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The Summer 2014 CRPR ACTIVE GUIDE (56-pages)
is available HERE as posted on  However, this website includes all info published in the summer guide.

The Fall 2014 CRPR ACTIVE GUIDE (56-pages)
will be published on Sunday, 10 Aug 2014.
To celebrate that publication, Sunday 10 Aug 2014
will also be $1 Admission Day
at Park Forest and Welch Community Swimming Pools.

2014 Events
19 Jul

"Nature at Night" Campfire Program
Saturday, July 19, 7-10 PM.  (Rain Date: 7/26) For all ages at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center.
Bulletin 16 July 2014: Due to insufficient registrations, this activity has been withdrawn.

25 June
9 July
16 July
23 July
6 Aug
20 Aug

Swimmer2014 CRPR Family Fun Nights at the Pools!   (See more info HERE)

Events include games, prizes, and theme music - come out and enjoy the fun! The “After 5 PM” admission rates apply or FREE with a 2014 Season Pass. That pool will stay open until 9 PM on event nights!
Wed., June 25 - Welch Pool - Sports Night
Wed., July 9 - Park Forest Pool - Winter Wonderland Night
Wed., July 16 - TUDEK PARK MOVIE NIGHT.... see info below.
Wed., July 23 - Welch Pool - Hawaiian Night
• Wed., Aug. 6 - Park Forest Pool - Pool-O-Ween
• Wednesday, Aug. 20 - DIVE-IN Movie Night, 8-10 PM. Movie title TBA. Bring your floats, your towels or your beach chairs and settle in at Park Forest Pool for a family-friendly “Dive In” movie.

Bike Movies PLUS: Wed., July 16 Bike-In Movie @ “The Croods” at Tudek Park at 8:45 PM.   Watch an outdoor movie shown on our inflatable screen. This environmentally-friendly event is a wonderful way to spend a summer evening and is easily accessible from the Tudek Park bike path. Bring a blanket, pack a picnic and enjoy this free summer event sponsored by Freeze Thaw Cycles. (P.S. Please remember your helmet & bike light.)

26 Jul

Triathlon10th Annual “CRPR SPLASH, PEDAL & DASH”
Youth Triathlon

Saturday, 26 July 2014 (raindate: Sat. 2 Aug 2014)
at Welch Pool for ages 6-13.  Route Map (JPG image).  
Entries will be limited so register today! Advance Registration Fee $10; Day of Race Fee: $20 (space-permitting).  The check-in at Welch Pool opens 30 minutes before each race. T-Shirts will be provided for those who register by Friday, July 11.  Event Informational Flyer (PDF)                 Event Waiver Form (PDF)

Age (on event date)
Race Start
Program #
Age 12-13
8:00 AM
200 meter swim > 4 mile bike > 1 mile run
Age 11
8:45 AM
100 meter swim > 2 mile bike > 1/2 mile run
Age 10
9:15 AM
100 meter swim > 2 mile bike > 1/2 mile run
Age 9
9:45 AM
100 meter swim > 2 mile bike > 1/2 mile run
Age 8
10:15 AM
50 meter swim > 1 mile bike > 1/4 mile run
Age 7
10:30 AM
50 meter swim > 1 mile bike > 1/4 mile run
Age 6
10:45 AM
50 meter swim > 1 mile bike > 1/4 mile run
CLICK HERE for the 2004-2013 event results. The event was not held during 2010 due to the Welch Pool renewal.

Fitness FestMarsh Madness Fitness Festival  New
Saturday, 26 July, 8 AM -noon  (rain or shine). Join us at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center for an outdoor fitness festival featuring a menu of 1-hour programs including bird watching, yoga, backpacking, and Zumba. A nutrition-based booth provides important information throughout the event. Families are encouraged to sign up for one or several activities and enjoy an exciting day at Millbrook Marsh learning basic skills and knowledge of lifelong leisure activities and healthy living. Space is limited, please pre-register! Walk-ins accepted only if space is available. For more info, call the nature center at (814)235-7819. Link to more info.
Fitness Festival Schedule
: 8 AM Birding, 9 AM Yoga, 10 AM Backpacking / Hiking, 11 AM Zumba

27 Jul

Hunt!Alphabet Marsh Family Scavenger Hunt

Sunday, 27 July 2014, 1-3 PM. FREE!  Explore Millbrook Marsh Nature Center with your family during our Alphabet Marsh Scavenger Hunt! This eco-friendly discovery guides you though the marsh to see, touch, smell and hear items found naturally in this exciting eco-system. Take your time, enjoy the day, work together as a team, and have FUN with this kid-friendly activity. No registration required! No fee, but donations are appreciated. 

