Happy Families Recreational Center

Happy Families Recreational Center strives to improve family enrichment by providing a fun, safe, and interactive facility to Lee county residents bringing active and healthy lifestyle programs to its patrons.

The Center’s atmosphere will be clean, friendly and upscale where customers will be comfortable staying or leaving their children. We will offer a personal touch, fun innovative learning through play, and a memorable hassle-free safe environment for everyone!

Mission Statement: Happy Families Recreation Center is an essential service established to improve quality of life for all residents of Lee county by proactively responding to changing demographics, emerging trends while maximizing all available resources in providing quality grounds, recreation facilities and programs that enhance the local resident’s health, promotes economic vitality and long-term sustainability now and for future generations.

Vision: Our vision for Happy Families Recreation Center is to provide indoor and outdoor spaces for people of all ages to enjoy directed and self-directed activities that can build social, fitness, artistic and sports skills in a safe environment.

Outcome: Leave a positive legacy for current and future generations of Lee County.

Quick facts:

  • Locations
    • Fort Myers, Cape Coral
  • Age Ranges include 5-13 and parents are free
    • Alphas 5, 6, 7 year olds
    • Tangos 8, 9, 10 year olds
    • Bravos 11, 12, 13 year olds

Is for families to exercise, practice yoga, learn computer career skills, enjoy planting, explore astronomy, learn robotics, have fun painting, find support through social workers, and also play sports! Whew! That’s a fun list! Don’t you think?

We believe by offering this center to the community, families will have a safe place to enjoy each other’s company and become active! Instead of sitting on the couch watching TV and eating junk food we teach families to live a healthy and active lifestyle.

Our “Happy Family Recreational Center” will make sure homework is done before the fun activities are started after school and work. Families and Couples will have the opportunity to work on weight loss goals with tailored meal plans and exercise routines on a weekly basis and the kids will have their fun zones to complete activities in.

Fun Zones include:

  • Family and Health : Diet, Yoga, Pilates, and Aerobics.

  • Family and Science : Computer classes, Science, Astronomy, and Robotics.

  • Family and Environment: Plants, Flowers, and Planting

  • Fine Arts for children: Dance, Acting, Singing, and Painting

  • Family Sports: Soccer, Basketball, and Baseball (coming soon)

It truly is a win-win for everyone!




$50 dollars off enrollment fee before May 1st

Enrollment fee $250.00

  1. Download, fill out, and turn in Membership Application
  2. Pay your enrollment fee

Children must be enrolled by August 13, 2018

July 1st 2018 Final enrollment for Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, North Port, Cape Coral

Individual Child fee is  $70.00 per week

Parents are free

Opening Day is August 13, 2018

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday 10-6pm (members and parents only)

Saturdays 10-6pm open to public $40 /Saturday

All Happy Families Recreation Center 2018-2019 Programs:

  • Athletic Program will include
    • Basketball Take part in this action-packed basketball program designed to strengthen a player’s game and spirit. Boys and girls will learn good sportsmanship, develop strong playing skills and build lasting friendships.
    • Baseball and Softball This fun-filled season will provide children with the skills to play recreational baseball and softball. Program prices do not include uniforms, trophies, umpires, opening/closing day celebrations. Please note that ages are a guideline and players will ultimately be placed according to ability.
    • Soccer Club serves boys and girls ages 5 to 13 years of age. Programs include Peewee, Intramural/Recreational and Competitive Games (tryout required). Must buy soccer equipment and uniform separately.

  • Exercise/Yoga Program for Adults Empower yourself, get strong and get in shape, while bringing freedom to your mind with this empowering aerobics and yoga program. All levels are welcome.
    • Adult Aerobics Classes
      Body Sculpting—Body bars, hand weights and balls are used in this 60-minute class to tone all the major muscles in your body and increase muscle endurance.
      Spinning—This 60-minute class is the ultimate indoor cycling experience. You control the resistance and cadence to make the class as challenging as you need it to be!
      Zumba—High energy and motivating music with unique moves and combinations makes this a fun and easy workout! 45-minute class.
      Step—This 60-minute class is devoted to non-stop cardiovascular exercise utilizing the step. This class is moderate-to-high intensity with some abdominal work.
    • Adult Mat Pilates Mat Pilates focuses on abdominal strength, flexibility, joint mobility, posture and breath control. You will stretch and strengthen your body, primarily the muscles of the core, which span from your hips to your shoulders. Through a series of floor exercises using resistance bands and rings, the workout helps build, sculpt and tone these muscles, giving your body a long, lean look. Pilates can aid in flexibility and improving posture, as stretching your body is a vital part of class.
    • Adult Gentle Yoga This style of yoga is appropriate for anyone at any age or stage of life and in any physical condition: from beginners to advanced, including athletes in need of deep muscle restoration, people in search of stress-relief, seniors, pregnant women, as well as anyone dealing with injuries or specific ailments. Focus on enjoying the complimentary sensations of strength and surrender. Stretch and tone the body, improve agility and balance, and draw the focus inward to calm the mind.
    • Adult Level 1 Yoga This class stimulates flexibility and strength, oxygenation and health to every muscle, tendon, articulation and organ of the body. Main emphasis is placed on breath awareness to restore vitality, overall health and to induce a calm state of mind. All levels are welcome, including pregnant women and beginners. This class is a great complement for rigorous athletic training.
    • Adult Level 2 Yoga Take your yoga to the next level with this invigorating level 2 yoga. Be prepared to sweat, stretch and strengthen using this transformative method. Personalized attention assists you in promoting your total physical and mental well-being. This class is best suited for intermediate and advanced students.


