Tonya Keller Community Center
Middletown, NJ 07748
The Tonya Keller Community Center has many programs to offer. Ranging from preschool to other youth and adult programs, there is something here for everyone.
Middletown Preschool is a preschool playgroup for children, ages 18 months to Pre-Kindergarten. The age-appropriate curriculum includes: social skills, arts & crafts, stories, music, numbers, letters, shapes, colors, science, sight words, writing skills, physical education and games. All classes run from September through June.
For complete information, please visit our page dedicated to the preschool by clicking here.
**We will not be running the Open Recreation program for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year. We will re-evaluate our ability to safely and respectfully run this program in 2021.** Thank you for understanding.
Hours of Operation
Open Recreation Program - Juniors
Monday - Thursday, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Open Recreation Program - Teens
Monday & Wednesday 3:00pm-5:00pm
The Open Recreation Program is an after school program available to all Middletown Township residents. The program provides a place for children to complete homework or play while being supervised. A monthly calendar is provided each month, including the activities for the day such as crafts, games in the gymnasium, tournaments and parties!
Open Recreation Rules are parallel to school rules and are applied at all times. Children must be registered and understanding of these rules prior to participating in the program. Registration is free!
Family night is a free program for Middletown families with at least one child between first and fifth grade. Leave dinner to us and come for a night of food, games, trivia, and fun. Sometimes it’s pizza, sometimes the kids cook for us!
Day: Tuesday (once a month)
All family members are welcome, but activities will be tailored for 1st-5th grade participants. Please contact us with any dietary restrictions/preferences. At least one child in the family must be registered for our Open Recreation program (also free).
The Community Garden underwent changes for 2019, with the goal to get the community involved more and to keep the garden going indefinitely. The Tonya Keller Community Center hosted a Garden Clean Up Day on Saturday, May 21st. The TKCC welcomed volunteers from the community to assist with the planting of garden planters, flowers, fruits, and vegetables. The 2019 Garden Clean Up Day was definitely a huge success with the help of many volunteers.
The TKCC still maintains a close relationship with the neighborhood organization known as the Ideal Beach Community Association (IBCA). The IBCA enjoys helping out whenever they can to get the word out about the events at the TKCC, like the Garden Clean Up event. The IBCA truly understands that the TKCC is an asset of the neighborhood as they host their monthly meetings at the TKCC.
Every day, the TKCC staff and Open Recreation participants check in and water the garden. In addition, they also check to see if anything needs to be done. And if there is anything that is ready to be harvested, we collect and clean. The TKCC plans to donate their crops to Middletown Helps its Own. Middletown Helps Its Own was organized in 1964 to help the Township’s needy families. It is a great way to see Middletown Residents/Township staff helping other Middletown Residents in need.
Middletown Township fully funds the maintenance of the Community Garden at the Tonya Keller Community Center.
On Friday, September 11th, Middletown Township held a morning reading of the names and evening silent wreath laying and candlelight tribute at the World Trade Center Memorial Gardens to honor the 37 residents we lost 19 years ago. Read on...
Middletown Recreation today announced a new Seasonal Surprise Bags program for seniors. The Department is preparing the activity bags for distribution in August to members of the Middletown Senior Center. Read on...