Recreation Programs

It is our goal to provide the community with equitable, high-quality, and valuable recreational opportunities that will create lifelong memories. This fall, we are offering several adult and youth leagues and classes including yoga, basketball, volleyball, karate, and more. We look forward to seeing you in our programs! 

Adult Exercise

Chair Yoga + Exercise

Location: Allison Henderson, Upper Level, 1500 Loras Blvd.
Time: 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
Cost: $40 Tuesday & Fridays, $20 Fridays only
Class Options:

Tuesdays & Fridays, Oct. 5 - 29
Registration Opens Soon!
Fridays only, Oct. 5 - 29
Registration Opens Soon!


Come stretch your body in the most relaxed way..from your chair! You’ll get a full-body strength and stretching workout from head to toe every time in only 45 minutes! This class will meet Tuesday and Friday mornings for 4 weeks. Chair Yoga is led by certified group fitness instructor Pam Connolly.


Adult Athletics

Adult Men's Basketball and Adult Volleyball

The 2021-22 adult athletics leagues include men's basketball and volleyball. Learn more and get registered!


After School Sports

4th & 5th Grade Basketball

Registration Deadline: Sept. 8

Location: Selected School
Time: 90 minutes following school dismissal
Cost: $24 or free for income-qualified
Dates: Sept. 13 - Oct. 7

The City of Dubuque Leisure Services Department is partnering with the Loras College Men’s & Women’s Basketball teams to offer eight practices of this intramural program for 4th and 5th grade students! The program will meet for 90 minutes following school dismissal, placing an emphasis on learning basketball fundamentals, team concepts, sportsmanship, participation, improved health/fitness, and fun! Practices will be held twice per week.


Youth Karate

Tactical Weapons Academy

Location: Dubuque Karate Club, 805 Century Dr.
Time: 7 - 7:30 p.m.
Age: Age 12 and Older
Cost: $25 resident, $30 nonresident
Class Options:

Wednesdays, Sept. 8 - 29
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Wednesdays, Oct. 6 - 27
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Wednesdays, Nov. 3 - 24
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Wednesdays, Dec. 1 - 22
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Dubuque Tactical Weapons Academy takes the best and most effective skills and drills from various martial arts styles and combines them into one eclectic system of training. The curriculum blends traditional martial art teaching concepts with a modern-day tactical approach. It is taught in a safe and controlled environment by qualified expert instructors and focuses on both open hand self-defense applications, as well as traditional and modern weapons defense strategies. Master Ron Schmitt offers over 35 years of martial arts experience and has created a unique Tactical Martial Arts Academy that is Tactical, Practical, Effective, and Efficient. This session will focus on Filipino Stick Fighting, Open Hand Drills, Tactical Knife Defenses, and Gun Defenses & Disarming Techniques.

Karate Kids

Location: Dubuque Karate Club, 805 Century Dr.
Time: 6:30 - 7 p.m.
Cost: $25 resident, $30 nonresident
Class Options for Ages 5 - 7:

Tuesdays, Sept. 7 - 28
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Tuesdays, Oct. 5 - 26
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Tuesdays, Nov. 4 - 18
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Tuesdays, Dec. 2 - 23
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Class Options for Ages 8 - 12:

Thursdays, Sept. 9 - 30
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Thursdays, Oct. 7 - 28
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Thursdays, Nov. 4 - 18
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Thursdays, Dec. 2 - 23
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The benefits of a martial arts training program for children have been proven to contribute tremendously to a young child’s positive character and many other areas of their lives. Grandmaster Schmitt’s School of Martial Arts builds strong bodies and strong values.  Karate is beneficial both physically and mentally as it is geared towards skill and comprehension levels.

Lightsaber Academy

Location: Dubuque Karate Club, 805 Century Dr.
Time: 7 - 7:30 p.m.
Age: Age 12 and Older
Cost: $25 resident, $30 nonresident
Class Options:

Mondays, Sept. 6 - 27
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Mondays, Oct. 4 - 25
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Mondays, Nov. 1 - 22
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Mondays, Dec. 6 - 27
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The curriculum focuses on technical skills, offense/defense strategies, stage performance, competition training, & the philosophy of mindfulness. The DBQ saber academy is an affiliate member of the Elite Saber Training Alliance. Classes meet Monday evenings year-round. The leisure services session is a repeated beginner program limited to a first-time student only. 

Martial Arts

Location: Dubuque Karate Club, 805 Century Dr.
Time: 6 - 6:45 p.m.
Age: Age 13 and Older
Cost: $25 resident, $30 nonresident
Class Options:

Wednesdays, Sept. 8 - 29
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Wednesdays, Oct. 6 - 27
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Wednesdays, Nov. 3 - 24
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Wednesdays, Dec. 1 - 22
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Grandmaster Schmitt’s School of Martial Arts system is a mix of traditional and contemporary martial arts that offers not only an effective self-defense program but a means for personal development and discipline that can lead to success in other areas of your life. You will learn to become a peak performer in the martial arts, combative arts, and performing arts.

General Registration Information

Ways to Register

  1. Online Registration
    Online Registration is available 24 hours/day for most Recreation Division classes. We have teamed with the Active Network to provide this service using a valid credit card; a convenience fee will be charged.
  2. Mail-in
    You can mail your registration to Leisure Services, 1157 Central Ave., Dubuque, IA 52001
  3. Walk-in Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., 1157 Central Ave., Dubuque, IA 52001 
  4. After Hours Drop-off
    Place your form and payment in a sealed envelope and drop it in the mail slot in the office door.

Registration Form

Programs limited to a certain number of participants will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis with Dubuque residents are given preference. You should receive a confirmation receipt within two weeks. 

Payment

Payment must be included with any registration to be accepted.  Fees may be paid by credit card or checks payable to Leisure Services Department.  Credit Card payments may only be made online, in person, or by phone.

Financial Assistance

To assist low-income residents, the Leisure Services Department allows individuals or families to register for some Recreation Division programs/classes for free or at a reduced price. Appropriate identification and current benefit card must be available, or an income form will need to be completed. For more information please contact the Leisure Services Department at 563.589.4263.