Youth Sports and Recreation

2017 Holiday Recreation Program

Free for youth ages 6-13; Program includes creative crafts, fitness, nature and games
Monday through Friday
10 am - 2 pm
Program Dates:
December 26, 27, 28, 29, 2017 and January 2, 3, 4, 5, 2018
The After School Enrichment Program will resume on Monday, January 8, 2018 from 3 pm - 6 pm


The Houston Parks and Recreation Department (H.P.A.R.D.) provides programming and recreational sports opportunities for children ages 4 to 18 in a safe, secure and supervised environment.

Youth programming is available year-round through H.P.A.R.D.’s Community Centers. Activities include after-school and summer enrichment programming, after-school and summer food service for youth, teen mentoring and academic support and much more.

A variety of free recreational sports are available. Participants receive equipment, uniforms, facility usage and expert coaching free of charge. League play is organized and directed by experienced youth sports professionals. H.P.A.R.D. staff and volunteers provide coaching assistance, encouragement and support to the children participating in our programs.

We invite you to visit your neighborhood H.P.A.R.D. Community Center to find out more.



  • H2OSafe
    H.P.A.R.D.offers free learn to swim classes for youth through the H2OSafe program. Classes are accessible to all and are offered at various skill levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. All classes are free. Registration is on a “first come, first served” basis during specified registration periods.
  • Youth Water Fitness
    Water fitness is a great exercise for any age, any fitness level and any body type. No fee is charged. Classes are scheduled from June 7 – August 8. All enrollments are filled on a “first-come, first served” basis.

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In July 2014, Houston City Council passed a proposal that consolidated two chapters of The First Tee, The First Tee of Houston at FM Law Park and The First Tee of Greater Houston.

As a result, in August 2014, The First Tee of Greater Houston assumed responsibility for the youth program operations and the grounds maintenance of the facility, while the City of Houston retained ownership of the property.

The First Tee provides programs for youth 7-18 years of age which teach character development, healthy habits, and life skills, using the game of golf.  For program information, please visit:


The Houston Parks and Recreation Department offers summer track and field meets in conjunction with the Hershey’s Track and Field Games and with support from The Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation. Boys and girls ages 6 – 14 are encouraged to register for this FREE program. Meets are held in June and July and are designed to promote youth physical fitness and provide fun learning experiences for children through running, jumping, and throwing. The program is a great way to get kids started in a physical fitness program, and any child may participate. 
- Phone: 832.395.7294


Boys and girls ages 4 – 18 may participate in this FREE baseball, softball, and T-ball league. T-shirts, equipment, and coaching are provided. Grand Slam for Youth Baseball is a partnership between the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, the Houston Astros, and Minute Maid. Volunteer coaches are needed & training is provided. Program registration begins in January. Contact your nearest community center for practice and league startup dates.
- Phone: 832.395.7294
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Soccer for Success is the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s program for youth development that uses H.I.S.D. facilities and H.P.A.R.D.’s expertise in organizing and running sports leagues to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles in low-income urban neighborhoods.

The core components are:

  • Physical Activity: Children participate in 90 minute sessions at least three days a week to ensure they receive the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise.
  • Mentorship: Each site is staffed by caring coaches who serve as mentors that are invested in the successful development of each child. Mentors stress the importance of doing well in school and avoiding negative influences such as drugs, alcohol, and violence.
  • Nutrition: Soccer for Success staff deliver relevant educational activities where participants are taught the basics of nutrition, the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices, and the importance of maintaining healthy eating habits.
  • Family Engagement: Soccer for Success strives to turn parents and family members into advocates who reinforce the program's teachings by applying them in their homes. Family members are provided with information on nutrition, health, and public services that will aid them in their pursuit of a healthier lifestyle.

- Phone 713.645.8433
- Webpage:


Online Registration

The Houston Youth Tennis Program (also referred to as National Junior Tennis & Learning or HTA NJTL) is a free, year-round program offered at parks across the city for youth ages 6 - 18 (ages 4 - 18 in the Summer). Classes meet after school twice per week, except for the Home School program that meets in the morning. This program incorporates developmental skills, tennis instruction and educational opportunities. Participants are encouraged to take part in LISTA Junior Team Tennis leagues and play in the annual Holiday Cheer Tennis Tournament in December. The Youth Tennis Program is co-sponsored by the Houston Tennis Association along with Tennis Express, Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship, USTA Foundation, and the Houston Ladies Tennis Association. Information: 832.395.7561

Ages: 6 - 18
Registration: Online or On Site First Day of Class
Free: FREE
Program Dates: Fall I Session: August 27 – October 4, 2018
 Fall II Session: October 8 – November 15, 2018
Time: 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Junior Development 1 for Beginner level instruction/play (ages 6-10)
 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Junior Development 2 for Beginner/Advanced Beginner instruction/ play (ages 8-18)
 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. * Junior Development 3 for Intermediates; must pass skills test (only at sites marked *)
 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Home School Program at Highland
 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Home School Program at Lee LeClear
Information: 832.395.7561.
 For current program site information and online registration click here



Online Registration

Since 1997, the city of Houston has funded after-school programming for youth through the Mayor's After-School Achievement Program (A.S.A.P.). This program is designed to engage juveniles in structured, supervised activities after school to reduce juvenile crime and victimization during these dangerous hours.

