El Rio Neighborhood Center


Center Supervisor: Robin Landers - robin.mcardle@tucsonaz.gov

Center Use Rates Amenities Youth and Teen Programs
Adult Programs Senior Programs Human Service Programs

Center Use Rates

Daily, quarterly and annual passes are available.

Amenities Information


  • Stage
  • Kitchen
  • Senior room
  • Arts and crafts room
  • Weight room
  • Pottery room
  • Billards/Ping-Pong/Foosball
  • Lobby/TV room
  • Conference room
  • Computer lab
  • Meeting/event rental space available


  • Covered basketball court
  • Outdoor stage area
  • Playground
  • Outdoor patio
  • Splash Pad (Seasonal)
indoor view of El Rio outdoor view of El Rio


Weight Room Orientation Days

  • Monday, 12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 2:00 p.m.

* Please arrive 10 minutes early.

Try our air-conditioned weight room. You will feel better, look great and meet some new friends.

exercise machines in weight room exercise machines in weight room

Youth & Teen Programs

kids outside kids
kids kids playing basketball

Schoolzout program (Ages 5-14)

This program is for youth 5-14 years old, (Kindergarten through Middle School only) during out of school time (Fall, Holiday and Spring Break). Activities are supervised, engaging and fun.  Includes games, sports, social interaction, dance, art projects and nutrition based learning activities. Contact Center staff or see the Youth Programs page for more information.

In-Betweeners Club Schoolzout (IBC)

For ages 11-14 years and must be in middle school.  Schoolzout camps occur when school is closed; rodeo break, spring break, fall break and the holiday break.  Cost is $2 per child per day. Activities include, cooking, games, community service projects, guest speakers, sports, field trips, movies and more. Registration begins on the Monday two weeks before the school break.  Registration numbers are limited.  Contact the center staff at 791-4683 for more information.

KIDCO program

El rio has school year KIDCO and summer KIDCO.  For more information about the KIDCO program call 520-791-5909.  Registration is through Registration Services at 520-791-4877.  Fees vary based on time of the year.

In-Betweeners Club (IBC)

The IBC club is available during the school year for kids ages 11-14 that are in middle school.  The cost is $18 for 3 months.  Children get homework help, a snack, arts and crafts, out door games and guest speakers.

Youth Open Drop-in Recreation

Monday-Friday 5pm-closing, must be at least 7 years of age unless accompanied by a parent or adult. Daily center use fee or quarterly pass applies.  Open drop in consist of the lobby area/game room and tv room.


Monday and Wednesday, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Baile Folklorico

Tuesday, 6:00 - 7:45 p.m.
Thursday, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.


teens with food boxes working on pottery

Call Center at 520-791-5772 for more information.

Adult Programs

Monday and Wednesday, 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.

Monday and Wednesday (all levels), 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Zumba - class offered through El Rio Health Center
Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Baile Folklorico
Monday and Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:45 p.m.

*Center's daily use cost applies

Senior Programs

seniors at table

Senior Club

For ages 50+.  Mondays and Thursdays, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Senior Activity Card membership required ($25 City resident, $30 Non-City resident).

Activities for seniors ages 50+ include bingo, cards, bunco, guest speakers, crafts, exercise, field trips, cooking, special events, and more.  Seniors have access to the weight room and gym on designated Club days at no additional cost.

Nutrition Program

We offer a meal program for seniors ages 60+ that is grant funded through pima council on aging.  Meals are provided with the completion of free registration.  Meal fees are donation only with a recommendation of $2.00. 

Enhance Fitness

Enhance Fitness is a class offered through Pima Council on Aging at the El Rio Center. This program offers four key components of fitness: strength training, flexibility, cardiovascular conditioning, and balance training critical to reducing the risk of falls. This class is taught by a certified instructor and accommodates all levels of fitness. Expect regular fitness checks along with a healthy dose of fun and socializing.

Monday, Wedneday, and Friday, 10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

Note: Additional fees apply through Pima Council on Aging.

Transportation to the Center

We pick-up and drop-off seniors that live in the area. Join us for a day of fun, activities, food and the freedom from staying at home. Please call Diane at 520-837-8210 for more information about this great program.

Program includes:

  • Nutrition Class
  • Guest Speakers
  • Food Plus program Tasty Tidbits (cooking) -  Monday, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Bingo - Friday, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Crafts - Wednesday, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Memory Game (improve your memory skills) - Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.
  • Games - Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m.
  • Health and blood pressure - 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month
  • Field trips - dates/times vary
  • River Walk - Friday, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
seniors around table seniors post for group photo

Human Service Programs

El Rio Branch Library – 520-594-5245

Monday and Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Pima College – Adult Education – 520-206-3800

Monday - Friday, times vary

  • E.S.L.
  • G.E.D. for Adults – Year-Round
  • Citizenship Class

PCOA Senior Advocacy

Monday, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Senior Health Check – 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the Month, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Nosotros Day Care – 520-623-5912