31 July

Wooden NickelThe 48th Annual CRPR Day Camp Carnival         “A Centre Region Tradition”

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 6-8 PM at Park Forest Middle School Gym. Come one come all, to the 48th Annual CRPR Day Camp Carnival.   Each year campers in the CRPR KIDVenture Camp programs help to design and run the carnival booths. At each booth, you can play all sorts of carnival games or pitches, and have a chance to win some great prizes! Free admission - then buy a pack of wooden nickets (needed to play the booth games). Note: Starting in 2013, this CRPR Legacy Event transitioned to a "peanut-free" zone.  All are welcome!

PaintingAn Evening of Art in the Marsh
Thursday, 31 July, 6-8 pm. Visit Millbrook Marsh Nature Center and view our display of local artist rendi-tions of nature-theme artwork. Delight in local paintings and photos and even take time to enjoy a walk through the Marsh. A silent auction will take place and many artists will be on-site for a meet and greet. All purchases include a one-year Friends of MMNC individual membership. Refreshments are provided. This event is free, no pre-registration required. Artists who wish to display /donate at this event, please contact MMNC at (814)235-7819.  Link to more info.

10 Aug

FALL 2014 CRPR ACTIVE GUIDE will be published in the Centre Daily Times and here. To celebrate that publication, Sunday 10 Aug 2014 will also be $1 Admission Day at Park Forest and Welch Community Swimming Pools.

19 Aug

Bowling"BOWL-LIGAN" Centre Region Senior Center Fundraiser
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 at the Bellefonte Lanes.  See the PDF flyer HERE.
Sign-in at noon; bowl from 12:30-2:30 PM. Open to bowlers of all ages! Bring the whole family!

Help the Centre Region Senior Center; all donations benefit Senior Center operations! Prizes include: Oldest Bowler, Youngest Bowler, Oldest Senior Games Shirt, BEST STRIKE Poker Hand, Plus or Minus to your score, Match the Mystery Bowling Bag Score. FEE: $10 includes 3 games and shoe rental. Space is limited; reservations are accepted on a first-paid basis. Please make checks payable to “Centre Region Senior Center” Internet & phone registrations accepted with credit card only. For more info, contact the Centre Region Senior Center at (814) 231-3076 or stop in at 131 S. Fraser Street #1, State College, PA 16801.

23 Aug

The 2014 "Geezer Classic" Adult Swim Meet (Ages 18+)  New

Adult Swim TeamTest your swimming race skills at Wm. L. Welch Community Swimming Pool on early Sat. morning, Aug. 23. See this Event Info Flyer (PDF) for details and entry info.  
Entries are due by 5 PM on Wed, Aug. 20.
Warmups from 7-8 AM; Meet starts at 8:00 AM sharp. 
(Raindate: Sunday, Aug. 24)
Come join the fun!  All proceeds benefit CRPR aquatic programs. Spectators and fans are admitted free to watch this event (No other swimming or wading can be permitted at Welch Pool during this meet).

Fees: $5 per event entry for residents of State College Boro and the Townships of College, Harris, Ferguson and Patton.  Nonresident entry fees are $7.50 per event.  All entries after Aug. 20 (including deck entries) will be $10 per event entry, and will only be entered into the meet if space is available. Note that the relay event is FREE to all registrants.

Sat. & Sun
23-24 Aug

TheatreCentre Region Parks & Recreation & the
Nittany Valley Shakespeare Company present:

FREE performances of Shakespeare's “KING LEAR” outdoors, downtown.
All shows are weather-permitting.
Please bring your chairs or blankets. No tickets required!

At Friedman Parklet at 2 PM on
Sat. 23 Aug. 2014 & Sun. 24 Aug 2014 (weather-permitting)

7 Sep

Aqua Dog DayCRPR "Aqua-Dog Day" at Park Forest Pool
to fund tree plantings at new Oak Hall Regional Park!