The A.S.A.P. Goals are as follows:

  • To provide safe, supervised, structured programming for youth after school
  • To prevent delinquency and reduce crime committed by/against juveniles
  • To improve participants’ school performance, conduct, and attendance
  • To encourage the ongoing involvement of parents and the community in youth programs.
  • To motivate youth to develop citizenship and good health habits
  • To build positive partnerships to create fun, affordable, quality after-school programming for youth

Through A.S.A.P., the City of Houston funds schools and non-profit agencies to provide after-school programming for a minimum of 30 children per site, at least five days per week between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Each funded school or non-profit organization sets its own curricula, usually with input from students, parents and other collaborative partners. However, each curriculum must incorporate academic enhancement, enrichment, skill development and community service.
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- Online Registration
- Online Registration Instructions

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department offers the Afterschool Enrichment Program (A.E.P.) free to charge for youth at citywide community centers. Youth participants are engaged in a wide variety of activities including arts and entertainment, fun fitness, instructional sports, nature, partnerships and special events. AEP operates under a 1:25 staff/youth ratio and back ground checks are required for all volunteers and partnerships. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent.

AEP operates under Standard of Care, an exemption from day care licensing, under Article X11 of Chapter 32 of Code of Ordinances.

Ages: 6 - 13 years old
Registration: Online registration required or
 Contact nearest community center for additional information.
Program Dates September 4 - December 14, 2018 (Fall Session)
 January 2 - May 10, 2019 (Spring Session)
Time: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm  


The After-School Meal Program provides a snack and supper to youth ages 1 – 18 who participate in programming at one of 48 H.P.A.R.D. community centers or at approved partner sites. It is funded by a grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture (T.D.A.) Child and Adult Care Food Program (C.A.C.F.P.). Sites were approved by the T.D.A. based on their eligibility requirements, which designate eligible areas as those served by a school in which 50% or more of the children enrolled are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals.   

There are no enrollment requirements for the C.A.C.F.P. program. Participating youth will be served a free snack and supper between 3:00 and 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, from September 4, 2018, through May 24, 2019. H.P.A.R.D. manages the program for the City of Houston and participating sites are sponsored under H.P.A.R.D. The facility hosting the program must provide educational or enrichment activities, be open to all children, and not limit participation or membership on the basis of the child’s ability. H.P.A.R.D. accepts registrations throughout the year from groups interested in becoming an After-School Meal Program site. Groups that would like to register to become an After-School Meal Program Site may contact Rummeka Allen at 713.676.6832.

Ages: 1 - 18
Registration: Not Required
Program Dates Sept 4, 2018 - May 24, 2019,
 Mon – Fri ONLY
Time: 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Locations: Printable pdf
Information: 713.676.6832


- Online Registration
- Online Registration Instructions

S.E.P. is a 10-week day-camp style program for youth ages 6 - 13. Registration is required for this fun-filled program. Available at 49 H.P.A.R.D. community centers, program activities include: crafts, nutrition, fun fitness, track and field, soccer, swimming, junior golf, nature exploration, computer literacy programs, recycling awareness, kayaking, bird watching, fishing and hiking excursions and youth entrepreneur experiences.

Parents are required to attend a program orientation at their registered community center. Transportation to and from community center is the parents responsibility. Student to staff ratio is 1 to 25 with qualified professional recreation staff.

The cost is $30.00 per child per week. Online registration Fee exemptions are available to parents or guardians who qualify. Appropriate documentation is required. Ask for more information regarding qualification criteria.

The program operates smoothly and to verify information. Please note that UNANNOUNCED site visits are conducted by City and State officials.

H.P.A.R.D.’s Summer Enrichment Program operates under “Texas Standards of Care” as defined by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services.
(NOTE: Any scheduled field trip costs are not a part of the registration fee).

Frequently asked questions about Summer Enrichment Program - Click here

Ages: 6 - 13
Registration: Begins April 1, 2018
Fee: $30 per child per week
Program Dates June 4 - Aug. 10, 2018
Time: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: 54 Community Centers
Information: 832.395.7270


Since 1980, H.P.A.R.D. has sponsored the Summer Food Service Program for youth ages 1 to 18. The program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (U.S.D.A.) and administered through Texas Department of Agriculture. The Walmart Foundation’s Texas State Giving Program has teamed up with H.P.A.R.D. to help alleviate childhood hunger in Houston.

The Summer Food Service Program is available at sites across Houston and Harris County, providing nutritious lunches and snacks Monday through Friday at Houston Parks and Recreation Department Community Centers and other participating locations including: churches, apartment complexes, learning centers and other nonprofit organizations. No registration is required.

