Discover a new hobby this summer at these unique NoVA rec center classes

Interested in trying something a little different this summer? These rec centers and parks are hosting classes for both kids and adults that aren’t your typical art or sports classes.

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Summer is here, and rec centers have opened registration for youth and adult classes that run through the next few months. Some NoVA rec centers and parks are hosting unique classes and seminars that would be tough to find anywhere else. Take a look at some of this summer’s options and try something you might not have considered before.


Shooting an arrow at a target is more difficult than you might think. These classes, which are open to anyone ages 13 and older, should help you harness that skill and earn the satisfaction of finally hitting that bull’s-eye. // Burke Lake Park: 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station; Lake Fairfax Park: 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston

Autosomal & Mitochondrial DNA Tests

Have you ever looked up your family history on but found yourself unable to find anyone other than your immediate relatives? Trace your lineage as far back as five generations at Lee High School and learn how to interpret the results of a DNA test. // Lee High School: 6540 Franconia Road, Springfield

Belly Dancing

Belly dancing is a form of self-expression that’s centuries old, and lessons will be offered this summer for adults at the Audrey Moore RECenter seven days a week. // Audrey Moore RECenter: 8100 Braddock Road, Annandale

Junior Minecraft Modding

Do your kids refuse to look away from the computer screen? Make their screen time productive at junior Minecraft modding, where they practice solving problems and working together while playing the Minecraft video game. Classes are offered by STEM exCEL and are open to children ages 5-8. A separate class is available for children ages 8-12 as well. // Providence RECenter: 7525 Marc Drive, Falls Church; Spring Hill RECenter: 1239 Spring Hill Road, McLean

Yoga for Gardeners

Gardening can put stress on your back and knees that can eventually take a toll on your body. Avid plant-lovers should consider taking yoga for gardeners at Green Spring Gardens Park to help reinforce the flexibility and endurance the hobby requires. // Green Spring Gardens Park: 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria