By Amy Hopf, Digital Content Associate

When cold weather rolls around, Parks & Rec programming heats up! Our recreation centers and playgrounds offer affordable activities to keep you busy year-round.

Here are ten Parks & Rec staff recommendations to check out this season.

1) Dance combo class

  • When: Saturdays, January through May
  • Time: 9 a.m.-10 a.m. (ages 3-6) and 10 a.m.-11 a.m. (ages 6-9)
  • Where: Palmer Playground (3035 Comly Rd., 19154)
  • Cost: $25 per month, plus $10 registration fee
  • Ages: 3-9

This class consists of 30 minutes of ballet and 30 minutes of tap. Children are taught the basics of each dance genre and will work on a piece to perform on stage in May. For more information, contact the rec center at 215-685-0371.

Check out other dance programs at Parks & Rec.

2) Thursday tots program

One Thursday a month, bring your little one for an hour of discovery at the Tree House at Wissahickon Environmental Center. Each month, we will explore a new topic that celebrates the season, such as birds and maple syrup. Learn more or register on the environmental center’s Facebook page.

Check out other environmental programs at Parks & Rec.

3) Ceramics

  • When: Tuesdays, now through the end of the school year
  • Time: 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Olney Recreation Center (100 E. Godfrey Ave., 19120)
  • Cost: $5 per class,with a two-class minimum
  • Age: All ages

Interesting in creating pottery? Participants in this class learn how to create ceramic artwork using wet clay. Sign up by calling 215-685-2889.

View other Parks & Rec ceramics classes.

4) After school community arts project

  • When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, January through May
  • Time: 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Mount Airy Playground (7001 Germantown Ave., 19119)
  • Cost: Free
  • Ages: 10 to 14

Attendees will learn basic drawing and painting skills, and then later paint murals for a local restaurant. Presented in partnership with the Mt. Airy Art Garage. Call 215-685-9297 to register.

Find other cultural programming at Parks & Rec.

5) Martial arts

  • When: Wednesdays and Fridays, now through June
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Max Myers Playground (1601 Hellerman St., 19149)
  • Cost: $40 per month
  • Ages: 5 and older

Max Myers offers a program to teach all ages the ins and outs of martial arts. To learn more or register, call 215-685-1242.

6) Knit a hat

  • When: Thursdays, now through March 28
  • Time: 7 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Where: Rivera Recreation Center (3201 N. 5th St., 19140)
  • Cost: $2 per hat; supplies are included
  • Ages: 8 to 14

Learn how to make a hat using a round loom! Create one for yourself or to give away. Registration is required. Please call 215-685-9887 for more information.

7) Vision boarding

  • When: Mondays and Wednesdays, now through February 18
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Where: Mander Playground (2140 N. 33rd St., 19121)
  • Cost: Free
  • Ages: 12 years and up

This program will explore the benefits of internal growth for prosperity. Learn how to advance socially, financially, mentally, and health-wise, and create a budget to help you reach your goals. Learn more or sign up by calling 215-685-3894.

8) Princess in Bloom

  • When: Tuesdays (6 p.m.-8 p.m.), Thursdays (6 p.m.-8 p.m.), or Saturdays (10 a.m.-12 p.m.), starting in February
  • Where: Kingsessing Recreation Center (4901 Kingsessing Ave., 19143)
  • Cost: $5 monthly dues, plus $25 registration fee
  • Ages: 5-16

A pageant and etiquette program for young girls, taught by facilitator Jamila Abdur-Rahman. Sign-ups will begin in February. Register and get more information at the rec center, or by calling 215-685-2695.

9) Random Acts of Kindness Club

  • When: Mondays, twice a month
  • Time: 6 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
  • Where: Columbus Square Playground (1200 Wharton St., 19147)
  • Cost: Free
  • Ages: 7 and older

The Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Club aims to show the importance of being kind and giving back. Participants make arts and crafts and bring them to a local nursing home; cook and package food for homeless shelters; collect jackets for the homeless; and more. Learn more or sign up by calling 215-685-1890.

10) Girl Power Club

  • When: Mondays, January 28 through March 4
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Northern Liberties Recreation Center (321 Fairmount Ave., 19123)
  • Cost: $30 for 6 weeks
  • Ages: 2nd-8th grade

This club builds up girls’ self esteem by forming quality relationships, listening to one another, and doing fun activities like cooking, painting, and science experiments. Email or call 215-686-1785 to sign up.

Use the finder to discover even more exciting programming not featured on this list!