  • Art/Painting Program children will not only learn about the most influential art movements and artists in history, but also participate and enjoy hands-on projects by exploring artists like Picasso, Matisse and Van Gogh. Through drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, sculpture and other materials and techniques, children will develop skills while working from still-life and imagination. Students will also explore a variety of media, including charcoal, paint, ink, clay and more!

  • Dance It Program every child that has interest in learning dance can join, dance styles include jazz, lyrical, ballet, musical theatre for beginners and intermediate children,
    • Classical Ballet– Considered the foundation to all dance forms, Classical Ballet is the contrast between strong leg movements and the graceful upper body. Technique is based on body alignment, proper placement and posture. Barre and center floor work are combined with choreography combinations to teach musicality, rhythm, coordination and flexibility.
    • Contemporary dance– utilizes both the strong and controlled legwork of ballet and modern dance’s stress on the torso and employs contact-release, floor work, fall and recovery and improvisation characteristic of modern dance. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed and direction are also used. Dancers use motion to interpret music and express emotion.
    • Jazz Funk– An exciting and derivative style that incorporates both elements and techniques of jazz and hip-hop. Choreography and energetic skills such as high kicks and large jumps are taught to pop and hip-hop music.

  • Cheerleading/Gymnastics Program
    • Cheerleading– Beginning cheer classes teach basic tumbling skills. You’ll start with forward rolls and backbends, then learn cartwheels, round-offs and back walkovers. If you have some tumbling skills already, you’ll work on back handsprings. More advanced skills include standing tucks and complex tumbling passes.
    • Gymnastics– All of our gymnastics classes include bars, beam, floor, tumbling, and trampoline. Your child’s gymnastics career starts with among other skills… rolls, cartwheels, splits, round-offs on floor and mounts, dismounts, and casting on the uneven bars. They will learn walks, mounts, and dismounts on beam along with turns and jumps on the trampoline.
      • Length: 60 minutes
      • Pre-Qualifications: Must be 8 years old.
      • Apparel: Girls wear leotard with or without elastic waist shorts or unitard with gymnastics shoes.
    • Registration Required in advance for both classes.

  • Drama Program presents a theatre program that trains students to become skilled performers: unparalleled actors, singers and dancers! Each class will consist of the technical aspects of acting and improvisation to learn the various styles and choreographies of Broadway’s most famous musicals. In the beginning levels, fundamental technique and style will be introduced in the three areas (dance, song and acting). In the more advanced levels, a range of styles, sophisticated technique and vocal performance will be the focus.

  • Indoor Planting Zone will teach children to be earth friendly through planting seeds.
    • Vegetable garden workshops-Learn how to plan a garden, prepare the soil, what to plant, when to plant, how to maintain a garden, insect control, weed and disease control and how to know when to harvest. Registration required. A instructor led two-hour class.
    • Basics of square foot gardening– Learn how to grow more fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers in less space than you thought possible. Registration required.
    • Planting flowers in containers and box gardening- Learn to plant flowers in containers with an experienced instructor and learn the art of potting. Registration required.

  • The Astronomy Program shows children how vast the universe and planets are with ceiling video projections of the stars, constellations, and the planets.

  • “Super Heroes” Anti-Bully Program teaches children to respect their elders, family, and friends through hero dressed staff and volunteers that read Anti-Bully Books to children patrons.

