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The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services offers a variety of programs and activities for everyone!   
Enjoy classes for all ages, skill levels and interests, including arts and crafts, music, sports, fitness, fun activities, and more. 

San José Recreation Preschool
Your child will use their imagination, learn social skills, and prepare for their kindergarten adventure.
San Jose Recreation Preschool provides children with experiences that support their imagination, physical, cognitive and social/emotional development in a safe and inclusive environment. Offered at 12 community center sites throughout San Jose, this exciting early learning opportunity is a safe, affordable and quality experience for your child. With partners such as the San Jose Public Library, First Five, and Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, we promote skills for kindergarten and build a love for learning.
Register online for San Jose Recreation Preschool programs.

Kinderprep (4-5 years 11 month, 4 weeks)
This class prepares your child for kindergarten with age-appropriate activities, learning concepts, socialization skills and fun.

Little Learners (3-4 years 11 month, 4 weeks)
Children will be introduced to socialization, positive self-esteem, following directions and simple learning concepts.

Spanish Exploration
This class introduces Spanish using the Immersion Method, a proven teaching method used for many years by teachers and language experts.


At certain elementary and middle school sites, the Recreation of City Kids (R.O.C.K.) program offers enrichment activities, homework help, healthy recreation activities, and developmental assets. Find out if your child’s school has a R.O.C.K. site. 

Your child can participate in healthy physical activities, games, arts and crafts, and educational programming including Camp San José, F.I.T. Camp, and other specialty summer camps. 

Teen Centers
Youth ages 13-17 can find a fun and positive space to socialize and take part in field trips, sports leagues, mentoring, and volunteer opportunities. 

Teen centers are located at 

SJ Digi Arts
Youth ages 13-24 can express themselves, use professional digital media tools, and learn more about the professional world of digital media at the Roosevelt and Seven Trees Community Centers. Discover. Ignite. Grow. Inspire.

Sports Leagues
Basketball, flag football, and futsal leagues are available for youth and adults in competitive and recreational levels. 

Fitness centers featuring cardio and strength training equipment as well as drop-in gym activities like basketball and volleyball are available at select community centers for ages 14 and up. Join SJCity Fit for group fitness classes like circuit training, Zumba and Yoga. 

Pools at Alviso, Biebrach, Camden, Fair Swim Center, Mayfair, and Rotary Ryland offer inclusive swim lessons, recreation swim, and pool rentals. 

Reimagine and reinvent public spaces through free programs like Viva CalleSJ and Viva Parks!  

Therapeutic Recreation Services
Enriching the quality of life of people of all ages with developmental, cognitive, and physical disabilities through social opportunities and recreation classes. 

Active Adults 50+
Classes and special events for our 50+ community members include the Senior Nutrition Program at community centers and the Senior Safari Walkabout at Happy Hollow. 

The City of San Jose’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services offers multiple scholarships for select programs. Our goal is to ensure that qualifying San Jose residents have affordable access to these programs, classes, and activities.

  • <span class="Subhead1">Untitled Document</span> Citywide Scholarship Program
    The City of San José’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services’ Citywide Scholarship Program will ensure that qualifying San José residents will have access to participation in department programs, classes, and activities. The scholarship is open to people 0 - 49 years of age, Active Adults and All Access participants. All requests are subject to available funding and qualifications. Submit completed application to any Community Center.

    Happy Hollow also offers scholarships for all classes and camps. Title 1 schools, please contact Happy Hollow Education Department for scholarship information. Submit completed applications to Happy Hollow Parks & Zoo.
  • Emma Prusch Park Scholarship
    Emma Prusch Farm Park, in an effort to make the park programs accessible to children of all backgrounds, Emma Prusch Park offers scholarships of various amounts to low and middle income families. We encourage families to apply for the amount of assistance that they feel is necessary. This scholarship only applies to classes at Emma Prusch Park. Please submit completed application to Emma Prusch Park.
  • Family Campership Program
    The Campership program is a subsidized camping fee program for residents and non-residents who wish to attend Family Camp at Yosemite. A maximum award of four nights and applicants must meet HUD guidelines.Submit completed applications to Leininger Center.
  • Safe Summer Initiative
    The Safe Summer Initiative offers grants to non-profit organizations that can provide safe community events, activities, and programs that give youth the opportunity to participate in programs that encourage outdoor activity and build social skills.