Lakeside Chautauqua offers thousands of special classes and activities throughout the summer to nurture mind, body and spirit. Some of these activities may require pre-registration. Browse arts classes, swim lessons, wooden boat rides, tennis and pickleball clinics, theater camps and more below and register today! For information about withdrawals, transfers and our refund policy, click here.
Rhein Center Arts Classes (All Ages)
The Rhein Center, located at the corner of Sixth Street and Walnut Avenue, offers craft, art, dance, improv, music and other fun, creative classes for all ages throughout the summer. Classes are held indoors and outside under tents. Most classes are 90 minutes and begin at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Classes for kids ages 6 & under are 45 minutes. Browse classes for the summer and register.
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Pirates, Fairies & Lost Boys Continental Breakfast – June 3
In partnership with students from Heidelberg University, join Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook and more for a breakfast full of adventure at 10-11 a.m. Saturday, June 3 in the Fountain Inn Aigler Room. All ages are welcome to delight in stories, songs and swashbuckling. The continental breakfast includes pastries, muffins, yogurt, granola, fruit and berries. Coffee, orange juice and water will also be available. The cost is $13 per person; no charge for children ages 2 & under.
Wooden Boat Rides & Sunset Cruises (ages 4+) – Mondays & Thursdays, June 5-Aug. 31
Enjoy 30-minute Wooden Boat Rides from 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. The cost is $26 for adults and $10 for youth (ages 4-12), with a maximum of six passengers. Our one-hour Sunset Cruise is offered Mondays and Thursdays from 8-9 p.m. The cost is $40 for adults and $15 for youth (ages 4-12). Each cruise requires a minimum of four passengers, with a maximum of six.
Swim Lessons (ages 12 & under)
Lakeside is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable pool experience for all. Our certified swim instructors offer lessons for all abilities and skill levels for ages 12 & under. Registration is required. Walk-ins are not permitted. Children and adults must purchase a Daily Chautauqua Pass for swim lessons. Private Swim Lessons are also available; contact Denise Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adam Met Meet & Greet (ages 13-18) – June 27
Teens are invited to a special meet & greet with Dr. Adam Met, writer, activist and bassist for the multi-platinum band AJR. Cost to attend is $3 and includes snacks and beverages. Limited to 50 attendees.
Stuffie Sleepover (ages 3-8) – June 26, July 10, July 24 & Aug. 7
Children (ages 3-8) bring their favorite stuffed animal to Hoover Auditorium Porch for story time and a snack. Then, we head to the Legacy House on Walnut Plaza to tuck the stuffies in and say goodnight. The stuffies spend the night with Lakeside staff while their humans keep track of their mischief through Instagram stories. Stuffies and children are reunited the next morning at 9 a.m. in the Legacy House.
Bicycle Rodeo (ages 6+) – Mondays, June 12-Aug. 14
In partnership with Danbury Police and Lakeside Safety Services, we’re excited for the return of Bike Rodeo from 1-2 p.m. Mondays from June 12-Aug. 14. This interactive program is designed to educate children (ages 6+) on a variety of safety topics and learn skills to safely navigate traffic environments. Participants must be able to ride a tricycle.
Safety Town (ages 3-5) – Mondays, June 12-Aug. 14
In partnership with Danbury Police and Lakeside Safety Services, we’re excited to bring Safety Town to our youngest Lakesiders from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Mondays from June 12-Aug. 14. This interactive program is designed to educate children (ages 3-5) on a variety of safety topics and learn skills to safely navigate traffic environments. Participants must be able to ride a tricycle.
LWBS Pirate Adventure (ages 7-11) – June 25, July 23 & Aug. 6
Mark your calendars for June 25, July 23 and Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. for the Lakeside Wooden Boat Society’s (LWBS) Pirate Adventure. Children are encouraged to wear pirate garb. Parents, siblings and spectators won’t want to miss out as the fun unfolds from the dock. Be careful, you might get wet. The cost is $5 per child (ages 7-11). Register online, then visit the Waterfront Rental Center prior to the event to sign a waiver and pay.
Logrolling Classes (ages 8-15) – Tuesdays & Fridays, June 20-Aug. 4
With no experience needed, enjoy a safe and friendly sport using a combination of balance, concentration and perseverance in a supportive and fun environment. Learn how the rich history of the famous lumberjack sport meets the 21st century here at Lakeside. There are several trained teachers who will lead different logrolling classes for ages 8-15 on Tuesdays and Fridays from June 20-Aug. 4.
Pickleball Clinics & Lessons with Simone Jardim – July 31-Aug. 3
Pickleball Pro Simone Jardim returns to Lakeside to lead a Pickleball Clinic along with the world’s top playing and teaching pros, Chad Edwards, Corrine Carr and Adam Stone. Coaches will be available for private or group lessons (up to 4 players).
Tennis Clinic with JoAnne Russell & Steve Vaughan – June 20-23
Lakeside Chautauqua once again welcomes tennis professionals JoAnne Russell and Steve Vaughan to lead a Tennis Clinic from June 20-23 at the Williams Tennis Campus. Players of all ages and ability levels can benefit from improving their skills while enjoying camaraderie with fellow tennis players at this popular clinic series. Sessions will be set up in 75-minute time slots and organized according to skill level. 15 players per session. Players should arrive 15 minutes prior to their session. Cost is $28 per person, per clinic.
Broadway Bootcamp with Heidelberg University (ages 10-17) – July 17-20
Join professionals from Heidelberg University for a musical theatre intensive with two performance opportunities. The workshop, for students ages 10-17, includes ensemble pieces with choreography as well as monologue and scenes for smaller groups. Admission and parking to Lakeside are not included in the registration fee.
‘Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon’ Children’s Theatre Camp – June 26-30 (FULL)
In partnership with the Croswell Opera House, Lakeside is proud to present Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon, a new children’s theatre camp experience. Geared toward rising 2nd graders through rising 8th graders, this musical theatre production camp takes students from auditions to the stage.
Chautauqua Jazz Experience Workshops – June 25-28
The Chautauqua Jazz Experience Workshops are a series of opportunities for music students, educators and enthusiasts to celebrate jazz through participation and attendance at workshops, jam sessions, lectures and performances. Registration includes participation in chosen workshops. Admission and parking to Lakeside are not included in the registration fee.