Youth Activities

Peanut Carnival
** The annual peanut carnival will be held on Thursday, August 14 at 6:00 PM at the Recreation Center.  Booths, novelty games, shows and concessions all made by the playground students and staff make for a fun evening.  Faux peanuts are bought and used in place of money for each event. Please be aware that this is a Peanut Free Event!  Peanuts cost 50 cents a bag or 3 bags for a $1.00.  Rain date is Friday, August 15.  This is the biggest event of the summer.
            Come and enjoy!  It’s fun and inexpensive.  This event is co-sponsored by the Monadnock Marauders and Keene Sentinel. REMINDER: There will be no late pick up at the playgrounds on this day!

Big Wheel Race
Come down to The Recreation Center Raceway for our annual Big Wheel Race! It will take place this year at the Peanut Carnival Thursday, August 14.  Trophies and ribbons will be awarded.  FREE registration at the Recreation Center for ages 3 to 8.  Big Wheels are provided for the racers.  This event is proudly sponsored by KPRD, Elm City Roller Derby, and the Keene Sentinel.

Mad Science- August 4-August 8th- 9:00 AM -12:00 PM- 6-12 year olds- Cost $145

Eureka! Invention Week

Discover - Create - Invent! Each day student will be given a series of challenges they must overcome using basic materials, simple machines, tips from world famous inventors and the most important thing of all – their minds. Please sign up through Mad Science website at

Challenger Soccer Camp

KPRD and Challenger British Soccer Present Soccer Camps for 3 to 12 year olds August 18th-22nd at Fuller Park, at the Recreation Center.  Sign up online before July 4th to receive a Free Jersey
Mini Soccer 9:00 AM—10:30 AM   Ages  3-6 yrs  -  $102
Mini Soccer 10:30 AM --12:00 PM    Ages 3-6 yrs- $102
Half Day 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Ages  7-12 yrs  -  $137
Register online at
           $10 late fee will be added if registration is completed after August 8th.
Challenger Soccer is looking for host families if you are interested please contact Meghan Spaulding at 357-9829. Host families will receive one free soccer registration!

Group Tennis Lessons for Adults and Children
The Keene Parks and Recreation Department will be offering one session of group lessons with Bill Hay.  Register for these classes at the Recreation Center.
For Ages:

  • 8-10 Monday and Wednesday 9:30 AM-10:30 AM- July 7th thru July 23rd, twice a week. Cost $60
  • U-14 Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 AM-10:30 AM July 8th thru July 24th twice a week. Cost $60
  • Adult Session (6 classes) July 8th thru July 24th, twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM. Cost $60.

Class sizes are limited to 12 students, and generally fill quickly.  All lessons will take place on the Wheelock Park courts. Call Keene Parks and Recreation to sign up today!

Youth Horseshoe Classes
            KPRD and the Keene Horseshoe Club offer youth Horseshoe instructional classes at the horseshoes courts located in Wheelock Park starting on Wednesday July 9th, 2014 through August 5th, with a cookout for students and parents on August 12th. These classes are for children in the 5th grade or older. Classes will run from 6 to 7:30PM. There will be a small tournament with trophies provided for the top 3 finishers.
            Register through June 27th at the Recreation Center. Cost for the series of lessons is $25. Sign up early, as the numbers are limited for safety reasons and time constraints.
            Recreation Center Office hours are 8:00AM to 4PM, Monday through Friday.