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Activities and Programs

The purpose of the Class Programs Division is to provide energetic, fun, interesting and challenging classes to the citizens of all ages in San Juan Capistrano, while collaborating with local businesses and community entrepreneurs to share their expertise. The goal of this Division is to deliver affordable classes that are of interest to a diverse array of people and to generate revenue for both the City and contracted instructors. Currently, the three most popular classes are:


Music Together (Age: Newborn - 4 years old with Adult)

This popular, nationally acclaimed children’s music and movement program is developmentally appropriate for children and easy for parent/caregivers regardless of their musical ability. Families participate together in songs, rhythmic chants, movement and instrument play. Parent handbook, songbooks, and 2 CD’s are included for continued learning and fun at home!


Ballet Folklorico (Age: 7 - 18 years old)

Come and learn the various folklorico dances of Mexico while building confidence and self-esteem. There are opportunities to perform at various City and community events. All costumes are provided. Girls need to wear comfortable clothes, folklorico dance shoes, have hair pinned up and bring practice skirts to class. Boys need to wear folklorico dance boots.


Basic Horsemanship: (Age: 8 – 16 years old)

This class is a complete beginning lesson program. Students will be taught safety rules and step-by-step rules on how to groom, tack up and properly lead a horse. Parts of the horse, colors and markings will be studied. Simple first aid and proper technique with horses will be covered.


Horsemanship l:

Students must have completed Basic Horsemanship prior to registering for this class. Riding the horse is included in this training. Boots and helmets are required.


Horsemanship lI—Advanced Horsemanship:

Students must have completed Basic Horsemanship and Horsemanship I prior to registering for this class. Boots and helmets are required.


Karate for Beginners (Age: 6 years – Adult)

This co-ed class teaches the basic Shotokan karate movements of blocks, punches, kicks, and stances while emphasizing traditional karate etiquette, manners and morals. This is a non-contact activity with the objective of increasing focus, concentration, body awareness and self-confidence.


Beginner & Intermediate Tennis: (Age: 5 – 8 years old)

Join us for great clinics to develop your child’s sportsmanship, camaraderie and integrity while working on the basic skill sets for tennis. Our balanced approach ensures all children progress and enjoy the experience, as the develop competencies in tennis that last a lifetime. All equipment provided. Please bring water.


Youth Tennis: (Age: 9 – 15 years old) 

Come join our youth tennis academy style clinics. Watch your child progress each week as we work through drills and stroke techniques than are sure to make them a better player. The weekly clinics are both fun and challenging. Don’t miss out! Please bring racquet and water.


Kindergarten Readiness: (Age: 3.5 – 7 years old) Children must be potty trained.

Kindergarten Readiness is offering its first ever Summer Camp Program. Thematic weeks include Pirates and Princesses, Ocean Adventures, Camping and Dinosaurs. Activities will include outside play, water play, arts and crafts and games.


Adult Ballet Folklorico:

Come and learn different folklorico dances of Mexico. There are opportunities to perform at various city and community events. Ladies need to wear comfortable clothes, folklorico dance shoes, and have hair pinned up and bring practice skirts to class. Men need to wear folklorico dance boots.


Adult Ballroom Dance:

This very popular dance class will invigorate your passion for dance. Come join in the fun while learning new steps and meeting people with your interest.


Etiquette Classes: NEW

The Etiquette Factory is a unique learning experience developted to change the world, one child at a time.  Over 50 different etiquette skills are taught using games, role play, props, music, stories and kind discussion.  Skills included: Dining Etiquette, Kindness, being a guest and so much more!

Athletic Programs

The purpose of the Athletic Programs Division is to collaborate with youth/adult sport organizations to provide to San Juan Capistrano youth/adults a prototype of self-discipline, self-motivation, commitment, excellence, loyalty, cooperation and other desirable traits that are gleaned from participating in sporting activities. The Athletic Programs Division provides income to the City; and delivers a large population of sport participants to patronize San Juan Capistrano businesses, restaurants and hotels.

Youth Programs

This Division incorporates two programs for young children to teens – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley and the Youth Advisory Board. The City contracts with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley to maintain a quality-based after-school program for the children of San Juan Capistrano under the attentive safeguard of the Community Services Department and the Parks, Recreation, Senior and Youth Services Commission. The Youth Advisory Board enables San Juan Capistrano teens to participate in local government, learn City structure, and be the voice of the needs and interests within their youth-oriented collective.

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