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Posted on: August 31, 2023

Nampa Parks and Recreation Department September Events

Press Release from Nampa Parks and Rec

Check out the programs and classes being offered for the month of September from the Nampa Parks & Recreation Department. For more information or to register, please call 208-468-5858, go online to, or stop by the Harward Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way in Nampa.

Injury Screening

    -Provided by St. Alphonsus Physical Therapy

Stop by the weight room desk to arrange a 15-minute injury assessment or sign up for one of our ongoing times. Screenings will include recommendations for injury treatment and prevention. 

All ages are welcome 

Every 1st, 3rd & 5th Thursday of the month (12:30-1pm) 

Every 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month (5:30-6pm) 

Harward Rec Center 

Free for Members or with day pass

Splash N’ Dash 

We do the splashing… parents do the dashing! Parents, enjoy a Friday evening with each other while we actively entertain your children in the pools! For 3 hours our certified lifeguards and lesson staff will be in the water actively supervising, playing water games and having a blast swimming around. With those 3 hours enjoy dinner and a movie, get things caught up around the house, or just enjoy a relaxing night. Pre-registration is required. 

Ages 6-12 

September 1 


Harward Rec Center Pools 

Member $17.50, Non-Member $23.75

Traditions Tang Soo Do

This class teaches self-confidence, builds self-esteem, and improves balance, while establishing discipline and courtesy towards others. Participants will learn age-appropriate self-defense and weapons training. These classes are non-violent; sparring is optional. 

Clothing and Equipment

Students should wear loose fitting clothing, such as sweatpants and a t-shirt. No jewelry or watches during class. A mouth guard and a groin protector cup (males) are recommended.

Ages 6-12

September 4-27

Mondays & Wednesdays


Ages 13 & up

Mondays & Wednesdays


Harward Rec Center

Member $35/month, Non-Member $41/month

$5 late fee applies on the 1st of the month

Tai Chi Classes

The beginning class covers the fundamentals of Tai Chi including basic movements, breathing, meditation, warm-up form and an introduction on the Yang Style Short form. The intermediate class continues with movements, breathing, meditation, the Yang Short form, Yang Long form, and an introduction to push hands (Tai Chi sparring).

September 5-26


Beginning: 6:30-7:30pm

Intermediate: 7-8:30pm

Harward Rec Center

Member $30/month, Non-Member $36/month

$5 late fee applies on the 1st of the month 

Women’s Self-Defense & Fitness 

This class is designed for women of all ages, sizes, and athletic abilities. The class covers situational awareness, releases, proper falling and recovery techniques, effective punches, strikes, kicks, improved fitness, and basic martial arts etiquette. Students should wear loose fitting clothing, such as sweatpants and a t-shirt. It is recommended that an adult accompanies youth 12-17 years.

September 6-27



Harward Rec Center 

Member $30/month Non-Member $36/month 

$5 late fee applies on the 1st of the month

Lawson’s Heritage Museum 

Join us to visit one of the area’s best-kept secret. An incredible collection of Idaho historical artifacts, including a western frontier town replica, are on site. Trip includes transportation, lunch, and admission to the museum. 

September 6 


Depart & Return: Harward Rec Center 


Registration due September 1

Saturday STEM at the Rec! 

We will build structures with simple engineering, explore water density, make an apple volcano and so much more! Experiments will expand your critical thinking and problem-solving skills while creating a lot of laughs! 

Ages 8-12 

September 9, 23, October 7 & 21 


Harward Rec Center 

Member $20, Non-Member $24

Nampa Youth Volleyball League 

Sponsored by the Nampa Recreation Department and Toyota. This program will provide an opportunity for girls in the 4th-6th grade to learn basic volleyball skills and teamwork in a recreational environment. Children register on a team coached by a parent volunteer. Each week, teams will practice Monday-Wednesday. Matches are played on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm or 7:30pm. 

4th/5th/6th grade girls 

September 11-October 5 

Nampa School District Middle School Gyms 


Coaches needed! If you are interested in working with or coaching a team let us know on your child’s registration form.

Youth Strength Training Course 

By successfully completing this 4-day course, youth ages 13 and 14 years will be granted use of the weight room including the free weights (some restrictions will apply). This course will focus on safe, productive training and practical experience. Participants are required to attend the entire class and pass both a written and practical exam. Classes require preregistration at the Program Desk. 

Ages 13-14 

September 11-14 

6-8:30pm (9:30pm possible on last night) 


Harward Rec Center 

Member $17, Non-Member $56

2024 Collette Tours 

Please join us at the Harward Recreation Center for a special travel presentation with Collette Travel to learn more about upcoming tours.

September 12 


Harward Rec Center


Cake Decorating 

If you think that serving a showstopper cake is out of reach, then think again! Learn some techniques the pros use to create a layered cake worth setting the table for. All supplies provided. Participants will take home a decorated cake. 

Ages 12 & up 

September 23 


Harward Rec Center 

Member $35, Non-Member $40

Cookie Decorating 

Decorating sugar cookies can be a tricky business! Using royal icing, you can learn how to make some fun Holiday designs and serve up some smiles! All supplies provided. Participants will go home with at least 6 decorated cookies. 

