Northwest Family Recreation Center

Northwest Family Recreation Center

(330) 375-2849 northwest_cc@akronohio.gov 1730 Shatto Avenue, Akron, OH44313
Hours of Operation
Monday:  9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday:  9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday:  9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday:  9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday:  9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday:  Opened for rentals only
Sunday:  Closed 

For Center rental information, contact Center Supervisor Christie Walsh


Art Programming

ART 1: DRAWING, PAINTING & MIXED MEDIA
Ages 6-9
Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:00 - 5:00 PM 
Fall Session (September-December)  Spring Session (January-mid May) 
At the end of each session, students will take home a portfolio full of art.

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Ages 10-14
Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30 - 6:30 PM 
Fall Session (September-December)  Spring Session (January-mid May) 
At the end of each session, students will take home a portfolio full of art.

ADULT MAKE & TAKE 
Offered the 3rd Thursday of the month (no class May- August)
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Fee: $15-$20 

CRAFT YOUR OWN WOODEN PEN
Thursday, June 20 or Thursday August 8 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM or 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Participants will craft their own pen out from two blocks of cherry wood and a pen kit!
Fee: $10
Register on RecDesk


Cards, Games, and More
It's no secret that we love a good game!  Camaraderie, competition and fellowship are the name of the game.  Join us!

BRIDGE
Cards for adults  
Tuesdays 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM 
Contact: Roger Sell (330) 825-7687  

HAND & FOOT
Card games for adults  
Tuesdays 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM  
Call Carol Wilson at (330) 603-6351 for more information before attending  

HIGHLAND SQUARE BINGO & DESSERT
3rd Wednesday  
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Call Carol Wilson at (330)603-6351 for more information before attending
Fee: $2 for 3 cards  


Community Activities & Events
These events are sponsored/co-sponsored by the City of Akron Recreation & Parks division.  We are excited to be a part of these fun programs and events for everyone in the community to enjoy.

ANNUAL DANCE RECITAL
May 31, 2024 at 7:00 PM at Firestone High School Auditorium. Admission by ticket only.

HOP ALONG THE BUNNY TRAIL STORYBOOK WALK
Saturday, March 23, 2024 from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

SPRING CLEAN-UP
March or April

FUN FRIDAYS & WATER SPLASH DAYS
Fridays (activities vary)
June-August

NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME
2nd Tuesday in August

FALL CLEAN-UP
October

FALL FEST
Let's celebrate the fall season together with crafts, games, inflatables and other fun activities!
October 24, 2024 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM

WINTER WONDERLAND
December 16, 2023 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Community Meetings
Organizations host their meetings at our centers.  These meetings are open to the public at no charge and welcome new participants.  We look forward to seeing you.

SENIOR CRAFTERS

Socializing while crafting.  
Thursdays from 1:00 - 3:00 PM 
Contact: Mary Jean Lyons (330)864-9287


Dance
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Our main dance program classes are held September-May ending with a June recital (for all classes except Intro classes). Participants can register for dance classes on RecDesk.

BALLET - FOR ALL AGES
Various days & times
Classical Ballet is a traditional style of dance which stresses an academic technique derived from French terms. It is a strict and demanding form of dance characterized by graceful, flowing movements. 

TAP- FOR ALL AGES 
Various days and times
Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sounds of the metal tap striking the floor as a form of percussion. It is very rhythmic. This class introduces basic and advanced tap steps and works on putting them together. 

JAZZ- SCHOOL AGE
Various days and times 
Jazz is a form of dance that is matched to the rhythm and energy of upbeat music.  Using technique from ballet, jazz is energetic, incorporates intricate footwork and strong movements. 

HIP HOP - ALL AGES
Various days and times
Hip Hop is an energetic form of street dance with a variety of styles usually danced to hip hop music. It began with styles such as uprock, breaking, popping and locking and developed into social dancing as it became a more mainstream form of dance   

LYRICAL - SCHOOL AGE
Various days and times
Lyrical is a slow, expressive type of jazz that incorporates ballet technique. Movements are characterized by fluidity and grace, allowing the dancers to express a range of strong emotions through their dancing. 

SCOTTISH HIGHLAND/NATIONALS -SCHOOL AGE
Various days and times
Scottish dance is an aerobic form of dance that requires the control and grace of ballet. Scottish dances were used to tell a story, making them a ballad in dance form. Highland dance is more athletic than the graceful Scottish National dances as they were originally designed for men.  