The nutritious packed lunches are prepared and delivered daily to each site and comply with federal and state requirements. They include one serving of milk, two or more servings of vegetables and/or fruits, one serving of grain or bread, and one serving of meat or meat alternative.

Interested organization who would like to register to become a Summer Food Service Site must meet and follow these requirements:

  • Complete and return a Request to Participate Form now available from the Department's Summer Food Service Program Office and online.
  • Participate in and pass a Pre-Operational Visit. This visit is required to determine that site locations have the facilities to provide meal service for the anticipated number of participants in attendance and the capability of conducting the proposed meal service.
  • Attend a Site Supervisor's Training Session before the 2017 Summer Food Service Program operation begins. Site staff is required to attend this session and a Summer Food Service Program Operating Manual is provided.
  • Participate in continuing site visits by the Summer Food Service Program Staff throughout the program's operation. These visits are conducted to ensure that the program operates smoothly and to verify information. Please note that UNANNOUNCED site visits are conducted by City and State officials.
  • Site Supervisor maintains accurate records of meals that are served. No billing or food preparation is involved. The Summer Food Service Program is FREE for youth.
Ages: 1 - 18
Registration: Not Required
Program Dates June 5 - August 11
Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (lunch)
 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (snack)
Location: H.P.A.R.D. Community Centers, churches, apartment  complexes,  learning centers, and other non-profit organizations
(in English or Spanish)
Call 2-1-1 For Locations


Parents are invited to participate in this program for youth ages 4 and under. This parent/child program include fitness activities, arts and crafts and social games. Parents and/or guardian must accompany child at all times.

Ages: 6 months - 4 years
Registration: Ongoing
Program Dates January 4 – May 31, 2018

Milroy Park Community Ctr.
 1205 Yale, 77008

Information: 713.867.0397


Athletes Seeking Knowledge provides scholarships and other resources to assist young people in the pursuit of higher education or to help improve their current academic standing. Hundreds of teensparticipate in the ASK Program every year.

Since 2000, over $200,000 has been awarded to Houstonarea youth and teens in scholarships, tutoring programs, college and career fairs, SAT and ACT practice exams, academic bowls, and college campus tours.

A variety of ASK activities are planned throughout the year. Activities are open to all HPARD youth and teen recreation program registrants and volunteers.

Contact your local community center for upcoming ASK program activities.

Ages: 13 - 18
Registration: Ongoing
Program Dates Year round

All Community Center

Information: 832.395.7293


Opening Doors gives teens an opportunity to provide community service during the summer. The program is designed to develop teen character and self-worth, while preparing them for future job interviews. A mock interview and suggestions on resume preparation are part of the program. Teens also participate in hands-on service learning projects, field trips, educational workshops, and a team building camping experience at Lake Houston Wilderness Park. The 8-week summer workshop program meets at Judson Robinson, Jr., Community Center.

Ages: 14 - 18
Registration: To be announced
Fee: $30 per week
Time: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, Mon - Thu
Location: Judson Robinson, Jr
 2020 Hermann Drive, 77004
Information: 832.395.7626


This year-round program is open to tweens and teens, ages 14-18. It offers participants opportunities to build confidence and self-esteem through mentoring and program support with H.P.A.R.D. programs and special events. HTOWN will offer a variety of activities and events including: community and volunteer projects, teen forums and educational workshops, field trips and tours, hands-on outdoor activities, monthly awareness events, sports and special events.

Ages: 14 - 18
Registration: Ongoing
Program Dates: Year Around
Location: Judson Robinson, Jr.
 2020 Hermann Drive, 77004
Information: 832.395.7131


This program offers a variety of fun programs, mentoring opportunities, and peer group special events for teens,14 - 18, at community centers during the summer. Year round programs are coordinated through the Teen Program Section. Activities include motivational speakers, essay competitions, talent exhibitions, teen camp experiences, nature activities, cultural programs, special events and college tours.

Ages: 14 - 18
Registration: Ongoing
Program Dates: Year Around
Location: Judson Robinson, Jr.
 2020 Hermann Drive, 77004
Information: 713.284.1997


A FREE tattoo removal program for youth and young adults ages 10 - 24 years old and younger who live in the greater Houston metropolitan area. All youth under 17 must complete a parent/guardian permission form to participate. D-Tag was designed to help individuals re-enter mainstream society be removing tattoos which could identify them as participating in or supporting anti-social behavior. The D-Tag Tattoo Removal Program is co-sponsored by H.P.A.R.D. and the Harris County Medical Society.

Ages: 10 - 24
Registration: Required
With completion of 6 Hrs of Community Service prior to procedure
Program Dates: Once A Quarter (On 2nd Sat of Scheduled Month)
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Judson Robinson, Jr.
 2020 Hermann Drive, 77004
Information: 832.395.7297