Sunday, 7 Sep 2014, 1-4 PM. For local dogs who love swimming pools and trees, this Sept. 7th event is sure to please.  Centre Region Parks and Recreation will again hold the “Aqua-Dog Day” event from 1-4 PM on the 1st Sunday after the pool has closed for the 2014 season.  For $5 per dog, humans of all ages can bring their dogs for a swim at the Park Forest Community Swimming Pool, 2100 School Drive in Patton Township. Only dogs will be allowed in the pools, and human admission is free. Proceeds from the event will fund tree plantings at Oak Hall Regional Park (now under construction) in College and Harris Townships. Event Rules:

  • Prior to admission, all human entrants must sign a Release Waiver PLUS show proof of rabies vaccination and proof of a 2014 Dog License for their pet. Since a chip reader is not guaranteed to be available, paper is preferred.
  • One dog per owner; owners must be age 18+ and are responsible for their dog’s behavior. All minors (age 17 and under) must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Dogs must remain on-leash when not using the pools. Only dogs are permitted in the pool (no humans). Lifeguards will be on duty to provide any necessary assistance.  
  • Pet waste bags will be available; it is required that pet owners immediately clean up after their dogs.

Thanks to those attending, the 2013 event raised $310 in proceeds to apply to the Shade Tree Fund at Oak Hall Regional Park.
A London Planetree has been planted at the future site of the dog park there.

26 Oct 2014

Pumpkin The 2014 Halloween Costume Parade  
2013 Results and photos posted HERE!

SUNDAY, 26 October 2014 (date pending Boro and SCASD approvals), 6:30 PM LINE UP, 7:00 PM STEP-OFF. A FREE fall family tradition . . . the 2014 Centre Region Halloween Costume Parade. Centre Region Parks & Recreation and the State College Lions Club will cosponsor the parade through downtown State College. The parade forms on N. Burrowes St. off W. College Avenue (map link; beside the PSU steam plant) starting at 6:30 PM with step-off promptly at 7:00 PM. Costume judging takes place at Memorial Field by the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. Treats will be provided by the State College Lions Club. Please choose from one of the following 11 costume categories:

  • Halloween Tiny Tots #1 (Ages 2 & under) (2 identical groups due to the number of participants)
  • Halloween Tiny Tots #2 (Ages 2 & under)
  • Cartoon Characters & Super Heroes
  • Witches & Monsters
  • Fairy Tale Characters
  • Zombies & Vampires
  • TV & Movie Stars
  • Animals on Parade
  • Sports
  • Open Class
  • Groups (of 3 or more) 
Rosters of winning costumers:


30 Oct 2014
6-8 PM

Trick or Treat NightOFFICIAL 2014 Trick-or-Treat Night in the Centre Region

THURSDAY, 30 Oct 2014, 6-8 PM

The official Centre Region Trick-or-Treat Night has been proposed for Thursday. Oct. 30, 2014 from 6-8 PM.  Upon the official approval by each municipality, this designation will apply to the Borough of State College and the Townships of College, Ferguson, Harris and Patton.  (The approved time in Halfmoon Twp. is expected to be 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM.)  The "Trick or Treat Night" schedule is coordinated regionally and annually set by an action of each municipality. For 2014, since there is a PSU home football game on Sat. 1 Nov 2014, the Trick or Treat Night on Thursday evening was proposed by the three municipal Chiefs of Police and the Director of Parks & Recreation in the interest of pedestrian safety.

Prior 2014 Events

Held on
8 Feb

Tea PartyTea for Three: Mommy, Doll & Me!    (Age 5-8)

Bring Mommy, and your favorite doll, to a tea party! Girls ages 5-8, mothers or grandmothers, and their favorite doll are all invited to attend this tea time event. The event includes a tea party, craft project, a photo station and yummy treats! Come dressed in your finest tea party clothing. Gloves, hats, and boas are absolutely encouraged!
Date: Saturday, Feb. 8      Program # 41710        Register at least 1 week in advance.
Time: 1:00-3:00 PM           Ages: 5-8
Fee: $10R/15N for one adult and one child.  Each additional child is $5.
Location: COG Building Forum Room (note location change)

Held on
1 Mar 2014

MMNC Logo "Marsh Medley" Kid’s Concert with Denny Hayes

BULLETIN 25 Feb 2014: Due to parking conditions at the nature center, the Sat. 1 Mar 2014 concert has been relocated to the COG Building at 2643 Gateway Drive, Ferguson Twp. (Map link).

