Now that the weather is turning colder, if your looking for some cool fun things to do with your kids this fall, the City of Dubuque has just announced their October Youth Recreation Programs


Fall into fun with these recreation programs for kids up to age 12 including early childhood enrichment programs, Halloween-themed arts and crafts, science experiments, loom knitting for beginners, and a beeswax sustainable products class.

For more classes and programs, view the Fall Let's Go! Activities Guide!

Smart Start for Ages 3 - 5 yrs.

Week 1: T/Th, Oct. 4 - 20
Week 2: T/Th, Oct. 25 – Nov. 10
Week 3: T/Th, Nov. 29 - Dec. 15

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Are you looking for something new to encourage your child’s learning? The early child enrichment program will allow kids ages 3 – 5 to learn through playing games, singing songs, and doing hands-on activities. Children will learn several concepts such as letter/name recognition, socialization/interaction, and listening and following instructions while in a group environment. The curriculum covers concepts in math, reading, and writing with the use of art, music, and play. Class is from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is a drop-off class.


Parent/Caregiver & Child Classes for Ages 18 mo. - 4 yrs.

Music Makers & More
Mon, Oct. 17 & 24, 10 - 11 a.m.

This class is designed to bring out the budding musician in your child. Participants will create their own musical instruments and perform traditional children’s songs. We’ll also explore rhythm and movement.

Ooey Gooey Halloween Party
Mon, Oct. 31, 10 - 11 a.m.

Halloween is here! It’s time for pumpkin guts, monster stew, and spooktacular games and activities. Parent/caregiver and child are encouraged to come in their favorite costume for this Ooey Gooey Halloween party!


Drop-Off Classes for Ages 2 - 12 yrs.

Kids in Motion
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
Friday, Oct. 7 & 14, 10 - 11 a.m.

Up and over, under and through, balls and streamers, tunnels, and YOU!  Meet friends, build confidence, and have FUN developing your large muscle motor skills. This program progresses with your child... they’ll be crawling, climbing, balancing, and bouncing as we use our bounce house, balance beam, and other interactive apparatuses!

Loom Knitting for Beginners
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Saturday, Oct. 8 & 15, 9 - 11 a.m.

Through two sessions, participants will learn how to knit small winter hats. Once an individual is comfortable knitting a hat from start to finish, they will have the option to begin a larger hat to fit their own head.  Looms, hooks, and yarn will be provided.

Rocks and Crystals
Ages: 6 - 12 yrs.
Saturday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Learn about the fascinating and wonderful world of rocks and crystals! Participants will take home two projects.

Pumpkin Painting & Decorating
Ages: 6 - 12 yrs.
Saturday, Oct. 15, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Participants will be supplied a variety of small sized pumpkins, along with tons of fun-colored paints and decorations, to personalize and take home!

Preschool Adventures
Ages: 2 - 4 yrs.
Wed / Fri, Oct. 19 & 21, 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Looking for a head start in early learning? Preschool Adventures is designed around suitable preschool themes to cultivate learning and teach participants basic concepts to prepare them for the next steps.

Beeswax and Sustainable Products
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

This session will focus on the importance of sustainable products and how to use beeswax to make some of your own! Participants will take home two projects.

Halloween Crafts & Activities
Ages: 4 - 7 yrs.
Saturday, Oct. 22, 1 - 3 p.m.

Join us for a spooktacular time creating Halloween-themed crafts and participating in several fun games and activities!

Messy Art & Science
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
Wed., Oct. 26, 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Join us for a fun-filled adventure! Hands-on science projects (exploding milk, invisible ink, volcanoes and secret messages are possibilities), crafts, games, and more!

Mindful Musicians at Centrally Rooted for Ages 0 - 6 yrs.

Mon., Oct. 3 - Dec. 5, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
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Mindful Musicians is an 8-week programmatic experience that promotes the foundational pillars of musical competence that reach into the realms of verbal, physical, and cognitive development, while simultaneously implanting core beliefs that support positive mental health and coping skills for times of future distress. This is a parent/caregiver and child class.

More Information

Visit or call City of Dubuque Leisure Services at 563-589-4263 for questions or more information about programs and activities, WebTrac, the Family Scholarship Program, and more!

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