not be provided by Recreation Worcester.

Summer 2020 Programming

Recreation Worcester will serve youth through virtual programming and in-person programming at 45 different campuses at parks and schools throughout every district of the City. Some of the programs include:

  • July 6 through August 28 - Summer Together Virtual Programs
  • July 13 through August 28 - RecWoo Online Virtual Programming
  • July 20 through August 27 - In-Person Programs (max 15 participants per site)

Summer 2020 Registration

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The City of Worcester's Division of Youth Opportunities and our program Recreation Worcester is dedicated to providing enriching and engaging youth development programming in the summer of 2020 that is free and accessible to youth in Worcester. In response to the needs of our youth we have created a model that follows all CDC guidelines in order to keep our community healthy and safe amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be two opportunities to engage with Rec Worcester; in-person and online.

This summer, in-person spots are limited. There is a maximum of 15 spots per site. Because of this we have expanded to be at more of the City's public parks and schools. In-person programming is FREE and includes food.

Register Online

Woo Stories Podcast

Woo Stories is a podcast series created by the Division of Youth Opportunities where youth can learn how to share their own stories by creating and producing their own content. This podcast can be found on SoundCloud and Spotify.

New episodes air every Friday!

Most Recent Podcasts

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Weekly Challenges

We are so excited to invite you to join this week's challenge! After completing these activities, don't forget to submit pictures or videos of all the cool projects you created! Send us videos or pictures by messaging us on DYO's Facebook, Instagram, or by texting at 774-366-5103. Also, don't forget to send your Photo/Video Release along with your submission.

Today is Monday, July 13, 2020


  • July 6 - Monday
    Academics - Make a table out of newspaper and tape! Use engineering skills to create a design and build a table sturdy enough to hold a book.
  • July 7 - Tuesday
    Arts - Make a mosaic! Cut up pieces of colored paper and then arrange them to make a beautiful piece of art.
  • July 8 - Wednesday
    Athletics - Have a dance party! Either by yourself or with family, blast some fun music and get moving.
  • July 9 - Thursday
    Social Emotional Learning - Draw a picture of yourself and use different colors to color in where you feel certain emotions in your body. For example use yellow to represent happiness; do you feel it in your chest? Use red for anger; do you feel it in your hands or your head?
  • July 10 - Friday
    Family - Play "Minute to Win It" as a family! Google ideas for different minute to win it games or make up your own.
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Summer Together

This calendar lists City-Wide Virtual Summer Youth Programming brought to you by the City of Worcester Division of Youth Opportunities through its numerous partnerships. This programming provides Pre-K Kindergarten, Elementary School, Middle School and High School youth the opportunity to participate in a wide selection of virtual activities. These activities include Fitness, Music/Performing Art, Playgroups, Reading/Writing, Science, Visual Art and more. Please join us for summer together!

  • Apple Tree Arts
  • ArtReach
  • Boys & Girls Club of Worcester
  • Creative Hub
  • Crocodile River Music
  • EcoTarium
  • Friendly House, Inc.
  • Girls, Inc.
  • Greater Worcester Community Foundation
  • Hanover Theatre
  • Main IDEA
  • Mass Audubon
  • Pakachoag Music School
  • Technocopia
  • United Way of Central Massachusetts
  • Worcester Art Museum
  • Worcester Family Partnership
  • YouthConnect Worcester
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Today is Monday, July 13, 2020

Below are today's activities. For all activities please view the complete Summer Together Activity Schedule.

Program Updates

News and information on Recreation Worcester from the City of Worcester Youth Opportunities Division.

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