DeWitt Parks and Recreation

Back by popular demand, a second session of the QC Ninja Move program will begin in January.

Offered through the DeWitt Parks and Recreation Department, QC Ninja Move is an innovative youth fitness program instructed by David VanAcker, owner of the Quad City Gymnastics Academy in Milan, Illinois.

The first session — which was the only one of its kind in the entire Quad-City area — was held in October.

At the time, DeWitt Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Lake said he was looking forward to offering youngsters something that would spice things up a bit. 

“It’s something different; it’s new and it’s exciting,” Lake said.

The class is located inside one of the racquetball courts at the DeWitt Fitness Center. There is a colorful apparatus with lots of things to climb on and swing from, which VanAcker said encourages kids to adopt a fitness lifestyle in a fun way.

“This is a more inviting way for kids to get fit,” he said. “It’s a fun-based, strengthening and agility activity.”

Open to children ages 4-9, there is a warm-up and stretch time at the start of each class, and motivating music plays throughout.

Because it was such a big hit with kids from all over the surrounding area in the fall, VanAcker and Lake agreed to open a second session this winter.

It will be held on Saturdays, Jan. 11-Feb. 22, and Sundays, Jan. 12-Feb. 23.

Classes will be offered to children ages 4-5 1-1:50 p.m., ages 6-7 2-2:50 p.m., ages 8-9 3-3:50 p.m.

Each class will be comprised of six students, and has curriculum-based, age-appropriate instruction intended to instill within students a sense of accomplishment and positive self-image.

Those interested may register at parks.cityofdewittiowa.org.

Holiday Craft program

More programs will help keep spirits bright and bodies in motion during the winter months, starting with the “You and Me Holiday Craft Program,” Tuesday, Dec. 10, 6-8 p.m. at the DeWitt Community Center.

The program is for children ages 10 and up. Participants will learn how to make candles and other holiday decorations, while spending quality time together. Youth and adult pairs are encouraged, but individuals 10 and older are welcome to register.

Each registrant will get to make their own crafts, and all supplies will be provided.

The cost is $20 per person, and the deadline for registration is Monday, Dec. 9.

Drop-in Volleyball

New to the department this year will be a drop-in volleyball program, set to begin Tuesday evenings Jan. 21-Feb. 25.

Additional dates in 2020 may be added.

It will be open to adults and high school students (ages 16 and up), 7-9 p.m. at the Central DeWitt Intermediate School gymnasium (use door No. 14 to enter).

The cost will be $3 per session per person (cash only).

There will be six sessions of self-officiated, pick-up style volleyball open to male and female participants. Teams will be divided based on player preference and ability.

Two volleyballs will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own. Any cancelations will be posted on the DeWitt Parks and Recreation Facebook page, and the recreation supervisor will be on-site for most dates.

Participants may be asked to help with set-up/tear-down of volleyball nets, and all skill levels are welcome.

Ski/snowboard trip

Also brand-new this year is a community ski/snowboard trip to Sundown Mountain Resort in Dubuque.

The target date for the trip — weather permitting — is Wednesday, Jan. 22. The Makeup date will be Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Anyone is welcome to sign up, and the cost is $50 per person. The fee includes a bus trip to and from Sundown (the bus will depart Central DeWitt High School at 1:30 p.m.), a lift ticket, equipment rental (do not bring your own skis or snowboard on the bus) and an optional, 90-minute ski lesson.

The bus will return to the school at about 10 p.m.

Anyone younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, contact the fitness center at (563) 659-5127, or visit parks.cityofdewittiowa.org