Ages 12 and up 

September 23 – Lovely Leaves 


Harward Rec Center 

Member $17, Non-Member $20 

Bob Ross Style Painting 

Have you ever wanted to paint? Do you think it is possible for you to walk away with a painting that anyone would be proud to display on their wall? Well, it IS. And you CAN! All supplies included to complete a 12” x 16” painting in class. Register for one or all of the classes.

Class I: September 16 

Class II: September 30 


Harward Rec Center 

Member $75, Non-Member $85 

Register by Thursday prior to class Instructor: Sherry Pence

Balance & Fall Prevention Class 

This class will help increase mobility and independence by improving lower body strength, endurance, flexibility, and bone mass, which can help reduce the risk of falling. Class participant may be dropped from session if they haven’t attended during the first 3 classes to allow customers on the wait list to join. Medical clearance required. 

September 18-October 25 



Mondays & Wednesdays 

Harward Rec Center Member Free, Non-Member $35

Strength Training for Women 

This six-week course will cover a variety of equipment and free weights helping you to feel more comfortable in the weight room. You will learn more about weight room etiquette and jargon, safe and effective training techniques, the five fitness components and their benefits, a variety of exercises, and have lots of time to practice what you learn!

September 19–October 26 


Tuesdays & Thursdays 

Harward Rec Center 

Member $30, Non-Member $69

Pickleball Lessons 

Pickleball is a combination of badminton, tennis, and ping pong. It is played on a badminton size court using a whiffle ball and composite paddle. It is easy for beginners to learn and can develop into competitive play for experienced players. Gym shoes required. Class is for active older adults. 

September 19-October 10 



Harward Rec Center 

Member $75, Non-Member $82 

Instructors: Nick and Tami Leach

Mack’s Creek 

Join us for this 3-mile hike along Mack’s Creek near Lucky Peak Reservoir. This out and back hike is considered perfect for beginners and anyone that just wants to get out! Pack your lunch and water bottle. 

September 20 


Depart and Return: Harward Rec Center 


Registration due September 18

Princess Dress up Camp 

Dress up in our costumes and participate in activities. Dancing, tumbling, and playing a game may be included. 

Ages 3-6 

September 23 


Member $10, Non-Member $13.50

Taught by Instructors from Idaho Rhythm & Dance Company at the Harward Recreation Center

Short Sports 

This program introduces young boys and girls to a variety of activities including rock climbing, basketball, floor hockey and more. 

September 23-October 28 

9:30-10:10am (Ages 3-4) 

10:20-11am (Ages 5-8) 


Harward Rec Center 

Member $20, Non-Member $25 

Register by September 22 at 7pm

American Red Cross Lifeguarding 

This course is designed for experienced swimmers ages 15 and older that want to become Red Cross Lifeguards. Advanced skills are taught and information about lifesaving techniques will be presented. Lifeguard, CPR and First Aid certifications are awarded upon successful completion of the course. Course prerequisite day: Students must complete the pre-requisite swim of a 300-yard swim using front crawl and/or breaststroke, retrieval of a 10-pound brick from 7ft of water and two minutes of treading water with no hands. You will then be given information about the online component which must be completed prior to the first full day of class. If you are unsure whether you can complete the prerequisites, sign up for a skills evaluation. Refund request must be made 4 business days before start of class. 

Session I: Course pre-requisite day September 23 (10am-12pm) 

September 30-October 21 (10am-5pm) 


Harward Rec Center 

Member $150, Non-Member $200

Eagle Cap Excursion Train – Autumn Equinox 

We are heading to Elgin to the Historic Eagle Cap Excursion Train for a ride to enjoy the fall foliage. The train follows the shore of the Grande Ronde River to Rondowa, and up the Wallowa River. A box lunch will be served along the way. 

September 23 


Depart & Return: Harward Rec Center 

$140 Registration due September 8

Walk About Boise 

Preservation Idaho offers historic walking tours focusing on the architecture and history that made Boise the city it is today. Join us for this 1.5-hour tour. Must be able to walk/stand for approximately two hours. We will eat lunch in Boise before heading back to Nampa. 

September 27 


Depart & Return: Harward Rec Center 

$30 Registration due September 20

Lock In for Kids Sponsored by Domino’s Pizza 

Stay locked in at the Harward Rec Center all night! Kids will enjoy movies, swimming, and games. Male and female supervisors will be with the children all night. Children bring a sleeping bag, swimsuit, towel & clothes to sleep in. 

Ages 6-12 

September 29 

7pm Friday-8am Saturday 

Harward Rec Center 

Member $27, Non-Member $32.50

Mario Kart/Super Smash Ultimate Tournaments 

Join us for one of our Mario Kart Deluxe 8 and Super Smash Bros Ultimate Nintendo Switch tournament series. Ages 10 and up are welcome. Although a competition in nature, this tournament series is meant to be fun for all ages and will no doubt have many levels of skill present. Tournaments will be double elimination with pool play to determine seeding. Mario Kart will be 150 cc, Smart Steering and Auto Acceleration will be turned off, and no CPU’s. Super Smash Bros Ultimate will have a 7-minute time limit with 3 stocks per game. Contact Diego Estrada at 208-468-5858 for additional rules and stages. 

September 29 - Mario Kart 


Harward Rec Center 

Member $12, Non-Member $15 

Registration due 3 days prior to event date

Looking Ahead In October. .  .  .  .

    Funtober Fest

    Cookie Decorating 

    Coed Halloween Dodgeball Tournament

    24th Annual Try-A-Tri Indoor Mini

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