  • Engineering/Robotics Program offers hands-on, creative activities and projects that blend science and engineering. From tabletop structures built with magnets, plastic or wood pieces (e.g., tiny LEGOs and marble runs) to adult-size structures built with giant LEGOs, multicolored PVC tubes and connectors, or cardboard boxes with plastic tools and screws to air-launched paper rockets to classics like spin art, the options for creative play combining science, engineering, art and “making” are nearly endless! LEGO® Robotics Workshops Whether you are a beginner or an advanced robot builder, we’ll teach you how to be an engineer by learning basics in programming, playing with LEGOS®, building sturdy robots and giving you more practice time.
  • Kid’s Day off (Teacher Planning Days) When children are off from school for teacher planning days and school breaks, they can spend the day having fun in a safe environment. Each full-day program offers a variety of activities, which may include computer lab, movies, arts and crafts, games, sports, and much more. Lunch is not included, so please don’t forget to bring your own. Please register in advance to ensure proper staffing and child supervision.

  • Computer Skills Classes Adults learn everything you need to know about your home computer or laptop from an experienced and patient instructor. Learn how to use Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, e-mail, business digital marketing, resume building, online researching, and more.
    • Basic Computer Applications- Explore the different features, learn how to perform basic troubleshooting; familiarize yourself with e-mail and the internet.

  • Women’s Support Group & Men’s Support Group An ongoing, safe and confidential group for men and women (separately and in group settings) to discuss challenges and gain feedback and support from each other. Social Workers will oversee this department support group. Topics of discussion will include: building a new circle of friends; personal growth; stress and anxiety management; self-esteem; and finding the key to good relationships with family, friends and significant others.


  • Indoor Playground Area Indoor playgrounds, also known as indoor play centers, are playgrounds located in the recreational center’s interior environment. They are specifically designed for kids to play in and have tremendous fun with. The soft-contained structure and play equipment are wrapped in soft foam to absorb the impact when children fall or bounce around. As such, an indoor playground is usually a safer play area compared to an outdoor playground.

  • Bowling/Pool Billiards The ultimate bowling experience with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities for every level of bowler. From bumpers and lightweight balls for the kids to competitive oil patterns for the pros, HFRC is Lee county’s place to play. Pool, also more formally known as pocket billiards or pool billiards, is the family of cue sports and games played on a pool table patron can enjoy our Bowling/Pool zone for game fun and even celebrate a birthday party with us. See front desk for more details.

Sick Child Policy:

Under no circumstances may a parent or guardian bring a sick child to the Happy Families Recreational Center facility if the child shows any signs of illness (see Symptoms Requiring Removal of Child from Happy Families Recreational Center), or is unable to participate in their normal routine. Sick children will expose all children and staff members who they come in contact which can in turn expose the other children. Sick children want care from their parents in the comfort of their own homes. If other children become ill due to exposure to your sick child, either because he/she was returned to the recreational center before full recovery or because he/she was not picked up promptly upon notice of becoming ill, other parents will be unnecessarily inconvenienced. This is disruptive to other children and their families so your cooperation on this issue is extremely important.

Symptoms Requiring Removal of Child from Happy Families Recreational Center:
Fever: Fever is defined as having a temperature of 100°F or higher taken under the arm, 101°F taken orally or 102°F taken rectally. For children 4 months or younger, the lower rectal temperature of 101°F is considered a fever threshold. A child needs to be fever free for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to our facility, that means the child is fever free without the aid of Tylenol®, or any other fever reducing substance.
Fever AND sore throat, rash, vomiting, diarrhea, earache, irritability and/or confusion.
Diarrhea: Runny, watery, bloody stools, or two or more loose stools within the last 4 hours.
Vomiting: Two or more times in a 24 hour period. Note: please do not bring your child if they have vomited in the night.
Breathing trouble, sore throat, swollen glands, loss of voice, hacking or continuous coughing.
Runny nose (other than clear), draining eyes or ears.
Frequent scratching of body or scalp, lice, rash, or any other spots that resemble childhood diseases, including ringworm and Hand Foot and Mouth.
Child is irritable, continuously crying, or requires more attention than we can provide without hurting the health, safety or well-being of the other children in our care.
Just a note: Many times our Recreational Center may get blamed for the illness of a child, meaning that we have “allowed” sick children to come here. When sick children are brought to our recreational center, our entire staff is also at risk of exposure. We STRESS this again — if you are not sure whether or not it is okay to bring your child, please call ahead to ask us. We may require a doctor’s decision as to whether or not the child is contagious.
We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

-The Happy Families Recreational Center Staff



Maternity Program Loving Family Steps

How does it work?

