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Posted on: August 17, 2021

Thursday is MAC Fall Discount Day

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Looking for family fun this fall, or your new favorite hobby? Thursday, Aug. 19, is the annual MAC Fall Discount Day, a chance to save up to 15% off online registration fees for all classes, camps and programs offered by the Mansfield Mansfield Activities Center and Oliver Nature Park. The discount is only valid from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is applied automatically at checkout. Residents can also register in-person at the MAC, 106 S. Wisteria St., and save 10% on fees. It's a great time of year to try something new, get in shape or just stretch your mind and body with new experiences.

Find a Class

Recreation programs are offered in a variety of subjects from sports and fitness to education and enrichment, with programs for preschool, youth/teen, adults and seniors. Oliver Nature Park's Nature Education programs, which include kayaking, hiking, archery, science, and more, are also registered through the MAC and have the same 15% online discount this Thursday.

You can search the full schedule of fall classes in our online recreation guide, or directly on the online registration system.

Special Events

Celebrate the seasons with special events from Mansfield Parks & Recreation!

Community Yard Sale: Sept. 11

Clean out your closets and sell your treasures in our organized group yard sale.
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Family Movie Night: Oct. 2

Bring the whole family (and your lawn chairs or blankets!) for an outdoor movie night at the MAC.
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Fall Family Fun Night: Oct. 23

Oliver Nature Park is now the place to be for some of Fall Fun, with a new evening course that will include crafts and learning about nocturnal animals.
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Boo Bash: Oct. 29

Our beloved Halloween tradition is back! Kid-friendly carnival-style games, treats and more.
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Grinch Scramble: Dec. 10

Even the Grinch-iest teen's heart will grow two sizes bigger after our candy cane hunt in the dark!
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New Programs

This fall brings a few new and exciting programs to the MAC, as well as the return of some favorites:

Backyard Bass Tournament

Take fishing out of the water with this new course for Fall, and learn with hands-on instructions that go over all techniques and tips for the best way to catch bass, all on dry land.
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Barks & Rec

The puppies are back! Walk with a shelter dog in the great outdoors of Oliver Nature Park and explore the woods with a four legged friend!
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Spooky Chemistry

Bringing the Halloween spirit to the outdoors in the new class for October that will use scientific experiments to learn more about the creepy-crawling nature we live in.
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Story Time & Songs with Mother Nature

Laugh, learn and enjoy nature in a whole new way with this new addition to the Fall class schedule that brings stories and music to the natural world of Oliver Nature Park.
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Home School Arts & Crafts

Bring nature and art together in one of the newest Nature Education classes for Fall, with a wide variety of class choices throughout the season.
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Home School Outdoor Adventure

Be prepared to learn all you can with a new class that will go over the necessary skills to survive in nature and be ready for your next adventure.
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Intro to Watercolors

Grab your brush and sign up for the never-before-seen course in watercolors! Each week will go over a new technique that can be put into practice to create your masterpiece.
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Bridge in Small Bites

Finally, a class for beginners to be able to learn the very competitive game of Bridge! Each session will include a brief lesson and gameplay to demonstrate how it can be incorporated into the game.
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Self Defense

Learn the skills necessary to protect yourself and those you love with the series of self-defense classes now offered at the MAC, with options for youth and adults.
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Positive Approach to Dementia Care

This four-part series is dedicated to educating anyone that works with, takes care of, or interacts with those living with dementia and other cognitive differences.
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Let's Go Camping

From a camping retreat at a state park to an overnight right here in Mansfield, and even a campfire experience to test out the waters, our Nature Education team has a great mix of ways your family can explore and enjoy camping together.
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For more information about any of these programs, Discount Day, MAC memberships or other questions, contact the Mansfield Activities Center by phone or text at (817) 728-3680 or email

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