POM - SCHOOL AGE
Pom combines cheer motion technique and dance technique. It is a synchronized form of dance with sharp motions and fun upbeat music.  It focuses on flexibility, kicks, jumps, and turns.

THEATRE DANCE - SCHOOL AGE
Theatre Dance 1 & 2 combines Jazz techniques with other genres to create a “Broadway” style of dance.  The movement can range anywhere from sharp to flowing and also incorporates using emotions and intense facial expressions.


Fitness 
With our Fitness Class Pass, you can attend multiple classes at multiple centers across the city.   Our certified instructors will help get you on track and keep you on task.  Try your first class for free.  Participants must register for a pass on RecDesk.

Zumba

MONDAYS at 5:30 PM
An aerobic fitness program featuring movements inspired by various style of Latin American dance

POUND 
TUESDAYS at 6:00 PM
A full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and Pilates inspired movements while using lightly weighted drumsticks. 

ADULT TAP
WEDNESDAYS at 7:30 PM


Other Center Activities
We proudly partner with local organizations & groups to allow more activities to take place in our centers.  Even though we would like to think we are experts in all things recreation, sometimes it's better to bring in a specialist. 

Buckeye Wood Workers and Wood Turners
Adult club for the wood enthusiast.  
2nd Saturday of the month 
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM  
Contact: Marshall Holmes, President (330)309-1212 or visit website: www.bwwt.us

Northwest Akron Youth Basketball Fall Registration
October 12-13 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM  
Mike Kormushoff  (330)-329-3495 

West Akron Baseball League
Baseball, softball & co-ed T-Ball for Boys and Girls ages 5-14 years  
Register on-line at www.wabl.org or 330-867-4332  
Registration is in February at Northwest.  


Senior Clubs

GOLDEN HEARTS

A social group for Active Adults & Seniors 
1st & 3rd Thursday of the month 
12:00 PM  
March-November  
1st Thursday: Games & Bingo  
3rd Thursday: Luncheon/Business meeting or Outing  
Fee: $5 per year 
Contact: Mary Alice Robinson (330)922-0093

NORTHWEST SENIOR CRAFTERS
Meetings are held weekly on Thursdays at 1:00 PM (Bring a snack to share)

WEST SIDE AKRON SENIORS
A social group for Active Adults & Seniors  
1st Wednesday of the month 
12:00 - 3:00 PM  
March-December. 
Potluck luncheon with guest speakers  
Fee: $12 per year  
Contact: Evie Kidder (330)416-2701


Summer Camps
Our summer camps are serious business....seriously FUN!  Whatever your summer needs are, we have options.  Whether it is our weekly theme camps or our 8-week summer long camp, check out all the possibilities.

Weekly Theme Camps  
We offer weekly theme camps at Northwest Family Recreation Center.  Our summer camps are 2-hour & 4-hour specialty camps for Tots, Youth & Teens.  Each week we will offer a different camp and a different theme!  Themes this summer include aquatics, art camps, dance camps, golf camp, nature adventure, photography, and theatre camp.  Visit AkronRecDesk to register for camps.

Registration for summer camp opened now!

2024 Summer Camp Schedule


Tot Programs
Children learn and develop their own style and pace of skills.  Our programs are designed to facilitate the uniqueness of every child while preparing them for the next stage of growth.  We like to think of it as creating the framework of our future leaders. 
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MIX-IT-UP MONDAYS
Mondays 10:00 -11:30 AM  |  Spring and Winter sessions available
Cost $5 per class.

Each week tots and their caregivers will experience different activities including crafts, music, movement and mixing ingredients to make slime, playdough, bubbles, trail mix, and other recipes.


LITTLE LEARNERS
3-day, morning program designed for 3-5 year olds. 
Tuesday - Thursday 10:00 AM-12:00 PM  |  Spring and Winter sessions available
A structured program focusing on a letter-of-the-week as well as recognizing colors, shapes, numbers and other concepts while developing their intellectual, physical and social skills. 

FUN FRIDAYS
2-4 year-olds with a caregiver 
10:00 - 11:30 AM
Fun themed activities each week 
Fee: $5 per week 


Ward 8 Meetings

Neighborhood meeting with Councilman James Hardy.  
Contact: James Hardy  
office: 330-375-2256 
email: ward8@akronohio.gov