Music, Dancing, Singing & FUN on Sat., Mar. 1, 3:30 PM. Denny will perform popular kids’ songs as well as original kids’ songs! Concert will be held at the COG Building (see above) Spring Creek Education Building. $5 per child will be collected at the door. Adults and children under 2 yrs. are free! Free parking available.

Held on
13 Apr 2014

Grow flower grow!8th Annual "Earth Day Birthday Celebration"
at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center

Sunday, April 13, 2014, 2-5 PM. at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center (Google Map Link).  Come enjoy an afternoon of educational fun about the earth and how to protect it! Visit displays from local environmental organizations, enjoy kids activities and crafts, food, games, and more! Earth Day Birthday is great fun for the whole family! This event is planned by PSU Recreation, Parks & Tourism Management students as a class project. Event is held rain or shine. Free Event! Free Parking!

Held on
16 Apr 2014

Easter Egg8th Annual "Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt for Teens" (for Grades 6-8)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 8:00 PM at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center  (Google Map Link
FREE!  This is not your little sister or brother’s egg hunt. This is bigger, better, darker and extremely COOL for kids in grades 6-8 with candy and prizes! Meet at the Nature Center Barn for games, food, & music before the hunt and don’t forget to bring your flashlight. FREE, but advance registration is required by Tuesday, March 26. Rain or shine; remember to dress for the weather. Program # 42210   Registration Options

Held on
19 Apr 2014

Eggs56th Annual "CRPR Easter Egg Hunt(for children through age 9)

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 2:00 PM sharp. FREE! Centre Region Parks & Recreation’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt (with over 7,000 eggs) is held at Orchard Park, located at the corner of Bayberry Dr. & Blue Course Dr. (Google Map Link) Prize baskets are provided by members of the State College Rotary Club. The hunt begins at 2:00 PM SHARP, so please arrive in time to meet the Easter Bunny! Rain, shine or snow!
Four age group areas: • 2 & under • 3, 4 & 5 • 6 & 7 • 8 & 9
           2014 EVENT PHOTOS POSTED HERE  New

Held on
26 Apr 2014

BirdsBirds and Bagels Program at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center

Saturday, April 26 at 9 AM. Join us for an enjoyable morning of birds and bagels!  We’ll start with refreshments then venture out into the marsh for a bird walk. After the walk, we return to the Marsh for an informational bird presentation. No registration is required, program lasts approximately 2 hours and is open to birders of any age or experience level. This program is free but donations are appreciated.

Leaf RakerComcast Cares Day"CRPR Spring Spruce-Up / Comcast Cares Day"

Join with many community volunteers on Sat. 26 April 2014 for the 2014 CRPR Spring Spruce-Up Day / Comcast Cares Day for a Saturday morning of preparing the local municipal parks and other facilities for another busy season! The day will start with a "Volunteer Sign-in" and also with free breakfast sandwiches / pastries from 7:30-8:30 AM at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center (Google Map Link) - courtesy of Comcast!  A limited number of Comcast Cares t-shirts will also be available at the nature center to volunteer workers.  At 8:30 AM volunteers can then proceed to their park projects until noon to sweep, rake and spruce-up their selected park!  All CRPR Park Partner Groups are also asked to hold their Spring park workday on this morning. 

"Comcast Cares" is a nationwide initiative where Comcast employees and their families help out their local communities.  Later in the year the Comcast Foundation will make a donation to the CRPR Gifts-For-Parks program based upon the number of participating volunteers! 

If you or your group would like to participate in the "CRPR Spring Spruce-Up / Comcast Cares Day", please sign up ASAP by calling David Barnett at the CRPR Parks Office at (814) 234-1657 with your selected park site and planned number of volunteers. Advance registration will help assure that the necessary foods, shirts and park materials are available for each volunteer.  Volunteers are also encouraged to bring work gloves, garden hand tools, and also with their cameras for those famous "before, during and after" project photos! In the event of inclement weather on Comcast Cares Day, group leaders may call the nature center at (814) 235-7819 (on the day of event only) to select a make-up day.

This event will coincide with the "2014 Watershed Clean-Up Day" coordinated by ClearWater Conservancy.

