Youth Activities

For questions about youth programs, contact the Recreation Department at 409-643-5990.

After-School Programs

  • Offered at Heights Gym, Carver Community Center and Sanders/Vincent Community Center
  • These programs offers a variety of activities including:
    • Arts and crafts
    • Games
    • Helping with homework
    • Physical fitness
    • Playtime
    • Sports, more
  • All children are expected to participate in each activity
  • There are six sessions; each session is on a first come first serve basis
  • The program is closed for:
    • City holidays
    • Spring break
    • Thanksgiving
    • Christmas break


The Texas City Recreation and Tourism Department provides a spring break and summer camp for kids. The spring break camp is offered at the Nessler Center. The summer camps are offered at the Nessler Center, Lowry Fitness Center, Carver Community Center as well as the Sanders/Vincent Community Center. All camps are limited and a minimum enrollment of 15 children is required. During the summer, parents may register for more than on camp session.

All of our camps emphasize the importance of physical activity through fitness and organized sports. Activities include arts and crafts, sports, board games, as well as an array of both indoor/outdoor activities.

Camp fees categorized as Resident or Non-Resident. To receive the resident rate you must provide the required information at the time of registration.

Nessler Preschool

Nessler Preschool strives to provide a positive program to help prepare your child for kindergarten. We place special emphasis on:

  • Promoting self-esteem
  • Listening and following directions
  • Using good manners
  • Interacting well with other children
  • Developing motor skills

Each six-week session is based on unit studies of colors, shapes, numbers, and the alphabet. Other units of study include:

  • The five senses
  • Nursery rhymes
  • The study of animals
  • Community helpers
  • Health and safety
  • Seasonal and holiday related projects

Basic computer skills, arts and crafts, music, books, and exercise programs are incorporated into each class day.

Right to Release

Nessler Preschool staff will make every attempt to work with any discipline problems that may arise. However, we reserve the right to release a child from the program without refund if behavior problems should persist.