Community Recreation

Community Recreation primarily serves the citizens of Central Columbia but targets low-income families and “at-risk” youth. The majority of the programs are offered to the public at little or no cost.

The offices of Community Recreation are located at the Armory Sports Center, 701 E. Ash Street. For more information about programs offered, staff can be contacted at 817-5077. (Information about youth and adult financial assistance)



Adult Drop-in Basketball
Monday – Friday, 10 am-2 pm
Ages: 18 and older 
Price: $10 per month, or $2 per visit 
Armory Sports Center Gymnasium

After School Recreation
Activities, computer lab, and quiet classroom are available on a regular basis.
Monday – Friday during the school year, 2:30-6:30 pm
Ages: 8 and older 
Armory Sports Center – Downstairs

After School Homework Assistance
Tutors from the University of Missouri’s Office of Service Learning are available. Call 817-5077 for more information.
Monday – Friday during the school year, 3-6 pm
Armory Sports Center – Downstairs

Armory Science Klub (ASK)
Kids ages 8-10 perform science experiments, different projects every session! Registration required by calling 874-7460.

Check Leisure Times for class schedule.


Computer Lab
Use is first-come first-served. When there are people waiting, time is limited to 30 minutes.
Monday-Friday, 8 am-2 pm 
Ages: 18 and older 
Price: $5 per month, or $1 per visit
Armory Sports Center

Mini-Workout Program
Come in and take advantage of Nautilus multi-station unit, treadmills, elliptical machines, recumbent and stationary bicycles, free-weights and other workout equipment.
Monday – Friday, 8 am – 7 pm or Saturday 9 am – 1 pm
Price: $20.00 for 8 weeks, or $2 per visit 
Armory Sports Center – Workout Room

Movie Time at the Armory
FREE, 4th Tuesday of each month at 4:45 pm at the Armory Sports Center. Free popcorn and soft drinks! Call 874-6378 for more information. Note: Parents are encouraged to stay with their children.

Aug. 27 Detective Pikachu
Sept. 24 Dumbo
Oct. 22 Descendants 3

New City Hoops
Come in Tuesday after school to get better at the game you love! Staff will work with you on some of the basics and will also give you tips to get an edge on the competition. This is for all school-aged youth. Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 pm, Ages 6-17, FREE

Use practices of Qigong and Tai Chi for alignment of breath, movement, and awareness for exercise and health. Learning form, postures and movements promote longevity and balance. Call 817-5077 for more information.  
Tuesdays, Thursdays 8:30-9:30am, Ages 18+, FREE

“Reflections” Poetry Society
Join us to write, critique and participate in discussion groups. For teens and adults. 
1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 6-7 pm
Armory Sports Center main floor

Saturday Game Room Drop In
Bored on Saturday mornings and afternoons? Come to the Armory with your family and friends to play ping pong, foosball, shuffleboard, air hockey, safe darts or just watch a movie. 
Saturday, 12-4 pm 
Ages: 7-17
Armory Sports Center downstairs

Shorin-Ryu Karate
Shorin-Ryu Okinawan style karate is a very serious martial art form. Call 874-7460 to register and find out about sessions.
Armory Sports Center, Aerobics Studio
**Youth class must have completed pre-requisite of the FREE Shorin-Ryu Karate class before participating in the paid class.

Silver & Gold Seniors Club
The Silver & Gold Club is a mature adults group that meets to enjoy each other’s company.  If you are interested in fun and interesting activities such as ceramics, bingo, quilting, pokeno, card games, arts & crafts, field trips, park walks or movies, then join us. For more information, call 874-6378.
Tuesdays, 2-4:30 pm
Ages 55 and older
Armory Sports Center 
(on second Tuesday of the month, meet at Paquin Tower)

Smaller Ballers
Get an early start with this six-week youth basketball skills development program for 4-7 year olds. Each session consists of skills training, and then using the skills learned. 
It will be followed by scrimmage time on lowered goals. This is an instructional youth basketball program that focuses on the basic fundamental skills of the game. Check the current Leisure Times for sessions. 

Tai Chi
Tai Chi, as it is practiced in the West today, can be best thought of as a moving form of yoga and meditation combined. Please call 874-6379.
Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 8:30-9:30 am 
Ages: 18 and up
Location: Armory Sports Center gymnasium

Ladies are you looking for a place to play basketball?  Join us every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, starting Sept 6. We will be having a women’s only open gym.
Location:  Gym @ Armory Sports Center
Activity #    Date                              Time                         Age         Price
Drop in       1st & 3rd Thurs.              6 – 8 pm                   16+          Free