Held on
27 Apr 2014

MMNC LogoEarth Day Spring Scavenger Hunt at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center

Sunday, April 27, 2-4 PM at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center (Google Map Link). Enjoy Earth Day with this eco-friendly scavenger hunt! Families work together to explore the marsh for signs of spring and have a fun time together! This event is free but donations are appreciated.

11 May 2014
5:00 PM

Scott'sCentre Region Parks & Recreation
2014 Pitch, Hit & Run Contest - Local Competition
at the HESS FIELD COMPLEX, along Rt. 45 west of Boalsburg

Sunday, 4 May 2014 at 2 PM MAKE-UP: Sunday, 11 May 2014 at 5 PM at the John Hess Softball Field Complex. The Scott's & Major League Baseball’s PITCH, HIT & RUN CONTEST is a free, national program that offers boys and girls ages 7-14 the chance to showcase their baseball & softball abilities. This FREE event is intended to encourage youth participation and emphasize the fun element of the sport.For more information contact CRPR c/o Jeff Hall at 231-3071. TO REGISTER:
(1) by using this webform from the Major League Baseball website or (2) on-site, 30 minutes prior prior to the event.  Boys and girls compete together in four different age groups: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14.  Age is determined as of July 17, 2014. 

2014 Results Posted (PDF)

Held on
16 Feb
30 Mar
11 May

BandState College Area Municipal Band Concerts

Principal Conductor Dr. Ned Deihl and 75 volunteer band members perform a variety of concerts for the community throughout the year.  All concerts are held at the SC Area High School South Auditorium. Admission is FREE, but donations for the band are gratefully accepted at the door. Band Web page.

• Valentine’s Concert         Sunday, Feb. 16, 3 PM
• Spring Concert               Sunday, Mar. 30, 3 PM
• Mother’s Day Concert         Sunday, May 11, 3 PM

Held on
17 May 2014

Camera GuyCRPR "Pool Pass Photo Day" 2014

Sat. May 17, 11 AM - 2 PM (rain or shine).   The Pool Offices at Welch and Park Forest Pools will be open to sell season passes & to process your 2014 season pass photocards. Beat the early-season lines by getting your photo card ahead of time. Sorry, the pools will not be open for swimming until Sat. 24 May 2014.   2014 Pool Fees...

Held on
18 May 2014

TennisCentre Region Parks & Recreation & Centre Region Community Tennis Assn. present
Tennis Play Day

Sat., May 17, 2014,  11 AM - 2 PM (Raindate: Sunday, May 18)
at Spring Creek Park Tennis Courts.  To register, please visit

  1. "Tennis Fun for Everyone"  Quick Start tennis, games and prizes for children age 10 and under. Free snow cones and popcorn for kids.
  2. "Try Tennis Free" for ages 11 and up.
Held on
24-26 May 2014

Swimmer“CRPR Dollar Days” at the pools on Memorial Day Weekend 2014

Saturday, Sunday & Monday, May 24, 25, 26, 2014.  $1 per person admission all day at Park Forest and Welch Pools! 2014 Season Passholders are admitted free.  2014 Pool schedules...

Held on
31 May

Kid's Yard SaleCRPR KIDS YARD SALE     (Kid's items by Kid sellers)

Calling all young entrepreneurs ages 8-12; test your skills at our Kids Yard Sale. This event, open to the public and focused only on kid's items by kid sellers, gives young participants the opportunity to set up their single table with the items they wish to sell.  The best part, kids keep their profits! Space is limited to 25 spaces, so please reserve your space early. EVENT RULES:

  • Space assignments will open at 8 AM.  Sites must be set-up by 9:00 AM in the CRPR-designated areas only.  The Yard Sale ends at noon.  All items must be removed by 12:30 PM.
  • The "Kid's Yard Sale" event was planned "for kid's stuff, sold by kids (Age 8-12)."  Accordingly, CRPR staff reserves the right to deny any items they deem as unsuitable for sale.  No food or drink items may be sold.
  • Youth must supply their own table, chair and/or supplies needed for set-up. And don't forget to bring change! Each assigned a space the size of 1 parking space.  Location: near the tennis courts.
  • In case of inclement weather, the event will be postponed; registrants will be notified in advance.

