City of Toronto to offer virtual spring recreation programs

Mayor John Tory announced that registration will be opening for virtual spring recreation programs starting tomorrow, April 22. The City is offering numerous virtual programs to provide safe, at-home activities for all ages and abilities, including art, fitness and martial arts programs.

The City has continued to find ways to encourage residents to stay active during the province-wide shutdown and learn new skills, while following provincial regulations. Spring Break CampTO virtual workshops ran successfully from April 12 to 16, with close to 1,200 registrations and positive feedback received from participants, families and caregivers.

The new virtual spring recreation programs are aimed at children, youth and older adults. Programs are live and interactive, delivered weekly via WebEx and range from 30 to 60 minutes in length. Participation will require a smart phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer with internet access. Fees vary depending on the program. Adapted, inclusive programming is free. Registration opens on April 22 for approximately 1,000 available spaces and programs will begin the week of May 3.

Virtual spring recreation programs include:

  • Arts programs for preschool, school age, youth and adults, including crafts with caregivers, mixed media, paint night, music and virtual paint nights
  • Dance programs include hip hop for ages six to 12, line dance and belly dance for older adults and lunchtime classes for ages four to 12
  • Fitness programs for older adults of all fitness levels, including indoor walking and yoga
  • Martial arts programs for ages three to 12
  • Adapted and inclusive programs for participants with disabilities including science experiments, board games, chair yoga, bingo, cooking and Zumba.
For more information about virtual recreation programs, and to register, visit www.toronto.ca/virtualrec or call 416-396-7378. Client and family numbers are required. Those who do not have a client and family number can obtain one by calling 416-396-7378.

While Enhanced Youth Spaces remain closed to the public, the City continues to offer free drop-in virtual youth programs, including photography, videography, cooking, dance and leadership programs. Youth who would like to participate can contact their local Youth Recreation Programmer via text or email to sign up. Contact information is available at www.toronto.ca/virtualrec.

Information on free programs and subsidies for recreation programs is available at www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/recreation/free-lower-cost-recreation-options/.

Quotes:

"Following the success of Spring Break CampTO virtual workshops, we are pleased to offer online programs to provide safe, at-home activities for all ages. I encourage all residents to find safe ways to stay active physically and mentally throughout the Stay-at-Home order, including with these virtual spring recreation programs. I’d like to thank all City staff who have made this programming possible." - Mayor John Tory

“The City is creating opportunities for Toronto residents to stay engaged and entertained throughout the provincial Stay-at-Home order. Thank you to all City staff who have worked hard to make this virtual programming available to Torontonians of all ages.”

- Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson (Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic and Community Development Committee

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