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About Our Programs
The Parks and Recreation Department offers an abundance of programs throughout the year for people of all ages and interests. For more information about any of our programs, please call the Parks & Recreation Department at (352) 735-7183.

Boomwacker Buddies

Boomwhacker Buddies is a fun, creative activity of rhythm, movement, drumming and music theory for Parents, Grandparents and children age 3 through 10. Come enjoy our “FREE” introductory class with Michael Welch on June 14th from 10:00am – 11:00am at the Donnelly Park Building. Boomwhackers are plastic tubes tuned to pitch that produce various notes and sound. There will be a drum circle with percussion instruments and Boomwhackers. Information will be available for future enrollment. For additional information about Michael Welch’s music curriculum can be found on his web site www.mrmikesmusicmats.com.


  • FREE Intro Class, June 14th
  • 10:00am - 11:00am
  • Donnelly Park (530 N. Donnelly Street)
  • Ages: 3yrs old - 10yrs old

  • Monday, Beginning July 7th
  • 5:00pm - 5:30pm Ages 3yrs old - 5yrs old
  • 5:30pm - 6:00pm Ages 6yrs old - 10yrs old
  • $40/month
  • Mount Dora Community Building Green Room (520 N. Baker St)
  • Online Registration

Babysitters Training Class
The kids are out of school so lets learn something that they can use anywhere. Are you wanting to start babysitting or are already babysitting but you need a little guidance? Well here's your chance to get all of your questions answered and have a good time while learning the ins and outs of childcare.
  • Friday, June 13th
  • 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Mount Dora Community Building Green Room (520 N. Baker Street)
  • Ages: 11yrs old - 15 yrs old
  • Fee: $65
  • Certifications: Babysitters Training; Infant/Child First Aid and CPR
  • Online Registration

Adult Dance
If you're 16 years of age or older, and you've always wanted to learn to dance, now is the chance to learn from the best instructors in the state. Maggie Noles and Phillip Hollifield teach all forms of dance, so put on your dance shoes and start enjoying the fun of dancing again! Private lessons are available upon request; call (352) 223-9221 for an appointment.

  • Tuesday
  • 7:30 pm: Ballroom
  • 8:30 pm: Latin
  • Mount Dora Community Building
  • $48 for a four-session punch card
  • $96 for an eight-session punch card

Chess Club
The Mount Dora Chess Club meets every Friday night from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the lower level of the Community Building. This free club is open to all levels of players. Games are played and courses taught on how to improve your skill level.  For more information, please contact Albert Bascombe at (352) 551-9348.

There is also a Chess Club that meets during the day at the W.T. Bland Public Library on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. See the Library’s programs for details.
  • Friday
  • 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Community Building Lower Level

              Chess Club

Woodcarvers' Club
Do you remember as a kid the first time you tried to carve something? Well, there is a group of people who have learned the skills of woodcarving and are willing to teach others as well.  Ralph Rossignol will be instructing the art of woodcarving and can be contacted at (352) 385-0483. Class meets on an ongoing basis. 
  • Thursday
  • 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Martin Luther King Center
  • $2.00/class
               Woodcarvers' Club

Wood Carving for Kids

Come join the Parks and Recreation Department for this new hobby. The City of Mount Dora Wood Carvers Club would like to invite your children ages 6 yrs. old and up to join them on Wednesday mornings and learn how to carve. For more information or to sign up, contact the Parks and Recreation Department  at (352) 735-7183. Advanced registration is required.


  • Wednesday beginning June 18th
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Martin Luther King Center (803 Florida Ave)
  • $1.00/Class + cost of carving

Yoga for the Mature Body

Practicing yoga improves strength, flexibility, balance, concentration, muscle tone, and lung capacity. Yoga is also extremely beneficial in reducing stress, depression, anxiety, and also brings balance to all of the major organ systems.

No prior experience is necessary, all are welcome. Please bring a yoga mat and dress in comfortable clothing that allows you to breathe deeply.
  • Monday and Wednesday
  • 10:00am - 11:00am
  • Donnelly Park Building (530 N. Donnelly Street)
  • $80/month

Leprechaun Treasure Hunt
GOLD, PRIZES, and GAMES.....What more can you ask for? Come join the City of Mount Dora Parks and Recreation Department for a St Patrick's Day celebration for all your little leprechauns! There will be a mountain of gold to find, prizes, snacks and drinks. Children 12 and under are welcome. 
  • Saturday, March 15th
  • 11:00am - 1:00pm
  • Gilbert Park (310 S. Tremain Street)
  • Admission is FREE!

Girls Night Out
The city of Mount Dora Parks and Recreation Department would like to invite girls between the ages of 9 and 13 to come join us for this HUGE SLUMBER PARTY. We will have chaperons present at all times. There will be food, movies, games, and A LOT of fun. For more information, call (352) 735-7183
  • Friday, July 11th - Saturday, July 12th
  • 7:00pm - 8:00am
  • Mount Dora Community Building Lobby (520 N. Baker Street)
  • $25

Drowning Prevention Safety Day
Local agencies will be at the Lincoln Avenue Community Pool (1200 N. Unser St.) providing demonstrations on how to keep your children and families safe in Florida's pools, lakes, oceans, and prevent drowning. Door prizes will be given throughout the demonstrations. For more information, call Beth Kornowski at (352) 735-7183.
  • Saturday, May 17th
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • Lincoln Avenue Community Pool (1200 N. Unser Street)
  • FREE

Jill Santos, Recreation Services Coordinator

Recreation Services Coordinator

Ph: (352) 735-7183
Fx: (352) 735-3681

Hours of Operation
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday
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