Special Events

The Derby Recreation Commission hosts numerous special events annually for kids, young adults and families.  The events are held at numerous locations throughout Derby.  Preview the current listing of special events in the program guide or sign up for Notify Me to get an email or a text reminder so you don’t miss out! 

Registration for summer classes begins Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 5:00am.  Click below to register and see times and 
days for the classes listed.

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back to school splash

Joing your Derby Middle School and Derby North Middle School friends for a night of fun and music in the water.  Wear your swimsuit to the bash!  Please remember the USD 260 rules apply and will be enforced. Volunteer chaperones are always welcome and needed.  Ages 11-14; 6-8th grades.

Family Camp Out

Enjoy a night under the start at the Warren Riverview Park! This family friendly camp out provides hot dogs, s’mores, storytelling around the fire pit, music, and games. Families must supply their own tent and sleeping bags.  

Horseback Riding Camp

This 4-day camp will will teach safety, proper saddling, care of tack, and horsemanship skills.  Some of the riding skills to be taught are barrel riding, trail riding, riding in a large group, trail obstacles, and low jumping. Participants must wear long pants and boots with a 1" heel and a waiver from C-Arrow Stables must be signed.

Ice Cream Day

Join in as we celebrate National Ice Cream Month by commemorating the ice cream cone.  Tons of fun activities will be planned as well as free ice cream.  Bring the whole family for a great time!  Large groups can be accommodated with a phone in reservation.

pooch pool party

Rock River Rapids is coming to an end with a doggie splash!  Water chemicals will be adjusted for a "different breed of swimmers".  Those 16 and older can get in the water and only up to their thighs. No aggressive dogs or females in heat will be allowed for the safety of everyone attending. Watch for our contests and be ready for some four-legged fun.  Payment will be accepted the day of the event.

Preschool Game Day

Bring your children ages 3-6 out for active games that provide both fitness and healthy recreation for your child.

Water battle and bbq

Cool off this summer with our water battle and BBQ!  We will provide a limited number of water balloons, but participants are encouraged to bring their own supply and a water gun!  Immediately following the water battle there will be hot dogs and chips for the kids to enjoy.  Join us for a day of fun in the sun!  Pre-registration encouraged.  

world’s largest swim lesson

Be a part of history!  Bring your entire family, friends and neighbors to brush up on your swimming skills while attempting to set a world record and build awareness about the importance of teaching kids to swim.  Join Rock River Rapid’s staff in making 2020 the year we reach 300 people with the vital message that SWIMMING LESSONS SAVE LIVES! Registration begins at 9:30am the day of the event with lessons beginning at 10am.

youth job connections

This 8-week program is available to derby youth ages 14-17.  Class meets 2 hours each week. Interested youth must fill out an applications and be accepted into the program. Once accepted into the program, an enrollment fee of $30.00 is required. Upon completion of requirements, graduates of the program will be interviewed for various spring and summer jobs at the DRC.