The Darien Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of programs for the residents of Darien. Registration for programs takes place online at www.darienct.gov/parkrec, at the Parks and Recreation office located in Town Hall, or through the mail. For more information call the office at 203-656-7325.

Spring and Summer Brochure

The Darien Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce that registration for 2015 spring & summer programs, as well as the sale of 2015 beach permits, will begin on Wednesday, Mar. 4 online at www.darienct.gov/parkrec. Program registration and beach permit sales will also be accepted starting Mar. 4 in-person in Room 110 of the Darien Town Hall or through the mail.

Registrants are reminded that they will need a client barcode number and family pin number to sign up for programs or purchase beach stickers online. If you have misplaced your access numbers, or if you would like to start a new account, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department.

Program offerings will be accessible online starting Friday, Jan. 30. The 2015 spring and summer brochure, which includes the beach permit application, will be mailed out to all Darien residents the last week of February. This brochure will include popular programs such as Tiny Tots Soccer, New Level tennis lessons, piano lessons, horseback riding lessons and many fun-filled summer sports camps.

WINTER PROGRAMS

Feb. Vacation Camp: The Parks and Recreation Department and Overtime Athletics have joined forces to bring this fun-filled camp to the youth of Darien the week of Feb. 17 -- 20. Parents have the choice of registering for Tuesday -- Friday from 9 a.m. -- 4 p.m. for $245, Tuesday -- Friday from 9 a.m. -- noon for $130 or daily from 9 a.m. -- 4 p.m. for $65/day. This exciting variety sports camp for children ages 5 -- 12 includes instruction in the fundamentals of such traditional sports as basketball and soccer as well as utilizing Overtime Athletics signature curriculum incorporating non-traditional sports such as kickball, relay races, and cooperative games. The camp will be held at the Darien Town Hall. Camp fee includes snacks -- full-day participants should bring lunch each day.

Tiny Tots Soccer: Blue Wave Kickers' Tiny Tots Soccer engages children in physical activity while developing their motor and basic soccer skills. Mommy & Me classes are offered on Friday or Saturday mornings and classes for children ages 3 -- 5 are offered Wednesday -- Saturday. Classes start the week of Feb. 5. Please vist the Parks & Recreation website for a complete list of classes and fees.

Blue Wave Kickers Little Athletes: Blue Wave Kickers staff will engage your child in physical activity while developing motor skills and sports fundamentals. We will help your child build confidence and self-esteem by playing fun games built around sports such as soccer, basketball and t-ball. This program will run on Wednesdays from 12:30 -- 1:15p.m. or 1:30 -- 2:15p.m. and Thursdays from 1:15 -- 2p.m. for six weeks in the Town Hall gymnasium beginning Feb. 5. The fee for this program is $110 for Darien residents; $132 for non-residents.

Horses 101: Introduction to horses will be offered at Mead Farm in Stamford this winter. Each session will include a half hour horseback riding lesson in the outdoor ring and half hour horsemanship class covering general horse care, grooming, tacking and untacking. Participants must fill out a waiver packet before first session. Lessons are offered on Sundays starting Mar. 1 -- 22 from 1 -- 2 p.m. Program fee is $215; $258 for non-residents.