Teen Programs

Youth Open Gym
(Youth 18 and under)
Activities include pick up basketball. Children under grade 6 must be accompanied by an adult. Students must bring their school ID. 

Fee:              FREE
Meets:          Wednesday 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Saturday 2:00-6:00 p.m.; Sunday 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Location:       Wednesday at Smith Middle School Gym; Saturday and Sunday at Glastonbury High School Gym
Dates:           Wednesday ends June 3 Weekends end April 26 

Academy Teen Center
(Teens in Grades 6-8)
A drop in center featuring pool, table tennis, air hockey, foosball, arts & crafts, homework room with computers that have monitored internet access, and special activities. Transportation is provided for after-school hours from Smith Middle and Gideon. At Smith, you must sign up at the main office before 7th period and at Gideon you must bring a note and sign up in the main office. Daily admission fees will be collected at the Teen Center for those who do not have passes. The Teen Center has many benefits including:

  • Transportation during after-school hours
  • Interactive Game Lounge Featuring Nintendo Switch and X-Box One
  • Innovative Arts and Crafts Center
  • HDTV Movies (Free popcorn)
  • Staff Supervision (CPR and First Aid Certified)
  • Special Events (Community Service Opportunities)
  • Theme Days, Holiday Celebrations, and Field Trips)

Teen Center
School Year Pass 6-8                     208005-03
School Year Pass:        $59/Person
Daily Admission:           $5/person
Location:                       Academy (2143 Main St.)
Hours:                          Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
                                     3:00-6:00 p.m. 
April Vacation:              CLOSED

Friday Night Club
Have fun and make new friends! Themed Friday night activities are planned for special needs adults 16 and older from Glastonbury, Glastonbury Special Olympics participants and their guests. Program staff provides general supervision. Participants requiring more assistance to participate are welcome to bring a family member, friend, or personal assistant. Activities include off-site and on-site time for themed activities. Participants will also utilize the Teen Center for pool, air hockey, foosball and games. A schedule of activities is sent via e-mail in January. Call the Parks and Recreation office (860)652-7679 or Academy Teen Center (860)652-7838 with any questions.

GCAP Coffeehouse Program
A fun activity for high school age students featuring live music, food and games in the Teen Center. Events are planned by Coffeehouse Teens! 

Interested in getting involved in Coffeehouse? We are always looking for performers and new members to our planning committee. Please contact Anna Park at anna.park@glastonbury-ct.gov

Fee:               $5 Entry Fee
Location:        Academy Building
Dates:            Saturday, 1/18/20 7:00-10:00 p.m.
                       Saturday, 3/28/20 7:00-10:00 p.m.
                       Saturday, 5/9/20 7:00-10:00 p.m.

American Red Cross Babysitting
(Ages 11-15) 
Gain the confidence to handle an emergency and learn how to keep yourself and the kids safe. Learn the basics of child care, feeding and changing diapers. Class DOES NOT include CPR and First Aid certification, but does include exposure to basic methods. Get tips on talking with parents and how to get your business started. An American Red Cross certificate will be e-mailed upon completion. Be sure to provide a valid e-mail address during registration. Open to both residents and non-residents. Bring a lunch, snack and water bottle. Choose between 2 Saturday options.

Teen Activities
Babysitter (1/25)         208004-A1
Babysitter (2/15)         208004-AB

Fee:                $74/Person (Includes Course Book)
Meets:            9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location:         Academy Multi-Purpose Room
Date:               Saturday, January 25
                       Saturday, February 15

Home Alone Safety Course *NEW*
(Boys and Girls Ages 8-13)
This interactive two-hour course will cover safety concerns parents have when their children are by themselves. Students will learn to be more aware of the potential dangers they could face when they are alone. Each student will receive a workbook that covers house key safety, indoor and outdoor (including kitchen) safety, gun safety, fires and gas leaks. We will also review first aid kit essentials and phone, door, and internet safety. Parents/guardians are asked to attend the last 30 minutes of the course. They will receive a workbook with conversations starters such as creating a family fire escape plan and the importance of an emergency contact list.

Fee:            $30/Person
Meets:         6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location:      Academy Teen Center
Date:            Friday, January 31, 2020

Tubing Trip Series *NEW*
(Teens in Grades 6-8)  
Enjoy a Thursday night out with your friends tubing at Powder Ridge! Price includes 2 hours of tubing and helmet rental. Please bring money to purchase dinner at the facility. Supervision by Teen Center staff. 6-8 graders can take the bus to the Teen Center and stay until it’s time to go. Please note that there is only a bus from Gideon on 1/23/20. Limited to the first 15 people. 
Teen Activities
Tubing 1/9/20             208004-T1
Tubing 1/23/20           208004-T2
Tubing 2/6/20             208004-T3
Tubing 3/12/20           208004-T4     
Fee:              $38/Trip
Meets:          Thursdays 
                     January 9, 23; February 6, March 12
Location:       Depart Academy Building 3:30 p.m.; Return at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Locker Room Shopping Extravaganza
Don’t let the added cost of equipment stop you from playing the game! Hartwell Soccer in conjunction with Parks and Recreation and Social Services has put together a sports equipment recycling program. Gently used equipment is being made available FREE OF CHARGE to players who need assistance with getting the right equipment to play sports. Shop till you drop on Thursday, February 20 from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. or Friday, February 21st from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The Locker Room currently has soccer, baseball and basketball items available as well as some miscellaneous sports equipment. Please contact the Academy Teen Center at (860)652-7838 or e-mail at teen.center@glastonbury-ct.gov for more information.
Donations are also currently being accepted for all sports. Equipment can be brought to the Academy Teen Center on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays between 3:00-6:30 p.m. Donation bins are also available for your convenience during off hours.