    Program #





    Fee (R/N)


    8-12 yrs

    31 May 2014


    Tudek Park
    Tennis Court Parking Area

    FREE, but advance registration
    is required! Registration Options

ButterfliesAdam Swartz Puppet Show at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center

“My Unbelievable Aquatic Adventure”  on Sat, 31 May 2014 at 3:30 PM

Puppeteer Adam Swartz will again present an interactive, family friendly puppet show at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center that is both entertaining and educational! Join us to watch, learn and delight.  The 45-minute show is only $5 per person at the door; children 4 and under are free. Proceeds support the nature center and this talented local puppeteer. Advanced registration not required. Click here to visit Adam's website.

Held on
1 June

TrackHershey’s North American Track & Field Youth ProgramHT&F
2014 Youth Track Meet                   

Sunday, 1 June 2014 at 6 PM. Rain or shine!  Registration will start at 5:15 PM at the SCAHS South Track.   FREE!  This program for children age 9-14 reinforces the value of physical fitness through basic track & field events, encouraging them to be the best they can possibly be. Rain or shine. Age is determined as of December 31, 2014. To save time at registration, please print out, complete & bring this PDF registration form to the meet. For general info please visit  See the 2014 results and the 2013 results.  Also watch for the regular Wed. Night Youth Track Meets offered by CRPR each summer.

Held on
14 Jun

Oak LeafRomantic Moonlight Walk at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center (Google Map Link)

Saturday, 14 June 2014, 9-11 PMFREE! Wrap up your special evening with the one you love at the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center for a romantic moonlight walk on the boardwalk! Stroll hand-in-hand in the moonlight, stop under the “kissing tree,” make a wish at the wishing well, and dance in the barn! The walk is open from 9-11 PM. Couples are greeted by a staff member and then enjoy the lantern-lit boardwalk at their own pace. This event is not appropriate for children and will be cancelled in inclement weather, including high winds. No registration is required. FREE with a suggested donation $10 per couple to support the nature center operations.

Held on
15 Jun

Dad's DayDad's Swim Free on Father's Day at both CRPR swimming pools
(Welch Pool & Park Forest Pool)

Hey kids, bring Dad to the community swimming pools on Father’s Day! In honor of Father’s Day 2014 and to promote family recreation, the Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority Board has again announced a “DAD’S SWIM FREE DAY” at Park Forest Community Pool and at Wm. L. Welch Community Pool in State College on Sunday, June 15, 2014. Any Dad accompanied by at least one paying customer (including season passes) will be admitted free during the regular Sunday pool schedule: Adult Fitness Swim / Toddler Time 10 AM-Noon; General Swim Noon-8 PM; Adult Fitness Swim 7-8 PM.  Aquatics Menu...

Held on
28 Jun

TrucksCentre Region Parks & Recreation & Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.

Saturday, 28 June 2014, 1-4 PM. Bring the kids out for an exciting afternoon of BIG TRUCKS, DUMP TRUCKS, FIRE TRUCKS and MORE! It’s a hands-on experience for the entire family at the S.C. Area High School North Driver Training Lot. FREE; Rain or shine!

And don't forget that the nearby Welch Pool will be open for an after-Expo swim (weather-permitting).

Held on
Fri. 4 July

USA FlagCRPR “Kids-on-Wheels” Parade             “A Centre Region Tradition”

Friday, July 4, 2014. 9:30 AM line-up / Step-off at 10 AM. Hey Kids! Show your patriotism and be part of the annual “CRPR Kids-on-Wheels” Parade. Bring your bike, wagon, scooter, stroller or skateboard and meet us at the corner of East Foster Avenue and Locust Lane (Google Map Link). The parade ends at Friedman Parklet where we will celebrate our nation’s birthday by singing “Happy Birthday to US” and eating watermelon.  FREE!

  • Bike Decorating for the Kids on Wheels Parade: Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 7-7:30 PM at Holmes-Foster Park, Pavilion #2 (off West. Parkway). Join CRPR staff to decorate your bike for the Kids on Wheels Parade. Streamers and tape supplied. Anything else is up to you!

Please note that both swimming pools will close at 6 PM on Friday, 4 July 2014
in order to permit the staff to enjoy the evening holiday festivities with family and friends.

