The following programs and events are offered by the Parks & Recreation Department every year. More information about each program/event will be posted as they approach. Watch the "upcoming events" and "upcoming programs" to the right.
Players League Basketball
This 6-week program held at Community Park, starting in early June, consists of a 1-week evaluation, 3 weeks of league games and a 2 week double elimination tournament. The program is open to all kids ages 12-15. The league runs every Monday and Wednesday evening from 6—8 pm.
Instructional League Basketball
This 6-week program held at Community Park, starting in early June, consists of 3 weeks of instruction and game experience and 3 weeks of league games ending with a double elimination tournament. The program is open to all kids ages 7-11. The league will run every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6—8 pm.
This 6 week program, held at the Lorane Hollow Park Tennis Courts in early June, consists of 3 weeks of instruction and game experience, and 3 weeks of all game play. The program is open to all kids ages 9-14. The season will run every Tuesday and Thursday from 9-11 am.
This 6 week program, directed by Mark O’Neill, Certified PTR Professional and International Tennis Federation with assistance from high school tennis players, will teach a progressive step-by-step approach to building athletic and tennis skills through fun games, exercises, and playing the game. There are groupings for 6-9 year olds (9-10am)and 10-14 year olds (10am-12pm). The program runs every Monday and Wednesday at Community Park starting in June.
This 6-week Lacrosse Program consists of a mixture of instruction and drills to help teach the fastest game on two feet. The program is open to all kids ages 9-13. Our staff is comprised of current and former Exeter High School lacrosse players as well as a few days with the varsity coaches from the high school. The season will run every Monday and Wednesday from 9-11am at Community Park starting in June.
Over the 8-week summer playground program, starting in June, your child will be involved in a variety of theme-oriented activities offered at Lorane Hollow, Community, Farming Ridge and Pineland Park. Each park has scheduled weekly arts and crafts and every week there will be a special event for the children, or even the entire family to participate in. Some of the special events planned are a Water Festival, Crestwood Pool, Body Zone Trip, Reading Phillies Day, Franklin Institute and much more. Parks will be open from 9am to 2pm Monday through Thursday. Special trips every Friday.
Youths ages 11-15 are invited to participate in a more sports oriented playground program to be held Mon – Thurs. from 11am-2pm at Community Park
, running for 8-weeks starting in June.
Easter Egg Scramble
This free event takes place at Community Park
2 weeks before Easter on a Saturday starting at 11am. The event is for children ages 1-9 but we also have an Adult Easter Egg Scramble! There are plenty of eggs and prizes for everyone. There will also be face painting, free crafts, refreshments, and the Easter Bunny will be on hand for pictures!
This 3 day event in May is held at the Exeter High School. The proceeds from the event will benefit the APT’s (Association of Parents and Teachers) from all 6 schools in the Exeter District. The Festival consists of rides and games for children of all ages, as well as some great food and quality entertainment. The event is held on a Friday and Saturday from 3-10pm. To finish it all off the High School Band will do there field presentation followed by a beautiful fireworks display on Saturday night.
Our very own skateboard, bmx bike and scooter skills competition! It is held in September at the Pineland Skate Park
. The competition is set up for all ages and all skill levels. Trophies are awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and best trick.
Our scramble tournament held at the Reading Country Club on the last Friday in September, benefits all of the youth athletics in Exeter Township. The tournament offers lunch, dinner, beverages and plenty of give-a-ways. Sponsorships are needed and greatly appreciated!
Hayride and Haunted House
This 3-day event is held every Columbus Day Weekend at the Trout Run Sports Complex
. The Hay Ride and Haunted House is "family-friendly" on Friday and Saturday. Sunday is the Scary night and may not be suitable for young children. The hayride is 30 minutes long traveling our dark and scary walking trail along the Schuylkill River. We also offer refreshments, pictures with the family, face painting, games, rides, a DJ, costume contest and crafts while you await your ride!
Festival of Lights
This free event, held at the Reading Country Club on the first Monday in December, starts the Holiday Season! Come enjoy our beautiful light display, performances from our High School Brass Ensemble and Choir, and the Berks Ballet Theater. Santa will make an appearance to hear all the children’s wishes. We also have free crafts, refreshments and pictures with Santa.