Classes for Seniors and Active Adults

The Baird
Classes at The Baird, the hub for South Orange Recreation and Cultural Affairs, include arts, dance and other activities.  Register early to ensure your place. 
For information or registration, call (973) 378-7754 or visit :

The Baird is located at 5 Mead St, South Orange, surrounded by the park and fields.

* There is a $10 discount on most classes for South Orange residents with a current Recreation & Cultural Affairs ID badge.

Maplewood Recreation
Maplewood Recreation offers a range of classes and events for adults and seniors through the Maplewood Senior Center as well as other venues throughout the town.

For programs for seniors, go to: 

You can also call the Maplewood Senior Center at (973) 763-0750 to learn more about upcoming events at the Senior Center.

For a full listing of Rec Department programs, go to:

The Adult School
The South Orange-Maplewood Adult School is the oldest operating Adult School in NJ and was named a Local Legacy in 2000 by the Library of Congress. They strive to keep class prices down so they can continue the tradition that the school was founded upon – a community school where people can gather to learn, stay informed and be entertained. More than 150 courses and lectures are offered in the fall and spring, with a modified schedule in the summer. These courses enrich the mind, exercise the body and feed the soul. Choices include art, music, business and finance, fitness and recreation, languages and technology.

For more information and to see their catalog of classes, click here:

or contact them at:
The South Orange-Maplewood Adult School
17 Parker Ave. Maplewood, NJ 07040
Phone: (973) 378-7620
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Most classes are at CHS (Columbia High School) or SOMS (South Orange Middle School)
SOMS is located at 70 N. Ridgewood Road, South Orange. Please enter the school from the back parking lot.

Essex County Environmental Center Programs
The Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland has a range of field trips, courses and programs - from birdwatching to yoga to time-management classes. And the Essex County Special Transportation System can take you there!  Scroll through this brochure to see the adult programs: Essex County Winter Brochure