2013 Event Roster - Watch for the 2014 Version!
Held on
8 Sep 2013


Sunday, 8 Sept 2013, 2-4 PM at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center.  Kids, bring your grandparents to Millbrook Marsh Nature Center to participate in a fun scavenger hunt designed for you to enjoy together. This kid-based, eco-friendly scavenger hunt guides you through the marsh to explore like never before! This activity is FREE, but donations are greatly appreciated. Donations help support MMNC programs. Registration is not required.

Held on
29 Sep 2013

Punt, Pass & KickCentre Region PUNT, PASS & KICK® Competition    

Sunday, 29 Sep 2013 FREE!   The NFL, Pepsi and the CRPR invite you to participate! PPK is the most well-known youth sports competition in the world.   Held at the John Hess Softball Field Complex (rain or shine). Registration opens at 11:30 AM; competition starts at noon.
REGISTER IN ADVANCE via the NFL Punt Pass & Kick Website
. The top finishers in each age group advance to future competitions.  For more information on the local PP&K program contact Jeff Hall at CRPR (231-3071). Open to all Centre Region youth age 6-15:

Competition Categories:      (Age as of 31 Dec 2013)
Held on
16 Oct 2013

Dark In The Park"Dark in the Park" 

Wed., 16 Oct 2013 7:00-8:30 PM, Sunset Park, 850 McKee Street FREE! Area storytellers perform at the 19th Annual Dark in the Park at Sunset Park. Enjoy seasonal stories and campfire fairy tales while bundled up with family and friends. Don’t forget to bring your blankets, snacks and of course hot cocoa! Car-pooling is strongly recommended. This event is cosponsored by Centre Region Parks & Recreation and Schlow Centre Region Library. For more information, please call 231-3071. BULLETIN 16 Oct 2013: Based upon the forecast for rain, this event was held at the Easterly Parkway Elementary School All Purpose Room.

Held on
Sat & Sun.
19-20 Oct 2013

SoftballUSSSA "Pumpkin Smash" Girl’s Softball Tournament

Centre Region Parks & Recreation is excited to welcome the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) to the beautiful fields at the John Hess Softball Field Complex, Spring Creek Park and Blue Spring Park this weekend, October 19-20 for the “Pumpkin Smash” Tournament. This is the 2nd fall tournament hosted at the Hess Field Complex and features 27 teams in several age groups, 12 and under, 14 and under and 16/18 and under from Pennsylvania and New York.  Included in the roster are the State College Scrappers and the Philipsburg Hurricanes. Play begins at 8 AM on both Saturday and Sunday and is free to spectators. "We hope the community comes out to support this tournament and teams. It’s a great way to see some fantastic fastpitch softball. We look forward to future tournaments!” – Jeff Moose, USSA Central & Western PA Fastpitch/Baseball State Director.

Held on
20 Oct 2013

Stuff ItCRPR "Scarecrow - STUFF IT!"

Sunday, 20 Oct 2013, 2:00 PM at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center (Pavilion).  This exciting event will get everyone in the mood for the fall season. Gather your supplies (old clothes) and let your imaginations soar as you plan to build the best Guardian of the Garden! We provide straw, string and bags only; you provide the rest! Bring your crew & create your scarecrow.  Event rules are posted HERE (PDF)
• Entry Fee: $20 per scarecrow. All proceeds will benefit the nature center.
• Each team leader should pre-register their family, company or group:
Program #34030 by 5 PM on Fri. Oct. 11. Registration Options
• Held in the Picnic Pavilion area at MMNC.
• Open to all ages! Spectators are also welcomed!
• Rain or shine!
This event is cosponsored by Centre Region Parks & Recreation and Clearwater Conservancy

Held on
3 Nov 2013

MMNC Logo11th Annual

SUNDAY, 3 Nov 2013, 2–5 PM.  FREE at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, 548 Puddintown Road, College Township. Google Map   Visit Millbrook Marsh Nature Center for this popular historically-themed harvest festival! In its 11th year, the Harvest Festival provides visitors with a glimpse of what life was like during the harvest in the 1800’s. This event, planned and prepared by Penn State Recreation, Parks & Tourism Management students, offers great fun for all ages. Enjoy food, games, crafts, demonstrations, music, animals and more at this family friendly event with a historic harvest theme. Learn about the history of the area and enjoy the day.   SEE THE 2013 EVENT REPORT HERE
Do you have an old-fashioned skill that you can share at this event? Please contact the Nature Center Supervisor or (814)235-7819.


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