This Program initiated with the loving desire to be a Social Work support group for expecting mothers, couples that are trying to conceive, single mothers, and high-risk pregnancies. Our Program helps expectant mothers prepare for a baby to come into the world by addressing fears, questions, and concerns, making sure the expectant mother is going to her prenatal appointments, calming couples fears down, educating them through parenting classes, giving them baby essential lists, and advising them how to prepare the household for the baby through safety precautions.

This program also includes the father in the preparation process and teaches him how to cope with the expectant mother’s struggles as each trimester brings its own issues. We do weekly home visits to give the couple one-on-one sessions with qualified social workers or qualified lead program organizers.

As experts in the maternity processes, we wipe away fears for first-time parents and share with them many resources that raise their self-confidence in the 40-week process to birthing day. Our program helps voluntary couples, evidence-based home visiting services for at-risk pregnant women and parents with young children up to kindergarten entry.

You can sign up by signing the consent form to begin voluntary participation in the Loving Steps Program. We then set you up with an introductory session where we learn about the couple, single mother, or expectant mother and make sure we can be that support throughout the entire pregnancy up to kindergarten.

The social working is uncomplicated, completely open, honest, non-judgemental and supportive.  We take an outcome-focused approach, agreeing the “road map” – where you’re heading, the areas you want to cover, and what you want to get out of the process. 

Whilst expectant parents will bring to the table the challenges and themes they would like to address, the topics the social workers could typically include are:

Practical challenges:

  • ·         Creating the daily routine that works for everyone in your family 
  • ·         Being prepared financially for an addition to the family or living on one income if a woman decides      not to work outside the home. 
  • ·         Planning a career progression that allows for a fulfilling family life
  • ·         Time and energy management
  • ·         Identifying the ideal childcare solution
  • ·         Buying necessary maternity clothing for pregnancy
  • ·         Pregnancy symptoms management
  • ·         Maintaining comfort levels during stressful pregnancy

Emotional challenges:

·         Calming your initial fears in response to a positive pregnancy test

·         Building your self-confidence back up

·         Overwhelming dilemmas & guilt and how to manage them

·         How to build a “support” team at home and at work

·         Letting go of negative influences or friendships that hinder your new family and surrounding yourself with positive people

·         Believing in yourself through positive thoughts toward a rewarding bond with your baby.


How do we start?

Our Program leader meets with each case to determine if it is a low-risk or high-risk pregnancy. In this session, we weigh out many circumstances to find out if the baby is in need of extra community resources. We then proceed to do home visits and supervise the progress the mother makes emotionally and mentally during pregnancy. This keeps negligence risks at an all-time low and helps the mother both emotionally and keeps her safe. We also educate expectant parents on a week to week baby development and proper eating tips during pregnancy. Fathers learn how to be good birth coaches for the labor day and we also give them a chance to financially prepare for the baby until its adult stage. Parents must learn how much it costs to raise a child in today’s society and with proper preparedness, the family can be set up for success.
What else do we teach or talk about at sessions?
We also talk about topics including Preparing for breastfeeding success, learning how to change a newborn’s diaper, belly button care, bathing and hygiene, proper infant dressing, safe baby sleeping in a crib, proper feeding, and in high-risk cases proper tube feeding care. 

We then move into 0 to 1 year home visits where the social worker visits to see how mom is doing after getting home from the hospital, taking proper care of herself and making sure she has friend and family help with the household and other children during her initial recovery.  

When the baby turns 1 we help do a home safety check to make sure the household is still safe for the baby and continue to keep safety a priority. 

We also check to see how the baby is developing my asking mom if the baby can laugh, cry, and crawl like other children his or her age. 

When the baby turns 18 months we continue to check on the child’s development, social, and motor skills and address any issues or continue to monitor the case as healthy.

When the baby turns 2 years old we do another child development test and safety check to make sure everything continues to be healthy with the baby and safe with the household.

Always visiting on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to check on the mother, father, and child’s social, emotional, and safety concerns. This process continues on until either the parents voluntarily leave the program or the child reaches kindergarten and when a family issue arises we either have the social worker be a support or give the family a resource from the community to call like for example if they need a car seat or baby formula needs, etc.

Weekly sessions start at $50.00 and it can include up to three home visits a week, one home visit a week, or a bi-weekly home visit depending on what the family’s needs are.

In conclusion, our goal is to improve the lives of new families during pregnancy and the early baby to toddler years. Families will have us as a support group when they have no one else to turn to in this live-changing challenging time.

Ana Lucia Barrios

Head of  Christian Social Worker Dept

Maternity Program “Loving Family Steps”

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Door to Heaven Ministry

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